Christopher Spitters

Clinical Professor, Epidemiology
Clinical Professor, Medicine - Allergy and Infectious Dis.



MD Medicine, Stanford University, 1989
MPH Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, 1991
MA Tufts University, 2010




Dr. Spitters is board certified in General Preventive Medicine/Public Health and has served as Medical Director of the Public Health Seattle & King County Tuberculosis Clinic at Harborview Medical Center since 2003.

He also serves as tuberculosis control officer for Snohomish, Island, Chelan and Douglas Counties.

Dr. Spitters is a Clinical Professor of both Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at the University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Public Health, respectively. He also is a lecturer and medical consultant for the Curry International Tuberculosis Center at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Spitters has served in various capacities in state and local public health agencies in Washington State for 20 years.

He earned his medical degree at Stanford University and completed a masters of public health during his preventive medicine residency at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Dr. Spitters also earned a master of arts in international affairs in 2010 from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Research Interests

Diagnosis, treatment and control of tuberculosis

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Enhanced contact investigations for nine early travel-related cases of SARS-CoV-2 in the United States.
PLoS One 15(9): e0238342
Burke RM, Balter S, Barnes E, Barry V, Bartlett K, Beer KD, Benowitz I, Biggs HM, Bruce H, Bryant-Genevier J, Cates J, Chatham-Stephens K, Chea N, Chiou H, Christiansen D, Chu VT, Clark S, Cody SH, Cohen M, Conners EE, Dasari V, Dawson P, DeSalvo T, Donahue M, Dratch A, Duca L, Duchin J, Dyal JW, Feldstein LR, Fenstersheib M, Fischer M, Fisher R, Foo C, Freeman-Ponder B, Fry AM, Gant J, Gautom R, Ghinai I, Gounder P, Grigg CT, Gunzenhauser J, Hall AJ, Han GS, Haupt T, Holshue M, Hunter J, Ibrahim MB, Jacobs MW, Jarashow MC, Joshi K, Kamali T, Kawakami V, Kim M, Kirking HL, Kita-Yarbro A, Klos R, Kobayashi M, Kocharian A, Lang M, Layden J, Leidman E, Lindquist S, Lindstrom S, Link-Gelles R, Marlow M, Mattison CP, McClung N, McPherson TD, Mello L, Midgley CM, Novosad S, Patel MT, Pettrone K, Pillai SK, Pray IW, Reese HE, Rhodes H, Robinson S, Rolfes M, Routh J, Rubin R, Rudman SL, Russell D, Scott S, Shetty V, Smith-Jeffcoat SE, Soda EA, Spitters C, Stierman B, Sunenshine R, Terashita D, Traub E, Vahey GM, Verani JR, Wallace M, Westercamp M, Wortham J, Xie A, Yousaf A, Zahn M

A Targeted Screening Program for Latent Tuberculosis Infection Among Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Recipients.
(2020 Jul)
Open Forum Infect Dis 7(7): ofaa224
Sosa-Moreno A, Narita M, Spitters C, Swetky M, Podczervinski S, Lind ML, Holmberg L, Liu C, Edelstein R, Pergam SA

Investigation and Serologic Follow-Up of Contacts of an Early Confirmed Case-Patient with COVID-19, Washington, USA.
(2020 Aug)
Emerg Infect Dis 26(8): 1671-1678
Chu VT, Freeman-Ponder B, Lindquist S, Spitters C, Kawakami V, Dyal JW, Clark S, Bruce H, Duchin JS, DeBolt C, Podczervinski S, D'Angeli M, Pettrone K, Zacks R, Vahey G, Holshue ML, Lang M, Burke RM, Rolfes MA, Marlow M, Midgley CM, Lu X, Lindstrom S, Hall AJ, Fry AM, Thornburg NJ, Gerber SI, Pillai SK, Biggs HM

First Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the United States.
(2020 Mar 5)
N Engl J Med 382(10): 929-936
Holshue ML, DeBolt C, Lindquist S, Lofy KH, Wiesman J, Bruce H, Spitters C, Ericson K, Wilkerson S, Tural A, Diaz G, Cohn A, Fox L, Patel A, Gerber SI, Kim L, Tong S, Lu X, Lindstrom S, Pallansch MA, Weldon WC, Biggs HM, Uyeki TM, Pillai SK, Washington State 2019-nCoV Case Investigation Team.

Tuberculosis in Older Adults: Seattle and King County, Washington.
(2020 Mar 3)
Clin Infect Dis 70(6): 1202-1207
Gardner Toren K, Spitters C, Pecha M, Bhattarai S, Horne DJ, Narita M

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