David Pitrak
Section of Infectious Diseases and Global Health
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Section of Infectious Diseases
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730


BS1978University of IllinoisBiology
MD1982University of Illinois 
Residency1985University of IllinoisInternal Medicine
Residency1986University of IllinoisChief Resident
Fellowship1988University of IllinoisInfectious Disease

Academic Interests

Dr. Pitrak is interested in new therapies for HIV infection, translational research on immune pathogenesis of HIV infection, immune reconstitution in HIV infection, neutrophil function, and immune defects and risk for infection in transplantation. Dr. Pitrak has been recognized as an Outstanding Teacher by the Internal Medicine Residency Program. He is also a member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics and Institutional Biosafety committees at the University of Chicago.

Clinical Interests

Immunocompromised hosts, HIV infection, transplant infections

Representative Publications

  1. Pitrak DL, Tsai HC, Mullane KM, Sutton S, and Stevens P. Accelerated neutrophil apoptosis in AIDS. J Clin Invest. 98:2714-19, 1996.
  2. Pitrak DL, Mullae KM, Bilek ML, Stevens P, and Allen RC. Impaired phagocyte oxidative capacity in patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection. J Clin Lab Med. 132(4):284-93, 1998.
  3. Pitrak DL, Sutton SH, Tsai HC, Mullane KM, Pau AK, and Stevens P. Reversal of accelerated neutrophil (PMNL) apoptosis and restoration of respiratory burst activity with r-metHuG-CSF (Filgrastim) therapy in patients with AIDS. AIDS. 13(3):427-9, 1999.
  4. Pitrak DL, Bolanos J, Hershow R, and Novak RM. Discordant CD4+ T lymphocyte responses to antiretroviral therapy for HIV infection are associated with ex vivo apoptosis. AIDS. 15(10):1317-9, 2001.
  5. Pursell KP, Verral S, Daraiesh F, Shrestha N, Skariah A, Hasan E, and Pitrak DL. Impaired phagocyte respiratory burst responses to opportunistic fungal pathogens in transplant recipients: In vitro effect of r-metHuG-CSF (Filgrastim). Transplant Infectious Diseases. 5:29-37, 2003.

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