Ritu Cheema, M.B.B.S., F.A.A.P.

Ritu Cheema, M.B.B.S., F.A.A.P.


Pediatric Infectious Diseases




  • Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor


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Glassrock Building

2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 3200
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions

Primary Phone:

Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Fax: 916-734-0629
Physician Referrals: 800-UCD-4-KIDS (800-823-4543)

Philosophy of Care

She believes in putting in her best effort towards providing infectious diseases care to our pediatric population along with involvement of parents in informed decision making.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Cheema is a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases, providing care to children with various acute and chronic infectious diseases, in both normal hosts and children with impaired immunity.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Cheema's academic interests include hospital epidemiology, infection prevention, hospital and outpatient antimicrobial stewardship. Her research interest includes management of congenital cytomegalovirus infections, respiratory virus vaccine clinical trials, newer antibiotic trials in children.


Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Immunology and Allergy

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital


M.B.B.S., Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India 2004


Pediatrics, Women and Children's Hospital, Buffalo NY 2005-2008


Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 2008-2011

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics,

American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases,

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatric, Fellow

Pediatric Infectious Disease Society

Honors and Awards

Sacramento Magazine's Top Doctors, 2019, 2021

Select Recent Publications

Robertson RD, Panigrahi A, Cheema R. Rothia mucilaginosa bacteremia, meningitis leading to diffuse cerebritis in an adolescent patient undergoing acute myeloid leukemia chemotherapy causing significant morbidity. SAGE Open Med Case Rep. 2021 Dec 8;9:2050313X211063745. doi:10.1177/2050313X211063745. PMID:34900260.

Cheng JH, Cheema R, Williamson PR, Dimitriades VR. Case Report: Paradoxical Inflammatory Response Syndrome in a Previously Healthy, HIV-Negative, Pediatric Patient With Cryptococcus gatii Meningitis. Front Pediatr. 2021 Aug 25;9:703895. doi:10.3389/fped.2021.703895. PMID:34513762.

Cheema R. Need of the hour: Dental stewardship. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2021 Jul;42(7):869-870. doi:10.1017/ice.2021.156. Epub 2021 May 14. PMID:33985605.

Cheema R, Blumberg DA. Understanding Laboratory Testing for SARS-CoV-2. Children (Basel). 2021 Apr 29;8(5):355. doi:10.3390/children8050355. PMID:33946855.

Sankaran D, Nakra N, Cheema R, Blumberg D, Lakshminrusimha S. Perinatal SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Neonatal COVID-19: A 2021 Update. Neoreviews. 2021 May;22(5):e284-e295. doi:10.1542/neo.22-5-e1001. PMID:33931474.

Partridge E, McCleery E, Cheema R, Nakra N, Lakshminrusimha S, Tancredi DJ, Blumberg DA. Evaluation of Seasonal Respiratory Virus Activity Before and After the Statewide COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Order in Northern California. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 Jan 4;4(1):e2035281. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.35281. PMID:33492377.

Cheema R, Partridge E, Kair LR, Kuhn-Riordon KM, Silva AI, Bettinelli ME, Chantry CJ, Underwood MA, Lakshminrusimha S, Blumberg D. Protecting Breastfeeding during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Am J Perinatol. 2020 Jul 21:10.1055/s-0040-1714277. doi:10.1055/s-0040-1714277. Epub ahead of print. PMID:32693415.

Gupta AM, Cheema R. Need for heightening awareness of congenital rubella syndrome in the United States. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 Oct;40(10):1206-1207. doi:10.1017/ice.2019.214. Epub 2019 Aug 5. PMID:31379318.