A photo of David Haslam.

Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Director, Microbial Genomics and Metagenomics Laboratory

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


I was influenced by my father, who was a pediatrician and took great satisfaction in caring for children. As a pediatric infectious disease specialist, I work with my patients and their families as a team and feel that taking care of children is a wonderful privilege and a responsibility.

In my practice, I try to be flexible by coordinating my patients’ appointments with those of other providers when possible. I’m committed to providing continuity and to being accessible between visits.

I’m the director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and the Microbial Genomics and Metagenomics Laboratory. I've received several teaching and research awards, including the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society Young Investigator Award.

The main focus of my research is on the microbiome, which is the community of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other organisms that live on the human body. The goal is to understand how the microbiome influences disease and contributes to health in children. A healthy microbiome helps protect against infection, allergy, gastrointestinal diseases, heart disease, diabetes and diseases of premature infants.

In my free time, I enjoy riding my bike.

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Infectious Diseases, Autoimmune Liver Disease

Research Divisions

Infectious Diseases

Blog Posts

Antibiotics Are Not Always the Answer

BlogHealthy Living

Antibiotics Are Not Always the Answer

By David B. Haslam, MD3/2/2018

My Locations

My Education

MD: University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.

Rotating Internship: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.

Residency: University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Quebec.

Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.

My Publications

Prediction of Antimicrobial Resistance in Gram-Negative Bacteria From Whole-Genome Sequencing Data. Van Camp, P; Haslam, DB; Porollo, A. Frontiers in Microbiology. 2020; 11.

Analysis of chlorhexidine gluconate in skin using tape stripping and ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Zhao, X; Schaffzin, JK; Carson, J; Ankrum, A; Dobrzykowski, E; Haslam, DB; Dandoy, CE; Setchell, KD R. Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis. 2020; 183:113111-113111.

IL-17-producing γδ T cells protect against Clostridium difficile infection. Chen, YS; Chen, IB; Pham, G; Shao, TY; Bangar, H; Way, SS; Haslam, DB. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2020; 130:2377-2390.

AB569, a nontoxic chemical tandem that kills major human pathogenic bacteria. McDaniel, CT; Panmanee, W; Winsor, GL; Gill, E; Bertelli, C; Schurr, MJ; Dongare, P; Paul, AT; Ko, SB; Lau, GW; et al. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA. 2020; 117:4921-4930.

Bioinformatics approaches to the understanding of molecular mechanisms in antimicrobial resistance. Van Camp, P; Haslam, DB; Porollo, A. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2020; 21:1363-1363.

Association of systemic antimicrobials with the expression of beta-lactamases in bacteria cultured from urological patients. Forster, CS; Powell, EA; DeBurger, B; Courter, J; Haslam, DB; Mortensen, JE. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease. 2019; 94:391-394.

Reduction in Nephrotoxic Antimicrobial Exposure Decreases Associated Acute Kidney Injury in Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients. Benoit, SW; Goldstein, SL; Dahale, DS; Haslam, DB; Nelson, A; Truono, K; Davies, SM. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. 2019; 25:1654-1658.

Using Quality Improvement to Implement a Standardized Approach to Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus. Brower, LH; Wilson, PM; Kurowski, EM; Haslam, D; Courter, J; Goyal, N; Durling, M; Shah, SS; Schondelmeyer, A. Pediatrics. 2019; 144:e20180262-e20180262.

Successful Whole Genome Sequencing-guided Treatment of Mycoplasma hominis Ventriculitis in a Preterm Infant. Huang, FA S; Mortensen, J; Skoch, J; Andersen, H; Staat, MA; Schaffzin, JK; Haslam, DB. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 2019; 38:749-751.

Accelerating Initiation of Adequate Antimicrobial Therapy Using Real-Time Decision Support and Microarray Testing. Tchou, MJ; Andersen, H; Robinette, E; Mortensen, JE; Powell, EA; Ankrum, A; Washam, MC; Haslam, DB; Courter, JD. Pediatric Quality and Safety. 2019; 4:e191-e191.