Jeffrey Starke, MD
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Jeffrey R. Starke, M.D. Biography



Jeffrey R. Starke, M.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He graduated with a B.Sc. degree from Brown University in 1976, and received his M.D. from the University of Rochester in 1980. After completing a residency in pediatrics and fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases, he joined the Baylor faculty where he has remained. His major area of study has been tuberculosis in children, having cared for over 1,100 children with TB disease. He is an author of over 170 papers and 60 chapters on childhood tuberculosis, and is the editor of the multi-authored international book Handbook of Child and Adolescent Tuberculosis. His research papers have covered a wide variety of mycobacterial-related topics including new diagnostic techniques such as the interferon-ɣ release assays, pharmacokinetics of antituberculosis drugs, treatment trials for tuberculosis infection and disease, and reviews of various clinical aspects of childhood tuberculosis. He was the Infection Control Officer for 22 years at Texas Children’s Hospital, and published about the infection control aspects of childhood tuberculosis, demonstrating that most children are not contagious but the importance of screening the parents of children with suspected tuberculosis who often have previously undiagnosed tuberculosis. He has served on numerous expert and guideline writing groups for the American Thoracic Society [ATS], Infectious Disease Society of America, American Academy of Pediatrics [AAP], the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], and World Health Organization. He served two terms and is a past chairman of the CDC Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis. He has been active in medical education, having given over 100 national and international presentations on tuberculosis. He has won many teaching awards at his home institution including the Robertson Award, the highest education award given by Baylor College of Medicine. In 2021, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Region of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. This October, he will receive the Distinguished Research Award from the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society.