Associate Professor
Medical Director, Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control
+1 415 502-3352

Biography

Lynn Ramirez MD, MSc, who joined the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Health in November 2014, serves as Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco. In this role, she collaborates with nurses, physicians, and ancillary services to prevent hospital acquired infections including those related to invasive medical devices and Clostridium difficile.

Dr. Ramirez provides patient care on the inpatient Pediatric Infectious Diseases Consultation service and in the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Clinic. She is involved in the care of immunocompromised pediatric patients and is a member of the UCSF Transplant Infectious Disease group.

Education and Training

Fellowship, 6/2011 Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital Boston
Chief Resident, 6/2008 Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco
Residency, 6/2007 Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco
Internship, 6/2005 Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco
MD, 6/2004 , Harvard Medical School
MSc, 8/2003 Health Promotion Sciences, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
BA, 6/1999 Biology, Harvard College

Publications

Ramirez-Avila L, Regan S, Cloete C, Crankshaw T, Rabideau DJ, Freedberg KA, Parker RA, Walensky RP, Losina E, Bassett IV. Adolescent Linkage to Care After a Large-scale Transfer From a Hospital-based HIV Clinic to the Public Sector in South Africa. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2017 03; 36(3):311-313.
Wattier RL, Ramirez-Avila L.. Journal of Fungi. Pediatric invasive aspergillosis. 2016; 2(19).
Ramirez-Avila L, Regan S, Chetty S, Giddy J, Ross D, Katz JN, Freedberg KA, Losina E, Walensky RP, Bassett IV. HIV testing rates, prevalence, and knowledge among outpatients in Durban, South Africa: Time trends over four years. Int J STD AIDS. 2015 Sep; 26(10):704-9.
Sklansky M, Nadkarni N, Ramirez-Avila L. Banning the handshake from the health care setting. JAMA. 2014 Jun 25; 311(24):2477-8.
Schwenk H, Ramirez-Avila L, Sheu SH, Wuthrich C, Waugh J, Was A, Degirolami U, Burchett S, Koralnik IJ, Ahmed A. Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy in pediatric patients: case report and literature review. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2014 Apr; 33(4):e99-105.
Logsdon S, Ramirez-Avila L, Castells M, Dioun A. Successful rifampin desensitization in a pediatric patient with latent tuberculosis. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2014 Jun; 25(4):404-5.
Ciaranello AL, Morris BL, Walensky RP, Weinstein MC, Ayaya S, Doherty K, Leroy V, Hou T, Desmonde S, Lu Z, Noubary F, Patel K, Ramirez-Avila L, Losina E, Seage GR, Freedberg KA. Validation and calibration of a computer simulation model of pediatric HIV infection. PLoS One. 2013; 8(12):e83389.
Ramirez-Avila L, Noubary F, Pansegrouw D, Sithole S, Giddy J, Losina E, Walensky RP, Bassett IV. The acceptability and feasibility of routine pediatric HIV testing in an outpatient clinic in Durban, South Africa. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 Dec; 32(12):1348-53.
Ramirez-Avila L, Regan S, Giddy J, Chetty S, Ross D, Katz JN, Freedberg KA, Walensky RP, Losina E, Bassett IV. Depressive symptoms and their impact on health-seeking behaviors in newly-diagnosed HIV-infected patients in Durban, South Africa. AIDS Behav. 2012 Nov; 16(8):2226-35.
Ramirez-Avila L, Nixon K, Noubary F, Giddy J, Losina E, Walensky RP, Bassett IV. Routine HIV testing in adolescents and young adults presenting to an outpatient clinic in Durban, South Africa. PLoS One. 2012; 7(9):e45507.
Ciaranello AL, Park JE, Ramirez-Avila L, Freedberg KA, Walensky RP, Leroy V. Early infant HIV-1 diagnosis programs in resource-limited settings: opportunities for improved outcomes and more cost-effective interventions. BMC Med. 2011 May 20; 9:59.
Ramirez-Avila L, Slome S, Schuster FL, Gavali S, Schantz PM, Sejvar J, Glaser CA. Eosinophilic meningitis due to Angiostrongylus and Gnathostoma species. Clin Infect Dis. 2009 Feb 01; 48(3):322-7.
Schuster FL, Ramirez-Avila L. Current world status of Balantidium coli. Clin Microbiol Rev. 2008 Oct; 21(4):626-38.