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Infectious Diseases
Acting Instructor, Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
Sites of Practice
Harborview Medical Center


Dr. Asa Tapley is an internal medicine physician specialized in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases. He is passionate about providing clinical care for and conducting research and advocacy in support of poor and marginalized communities. He has over a decade of diverse research experience related to tuberculosis (TB), ranging from lab-based basic and pre-clinical research to clinical and implementation studies. While continuing to be engaged in TB research, more recently Dr. Tapley has been involved in vaccine clinical trials based in sub-Saharan Africa through his association with the Fred Hutchison Cancer Center's Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Division (VIDD) and the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) and COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN). Although often based in South Africa, he continues to see patients in Seattle. 


Research Interests

  • Research related to improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tuberculosis, especially among individuals living with HIV.
  • Clinical trials of novel vaccines for SARS-CoV-2, HIV, and tuberculosis.

Clinical Interests

  • HIV
  • tuberculosis and other mycobacterial diseases
  • infectious complications of IV drug use

Education & Training

Fellow, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, 2019-2022

Resident, Internal Medicine Residency, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, 2015-2018

M.D. with Distinction in Clinical & Translational Research, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, 2015



International Pilot Award, UW/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research, 2021

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2018

Paul S. Lietman Global Travel Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Medicine, South Africa, 2018

Dean’s Prize for Research & Scholarship, UCSF School of Medicine, 2015

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellowship, South Africa, 2013-2014

Fulbright Scholarship, Peru, 2008-2009