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Kenneth Alexander, MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics

Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Dr. Alexander is a nationally known pediatric infectious diseases clinician and researcher. His clinical interests include fevers of unknown origin, persistent and recurrent viral infections, infections in immunocompromised hosts, and antibacterial and antiviral resistance problems. Dr. Alexander is also working to promote immunization among medically underserved adolescents.

Dr. Alexander's NIH-sponsored research focuses of the development of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections, including studies of viral DNA replication and transcription control. Dr. Alexander's laboratory also studies the role of innate immunity on the progression of HPV infections and on HPV-induced tumor development. Additionally, his laboratory is working to develop antiviral agents for use as topical microbicides.

A popular speaker, Dr. Alexander has lectured around the world on many pediatric infectious diseases topics. He is also the author of many scientific articles, reviews and book chapters.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

The University of Chicago Medicine
Comer Children’s Hospital
5721 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Medical School

University of Washington

Graduate School

University of Washington, Seattle


Children’s Hospital, Boston


Children’s Hospital, Boston


Duke University, Durham, NC


Infectious Disease Society of America
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Society for Pediatric Research

Language Spoken




Office Phone

(773) 702-6176

Office Fax

(773) 702-1196

Office Postal Address

Kenneth Alexander, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 6054
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

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Read More About Dr. Alexander

Dr. Alexander is a member of the University of Chicago Adoption Center Team.

As part of the University of Chicago Infection Prevention Outreach team, Dr. Alexander offers monthly educational web meetings for school nurses in Chicago and the surrounding region. Learn more about the program, which is designed to facilitate collaboration between school nurses and help them to standardize care that students receive.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Alexander’s publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.

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