Michael Rajnik


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Infectious Disease Division Director
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Pediatric Infectious Diseases (Clinical Research, Epidemiology, Respiratory Tract Infections)
Global Health
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1991 - B.S. Chemistry - King's College, PA
1995 - M.D. - University of Virginia School of Medicine
1998 - Internship and Residency in Pediatrics - Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center/SAUSHEC
2001 - Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases - National Capital Consortium/USUHS


I have was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania before leaving to complete my education and a 22 year career in the United States Air Force Medical Corps. Most of my career was spent alternating between San Antonio, Texas and the Mid-Atlantic Region. I have been a billeted faculty member at USU for over 15 years. The most satisfying part of my job is working with learners at all levels. The USU community is a unique place in the military health system due to the robust environment of professional development. The best aspect of my career as a academic physician was my 10 years as the fellowship director in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. The satisfaction of seeing our talented graduates succeed in their own careers is unmatched. I have been active in research throughout my career. The most recent focus has been working in the areas of respiratory diseases to include COVID-19. Much of this experience includes working with young students and physicians as they begin to explore academic medicine. Furthermore, I worked in the area of research administration as the chair of the DoD's only combined institutional review board. I have also been active in advocating for military children and pediatricians. I have worked extensively with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Uniformed Services, to try to represent the needs of military families in the Nation's preeminent pediatric organization. Finally, I have been an active member of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and presently sit on their Programs and Meetings committee.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Consultant to the USAF Surgeon General, Pediatric Infectious Diseases - 2009 - 2016

Fellowship Director, Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship, National Capital Consortium - 2006 - 2016

Chair, Infectious Diseases Institutional Review Board (IRB), USUHS - 2009 - 2016; Vice-Chair, USUHS IRB - 2018- Present

Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Uniformed Services, Executive Committee - 2009 - 2014

Member, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Uniformed Services, Executive Committee - 2007 - 2014

President, Armed Forces Infectious Diseases Society, Uniformed Section of the Infectious Disease Society of America - 2007 - 2008

USUHS Department of Pediatrics "Super-Fellowship" Director - running all common curriculum for 5 fellowships - 2008 - 2010

USAF Master Educator - MF - 2007, ME - 2012

San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium Educator of the Year - 2006

San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium Educator of the Year - 2006


Adams D, Susi A, Eberly M, Rajnik M, Nylund C. Risk Factors for Community-Associated Clostridium difficile Infection in Children. J Peds. E pub April 2017.

Koren MA, Arnold JC, Fairchok MP, Lalani TN, Danaher PJ, Rajnik, M, et al. Type-specific clinical characteristics of adenovirus-associated influenz-like illness at five US military medical centers, 2009-2014. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. 2016, 10(5), 414-420.

Powers JH, Guerrero ML, Leidy NK, Fairchok MP, Rosenberg A, Hernandez A, Stringer S, Schofield C, Rodríguez-Zulueta P, Kim K, Danaher PJ, Ortega-Gallegos H, Bacci ED, Stepp N, Galindo-Fraga A, Clair KS, Rajnik M, McDonough EA, Ridoré M, Arnold JC, Millar EV, Ruiz-Palacios GM. Development of the Flu-PRO: a patient-reported outcome (PRO) instrument to evaluate symptoms of influenza. BMC Infect Dis, 2016, 16(1), 1-5.

Huebner MP, Killoran KE, Rajnik M et al. Chronic Helminth Infection Does Not Exacerbate Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, Dec 2012, e1970.

Eberly MD, Gorman GH, Eide MB, Olsen CH and Rajnik M. The effect of rotavirus immunization on rotavirus gastroenteritis hospitalization rates in military dependents. Vaccine, 2011, 29:650-9.

Maranich A, Rajnik M. Varicella-specific immunoglobulin G titers in commercial intravenous immunoglobulin preparations. Pediatrics, 2009, 124: e484-488.

Elwood R, Rajnik M, Wilson S, Yim K, Blanco JC, Nikonenko B, Hemming V. Characterization of latent tuberculosis infection in Sigmodon hispidus. Tuberculosis, 2009, 89:183-188.

McAdams RM, Mazuchowski E, Ellis MW, Rajnik M. Necrotizing Staphylococcal pneumonia in neonates. Journal of Perinatology, 2005; 25:677-9.

Flores, MS, Burgess TH, Rajnik M. A Zika Virus Primer for Clinicians. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, 2016; 83:261-70.

Sainato, R, Rajnik M. Preparing Families with Children for International Travel. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent health care. 2015, 45: 215-30.