As the only Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at Marshfield Clinic Health System, Thomas Boyce, M.D., M.P.H., will be splitting his time between research, outpatient visits and inpatient consultations.

Dr. Boyce attended medical school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin – Hospitals and Clinics in Madison and fellowship in pediatric infectious disease at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Boyce has conducted research as a staff physician at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He is particularly interested in clinical trials of vaccines and the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases. Dr. Boyce has a research appointment in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health (CCEPH) and he will be a part of its vaccine research team. He is part of the Vaccine Safety Datalink project and will be assessing the safety of COVID-19 vaccines once they become available.

He chose infectious disease because he gets to act like a detective, piecing together the symptoms to figure out the disease.

“Everybody has different interests that suit their personalities and I think infectious disease is interesting,” Dr. Boyce said. “An infectious disease practice varies a lot based on setting. In a hospital patients are sick, but in the outpatient setting, usually it is more assessing kids who are pretty well at the moment, but have a history.”

Having grown up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Wisconsin feels like home to Dr. Boyce. He especially enjoys the people and all of the seasons this area has to offer. He and his wife enjoy tennis and downhill and cross country skiing.