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Michael N. Oxman

Michael N. Oxman


  • Licensed by Medical Board of California

  • Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners (1964)

Current Position(s): 

  • Staff Physician, Infectious Diseases Section, Medicine Service, VAMCSD

  • Staff Physician, Clinical Virology Section, Laboratory Service, VAMCSD

  • Professor of Medicine and Pathology, UCSD

Personal Statement: 

After graduating from Harvard Medical School, internship and residency on the Harvard Medical Service at Boston City Hospital with Dr. Maxwell Finland, and three years of virus research with Dr. Wallace Rowe at NIH as a Lt. Commander in the USPHS, Dr. Oxman returned to Dr. John F. Enders Laboratory at Boston Childrens Hospital. He was Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory at Boston Childrens Hospital, and a faculty member of the Childrens-Beth Israel Hospital Infectious Diseases Training Program.  In 1976 he moved to the University of California, San Diego as Professor of Medicine and Pathology, and Chief of the Infectious Diseases Section at the San Diego VA Medical Center.  Dr. Oxman is National Chairman of VA Cooperative Study #403: The Shingles Prevention Study.


Dr. Oxman’s research has involved Interferon action; SV40 and Adenovirus-SV40 hybrid virus gene expression; and the pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of viral diseases. He trained physician-scientists at Harvard and the University of California, and pioneered the use of double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center clinical trials to evaluate treatment and prevention of herpes simplex and varicella-zoster virus infections.  He has authored more than 170 peer reviewed scientific publications, books and book chapters. ,


Dr. Oxman served on the NIAID Task Force on Virology; the NIH Experimental Virology Study Section; the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board; the NIAID Collaborative Antiviral Study Group Advisory Committee; the Scientific Board of the Biomedical Research Centre at UBC; the National Board of Medical Examiners’ Microbiology Test Committee; the Defense Health Board (DHB), the DHB Subcommittee on Infectious Disease Control and the DHB Scientific Advisory Board on Pathology and Laboratory Services, the Steering Committee for an American College of Rheumatology Trial of Zoster Vaccine in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and serves on the Data Safety and Monitoring Committee for a Trial of Zoster Vaccine in Patients Receiving Biological Modifiers (e.g., TNF inhibitors) sponsored by the NIH. He is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the American Society for Virology, the Edward Jenner Society, and an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. 


  • Harvard College, A.B. (Physics) Honors, 1958

  • Harvard Medical School, M.D., Honors, 1963

Professional History:

  • Staff Physician, Clinical Virology Section, Laboratory Service, VASDMC, 1990-Present

  • Staff Physician, Infectious Diseases Section, Medical Service, VASDMC, 1990-Present

  • Professor of Medicine and Pathology, UCSD, 1976-Present

Awards and Honors: 

  • John Harvard Scholar ‑ Harvard College

  • Detur Prize - Harvard College

  • A.B. (Honors) - Harvard College

  • American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award, 1972- 1976

  • VZV Research Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005

  • Veterans Research Alliance Award for Excellence, 2014

  • Department of Veterans Affairs John Blair Barnwell Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Science ,2014


National/Global Website:   National Center for Biotechnology Information

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