Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Training and research opportunities for postdoctoral fellows who wish to specialize in Infectious Diseases

ID Fellowship Tracks


Program Director

Dr. Brian Blackburn specializes in the treatment of infectious diseases. He has practiced for over a decade in this specialty, and has a special interest in travel and tropical medicine, and in infections in patients with compromised immune systems.


Marisa Holubar, MD

Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship Fellowship

Dr. Marisa Holubar specializes in the treatment of infectious diseases and works primarily in the inpatient setting. She is particularly interested in antimicrobial stewardship and hospital epidemiology.

Associate Program Director

Since 2010 I have re-focused my research interests in clinical research studies in the general field of healthcare associated infections. One current research project includes a prospective clinical research study of the epidemiology of Clostridium difficile in immunocompromised patients using whole genome sequencing, spatial mapping, and clinical risk factor assessment.

Aruna Subramanian, MD

Transplant ID
Fellowship Program Director

  • Dr. Subramanian's clinical focus is Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases
    This includes the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Infections in patients who are immunosuppressed because of:
    Solid Organ Transplantation
    Bone Marrow Transplants
    Hematologic Malignancies
    Chemotherapy for Solid Tumors
    HIV who receive Chemo or Transplants
    Immunomodulators for Auto-Immune Diseases

Program Coordinator

Brenda Padia (Norrie) started working for the Infectious Diseases division as the Website Content Coordinator in August 2015. She was promoted to the fellowship program coordinator role in September 2017. Her background is in journalism and English.

Unofficial Program Mascot / Support Animal

Honey is Dr. Lucy Tompkins' golden retriever. She provides lots of smiles and entertainment in between rounds. 

Who's a good girl?!


Photo courtesy of Vivian Tien

Training Sites

Stanford Health Care

Stanford Health Care serves local and regional populations and receives referrals nationally and internationally. Patients with complex diseases that present major diagnostic and therapeutic challenges are often seen here. The hospital has a large transplant and oncology service, and the immunocompromised host service is an integral part of the care of these patients.

Stanford Medicine physicians are pioneering leading edge therapies that will change the way health care is delivered tomorrow by leveraging deep relationships with luminary Silicon Valley companies.

Palo Alto VA

With a 900-bed, multi-campus integrated facility of hospitals and clinics, and a tertiary referral center, it is one of the largest VA centers in the country and has won multiple VA distinctions. The Palo Alto campus, located four miles from the Stanford University Hospital, has active medical, psychiatric and surgical services.  All teaching services are fully integrated with Stanford University Medical Center, and the two hospitals share a common housestaff.



"Valley" (SCVMC)

Located in San Jose, is the main county hospital for Santa Clara County. The main campus is located at San Jose, with several outreach sites throughout San Jose as well as in Milpitas, Sunnyvale, and Gilroy. SCVMC hosts the Level 1 trauma center for Santa Clara County, the regional Burn Center as well a 76-bed Rehabilitation Center specializing in adult and pediatric rehabilitation for trauma, spinal cord injury, brain injury and burn patients.




Program Highlights

IDSA BugBowl Champs!

The Stanford ID team won the BugBowl trivia game during the IDSA's IDWeek conference in San Francisco in October 2018.

The contestants were:
  • Matt Hitchock - former Traditional (Research) fellow
  • Chitra Punjabi - former CE track fellow
  • Nathan Lo - former student under Dr. Jason Andrews' mentorship
  • Coralee Del Valle Mojica - former Peds ID fellow

Read where our fellowship alums are HERE.

Annual Wellness Retreat

Every February, the ID Chief Fellows coordinate a retreat that addresses physician burnout/wellness and career planning/guidance with Q/As from both a research and clinician faculty. Attendance is highly encouraged as it provides a meaningful connection with peers that is not always present during rotations in the academic year.

The retreat is across a weekend with overnight stay at a voted-on location (previous locations were Landmark Vineyards near Sonoma, CA and a retreat house in the Santa Cruz mountains). 


Educational Fund

The Division of Infectious Diseases & Geographic Medicine is committed to the education and success of its trainees. It provides all ID fellows with an educational fund of $1k for the duration of their fellowship. Fellows have used this for board exam fees, board prep materials, license renewals if no longer under GME (research track fellows in their 2nd year onward), etc. 

Additionally, if a fellow wishes to present a poster, oral presentation, or are involved in other active participation (e.g. panel discussant), at an ID-focused conference, there is another $1k fund to help cover travel/conference fees.