Keith R. Jerome M.D., Ph.D.

Keith R. Jerome M.D., Ph.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Laboratory Medicine




Primary Location

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance - Outpatient Clinic

825 Eastlake Ave E.
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 855.557.0555|Map It 


Dr. Jerome is a UW professor and head of the Virology Division in the University of Washington Department of Laboratory Medicine, and a member in the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Jerome’s clinical focus is on the diagnosis of viral infections and the role the laboratory can play in improved patient care.

In Dr. Jerome's clinical role, he leads the diagnostic virology program at the University of Washington. Under his guidance, the program has designed and implemented molecular testing assays for a wide variety of human viruses, including HIV, hepatitis B and C, enterovirus, BK virus, cytomegalovirus, and human herpesvirus 6. The laboratory provides diagnostic support for stem cell transplant and other patients in the Pacific Northwest, and around the United States through its reference testing services. 

In his basic science research, Dr. Jerome has published extensively on pathogen-host interactions and immune evasion by herpes viruses, and is now pioneering the use of DNA-editing endonucleases as a potentially curative therapy for previously incurable viral infections, including HIV, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus, and herpesvirus infections. He currently serves as principal investigator of defeatHIV, one of three NIH-funded Martin Delaney Collaboratories dedicated to developing curative therapies for HIV.

Dr. Jerome received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University, and completed his postgraduate training in laboratory medicine and virology at the University of Washington.

Patient Care Philosophy

I enjoy applying new technologies and scientific advances to improve diagnosis and care of our patients' viral infections. I also enjoy working with residents and other trainees to develop the next generation of leaders in virology.

Personal Interests

I enjoy tennis, travel, boating, and skiing. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Clinical Interests

Virology; molecular diagnosis.

Research Interests

Viral diagnosis; cures for chronic viral infections.


Duke Univ. School of MedicineMedical education1993

Board Certifications

American Board of PathologyClinical Pathology1998
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