The University of Washington’s Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is housed within the Department of Medicine, has over 75 full-time faculty members, 50 clinical faculty members, and 15 adjunct or affiliate faculty members. Members of our faculty have been nationally and internationally recognized for their work in a variety of subspecialties, including phagocyte biology and function, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases and infections, viral diseases, immuno-compromised hosts, bacterial pathogenesis, geographic medicine, urinary tract infections, and the molecular biology of infectious diseases. The Division offers two fellowship training programs, in Allergy and Immunology and in Infectious Diseases, which are closely integrated with a number of local hospitals, clinics, and research institutions to provide a wide variety of clinical and research experience.
Thomas R. Hawn, MD, PhD, is Interim Head, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor in the department of Global Health.
The Division of Allergy and Infectious Disease has three fellowships, in Infectious Disease, Allergy and Immunology, and Global and Rural Health.
We offer research training or participatory experiences in 9 areas of special emphasis for senior fellows, residents, medical students and undergraduates.
The department is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Anna Wald as our new Head of the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, effective November 8. Dr. Wald follows in the steps of Wes Van Voorhis, who led the division for ten years; Walt Stamm, who led the division for 13 years; and Seymour Klebanoff, who was the first division head and led the division from 1976-1994.
Dr. Wald received her medical degree in 1985 from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and completed her internship and residency at Boston City Hospital in 1988.
She came to the University of Washington in 1989 to work with Ann Collier in HIV research, then became a senior fellow in 1991 and received her MPH in 1994. She rose through the ranks to professor in 2007 and holds joint titles in Laboratory Medicine and Epidemiology. She is also a full member at Fred Hutch.
Her current research centers on the epidemiology, natural history, and immunobiology of herpes simplex virus infection in immunocompetent and immunocompromised hosts. She has directed the UW Virology Research Clinic, a world-renowned leader in herpes research, since 1995. She has an excellent publication record, a well-established national and international reputation for innovative and cutting edge research in sexually transmitted diseases, and has been able to obtain significant funding support in a competitive research environment.
She mentors 2-3 trainees per year and is a member of our Department of Medicine Mentorship Committee.
Dr. Wald has received numerous awards, including the Fialkow Scholar Award, UW Medicine Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women and Minorities, Association for Women in Science Award for Scientific Advancement and the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association Distinguished Career Award.
The DAID Division, and specifically the Allergy Section, is pleased to announce a new endowed fund for Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training, which was established by a generous gift from Janet M. and Reynold (Rennie) Karr. With their gift, the Karrs will enable us to provide the highest quality clinical and research training in order to equip fellows with the skills they will need for a career in academic or private practice.
Dr. Wes Van Voorhis, Division Head, remarked, "We are incredibly grateful to Janet and Rennie for their generosity. This endowment will provide invaluable support for our fellows now and in the future. It is particularly meaningful to have this gift from Rennie and Janet, because Rennie has been providing outstanding teaching for decades to our Allergy Immunology Fellows. His financial contribution, on top of his teaching service, demonstrates his strong belief in the value of the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship."
Janet and Rennie have both spent their lives working in healthcare. Rennie is a physician specializing in both Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology. He has served on the UW clinical faculty since 1980, initially as a volunteer with an independent private practice, then in a salaried position following the closing of his private practice in 2007. Rennie commented, "I am deeply appreciative of my patients' confidence and trust, and for the privilege to work with the outstanding UW Medicine Rheumatology and Allergy/Immunology faculty and trainees, as well as other UW faculty, staff, and trainees pursuing excellence in the missions of patient care, teaching, and research." Janet is a registered nurse who, early in her career, worked full-time in several major city hospital ICUs, then subsequently, medical practice administrative and financial management for Rennie's private practice in Everett, WA.
The Karr Family Endowed Fellowship was established in November 2015, with 50% matching support from the University of Washington. Should you wish to learn more about how you can make a gift to enhance the Karr Fellowship Fund or to support the general Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training Fund, please contact Elizabeth Perera, director for philanthropy, at 206.221.2915 or firstname.lastname@example.org.