Robert M. Rakita, MD
Clinical Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
Sites of Practice: 
University of Washington Medical Center

Faculty Information

Biography

Dr. Rakita is a member of the Solid Organ Transplant Infectious Disease group at the University of Washington. He is involved with the care of patients with a variety of organ transplants (heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas, intestine), and interacts with fellows and residents on both the SOT ID inpatient team and while attending on General Medicine. He is particularly interested in the use of vaccines to prevent infections in this patient population, transplantation in HIV positive patients, and infections in patients with ventricular assist devices.

Education & Training: 
MD
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland OH
1979-1983
Residency in Internal Medicine
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington
1983-1986
Fellowship in Infectious Diseases
University of Washington
Seattle WA
1986-1990
Honors: 
John Huff / Robert Hegstrom award, Internal Medicine Teacher of the Year, 2003, 2006
Mary McClinton Patient Safety Award, Surgical Site Infection Team
2009
Seattle Met, Top Doc
2012-2015
Seattle Magazine, Top Doc
2016
Contact
Phone: 
(206) 598-9455
Mailing Address: 

1959 NE Pacific St

Box 356175

Seattle, WA 98195

Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 
  • Clinical trials of new antimicrobials and new diagnostic methods
  • Natural history studies of infections in SOT
Clinical Interests: 
  • Solid organ transplant ID
  • HIV, particularly transplants in HIV
  • Vaccines
     
Publications
Publications: 

Hill, J.A., Mokadam, N.A., and Rakita, R.M. Intracranial mycotic aneurysm associated with left ventricular assist device infection. Ann Thorac Surg. 2014 Sep; 98(3):1088-9
• PubMed Abstract

Ramchandani, M.S., Rakita, R.M., Freeman, R.V., Levy, W.C., Von Homeyer, P., and Mokadam, N.A. Total artificial heart as bridge to transplantation for severe culture negative prosthetic valve endocarditis due to Gemella haemolysans. ASAIO J. 2014 Jul-Aug; 60(4):479-81.
• PubMed Abstract

Koval, C.E., Rakita RM, et al. Ventricular assist device-related infections and solid organ transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2013; 13:348-54.
• PubMed Abstract

Drozd, D.R., Limaye, A.P., Moss, R.B., Sanders, R., Hansen, C., Edelman, J.D., Raghu, G., Boeckh, M., and Rakita, R.M. DAS181 treatment of severe Parainfluenza type 3 pneumonia in a lung transplant recipient. Transplant Infect Dis. 2013; 15(1):E28-32.
• PubMed Abstract

Lopez de Castillla, D.,Rakita, R.M., Spitters, C.E., Narita, M., Jain, R., and Limaye, A.P. Short course isoniazid plus rifapentine directly observed therapy for latent tuberculosis in solid-organ transplant candidates. (2013) Transplantation 97(2):206-211. JAMA. 2010; 304(16):1786.
• PubMed Abstract

Rakita RM, Hagar BA, Crome P, Lammert JK. Mandatory influenza vaccination of healthcare workers: a 5-year study. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010; 31(9):881-8.
• PubMed Abstract