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University of California, San Diego

University of California

San Diego School of Medicine
Antiviral Research Center 150 W. Washing Street Suite 100

San Diego, CA  92103

Phone: 619 543 8080
Fax: 619 298 0177

Training Program Director

Constance Benson MD  Professor  

Research Interests:  HIV pathogenesis and therapy; mycobacterial infection

Participating Hospitals

  • UCSD Hillcrest Hospital: 300
  • UCSD Thornton Hospital VA: 120
  • Scripps Green: 100

Program Training Offerings

How does this program meet the ABIM requirements for training in clinical microbiology?

Hands-on Experience

The Program provides training in hospital epidemiology through:

Didactic Lectures
Continuity Clinic

The Program provides clinical experience for fellows in the following:

Infections in marrow transplant
Infections in solid organ transplant patients
Infections in travelers and tropical medicine

This Program provides training in STD management through:

Didactic Lectures
Courses Elsewhere

The Program has a didactic lecture course for fellows:


If yes, what is the average number of lectures provided over a two-year period?


Training is for:


Are there citizenship requirements?


Citizenship Requirements:

U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Types of visas accepted:

Number of fellows accepted each year:

3 - 4

Duration of the Fellowship (years):


The Program has a training grant (T32):


Average number of infectious diseases consults per trainee per year:

400 - 450

Number of Fellows completing the Program in the last 5 years:


Additional Training/Faculty Resources (optional):

Training in Hospital Epidemiology Through: Didactic Lectures  - SHEA course

Applications accepted via Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®)?


Timeframe when applications are accepted:

Timeframe when interviews are done


Robert T. Schooley , MD , Professor

Research Interests: Viral pathogenesis and therapy


Sam Bozzette , MD , Associate Professor

Research Interests: HIV, outcomes research, global medicine

Sara Browne , MD , Assistant Professor

Research Interests: HIV therapeutics and clinical research

Lynette B. Corbeil , DVM, PhD , Professor

Research Interests: H. somnus and brucella

John Fierer , MD , Professor

Research Interests: Bacterial pathogenesis and clinical microbiology

Frances D. Gillin , PhD , Professor

Research Interests: Giardia

Miguel Goicoechea , MD , Assistant Professor

Research Interests: HIV, clinical trials methodology

John C. Guatelli , MD , Professor

Research Interests: Molecular pathogenesis of HIV

Donald G. Guiney , MD , Professor

Research Interests: Salmonella, mycobacteria and H. pylori

Richard H. Haubrich , MD , Professor

Research Interests: HIV

Karl Y. Hostetler , MD , Professor

Research Interests: Antiviral drug discovery

Robert C. Huang , MD , Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Global medicine; infections in immunocompromised hosts

Theo Katsivas , MD , Assistant professor

Research Interests: HIV therapeutics

Theo N. Kirkland , MD , Professor

Research Interests: Endotoxin and coccidioidomycosis

Richard S. Kornbluth , MD, PhD , Associate Professor

Research Interests: HIV and tuberculosis

Scott Letendre , MD , Associate Professor

Research Interests: Neurology and HIV

Susan J. Little , MD , Associate Professor

Research Interests: HIV

David J. Looney , MD , Associate Professor

Research Interests: HIV and KSHV

J. Allen McCutchan , MD , Professor

Research Interests: HIV/AIDS and OI

Sheldon Morris , MD , Assistant Professor

Research Interests: HIV epidemiology

Marygorret Obonya , MD , Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Bacterial pathogenesis

Michael N. Oxman , MD , Professor Emeritus

Research Interests: Clinical herpes viruses and VZV

Eyal Raz , MD , Professor

Research Interests: Immunology and vaccine discovery

Sharon L. Reed , MD , Professor

Research Interests: Amebiasis, toxoplasmosis and clinical microbioloty

Douglas D. Richman , MD , Professor

Research Interests: HIV/AIDS

Maria C. Savoia , MD , Professor

Research Interests: Medical education

Aleem Siddiqui , MD , Professor

Research Interests: Hepatitis B and C

Rachel Schrier , PhD , Associate Research Immunologist

Research Interests: CMV immunology

Davey Smith , MD , Assistant Professor

Research Interests: HIV pathogenesis and therapy

Celsa Spina , PhD , Associate Professor

Research Interests: HIV immunology

Steffanie Strathdee , PhD , Professor

Research Interests: Epidemiology and global medicine

Randy Taplitz , MD , Associate Professor

Research Interests: Infections of immunocompromised hosts and hospital epidemiology

Francesca J. Torriani , MD , Associate Professor

Research Interests: HIV, hepatitis C and hospital epidemiology

Joseph Vinetz , MD , Professor

Research Interests: Tropical medicine including malaria and leptospirosis

David L. Wyles , MD , Assistant Professor

Research Interests: HIV, hepatitis C pathogenesis and therapy

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