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Rachel Lynn Wattier


Pediatric infectious disease specialist

Dr. Rachel Wattier is a specialist who cares for children with infectious diseases, particularly those who are immunocompromised. This includes children with immunodeficiency disorders and those undergoing cancer therapy, stem cell transplantation or organ transplantation. She serves as medical director of the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, where she collaborates with pharmacists, nurses and other doctors to ensure that patients receive timely therapy with the right antibiotic, at the right dose, for the right duration, and with appropriate discontinuation of use when the medication is no longer needed.

Wattier is also a member of the UCSF Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases Program, which includes pre-transplant evaluation and counseling, evaluation and treatment of opportunistic infections (those that develop when germs take advantage of a weakened immune system), and development of strategies to prevent opportunistic infections and monitor for them.

Wattier's research focuses on preventing and managing infectious complications in immunocompromised children.

Wattier earned her medical degree at the Yale School of Medicine, where she also earned a master's degree in health science. At UCSF, she completed a residency in pediatrics, followed by fellowships in pediatric infectious diseases and clinical pharmacology.

Wattier is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, Infectious Diseases Society of America, Children's Oncology Group, Clinical Immunology Society, Sharing Antimicrobial Reports for Pediatric Stewardship (a national collaborative of children's hospitals) and American Society of Transplantation.

  • Education

    Yale School of Medicine, MD, 2009

    Yale School of Medicine, MS, Health Science, 2009

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Pediatrics, 2012

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 2015

    UCSF, Clinical Pharmacology, 2015

  • Board Certifications

    Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

    Pediatric Infectious Diseases, American Board of Pediatrics