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Dr. Frascino completed his postdoctoral Clinical Immunology/Allergy Fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco. Prior to this, he served his internship and residency in Pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Northern California and obtained his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Robert J. Frascino served as Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Immunology, Rheumatology, and Allergy, at Stanford University Medical Center from 1983 until 2001 and is currently a member of the American Academy of HIV Medicine. A Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Frascino has served as a distinguished member of the executive boards of numerous state and regional associations, including Past President of the California Society of Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology, the Allergy/Immunology Association of Northern California, and the Allergy, Asthma, Immunology Foundation of Northern California. Dr. Frascino is presently a Trustee of Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Frascino is the founder of 2 medical clinics devoted to the comprehensive and compassionate care of people living with HIV. As primary investigator in numerous HIV clinical trials, he has published articles on evolving new treatments and quality of life issues for people living with the virus.

In 1991, while performing a routine medical procedure on a patient with HIV infection, Dr. Frascino sustained a hollow-bore needle stick and laceration, resulting in his seroconversion to HIV positive. He retired from his medical practice in 1996 to concentrate his efforts on AIDS awareness, fund-raising, and teaching.

Dr. Frascino -- an award-winning classical pianist -- his life partner Dr. Steven Natterstad, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music Professor Dr. William Wellborn have performed a series of concerts entitled A Concerted Effort to benefit AIDS service organizations worldwide. Their efforts to date have raised more than $1,000,000. Drs. Frascino and Natterstad are the recipients of the National Society of Fundraising Executives' Distinguished Honoree/Silicon Valley Philanthropy Award. In addition to raising funds and awareness to combat the epidemic, Dr. Frascino, the recipient of the Santa Clara County Medical Association's Award for "Outstanding Contribution in Medical Education," continues to teach and lecture extensively on various topics related to HIV/AIDS. Dr. Frascino also appears as an expert in 2 Forums – Fatigue/Anemia and Safe Sex/HIV Prevention – at The Body, an HIV/AIDS information resource web site ( In 1999, Dr. Frascino and Dr. Natterstad established The Robert James Frascino Aids Foundation, a 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization whose sole mission is to fund crucial services for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS

and to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic through advocacy and education. In May of 2002, as part of the International AIDS Candlelight Vigil in San Francisco, Dr. Frascino accepted the 2002 Bobbi Campbell AIDS Hero Award for which he received personal letters of acknowledgement and congratulations from both Governor Gray Davis and Mayor Willie Brown. The premier European medical journal, The Lancet, featured Dr. Frascino in their May 2003 issue.

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THE LANCET May 10, 2003 - (PDF)

View Awards Received Below:
• Certificate of Honor - Willie Lewis Brown Jr. Mayor
Congratulations Letter - Governor Gray Davis
• 2002 Bobbi Campbell AIDS Hero Award


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