Chikara Ogimi, MD

Infectious Disease and Virology

On staff since July 2018

"I love helping children by finding cause of their infection, treating with appropriate therapy, and learning and teaching from clinical experience. The challenges of research that further improve clinical care are inspiring."

  • Acting Instructor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle Childrens Hospital; Research Associate, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

    My research interest in the infectious diseases of immunocompromised hosts stems from my clinical experiences, where I was drawn into the challenging and complex management of infectious diseases in this population; the research that directly impacts clinical care is rewarding. With the widespread use of new molecular diagnostics such as multiplex PCR, the clinical role of previously under-diagnosed respiratory viruses (human coronavirus, rhinovirus, etc) in immunocompromised host has been poorly understood until recently. I am currently focused on examining the relative contribution of each respiratory virus infection to the disease burden in transplant recipients and establishing new endpoints. In addition, I am trying to investigate the bidirectional interaction between respiratory virus infection and antibiotic use. My goal is to develop effective therapeutic and preventive strategies to lead the way in the assessment of new antiviral therapies and vaccines.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    IDWeek Trainee Travel Award Infectious Diseases Society of America 2018
    Clinical Research Scholars Program Award (Intensive Path) Seattle Childrens Research Institute 2018
    Dr. Mario Escobar Travel Award Clinical virology symposium 2017
    Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Fellowship Award 2016
    IDWeek Trainee Travel Award Infectious Diseases Society of America 2016
    Intern of the Year (Pediatrics) Elmhurst Hospital Center/Mount Sinai School of Medicine 2013
    Intern of the Year United States Naval Hospital Yokosuka 2012
    Japan-North America Medical Exchange Foundation Scholarship Award 2012
    N Program Scholarship Award N Program 2012
    Medical Staff of the Year Award (Infection Control Doctor) Saitama Children's Medical Center 2007
  • Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • Ogimi C, Xie H, Leisenring WM, Kuypers JM, Jerome KR, Campbell AP, Englund JA, Boeckh M, Waghmare A
      30009982 Biology of blood and marrow transplantation : journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, 2018 July 12
    • Ogimi C, Krantz EM, Golob JL, Waghmare A, Liu C, Leisenring WM, Woodard CR, Marquis S, Kuypers JM, Jerome KR, Pergam SA, Fredricks DN, Sorror ML, Englund JA, Boeckh M
      Antibiotic Exposure Prior to Respiratory Viral Infection Is Associated with Progression to Lower Respiratory Tract Disease in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Recipients.
      29777867 Biology of blood and marrow transplantation : journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, 2018 May 16
    • Ogimi C, Englund JA, Bradford MC, Qin X, Boeckh M, Waghmare A
      Characteristics and Outcomes of Coronavirus Infection in Children: The Role of Viral Factors and an Immunocompromised State.
      29447395 Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, 2018 Feb. 13
    • Ogimi C, Crowell C, Boos MD
      Areolar lymphocytoma in a child: A rare cutaneous presentation of borreliosis.
      29205927 Pediatric dermatology, 2018 Jan. : 35(1)e90-e91
    • Ogimi C, Greninger AL, Waghmare AA, Kuypers JM, Shean RC, Xie H, Leisenring WM, Stevens-Ayers TL, Jerome KR, Englund JA, Boeckh M
      Prolonged Shedding of Human Coronavirus in Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Recipients: Risk Factors and Viral Genome Evolution.
      28838146 The Journal of infectious diseases, 2017 July 15 : 216(2)203-209 PMCID:PMC5853311
    • Ogimi C, Waghmare AA, Kuypers JM, Xie H, Yeung CC, Leisenring WM, Seo S, Choi SM, Jerome KR, Englund JA, Boeckh M
      Clinical Significance of Human Coronavirus in Bronchoalveolar Lavage Samples From Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Recipients and Patients With Hematologic Malignancies.
      28329354 Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2017 June 1 : 64(11)1532-1539 PMCID:PMC5434339
    • Ogimi C, Shoji K, Katsuta T, Watanabe Y, Saitoh A
      Utility of gram stain of endotracheal aspirates on empiric therapy in children with hospital-acquired pneumonia.
      22722019 The Journal of infection, 2012 Oct. : 65(4)368-70
    • Ogimi C, Honma N, Tanaka R, Oh-ishi T
      Mycophenolate mofetil therapy for juvenile dermatomyositis with immune thrombocytopenic purpura.
      21710356 Modern rheumatology, 2012 April : 22(2)280-3
    • Saitoh A, Sakamoto S, Fukuda A, Shigeta T, Kakiuchi T, Kamiyama S, Katsuta T, Shoji K, Ogimi C, Kasahara M
      A universal preemptive therapy for cytomegalovirus infections in children after live-donor liver transplantation.
      21941226 Transplantation, 2011 Oct. 27 : 92(8)930-5
    • Ogimi C, Tanaka R, Arai T, Kikuchi A, Hanada R, Oh-Ishi T
      Rituximab and cyclosporine therapy for accelerated phase Chediak-Higashi syndrome.
      21681939 Pediatric blood and cancer, 2011 Oct. : 57(4)677-80
    • Ogimi C, Tanaka R, Saitoh A, Oh-Ishi T
      Immunogenicity of influenza vaccine in children with pediatric rheumatic diseases receiving immunosuppressive agents.
      20861757 The Pediatric infectious disease journal, 2011 March : 30(3)208-11

    Published Books, Videos, Software, etc.

    • Ogimi C
      Bacteremia/Bacterial meningitis
      Pediatric residency manual, 2015 : 345-356
    • Ogimi C
      Acute otitis media
      Pediatric Emergency Atlas, 2009 April 22 : 139-141

    Other Publications

    • Homma N, Ogimi C, Takano T, Tanaka R, Oh-ishi T, Tanaka M, Oguma E
      A case of acute rotavirus encephalopathy without seizure treated with thyrotorpin-releasing hormone
      The Journal of Pediatric Infectious Disease and Immunology, 2011 : 23(1)23-28
    • Ogimi C, Honma N, Tanaka R, Oh-ishi T, Komiya T
      A case report of Brucellosis showing fever, myalgia and arthralgia in a 14-year-old girl
      The Journal of Pediatric Infectious Disease and Immunology, 2010 : 2229-33
    • Ohgimi C, Tanaka R, Oh-ishi T
      [A case report of acute Q fever showing Kawasaki disease-like symptoms in a 9-year-old girl].
      19522308 Kansenshogaku zasshi. The Journal of the Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases, 2009 May : 83(3)245-50
    • Ogimi C, Kise T, Sasaki N, Shimabukuro M, Isa M, Tamaki S, Nakamura T
      Assessing the efficacy of antibiotic treatment for upper respiratory infection
      The Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society, 2006 : 110(4)526-530
    • Kabuki T, Tamura E, Ogimi C, Tanaka R, Joh K, Oh-ishi T
      A case of Stevens-Johnsons syndrome potentially caused by mycoplasma pneumonia infection and deteriorated by acetaminophen
      Infection and Immunity in Childhood, 2006 : 18143-146
    • Kabuki T, Ogimi C, Tanaka R, Ikematsu K, Joh K, Kagimoto S, Oh-Ishi T
      [Thalidomide therapy for infantile-onset Crohn's disease].
      15863968 Nihon Rinsho Men'eki Gakkai kaishi = Japanese journal of clinical immunology, 2005 April : 28(2)92-8
    • Leptospirosis in Children
      Kise T, Ogimi C, Shimabukuro M, Sasaki N, Isa M
      The Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society, 2005 : 109667-671

  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Antibiotic exposure prior to respiratory viral infection is associated with respiratory disease progression in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant recipients 2018 BMT Tandem Meetings UT, USA 2018
    Characteristics of Coronavirus Infection in Immunocompromised vs. Non-immunocompromised Children The 16th Annual St. Jude/PIDS Pediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference TN, USA 2017
    Prolonged shedding of human coronavirus in hematopoietic cell transplant recipients: risk factors and viral genome evolution 33rd Clinical Virology Symposium GA, USA 2017
    How to approach difficult cases Niigata pediatric infectious disease conference Niigata, Japan 2016
    Clinical Significance of Human Coronavirus in Bronchoalveolar Lavage Samples from Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Recipients and Hematologic Malignancy Patients 54th Annual Meeting of Infectious Disease Society of America LA, USA 2016
    Road to pediatric infectious diseases fellowship in US Yokohama infectious disease forum Kanagawa, Japan 2016
    Neonatal testicular torsion Society of Hospital Medicine NV, USA 2014
  • Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
    The Center for Clinical and Translational Research Clinical Research Scholars Program Intensive Path Seattle Childrens Research Institute $27,385 Oct. 1, 2018 - Sept. 30, 2020
    Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Fellowship Award Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society $60,000 July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Medical/Professional School

University of Toyama, Toyama


Pediatrics, Okinawa Chubu Hospital, Uruma, Okinawa
Pediatrics, Elmhurst Hospital Center, Elmhurst


Pediatric Infectious Disease, University of Washington, Seattle
United States Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Yokosuka