Robin Stephens, PhD
Melinda Tanabe, MD
Assistant Professor

DivisionInfectious Disease
DepartmentInternal Medicine


Dr. Melinda Tanabe completed her Medical Degree at Universidad Favaloro in her home country Argentina. She embarked in an Internal Medicine residency in Chicago at John H. Stroger "Cook County" Hospital for three years. For her 4th year, she was chosen to serve as an Internal Medicine Chief resident. Dr. Tanabe selected UTMB Infectious Diseases fellowship program to specialize in Tropical Diseases and Global Health. During her training she was awarded with multiple academic scholarships. She is currently finishing a Masters in Clinical Sciences at UTMB and serving as Assistant Professor for the Infectious Diseases division. Her main interests are Travel Medicine and Global Health with a focus on Neglected Infectious Parasites.

Professional Interests
  1. Neglected Infectious Diseases
  2. Intestinal Parasitology
  3. Global Health
  4. Travel Medicine
  5. Public Health
  1. Tanabe MB, Patel SA. Blastoschizomyces capitatus pulmonary infections in immunocompetent patients: case report, case series and literature review. Epidemiol Infect. 2018;146(1):58-64. doi:10.1017/S0950268817002643
  2. Tanabe MB, Group AR, Rincon L, Stryjewska BM, Sarria JC. Persistent Infection Versus Type 2 Immunological Reaction in Lepromatous Leprosy. J Investig Med High Impact Case Rep. 2020;8:2324709620927884. doi:10.1177/2324709620927884
Degree/Training CompletedYearName & Location
M.D.2012Universidad Favaloro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Internal Medicine2017John H. Stroger Hospital, Chicago, IL
Chief Residency2018John H. Stroger Hospital, Chicago, IL
Infectious Diseases2020University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX