Jennifer Babik, MD, PhD


Jennifer Babik specializes in clinical infectious diseases with a particular focus on infections in immunocompromised hosts. She attends on the Immunocompromised Host and General Infectious Diseases Consult Services and has clinic in the Infectious Diseases Practice at UCSF Medical Center.

She is very interested in medical education and has two main educational leadership roles. She is the Associate Program Director for Subspecialty Education for the Internal Medicine Residency and the Associate Program Director for Curriculum for the Infectious Diseases Fellowship. She gives clinical lectures for students, residents and fellows in residency and fellowship core lecture series. She is also a lecturer and small group leader in the medical student course Pathogens and Host Defense. Her primary interests in medical educational are creating innovative ways to teach clinical infectious diseases to learners at all levels, developing best practices for effective teaching by consultants, and curriculum development for subspecialty education within internal medicine residency training.
2018 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training, University of California
Fellowship, 2009 - Infectious Diseases, UCSF
Residency, 2006 - Internal Medicine, UCSF
M.D., 2003 - School of Medicine, Stanford University
PhD, 1999 - Physiological Sciences, University of Oxford
BA, 1995 - Molecular Biology, Princeton University
Honors and Awards
  • Long Term Mentor Award in the SOM Inquiry Curriculum, UCSF, 2020
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Class of 2018, UCSF, 2018
  • Master Clinician, Department of Medicine, UCSF, 2018
  • UCSF Health Exceptional Physician Award, UCSF, 2018
  • Distinction in Teaching Award from the UCSF Academic Senate, UCSF, 2016
  • Induction into the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, UCSF, 2015
  • Vincent G. Pons Award for Excellence in Clinical Infectious Diseases Teaching, UCSF, 2015
  1. Wu R, Babik J, Russell M, van Zante A, Chan E. Not your usual tonsillitis: a lesson for recognizing primary tonsillar syphilis. 2022. PMID: 35758191

  2. DeVoe C, Pandey S, Shariff D, Arora S, Henrich TJ, Yokoe DS, Langelier CR, Servellita V, Chiu C, Miller S, Babik JM, Chin-Hong P, Fung M. COVID-19 in Vaccinated Versus Unvaccinated Hematologic Malignancy Patients. 2022. PMID: 35426225

  3. Huppert LA, Hsu G, Elnachef N, Flint L, Frank JA, Gensler LS, Hsiao EC, Khanna RR, Qasim A, Schwartz BS, Widera E, Zapata C, Babik JM. A single center evaluation of applicant experiences in virtual interviews across eight internal medicine subspecialty fellowship programs. 2021. PMID: 34187346

  4. Consunji MV, Kohlwes RJ, Babik JM. Evaluation of a longitudinal subspecialty clinic for internal medicine residents. 2021. PMID: 34323159

  5. Saxena K, Dhaliwal G, Rao MN, Babik JM. A Short-Lived Crisis. 2021. PMID: 34328846

  6. Penner JC, Dyster TG, Babik JM. The Reverse Halo Sign in an Immunocompromised Host. 2021. PMID: 33904050

  7. Bond AR, Bainbridge E, Doernberg SB, Babik JM, Miller S, Khanafshar E, Henry T, David A, Russell M, Brandman D, Sherman CB, Yao F, Fung M. Disseminated Legionella micdadei Infection in a Liver Transplant Patient Presenting as Pulmonary Nodules and a Laryngeal Lesion. 2021. PMID: 33434394

  8. Fung M, Babik JM. COVID-19 in Immunocompromised Hosts: What We Know So Far. 2021. PMID: 33501974

  9. Fung M, Otani I, Pham M, Babik J. Zoonotic coronavirus epidemics: SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. 2020. PMID: 33310180

  10. Huppert LA, Hsiao EC, Cho KC, Marquez C, Chaudhry RI, Frank J, Goglin SE, Hsu G, Kathpalia P, Khanna R, Kompala T, Rao MN, Bower BA, Trafas V, Santhosh L, Schwartz BS, Babik JM. Virtual Interviews at Graduate Medical Education Training Programs: Determining Evidence-Based Best Practices. 2020. PMID: 33298691

  11. Fung M, Nambiar A, Pandey S, Aldrich JM, Teraoka J, Freise C, Roberts J, Chandran S, Hays SR, Bainbridge E, DeVoe C, Gardner AR, Yokoe D, Henrich TJ, Babik JM, Chin-Hong P. Treatment of Immunocompromised COVID-19 patients with Convalescent Plasma. 2020. PMID: 32989856

  12. Mick E, Kamm J, Pisco AO, Ratnasiri K, Babik JM, Castañeda G, DeRisi JL, Detweiler AM, Hao SL, Kangelaris KN, Kumar GR, Li LM, Mann SA, Neff N, Prasad PA, Serpa PH, Shah SJ, Spottiswoode N, Tan M, Calfee CS, Christenson SA, Kistler A, Langelier C. Upper airway gene expression reveals suppressed immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 compared with other respiratory viruses. 2020. PMID: 33203890

  13. Shah SJ, Barish PN, Prasad PA, Kistler A, Neff N, Kamm J, Li LM, Chiu CY, Babik JM, Fang MC, Kangelaris KN, Langelier C, Abe-Jones Y, Alipanah N, Alvarez FN, Botvinnik OB, Castaneda G. Clinical features, diagnostics, and outcomes of patients presenting with acute respiratory illness: A retrospective cohort study of patients with and without COVID-19. 2020. PMID: 32864588

  14. Adler E, Hobbs A, Dhaliwal G, Babik JM. Gender Differences in Authorship of Clinical Problem-Solving Articles. 2020. PMID: 32804608

  15. Fung M, Chiu CY, DeVoe C, Doernberg SB, Schwartz BS, Langelier C, Henrich TJ, Yokoe D, Davis J, Hays SR, Chandran S, Kukreja J, Ng D, Prostko J, Taylor R, Reyes K, Bainbridge E, Bond A, Chin-Hong P, Babik JM. Clinical Outcomes and Serologic Response in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients with COVID-19: A Case Series from the United States. 2020. PMID: 32476258

  16. Mick E, Kamm J, Pisco AO, Ratnasiri K, Babik JM, Calfee CS, Castañeda G, DeRisi JL, Detweiler AM, Hao S, Kangelaris KN, Kumar GR, Li LM, Mann SA, Neff N, Prasad PA, Serpa PH, Shah SJ, Spottiswoode N, Tan M, Christenson SA, Kistler A, Langelier C. Upper airway gene expression differentiates COVID-19 from other acute respiratory illnesses and reveals suppression of innate immune responses by SARS-CoV-2. 2020. PMID: 32511476

  17. Budak JZ, Brickman CE, Abdoler EA, Wallender EK, Mulliken JS, Kerkhoff AD, Lampiris H, Babik JM, Koss CA, Schwartz BS. Response to: Is Burnout Infectious? Understanding Drivers of Burnout and Job Satisfaction Among Academic Infectious Diseases Physicians. 2020. PMID: 32284950

  18. Pillsbury MM, Rubio LA, Lucas CG, Babik JM. Coccidioidomycosis Presenting with Fever and Back Pain. 2020. PMID: 32185657

  19. Babik JM, Luther VP. Creating and Presenting an Effective Lecture. 2020. PMID: 32149947

  20. Fung M, Babik J, Humphreys IM, Davis GE. Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Invasive Fungal Sinusitis in Cancer and Transplant Patients. 2019. PMID: 31773398

  21. Jehan Budak, Cristina Brickman, Emily Abdoler, Erika Wallender, Jennifer S Mulliken, Andrew D Kerkhoff, Harry Lampiris, Jennifer M Babik, Catherine Koss, Brian Schwartz, Brian Schwartz. 2534. Development of an Infectious Diseases Fellowship Well-Being Program. 2019. PMID:

  22. Saeed L, Weber RJ, Puryear SB, Bahrani E, Peluso MJ, Babik JM, Haemel A, Coates SJ. Disseminated Cutaneous and Osteoarticular Sporotrichosis Mimicking Pyoderma Gangrenosum. 2019. PMID: 31660357

  23. Sam Brondfield, Nicholas Iverson, Lakshmi Subbaraj, Jennifer Babik. Feasibility of implementing a resident oncology video curriculum. 2019. PMID:

  24. Santhosh L, Abdoler E, Babik JM. Strategies to build a clinician-educator career. 2019. PMID: 30859740

  25. Sanchez IM, Lowenstein S, Johnson KA, Babik J, Haag C, Keller JJ, Ortega-Loayza AG, Cohen J, McCalmont TH, Demer AM, Mansh MD, Hylwa SA, Liu J, Shinkai K. Clinical Features of Neutrophilic Dermatosis Variants Resembling Necrotizing Fasciitis. 2019. PMID: 30383110

  26. Catherine DeVoe, Monica Fung, Brian Schwartz, Sarah B Doernberg, Mimi Lo, Larissa Graff, Marisela Tan, Aaron Logan, Jennifer Babik, Peter Chin-Hong. 415. Breakthrough Invasive Fungal Infections in Adult Hematologic Malignancy Patients Receiving Isavuconazole Prophylaxis. 2018. PMID:

  27. Fung M, Schwartz BS, Doernberg SB, Langelier C, Lo M, Graff L, Tan M, Logan AC, Chin-Hong P, Babik JM. Breakthrough Invasive Fungal Infections on Isavuconazole Prophylaxis and Treatment: What Is Happening in the Real-World Setting? 2018. PMID: 29617983

  28. Brondfield MN, Reid MJ, Rutishauser RL, Cope JR, Tang J, Ritter JM, Matanock A, Ali I, Doernberg SB, Hilts-Horeczko A, DeMarco T, Klein L, Babik JM. Disseminated Acanthamoeba infection in a heart transplant recipient treated successfully with a miltefosine-containing regimen: Case report and review of the literature. 2017. PMID: 28067969

  29. Sircar AD, Abanyie F, Blumberg D, Chin-Hong P, Coulter KS, Cunningham D, Huskins WC, Langelier C, Reid M, Scott BJ, Shirley DA, Babik JM, Belova A, Sapp SG, McAuliffe I, Rivera HN, Yabsley MJ, Montgomery SP. Raccoon Roundworm Infection Associated with Central Nervous System Disease and Ocular Disease - Six States, 2013-2015. 2016. PMID: 27608169

  30. Langelier C, Reid MJ, Halabi C, Witek N, LaRiviere A, Shah M, Wilson MR, Chin-Hong P, Douglas V, Kazacos KR, Babik JM. Baylisascaris procyonis-Associated Meningoencephalitis in a Previously Healthy Adult, California, USA. 2016. PMID: 27434260

  31. Fung M, Babik JM. COVID-19 in Immunocompromised Hosts: What We Know So Far. 2020. PMID: 32592461

  32. Su PY, Miller S, Rutishauser RL, Babik J. Broad-range PCR for early diagnosis of nosocomial Enterococcus gallinarum meningitis. 2016. PMID: 27097275

  33. Babik JM, Chin-Hong P. Transplant tourism: understanding the risks. 2015. PMID: 25870141

  34. Babik JM, Cohan D, Monto A, Hartigan-O'Connor DJ, McCune JM. The human fetal immune response to hepatitis C virus exposure in utero. 2011. PMID: 21288819

  35. Tone M, Tone Y, Babik JM, Lin CY, Waldmann H. The role of Sp1 and NF-kappa B in regulating CD40 gene expression. 2001. PMID: 11751910

  36. Babik JM, Adams E, Tone Y, Fairchild PJ, Tone M, Waldmann H. Expression of murine IL-12 is regulated by translational control of the p35 subunit. 1999. PMID: 10201930

  37. Tone Y, Thompson SA, Babik JM, Nolan KF, Tone M, Raven C, Waldmann H. Structure and chromosomal location of the mouse interleukin-12 p35 and p40 subunit genes. 1996. PMID: 8647196

  38. Kamtekar S, Schiffer JM, Xiong H, Babik JM, Hecht MH. Protein design by binary patterning of polar and nonpolar amino acids. 1993. PMID: 8259512