Robert W. Frenck Jr., MD

Medical Director, Division of Infectious Diseases

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-7839

Fax 513-636-3959



Vaccine research; enteric diseases; travel medicine


Enteric diseases; vaccinology

Robert W. Frenck Jr., MD, received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at San Diego in 1977 followed by his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1981. He trained at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, completing his pediatric residency in 1984. After three years as a general pediatrician at the US Naval Hospital, Japan, he entered pediatric infectious disease fellowship training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, which he completed in 1990. Dr. Frenck is board-certified in both pediatrics and infectious diseases.

Dr. Frenck's research interests include therapeutic and vaccine clinical trials with special interest in enteric diseases. After completing a 25-year career in the Navy, Dr. Frenck joined the UCLA Center for Vaccine Research in 2004 and served until 2006 as director of the center and a professor of pediatrics at UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Frenck has been active in the American Academy of Pediatrics and currently serves on the Red Book Committee. He is an acknowledged authority in infectious diseases and has authored over 60 articles and book chapters on various aspects of this subject.

BA: University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA, 1977.

MD: University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX, 1981.

Internship and Residency: US Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD, 1981-1984.

Fellowship: Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX, 1987-1990.

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Riddle MS, Rockabrand DM, Schlett C, Monteville MR, Frenck RW, Romine M, Ahmed SF, Sanders JW. A prospective study of acute diarrhea in a cohort of United States military personnel on deployment to the multinational force and observers, Sinai, Egypt. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2011 Jan;84(1):59-64.

Schlaudecker EP, Frenck RW Jr. Adolescent pneumonia. Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2010 Aug;21(2):202-19, vii-viii. Review.

Braverman PK, Frenck RW Jr, Holland-Hall C. Infectious diseases and immunizations. Preface. Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2010 Aug;21(2):xii. No abstract available.

Matson DO, Abdel-Messih IA, Schlett CD, Bok K, Wienkopff T, Wierzba TF, Sanders JW, Frenck RW Jr. Rotavirus genotypes among hospitalized children in Egypt, 2000-2002. J Infect Dis. 2010 Sep 1;202 Suppl:S263-5.

Frenck RW Jr, Seward JF. Varicella vaccine safety and immunogenicity in patients with juvenile rheumatic diseases receiving methotrexate and corticosteroids. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2010 Jul;62(7):903-6. No abstract available.

Mansour AM, Nakhla II, Sultan YA, Frenck RW Jr. Brucella meningitis: first reported case in Egypt. East Mediterr Health J. 2009 Jul-Aug;15(4):1040-4. No abstract available.

Porter CK, Riddle MS, Tribble DR, Putnam SD, Rockabrand DM, Frenck RW, Rozmajzl P, Kilbane E, Fox A, Ruck R, Lim M, Johnston J, Murphy E, Sanders JW. The epidemiology of travelers' diarrhea in Incirlik, Turkey: a region with a predominance of heat-stabile toxin producing enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2010 Mar;66(3):241-7.

Melmed GY, Agarwal N, Frenck RW, Ippoliti AF, Ibanez P, Papadakis KA, Simpson P, Barolet-Garcia C, Ward J, Targan SR, Vasiliauskas EA. Immunosuppression impairs response to pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Am J Gastroenterol. 2010 Jan;105(1):148-54.

Frenck RW, Fathy H, Sherif M, Mohran Z, El Mohammedy, Francis HW, Rockabrand D, Mounir BI, Rozmajzl P, Frierson H. Sensitivity and Specificity of Various Tests for the Diagnosis of H. pylori in Egyptian Children. Pediatrics. 2006;118:e1195-1202.

Monteville MR, Riddle MS, Baht U, Putnam SD, Frenck RW, Brooks K, Moustafa M, Bland J, Sanders JW. Incidence, Etiology and Impact of Diarrhea Among Deployed US Military Personnel in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Am Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2006;75:762-7.