W. Lawrence Drew, MD

Laboratory medicine specialist

W. Lawrence Drew is an active consultant in infectious diseases at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion. He directed the clinical microbiology laboratory at Mount Zion and is currently the director of the clinical virology laboratory at UCSF. He is the emeritus professor of both laboratory medicine and medicine at UCSF.

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Jefferson Medical School, Experimental Pathology (Virology) 1966


UCSF Medical Center, Internal Medicine 1968


University of Washington, Seattle, Clinical Microbiology 1969

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Tun N, Smithuis FM, London N, Drew WL, Heiden D. Mortality in patients with AIDS-related cytomegalovirus retinitis in Myanmar. Clin Infect Dis. 2014 Dec 01; 59(11):1650-1.
  2. Heiden D, Saranchuk P, Tun N, Audoin B, Cohn J, Durier N, Holland G, Drew WL, 't Hoen E. We urge WHO to act on cytomegalovirus retinitis. Lancet Glob Health. 2014 Feb; 2(2):e76-7.
  3. Drew WL, Liu C. Repopulation of ganciclovir-resistant cytomegalovirus by wild-type virus. Clin Transplant. 2012 Nov-Dec; 26(6):949-52.
  4. Tun N, London N, Kyaw MK, Smithuis F, Ford N, Margolis T, Drew WL, Lewallen S, Heiden D. CMV retinitis screening and treatment in a resource-poor setting: three-year experience from a primary care HIV/AIDS programme in Myanmar. J Int AIDS Soc. 2011 Aug 15; 14:41.
  5. Liu C, Schwartz BS, Vallabhaneni S, Nixon M, Chin-Hong PV, Miller SA, Chiu C, Damon L, Drew WL. Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 infection in patients with hematologic malignancy. Emerg Infect Dis. 2010 Dec; 16(12):1910-7.
  6. Drew WL. Cytomegalovirus resistance testing: pitfalls and problems for the clinician. Clin Infect Dis. 2010 Mar 01; 50(5):733-6.
  7. Burbelo PD, Issa AT, Ching KH, Exner M, Drew WL, Alter HJ, Iadarola MJ. Highly quantitative serological detection of anti-cytomegalovirus (CMV) antibodies. Virol J. 2009 May 01; 6:45.
  8. Drew WL. Valacyclovir to reduce transmission of genital herpes simplex virus infection. J Infect Dis. 2009 Mar 15; 199(6):916.
  9. Chiu CY, Urisman A, Greenhow TL, Rouskin S, Yagi S, Schnurr D, Wright C, Drew WL, Wang D, Weintrub PS, Derisi JL, Ganem D. Utility of DNA microarrays for detection of viruses in acute respiratory tract infections in children. J Pediatr. 2008 Jul; 153(1):76-83.
  10. Heiden D, Ford N, Wilson D, Rodriguez WR, Margolis T, Janssens B, Bedelu M, Tun N, Goemaere E, Saranchuk P, Sabapathy K, Smithuis F, Luyirika E, Drew WL. Cytomegalovirus retinitis: the neglected disease of the AIDS pandemic. PLoS Med. 2007 Dec; 4(12):e334.
  11. Drew WL, Roback JD. Prevention of transfusion-transmitted cytomegalovirus: reactivation of the debate? Transfusion. 2007 Nov; 47(11):1955-8.
  12. Drew WL. Laboratory diagnosis of cytomegalovirus infection and disease in immunocompromised patients. Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2007 Aug; 20(4):408-11.
  13. Marfori JE, Exner MM, Marousek GI, Chou S, Drew WL. Development of new cytomegalovirus UL97 and DNA polymerase mutations conferring drug resistance after valganciclovir therapy in allogeneic stem cell recipients. J Clin Virol. 2007 Feb; 38(2):120-5.
  14. Drew WL, Miner RC, Marousek GI, Chou S. Maribavir sensitivity of cytomegalovirus isolates resistant to ganciclovir, cidofovir or foscarnet. J Clin Virol. 2006 Oct; 37(2):124-7.
  15. Drew WL. Is combination antiviral therapy for CMV superior to monotherapy? J Clin Virol. 2006 Apr; 35(4):485-8.
  16. Roback JD, Conlan M, Drew WL, Ljungman P, Nichols WG, Preiksaitis JK. The role of photochemical treatment with amotosalen and UV-A light in the prevention of transfusion-transmitted cytomegalovirus infections. Transfus Med Rev. 2006 Jan; 20(1):45-56.
  17. Stein J, Louie J, Flanders S, Maselli J, Hacker JK, Drew WL, Gonzales R. Performance characteristics of clinical diagnosis, a clinical decision rule, and a rapid influenza test in the detection of influenza infection in a community sample of adults. Ann Emerg Med. 2005 Nov; 46(5):412-9.
  18. Louie JK, Hacker JK, Gonzales R, Mark J, Maselli JH, Yagi S, Drew WL. Characterization of viral agents causing acute respiratory infection in a San Francisco University Medical Center Clinic during the influenza season. Clin Infect Dis. 2005 Sep 15; 41(6):822-8.
  19. Drew WL. I wish to comment on several points in the recent "Guidelines". J Clin Virol. 2005 May; 33(1):79.
  20. Flanders SA, Stein J, Shochat G, Sellers K, Holland M, Maselli J, Drew WL, Reingold AL, Gonzales R. Performance of a bedside C-reactive protein test in the diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia in adults with acute cough. Am J Med. 2004 Apr 15; 116(8):529-35.

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