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Benjamin Lipsky, MD, Infectious Disease, Seattle, WA, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System

BenjaminAlanLipskyMDFACP, FIDSA, FRCP (Lond), FRCPS (Glasg)

Infectious Disease Seattle, WA

Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Washington Member, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford (UK)

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  • I spent 36 years at the University of Washington as Professor of Medicine in General Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and at VA Puget Sound as Director of the Primary Care Clinic. I then transitioned to the Universities of Oxford and Geneva from 2012 to 2018. I am now Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Washington.
    My clinical research has included investigations of urinary and prostate infections in men, clinical microbiology and infection control, but mainly skin and soft tissue and bone and joint infections, especially of the diabetic foot. I have authored over 300 scientific papers and several international guidelines, lectured extensively around the world and continue to be involved in clinical research and to consult to numerous administrative bodies and biopharmaceutical companies.

Education & Training

  • University of Washington School of Medicine
    University of Washington School of MedicineFellowship, Infectious Disease, 1977 - 1978
  • University of Washington School of Medicine
    University of Washington School of MedicineResidency, Internal Medicine, 1973 - 1977
  • Weill Cornell Medicine
    Weill Cornell MedicineClass of 1973

Certifications & Licensure

  • WA State Medical License
    WA State Medical License 1974 - 2023
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Infectious Disease
  • Green Templeton College, University of OxfordAssociate Fellow, Teaching Associate
  • Royal College of Physicians (London)Medicine
  • Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, GlasgowFF PM RCPS (Glasg)
  • UK full GMC Medical LicenseMedicine

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • MedStar Georgetown University Distinguished Achievement Award in Diabetic Limb Salvage Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2020
  • Lifetime Achievement Award VA Society of Practitions of Infectious Diseases, 2016
  • Karel Bakker Foot Award from the International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot, The Hague, Netherlands International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot, 2015
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Publications & Presentations



  • International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot, Editorial Board 2014 - Present
  • UK Medical Health Regulatory Association, Independent Scientific Advisory Committee 2012 - 2015

Research History

  • Research interestsDiabetic foot infections, skin/soft tissue infections, osteomyelitis, prostatitis and urinary tract infections in men, pertussis, clinical microbiology

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