Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH

Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
Associate Professor, Family Medicine
Associate Professor, Global Health
Adjunct Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Associate Professor, Medicine
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. Whole genome approach to infections. Diseases of animal workers. Microbiome sharing between humans, animals and the environment. Emerging infectious disease. Antimicrobial resistance. Animal sentinels of environmental health hazards. One Health. Noise and hearing loss.

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Teaching interests

Zoonotic infectious diseases
One Health


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


Global assessment of microbiome sharing between humans and animals

Microbiome sharing between workers and environment on dairy farms

Genomic correlates of clinical outcomes in brucellosis

One Health integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in humans, animals, and environments

Antimicrobial resistance and infection protection and control: Kenya

Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Kenya

One Health metrics for Dairy

Selected Publications
Monagin C, Paccha B, Liang N, Trufan S, Zhou H, Wu, Schneider BS, Chmura A, Epstein J, Daszak P, Ke C, Rabinowitz PM. Serologic and behavioral risk survey of workers with wildlife contact in China.PLoS One. 2018 Apr 3;13(4)
Tarr GAM, Shringi S, Phipps AI, Besser TE, Mayer J, Oltean HN, Wakefield J, Tarr PI, Rabinowitz P. Geogenomic Segregation and Temporal Trends of Human Pathogenic Escherichia coli O157:H7, Washington, USA, 2005-20141. Emerg Infect Dis. 2018 Jan;24(1):32-39.
Gertz A, Rabinowitz PM. Pet Therapy: Helping Patients Cope. Am Fam Physician. 2017 Oct 1;96(7):464.
Davis MF, Rankin SC, Schurer JM, Cole S, Conti L, Rabinowitz P for the COHERE Expert Review Group (Gregory Gray, Laura Kahn, Catharine Machalaba, Jonna Mazet, Marguerite Pappaioanou, Jan Sargeant, Andrew Thompson, Scott Weese, Jakob Zinnstag). Checklist for One Health Epidemiological Reporting of Evidence (COHERE). One Health 2017, ahead-of-print. [doi: 10.1016/j.onehlt.2017.07.001] 
Messinger CJ, Gurzau E, Trufan S, Breitschwerdt E, Rabinowitz P. Seroprevalence of Bartonella species, Coxiella burnetii and Toxoplasma gondii among patients with hematological malignancies: A pilot study in Romania. Zoonoses and Public Health 2017 Mar 22. doi: 10.1111/zph.12353. [Epub ahead of print]. 
Mosites E, Sammons M, Otiang E, Eng A, Noecker C, Manor O, Hilton S, Thumbi SM, Onyango C, Garland-Lewis G, Call DR, Njenga MK, Wasserheit JN, Zambriski JA, Walson JL, Palmer GH, Montgomery J, Borenstein E, Omore R, Rabinowitz PM. Microbiome sharing between children, livestock and household surfaces in western Kenya. PLoS One. 2017 Feb 2;12(2):e0171017. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171017. 
Garland-Lewis G, Whittier C, Murray S, Trufan S, Rabinowitz PM. Occupational Risks and Exposures Among Wildlife Health Professionals. Ecohealth. 2017 Mar;14(1):20-28. doi: 10.1007/s10393-017-1208-2 
Kauber K, Fowler H, Lipton B, Meschke JS, Rabinowitz P. Salmonella Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices: A Survey of Backyard Poultry Owners Residing in Seattle, Washington and the Surrounding Metropolitan Area. Zoonoses Public Health. 2017 Feb;64(1):21-28. 
Schurer J.M., E. Mosites, C. Li, S. Meschke, P. Rabinowitz. Community-based surveillance of zoonotic parasites in a ‘One Health’ world: A systematic review. One Health. 2016 Dec 2: 166-174. 
Fowler H, Davis MA, Perkins A, Trufan S, Joy C, Buswell M, McElwain TF, Moore D, Worhle R, Rabinowitz PM. A survey of veterinary antimicrobial prescribing practices, Washington State 2015.Vet Rec. 2016 Dec 24;179(25):651. 
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. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2016;13(8):577-87. 
Rabinowitz P, Conti L.Links among human health, animal health, and ecosystem health.Annu Rev Public Health. 2013;34:189-204. 
Rabinowitz PM, Galusha D, Vegso S, Michalove J, Rinne S, Scotch M, Kane M. Comparison of Human and Animal Surveillance Data for H5N1 Influenza A in Egypt 2006-2011. PLoS One. 2012;7(9):e438512012;7(9):e43851 
Rabinowitz P, Conti L.One Health and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Clinical Perspectives.Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 2012 Sep 11. 
Rabinowitz PM, Galusha D, Kirsche SR, Cullen MR, Slade MD, Dixon-Ernst C. Effect of daily noise exposure monitoring on annual rates of hearing loss in industrial workers. Occup Environ Med. 2011 Jun;68(6):414-8. 
Rabinowitz PM, Scotch ML, Conti LA. Animals as sentinels: using comparative medicine to move beyond the laboratory. ILAR J. 2010;51(3):262-7. 
Rabinowitz P, Perdue M, Mumford E Contact Variables for Exposure to Avian Influenza H5N1 Virus at the Human-Animal Interface. Zoonoses Public Health. 2009 
Rabinowitz PM, Dein FJ, Liu A, Chudnov D, Odofin L, Gordon Z. Animals as Sentinels for Bioterrorism Agents, An Evidence Based Review. Emerg Infect Dis. 2006, 12:647-52.
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