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David A Eschenbach, MD

Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Joined UW Medicine:


Clinical Focus:

Women's Health Care:
• Gynecologic consultation and complex surgery
• Infectious diseases
• Vulvar and vaginal disorders


Washington, 1970


Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1975


• MD Degree
   (University of Wisconsin, 1968)
• Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology
   (University of Washington, 1973)
• Fellowship in Infectious Disease
   (University of Washington, 1974)

Research Interests:

• Infection and preterm delivery
• Vulvovaginal and cervical infections
• Preterm birth

Current Research:

• Women's Reproductive Health Research Career Development Award
• Global Alliance for Prevention of Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS)


• American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
• Obstetrics and Gynecology Infectious Disease Society
• Infectious Disease Society of America
• American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society
• Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology
• American Sexually Transmitted Disease Association
• American Society for Microbiology


• Seattle's top physicians in Obstetrics and Gynecology,
   Seattle Magazine, 1998, 2008, 2011
• Best Doctors in America, 1998–2011 (Infectious Disease)

Selected Publications:

Hitti J, Lapidus JA, Lu X, Reddy AP, Jacob T, Dasari S, Eschenbach DA, Gravett MG, Nagalla SR. Noninvasive diagnosis of intra-amniotic infection: Proteomic biomarkers in vaginal fluid. Am J Obstet Gynecol July 2010;203(1):32.e1-8.

Hladik F, Sakchalathorn P, Ballweber L, Lentz G, Fialkow M, Eschenbach D, McElrath I. Initial events in establishing vaginal entry and infection by human immunodeficiency virus type-1. Immunity 2007;26:257-270.

Gravett MG, Novy MJ, Rosenfeld RG, Reddy AP, Jacob T, Turner M, McCormack A, Lapidus JA, Hitti JE, Eschenbach DA, Roberts CT Jr, Nagalla SR. Diagnosis of intra-amniotic infection by proteomic profiling and identification of novel biomarkers. JAMA Jul 28, 2004;292(4):462-9. Erratum in: JAMA. 2004;292:2340.

Eckert LO, Thwin SS, Hillier SL, Kiviat NB, Eschenbach DA. The antimicrobial treatment of subacute endometritis: A proof of concept study. Am J Obstet Gynecol Feb 2004;190:305-13.

Hitti JE, Tarczy-Hornoch P, Murphy J, Hillier SL, Aura J, Eschenbach DA. Amniotic fluid infection, inflammation and adverse neonatal outcome among infants at 34 weeks gestation or less. Obstet Gynecol 2001;98:1080-88.

Moore DE, Soules MR, Klein NA, Fujimoto VY, Baker VL, Agnew KJ, Eschenbach DA. Bacteria in the transfer catheter tip influences the live birth rate after in vitro fertilization. Fertil Steril 2000:74:1118-24.

Miller L, Patton DL, Meier A, Thwin SS, Hooton TM, Eschenbach DA. Depomedroxyprogesterone-induced hypoestrogenism and changes in vaginal flora and epithelium. Obstet Gynecol 2000;96:431-9.

Eschenbach DA, Wölner-Hanssen P, Hawes SE, Pavletic A, Paavonen JA, Holmes KK. Acute pelvic inflammatory disease: Association of clinical and laboratory findings with laparoscopic findings. Obstet Gynecol 1997;89:184-192.

Hillier SL, Nugent RP, Eschenbach DA, Krohn MA, Gibbs RS, Martin DH, Cotch MF, Edelman R, Pastorek J, Rao AV, McNellis D, Regan JA, Carey JC, Klebanoff MA. The association of bacterial vaginosis, bacteroides and Mycoplasma hominis with preterm low birth weight delivery. N Engl J Med 1995;333:1737-42.

Hillier SL, Martius J, Krohn MA, Kiviat NB, Holmes KK, Eschenbach DA. A case-control study of chorioamniotic infection and chorioamnionitis in prematurity. N Engl J Med 1988;319:972-8.

Eschenbach DA, Buchanan TM, Pollock HM, Forsyth PS, Alexander ER, Lin JS, Wang S, Wentworth BB, McCormack WM, Holmes KK. Polymicrobial etiology of acute pelvic inflammatory disease. N Engl J Med 1975;293:166-71.

Appointments & Practice Locations

Women's Health Care Center, Roosevelt (WHCC)
4245 Roosevelt Way NE, 4th Floor
Seattle, WA 98105-6920

Appointments:   206.598.5500