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Robert M.

Infectious Diseases
Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
Sites of Practice
University of Washington Medical Center

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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.

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

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)


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)



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