Education1991 - B.S. Chemistry - King's College, PA
1995 - M.D. - University of Virginia School of Medicine
1998 - Internship and Residency in Pediatrics - Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center/SAUSHEC
2001 - Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases - National Capital Consortium/USUHS
BiographyI have was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania before leaving to complete my education and a 22 year career in the United States Air Force Medical Corps. Most of my career was spent alternating between San Antonio, Texas and the Mid-Atlantic Region. I have been a billeted faculty member at USU for over 10 years. The most satisfying part of my job is working with learners at all levels. The USU community is a unique place in the military health system due to the robust environment of professional development. The best aspect of my career as a academic physician was my 10 years as the fellowship director in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. The satisfaction of seeing our talented graduates succeed in their own careers is unmatched. I have been active in research throughout my career. The most recent focus has been working with the Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Group on studies centering around respiratory infections. Furthermore, I worked in the area of research administration as the chair of the DoD's only combined institutional review board. I have also been active in advocating for military children and pediatricians. I have worked extensively with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Uniformed Services, to try to represent the needs of military families in the Nation's preeminent pediatric organization.
Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments
Consultant to the USAF Surgeon General, Pediatric Infectious Diseases - 2009 - 2016
Fellowship Director, Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship, National Capital Consortium - 2006 - 2016
Chair, Infectious Diseases Institutional Review Board, USUHS - 2009 - 2016
Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Uniformed Services, Executive Committee - 2009 - 2014
Member, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Uniformed Services, Executive Committee - 2007 - 2014
President, Armed Forces Infectious Diseases Society, Uniformed Section of the Infectious Disease Society of America - 2007 - 2008
Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Uniformed Services, Scientific Awards Committee - 2007 - 2009
USUHS Department of Pediatrics "Super-Fellowship" Director - running all common curriculum for 5 fellowships - 2008 - 2010
USAF Master Educator - MF - 2007, ME - 2012
San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium Educator of the Year - 2006
Adams D, Susi A, Eberly M, Rajnik M, Nylund C. Risk Factors for Community-Associated Clostridium difficile Infection in Children. J Peds. E pub April 2017.
Koren MA, Arnold JC, Fairchok MP, Lalani TN, Danaher PJ, Rajnik, M, et al. Type-specific clinical characteristics of adenovirus-associated influenz-like illness at five US military medical centers, 2009-2014. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. 2016, 10(5), 414-420.
Powers JH, Guerrero ML, Leidy NK, Fairchok MP, Rosenberg A, Hernandez A, Stringer S, Schofield C, Rodríguez-Zulueta P, Kim K, Danaher PJ, Ortega-Gallegos H, Bacci ED, Stepp N, Galindo-Fraga A, Clair KS, Rajnik M, McDonough EA, Ridoré M, Arnold JC, Millar EV, Ruiz-Palacios GM. Development of the Flu-PRO: a patient-reported outcome (PRO) instrument to evaluate symptoms of influenza. BMC Infect Dis, 2016, 16(1), 1-5.
Huebner MP, Killoran KE, Rajnik M et al. Chronic Helminth Infection Does Not Exacerbate Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, Dec 2012, e1970.
Eberly MD, Gorman GH, Eide MB, Olsen CH and Rajnik M. The effect of rotavirus immunization on rotavirus gastroenteritis hospitalization rates in military dependents. Vaccine, 2011, 29:650-9.
Maranich A, Rajnik M. Varicella-specific immunoglobulin G titers in commercial intravenous immunoglobulin preparations. Pediatrics, 2009, 124: e484-488.
Elwood R, Rajnik M, Wilson S, Yim K, Blanco JC, Nikonenko B, Hemming V. Characterization of latent tuberculosis infection in Sigmodon hispidus. Tuberculosis, 2009, 89:183-188.
McAdams RM, Mazuchowski E, Ellis MW, Rajnik M. Necrotizing Staphylococcal pneumonia in neonates. Journal of Perinatology, 2005; 25:677-9.
Flores, MS, Burgess TH, Rajnik M. A Zika Virus Primer for Clinicians. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, 2016; 83:261-70.
Sainato, R, Rajnik M. Preparing Families with Children for International Travel. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent health care. 2015, 45: 215-30.