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King Holmes

Chair, Global Health
Professor, Allergy and Infectious Dis.
Professor, Global Health
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Professor, Microbiology

Ninth and Jefferson Building, 13th Floor
Box 359931
908 Jefferson Street
Seattle, WA

206-744-3694 (Fax)

PhD (University of Hawaii)
MD (Cornell University)
AB (Harvard University)


Global health; internal medicine; infectious diseases with research on HIV/AIDS and STDs; clinical epidemiology; microbiology; clinical trials; HIV/STD prevention research

Biography and Research Interests 

King Holmes became the first William H. Foege Chair of Global Health at the University of Washington effective Nov. 1, 2006. Dr. Holmes also heads the Infectious Diseases Section at Harborview Medical Center and founded and directs the UW Center for AIDS and STD, a WHO Collaborating Center for AIDS & STD.

Dr. Holmes is also principal investigator for the International Training & Education Center on Health (I-TECH), a collaboration between UW and University of California San Francisco – one of the largest HIV/AIDS training programs in the world.

Dr. Holmes chairs the STI Working Group for the NIH HIV Prevention Trials Network. He has participated in research on STIs for over 40 years in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Western Pacific. He has authored over 500 peer-reviewed publications and edited 30 books, monographs, and journal supplements. He has trained and/or mentored over 100 scientists involved in HIV/STI research and care.

Selected Publications 
  • Drain PK, Holmes KK, Skeff KM, Hall TL, Gardner P. Global health training and international clinical rotations during residency: current status, needs, and opportunities. Acad Med 2009;84:320-25.
  • Brooks JT, Kaplan JE, Holmes KK, Benson C, Pau A, Masur H. HIV-associated opportunistic infections – going, going, but not gone: the continued need for prevention and treatment guidelines. Clin Infect Dis 2009;48:609-11.
  • Buffardi AL, Thomas KK, Holmes KK, Manhart LE. Moving upstream: ecosocial and psychosocial correlates of sexually transmitted infections among young adults in the United States. Am J Public Health 2008;98:1128-36.
  • Aral SO, Fenton KA, Holmes KK. Sexually transmitted diseases in the USA: temporal trends. Sex Transm Infect 2007;83:257-66.
  • Drain PK, Primack A, Hunt DD, Fawzi WW, Holmes KK, Gardner P. Global Health in medical education: a call for more training and opportunities. Acad Med 2007;82:226-30.
  • Aledort JE, Ronald A, Rafael ME, Girosi F, Vickerman P, Le Blanq SM, Landay A, Holmes K, Ridzon R, Hellmann N, Shea MV, Peeling RW. Reducing the burden of sexually transmitted infections in resource-limited settings: the role of improved diagnostics. Nature 2006;444(Suppl 1):S59-S72.
  • Peeling RW, Holmes KK, Mabey D, Ronald A. Rapid tests for STIs: the way forward. Sex Transm Infect 2006;82(Suppl 5):v1-6.
  • Winer RL, Hughes JP, Feng Q, O'Reilly S, Kiviat NB, Holmes KK, Koutsky LA. Condom use and the risk of genital human papillomavirus infection in young women. NEJM 2006;354:2645-54.
  • Meier AS, Bukusi EA, Cohen CR, Holmes KK. Independent association of hygiene, socioeconomic status, and circumcision with reduced risk of HIV infection among Kenyan men. JAIDS 2006;43:117-8.
  • Steele MS, Bukusi E, Cohen CR, Shell-Duncan BA, Holmes KK. The ABCs of HIV prevention in men: associations with HIV risk and protective behaviors. JAIDS 2006;43:571-76.
  • Golden MR, Whittington WLH, Handsfield HH, Hughes JP, Stamm WE, Hogben M, Clark A, Malinski C, Helmers JRL, Thomas KK, Holmes KK. Effect of expedited treatment of sex partners on recurrent or persistent gonorrhea or chlamydial infection. NEJM 2005;352:676-85.
  • Manhart LE, Holmes KK. Randomized controlled trials of individual-level, population-level, and multi-level interventions for preventing sexually transmitted infections: What has worked? J Infect Dis 2005;191(Suppl 1):S7-S24.