Doctors Shanthi Kappagoda and Gina Suh converse during a fellowship recruitment reception

Infectious Diseases Fellowships

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

Track Options


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

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

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.

Training Sites

Stanford Hospital

A 663-bed quaternary care facility, serves local and regional populations and receives referrals nationally and internationally. Most patients are referred by internists, surgeons and community physicians. Patients with complex diseases that present major diagnostic and therapeutic challenges are often seen at Stanford. The Stanford University Hospital has a large transplant and oncology service, and the immunocompromised host service is an integral part of the care of these patients.

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.

Fellowship Program