Joshua T. Schiffer, MD, MSc

Joshua T. Schiffer, MD, MSc

Joshua T. Schiffer, MD, MSc

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Professor, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, Fred Hutch
  • Professor, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch
  • Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine

Infectious Disease

“I believe in empowering patients with knowledge about their health, so we may work together to improve the quality of their lives.”

— Dr. Schiffer

What brought you to specializing in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases?

I chose medicine as a career because I enjoy working at the interface of patient care and scientific discovery. I chose to pursue infectious training at the University of Washington and Fred Hutch due to the international reputation of their faculty. The multidisciplinary approach to science is tremendous here, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with such a wide breadth of faculty members whose expertise spans many fields. My research focuses on the kinetics of viral replication and immunological response to viral infections, particularly herpes simplex virus. I design mathematical models that attempt to explain clinical and laboratory findings in greater depth. Infectious diseases will always present a challenge for human health. I look forward to a time when a detailed quantitative understanding of pathogen behavior and human immunologic response can be used to inform therapeutic and vaccine trial design.

Provider Background



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
Middlebury College

Medical Degree
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

University of Washington

Board Certification
Infectious Disease, 2008, 2019, American Board of Internal Medicine

MS, University of Washington; Internship, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


All news
Infectious disease scientists look beyond the pandemic A symposium about protecting people with weakened immune systems from microbial threats May 9, 2023
Latest Fred Hutch research on COVID-19 How Hutch scientists have been tackling coronavirus in lab and clinic June 30, 2022
What Hutch coronavirus experts are saying about omicron Some answers, but many questions, about highly mutated new variant of COVID-19 virus February 11, 2022

Clinical Trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch physicians. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your physician can decide if a study is right for you.

Find a Clinical Trial Led by Dr. Schiffer


Many of our Fred Hutch physicians conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other physicians and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this Fred Hutch physician has written.

View Dr. Schiffer's Publications

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