David A. Relman, M.D.


Stanford University School of Medicine

VA Palo Alto Health Care System 154T

3801 Miranda Avenue

Palo Alto, CA 94304

Phone: 650-850-3308

Fax: 650-852-3291



David A. Relman is an associate professor of medicine (infectious diseases and geographic medicine) and of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, and chief of the Infectious Diseases Section at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, California. Dr. Relman received his bachelor of science degree in biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in internal medicine and a clinical fellowship in infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, after which he went to Stanford as a research fellow (infectious diseases) and postdoctoral scholar (microbiology and immunology). He joined the Stanford faculty in 1994. His major focus is laboratory research directed toward characterizing the human endogenous microbial flora and identifying previously-unrecognized microbial pathogens, using molecular and genomic approaches. He has described several new human microbial pathogens. Dr. Relman’s lab ( is currently exploring human oral and intestinal microbial ecology, host genome-wide expression responses to infection, and how Bordetella pertussis (the causative agent of whooping cough) causes disease. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, editorials and book chapters on pathogen discovery and bacterial pathogenesis. Dr. Relman has served on scientific program committees for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), and advisory panels for NIH, the Departments of Energy and Defense, and NASA. He is a member of the Board of Directors at IDSA and the Board of Scientific Counselors at NIDCR/NIH. He received the Squibb Award from IDSA in 2001 and the Senior Scholar Award in Global Infectious Diseases from the Ellison Medical Foundation in 2002. Among his other interests and activities are white-water rafting and volunteer work as a physician at rock concerts in Northern California. In this regard, he served as a medical correspondent for MTV from 1995-97, and currently serves on the Rock Medicine advisory board for the Haight-Ashbury Medical Clinics.