Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
Associate Professor, Family Medicine
Associate Professor, Global Health
Adjunct Associate Professor, Allergy and Infectious Dis.
Adjunct Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Peter Rabinowitz MD MPH directs the Center for One Health Research. The Project explores linkages between human, animal, and environmental health in a "One Health" paradigm, including: zoonotic infectious diseases at the human-animal interface, animals as "sentinels" of environmental health hazards, and clinical collaboration between human health care providers and veterinarians in a species-spanning approach. A goal of the Project is to serve as an incubator and organizer of research, training, and clinical activities at the University of Washington related to the human-animal-ecosystem interface.

Dr. Rabinowitz also directs the Canary Database, an online resource for evidence about animals as sentinels of environmental health threats from both toxic and infectious hazards. He has been a visiting scientist at the Global Influenza Program of the WHO, and also in the Animal Health Division of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) where he researched zoonotic diseases. He is the co-editor, with Lisa Conti DVM, MPH, of the clinical manual Human Animal Medicine: Zoonoses, Toxicants and other Shared Health Risks. (Elsevier 2010) He is co-director, with Malika Kachani DVM, PhD, of the Stone Mountain Working Group on One Health Proof of Concept Research.

Dr. Rabinowitz completed a Family Medicine residency through the University of California San Francisco (Salinas Program). He has also completed fellowships in General Preventive Medicine and Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, where he served as Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Director of Electives for the School of Medicine.

Contact Information

University of Washington
Box: 357234
Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
Seattle, WA 98195-
Tel: 206-616-0598

Research Interests

  • Zoonotic infectious disease; diseases of animal workers; microbiome sharing between humans and animals; emerging infectious disease; antimicrobial resistance animal sentinels of environmental health hazards; One Health, noise and hearing loss

  • KEYWORDS: occupational and environmental medicine; zoonotic disease

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Teaching interests

Zoonotic diseases
One Health


MD, Medicine, University of Washington, 1982
MPH, School of Medicine, Yale University, 1995


Occupational influenza risk in Swine Workers and poultry workers
Zoonotic disease risk in veterinarians
Global assessment of Zoonotic Exposure relationships
One Health surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in humans, animals, and the environment
Using microbiome and metagenomic techniques to assess human-animal microbial exchange
Homeless and pets- human animal bond issues
Animal and human sentinels of natural gas extraction hazards
Prevention of noise induced hearing loss
Selected Publications
  1. Paccha B, Jones RM, Gibbs S, Kane MJ, Torremorell M, Neira-Ramirez V, Rabinowitz PM. Modeling Risk of Occupational Zoonotic Influenza Infection in Swine Workers. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene. [In Press]
  2. Paccha B, Neira-Ramirez V, Gibbs S, Torremorell M, Rabinowitz PM. Swine Worker Precautions During Suspected Outbreaks of Influenza in Swine. Journal of Environmental Health. [In Press, May 2016]
  3. Neira V, Rabinowitz P, Rendahl A, Paccha B, Gibbs SG, Torremorell M. Characterization of Viral Load, Viability and Persistence of Influenza A Virus in Air and on Surfaces of Swine Production Facilities. PLoS One. 2016 Jan 12;11(1):e0146616. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146616. eCollection 2016.
  4. Fowler H, Adams D, Bonauto D, Rabinowitz P. Work-related injuries to animal care workers, Washington 2007-2011. Am J Ind Med. 2016 Mar;59(3):236-44. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22547. Epub 2015 Dec 17.
  5. Mosites EM, Rabinowitz PM, Thumbi SM, Montgomery JM, Palmer GH, May S, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Neuhouser ML, Walson JL. The Relationship between Livestock Ownership and Child Stunting in Three Countries in Eastern Africa Using National Survey Data. PLoS One. 2015 Sep 11;10(9):e0136686.
  6. Slizovskiy IB1, Conti LA, Trufan SJ, Reif JS, Lamers VT, Stowe MH, Dziura J, Rabinowitz PM. Reported health conditions in animals residing near natural gas wells in southwestern Pennsylvania. J Environ Sci Health A Tox Hazard Subst Environ Eng. 2015 Apr 16;50(5):473-81.
  7. Scotch M, Suchard MA, Rabinowitz PM. Analysis of Viral Genetics for Estimating Diffusion of Influenza A H6N1. AMIA Jt Summits Transl Sci Proc. 2015 Mar 23;2015:36-40. eCollection 2015.
  8. Rabinowitz PM, Slizovskiy IB, Lamers V, Trufan SJ, Holford TR, Dziura JD, Peduzzi PN, Kane MJ, Reif JS, Weiss TR, Stowe, MH. Proximity to natural gas wells and reported health status: Results of a household survey in Washington County, Pennsylvania. Environmental health perspectives 123.1 (2015): 21.
  9. Kane M, Price N, Scotch M, Rabinowitz P. Comparison of ARIMA and Random Forest time series models for prediction of avian influenza H5N1 outbreaks. BMC Bioinformatics. 2014 Aug 13;15:276.
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