Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

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

ID Fellowship Tracks

ID Fellowship Concentrations

Concentrations in our program represent another means for fellows to focus on particular sub-areas of interest within ID.  

Primarily designed for Clinician Educator fellows, they allow exposure to faculty and educational / research / clinical opportunities within that area, primarily during the second year of fellowship.  

Our program will designate completion of a concentration for fellows who successfully finish the concentration requirements prior to graduation.

Other concentrations are also under development.

1-Year Fellowships

(non accredited)


Program Director




Dr. Brian Blackburn is known for his clinical excellence in infectious diseases. He has practiced for over fifteen years in this specialty, and has special interests in parasitology, travel and tropical medicine, infections in patients with compromised immune systems, and medical education.  He is a former EIS officer in CDC’s Division of Parasitic Diseases, and since returning to Stanford as a faculty member, has won numerous awards for his teaching and clinical care.


Associate Program Director

After a long career studying bacterial pathogenesis with continuous NIH grant support and as a pioneer in the field of molecular epidemiology of hospital-acquired infections, Dr. Tompkins refocused her research efforts several years ago towards translational clinical research in healthcare epidemiology. She has a passion and longtime involvement in mentoring, having trained many graduate students, infectious diseases fellows and microbiology postdoctoral fellows. She has also provided career counseling and support to many faculty, fellows, residents, and students over a 40+ year career. As the co-director of the ID fellowship program, she serves as the mentor/counselor especially for the ID fellows on the Research Track.

Paul Bollyky, MD, PhD

Associate Program Director

    Paul Bollyky, MD, PhD is an Immunologist and Infectious Disease physician at Stanford University.  He completed his BA at Columbia, his PhD at Oxford, and attended Harvard for Medical School. He received his medical training at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and his Infectious Diseases training at the University of Washington.  Paul has been a faculty member at Stanford since 2013. He is an Associate Professor and a practicing Infectious Disease physician. 
    Paul's lab studies bacteriophages – viruses that infect bacteria. 
    The Bollyky lab is working to understand how our phageome shapes human health and disease and how we can use phages to treat chronic infections. 

Marisa Holubar, MD MS

Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship Fellowship

Dr. Marisa Holubar’s clinical focus is the treatment of infectious diseases in hospitalized patients. Dr. Holubar is co-director of Stanford’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP), which is IDSA and WHO-recognized.  Dr. Holubar is a true leader in the field of ASP; she has helped develop several on-line ASP modules which are used internationally, and has worked overseas on behalf of WHO to teach principles of antimicrobial stewardship to countries in need.  She is also an author of the UpToDate chapters on ASP, and a past or current member of a half-dozen national ASP committees

Aruna Subramanian, MD

Director of Transplant ID Fellowship

  • 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

Director of Hospital Epidemiology /
Infection Prevention & Control Fellowship

Dr. Jorge Salinas is an expert in applied healthcare epidemiology. He is a former EIS officer in CDC’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination. His areas of expertise revolve around the prevention of healthcare-associated infections, development of automated surveillance systems, and outbreak response. He has experience mentoring fellows in Healthcare Epidemiology from the United States and Internationally.

ID Fellowship Program Coordinator




I graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in public health and a minor degree in business. My professional experience is in project coordination. I worked at Underwriters Laboratories for 6 years prior to joining Stanford as an Administrative Associate prior to this role.

Outside of work, I enjoy playing sports, lifting weights, hiking, and most of all spending quality time with family and friends.

Transplant ID Fellowship Program Coordinator




Denise Fortes is the ID postdoc scholar coordinator and non-accredited Transplant ID fellowship coordinator.

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 program alumna, Dr. 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!
IDWeek 2018

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/Career Retreat

Every year, 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. Coverage is assigned to Attendings to allow for this reprieve.

The retreat is during 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, Travel, Publication Funds

The program is committed to the education and success of its trainees. The following funds are provided to all fellows for the duration of their training:

Educational Fund: this fund of $1250 has been used for board exam fees, board prep materials, courses, and license renewals to name a few. 

Travel Fund: 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.

Publication Fund: this fund of $1k is used to defray costs associated with the publication of work (e.g. journal publication fees).