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Robert Rakita, MD

  • Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine
    University of Washington

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.

Selected Publications

Koval, C.E., Rakita RM, et al. Ventricular assist device-related infections and solid organ transplantation. (2013) Am J Transplant 13:348-54 (doi: 10.1111/ajt.12126).
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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. (2013) Transplant Infect Dis 15(1):E28-32. (doi: 10.1111/tid.12045.
• 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.
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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. (2014) ASAIO J. (in press).

Hill, J.A., Mokadam, N.A., and Rakita, R.M. Intracranial mycotic aneurysm associated with left ventricular assist device infection.(2014) Ann Thorac Surg (in press).

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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