Rachel A. Bender Ignacio, M.D., M.P.H.

Rachel Bender Ignacio M.D., M.P.H.

Rachel A. Bender Ignacio, M.D., M.P.H.

Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, Fred Hutch

Medical Director
COVID-19 Clinical Research Center, Fred Hutch

Assistant Professor
Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Washington

Attending Physician
University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center Infectious Disease Services

Fax: 206.667.7711
Mail Stop: E2-112


2012-2015 Fellow, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, University of Washington

2014 University of Washington School of Public Health, MPH-Epidemiology

2008-2011 Resident, Internal Medicine Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard, Boston

2008 University of Washington School of Medicine, MD, Certificate in Global Health

2004 Dartmouth College, AB Religion, Presidential Scholar with Honors

Research Interests

Co-Infections in HIV: Various studies on human herpesviruses and tuberculosis in the setting of HIV infection or HIV risk

Inflammation, Immune responses in HIV and HIV susceptibility: Studying the role of immune activation on risk for HIV and in establishment of latency in early HIV infection, as well as role of early ART on immunologic and virologic outcomes of HIV

HIV-associated Malignancy: Protocol co-chair for AIDS Malignancy Consortium study. Various issues surrounding HIV care in persons with HIV-associated malignancies including: improvement around HIV diagnosis, treatment, barriers to care, and concomitant use of antiretroviral therapy during cancer treatment

VirScan Assay: Spearheading the transfer of this technology to the Fred Hutch and how this assay can serve as a tool for understanding immune responses to the anti-virome and for prediction of clinical outcomes

Clinical Expertise


General Infectious Diseases

Infections in Solid Organ Transplantation

Herpesvirus infections

HIV-associated malignancy

HIV/TB co-infection


Awards and Honors

2003    William Jewett Tucker Foundation International Fellowship

2004    Presidential Scholar with Honors, Dartmouth College

2005    Medical Student Research Training Program, University of Washington

2011    Yale Johnson & Johnson Fellowship (deferred for another competing opportunity)

2011    Winickoff Fellowship for Research in Primary Care, Massachusetts General Hospital

2012    IDWeek Trainee Grant Award Winner

2014    CFAR Trainee Support Grant

2015    CROI Young Investigator Award

2016    K23 Mentored Career Award, NIAID, NIH

2018    CFAR New Investigator Award

2019    Outstanding Research Mentor of 2019, University of Washington School of Medicine

2019    UW Global Innovation Fund Award

2020    Chair of Medicine Award, UW Department of Medicine 

Dr. Bender Ignacio is a member of the HOPE Group (HIV Outcomes, Prevention and Epidemiology)


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