Personal profile


Dr. Swati Avashia spent most of her childhood in Charleston, WV and graduated with honors from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She obtained her medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine and went on to complete a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Indiana University in Indianapolis. After residency, Dr. Avashia spent two years in the United States Public Health Service as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During her term of service, she was stationed at the Texas Department of State Health Services in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance division. Dr. Avashia has spent the last five years working in indigent care clinics in Austin.

Dr. Avashia just recently joined the Department of Internal Medicine in October 2009. She is involved in the University of Texas Medical Branch Scholars in Education Faculty Development Program. Her academic interests include pediatric and adolescent medicine curriculum and development and teaching evidence-based medicine. She enjoys treating patients of all ages but has a particular interest in adults and children requiring complex medical care.

External positions

Department of Internal Medicine

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Tularemia Medicine & Life Sciences
Bacillus anthracis Medicine & Life Sciences
Sciuridae Medicine & Life Sciences
Bacillus cereus Medicine & Life Sciences
Pneumonia Medicine & Life Sciences
Genes Medicine & Life Sciences
Francisella tularensis Medicine & Life Sciences
Inhalation Exposure Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 1996 2016

5 Citations

Practical opportunities for healthy diet and physical activity: Relationship to intentions, behaviors, and body mass index

Ferrer, R. L., Burge, S. K., Palmer, R. F., Cruz, I., Avashia, S., Young, R., White, D., Kallumadanda, S., Armstrong, T., Kumar, A., Edwards, D. & The RRNeT Investigators Mar 1 2016 In : Annals of Family Medicine. 14, 2, p. 109-116 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Body Mass Index
Healthy Diet
Surveys and Questionnaires


Atore, C. & Avashia, S. B. May 28 2015 The 5-Minute Clinical Consult Standard 2016: Twenty Fourth Edition. Wolters Kluwer Health Adis (ESP)

Research output: ResearchChapter

47 Citations

Fatal pneumonia among metalworkers due to inhalation exposure to Bacillus cereus containing Bacillus anthracis toxin genes

Avashia, S. B., Biggins, W. S., Lindley, C., Hoffmaster, A., Drumgoole, R., Nekomoto, T., Jackson, P. J., Hill, K. K., Williams, K., Lehman, L., Libal, M. C., Wilkins, P. P., Alexander, J., Tvaryanas, A. & Betz, T. Feb 1 2007 In : Clinical Infectious Diseases. 44, 3, p. 414-416 3 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Bacillus anthracis
Inhalation Exposure
Bacillus cereus
134 Citations

Characterization of Bacillus cereus isolates associated with fatal pneumonias: Strains are closely related to Bacillus anthracis and Harbor B. anthracis virulence genes

Hoffmaster, A. R., Hill, K. K., Gee, J. E., Marston, C. K., De, B. K., Popovic, T., Sue, D., Wilkins, P. P., Avashia, S. B., Drumgoole, R., Helma, C. H., Ticknor, L. O., Okinaka, R. T. & Jackson, P. J. Sep 2006 In : Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 44, 9, p. 3352-3360 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Bacillus anthracis
Bacillus cereus

First Reported Prairie Dog-to-Human Tularemia Transmission, Texas, 2002

Avashia, S. B., Petersen, J. M., Lindley, C. M., Schriefer, M. E., Gage, K. L., Cetron, M., DeMarcus, T. A., Kim, D. K., Buck, J., Montenieri, J. A., Lowell, J. L., Antolin, M. F., Kosoy, M. Y., Carter, L. G., Chu, M. C., Hendricks, K. A., Dennis, D. T. & Kool, J. L. Mar 2004 In : Emerging Infectious Diseases. 10, 3, p. 483-486 4 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Francisella tularensis
Disease Outbreaks