Luke Strnad, MD

Luke Strnad, MD

Luke Strnad, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, OHSU
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Programs, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health 


B.A. - Seattle Pacific University, 2005
M.D. - Loma Linda University School of Medicine, 2010


Intern and Resident, Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Medicine, 2013 
Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Medicine, 2014


Infectious Diseases, University of California - San Francisco, 2016

Board certification

American Board of Internal Medicine Board Certification, 2013
American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Board Certification, 2016

Clinical interests

  • Mycobacterial infections (Tuberculous Mycobacteria and Nontuberculous Mycobacteria)
  • Staphylococcus aureus infections
  • Bacterial endocarditis
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infections and complications
  • Addiction medicine

Research interests

  • Non-tuberculous mycobacterial infections
  • Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia
  • Medical education interventions in the graduate setting
  • Infections in populations with active substance use


Dr. Strnad completed his medical school training at Loma Linda University School of Medicine before switching coasts to Boston to complete his internal medicine residency and chief residency at the Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Medicine (BIDMC) where he became board certified in internal medicine. He then traveled back west for his infectious disease fellowship training at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief fellow in the training program. He joined the OHSU infectious diseases faculty in 2016 where he is board certified in infectious diseases.

Dr. Strnad is on the clinician educator faculty pathway within the department of medicine and spends time teaching in the medical school, internal medicine residency, and infectious disease fellowship programs as well as the affiliated OHSU/PSU School of Public Health. He was recognized for these efforts with a junior faculty teaching award from the internal medicine residency in 2017. Dr. Strnad is the co-director of the infectious diseases fellowship's HIV curriculum, the director of the infectious disease fellowship’s non-tuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) elective and it’s non-ACGME Chronic Chest & Mycobacterial Infection Fellowship, a member of the fellowship’s clinical competency committee, a member the IDSA’s Community of Practice for Medical Education, and a member and advisory group member of OHSU's Educators Collaborative.

Dr. Strnad also has specific clinical and academic focuses in the areas of mycobacterial infections, Staphylococcus aureus infections, and infections in populations with active substance use. While in his infectious diseases fellowship at UCSF he worked with a tuberculosis (TB) research group, the San Francisco Department of Public Health tuberculosis clinic, and rotated at the California State TB program’s multi-drug resistant tuberculosis division. He currently does clinical TB work in conjunction with the Oregon State TB Program and non-tuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) clinical and educational work at OHSU in collaboration with Dr. Kevin Winthrop and the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Center for Infectious Diseases where he is a Co-PI on numerous studies regarding NTM disease. While in fellowship Dr. Strnad also initiated an ongoing quality improvement project area regarding Staph aureus bacteremia at UCSF, and now at OHSU oversees a quality improvement project and is the PI of a clinical cohort regarding Staph aureus bacteremia. He is currently is a member of the IDSA/ESCMID Clinical Practice Guidelines for Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteremia where he serves as the co-chair for the diagnostics sub-group of that guideline. Dr. Strnad is also involved in ongoing collaborative work with OHSU's addiction medicine program (IMPACT) in designing and evaluating different models of care for patients with active substance use disorders and concomitant bacterial infections

In his spare time Dr. Strnad enjoys taking walks through the city, exploring the Portland food scene and going hiking and camping in the beautiful outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. He also likes to run, play board games and is an avid ice hockey fan.

Selected publications

  1. Strnad L, Winthrop K. Book Chapter: Mycobacterium Avium Complex. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases: 9th Edition. September 2019.
  2. Nathavitharana RR, Strnad L, Lederer PA, Shah M, Hurtado RM. Top Questions in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary M. abscessus Disease. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2019 May 14;6(7):ofz221.
  3. Tapper EB, Strnad L, Shmerling R. Reducing the Burden of False-Positive Tests: It Is Time to Optimize Diagnostic Testing for Undifferentiated Conditions. Mayo Clin Proc. 2019 Jul;94(7):1143-1146.
  4. Choi R, Strnad L, Flaxel CJ, Lauer AK, Suhler EB. Gordonia bronchialis-Associated Endophthalmitis, Oregon, USA. Emerg Infect Dis. 2019 May;25(5):1017-1019.
  5. Shete PB, Farr K, Strnad L, Gray CM, Cattamanchi A. Diagnostic accuracy of TB-LAMP for pulmonary tuberculosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Infect Dis. 2019 Mar 19;19(1):268.
  6. Liu C, Strnad L, Beekman SE, Polgreen PM, Chambers HF. Clinical Practice Variation Among Adult Infectious Diseases Physicians in the Management of Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia. CID. 2019 Jan 2. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy1144
  7. Farr K, Ravindran, Strnad L, Chang E, Chaisson LH, Yoon C, Worodria W, Andama A, Ayakaka I, Bbosa Nalwanga P, Byanyima P, Kalema N, Kaswabuli S, Katagira W, Aman KD, Musisi E, Tumwine NW, Sanyu I, Ssebunya R, Davis JL, Huang L, Khan IH, Cattamanchi A. Diagnostic performance of blood inflammatory markers for tuberculosis screening in people living with HIV. PLoS One. 2018 Oct 23;13(10):e0206119.
  8. Strnad, L and Winthrop, KL. Treatment of Mycobacterium abscessus Complex. Semin Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 Jun;39(3):362-376
  9. Strnad, LC, Beekmann, SE, Chambers, HF, Polgreen, P, Liu, C. Clinical Practice Variation in the Management of Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia: Results from an Emerging Infections Network Survey. 2017. 
  10. Brown L, Langelier C, Reid MJ, Rutishauser RL, Strnad L. Antimicrobial Resistance: A Call to Action! Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Jan 1;64(1):106-107.
  11. Adithya Cattamanchi, Priya B. Shete, Katherine Farr, Luke Strnad, Hojoon Sohn. The use of loop-mediated isothermal amplification (TB-LAMP) for the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis: policy guidance. WHO Press. 2016.
  12. Textbook of Pleural Disease, 3E, ed by Richard W Light, YC Gary Lee. Chapter 24: Effusions from Infections - Tuberculosis. Authors: Luke C. Strnad, MD, Claudia M. Denkinger, MD PhD, Madhukar Pai, MD PhD