Program Overview

The Division of Infectious Diseases offers training in clinical infectious diseases and four additional tracks:

  • Basic or Clinical Research
  • Medical Microbiology
  • International Health
  • Emerging Infections

This program confers the qualifications for Board-eligibility for Infectious Diseases.

Basic or Clinical Research Track

Fellows will undertake two years of full-time research training, either at the bench in a research laboratory supervised by one of the Division faculty or by participation in formal course work in addition to the pursuit of a clinical research project.
Usually, research training will be supervised by one of the division faculty, but a request by a fellow to train in another Duke research laboratory in another department for the two years of research will be considered, providing the following conditions are met:

1) The field of research is within the scope of academic infectious diseases, for example:

  • Immunology
  • Basic Microbiology
  • Health Care Epidemiology and Infection Prevention
  • Staphylococcal and Major Invasive Infections
  • Tuberculosis and Mycobacterial infections
  • Transplant Infectious Diseases and Fungal Infections

2) A specific research training program is defined, which is consistent with the current goals and activities of the Infectious Disease Division.

3) The proposed supervisor is a full-time Duke faculty member with his or her own established research laboratory. 

4) The proposed supervisor will assist in providing financial support for the trainee for the period of training. 

Medical Microbiology Track

Fellows will spend one year in clinical training and two years in the medical microbiology laboratory under the joint direction of the Department of Pathology and the Division of Infectious Diseases. These trainees will be qualified to take the ID subspecialty boards, as well as the examination for special competence in medical microbiology.

International Health Track

Fellows will spend one year in clinical training and two years on clinical research in international health, at least one year of which will be spent overseas. Pursuit of this track requires special planning and is not always available.

Emerging Infections Track

Fellows will spend one year in clinical training followed by clinical or basic research on this topic for two years.

Advising and Mentoring

Senior faculty advisors guide trainees’ research during the second and third year of their fellowships. A close working relationship between trainee and advisor develops during these years.
There are many research opportunities for trainees within the division. Each trainee selects, in consultation with his/her advisor, that research program best suited to his/her career goals. The research tracks are as follows:

Clinical Research

Antimicrobial Evaluation Unit

  • Deverick J. Anderson, MD MPH
  • Rebekah W. Moehring, MD MPH
  • Richard Drew, PharmD
  • Melissa D. Johnson, PharmD

Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group

  • John A. Bartlett, MD
  • Mehri McKellar, MD
  • Susanna Naggie, MD
  • Nathan M. Thielman, MD MPH

HIV Clinical Research: Acute HIV Infection

  • Mehri McKellar, MD

HIV Testing Research and HIV-Hepatitis Co-Infection   

  • Mehri McKellar, MD
  • Susanna Naggie, MD

Health Care Epidemiology/Infection Control (Duke and DICON)

  • Deverick J. Anderson, MD MPH
  • Sarah S. Lewis, MD MPH
  • Rebekah W. Moehring, MD MPH
  • Daniel J. Sexton, MD FACP 

Bone, Joint and Surgical Site Infections and Outcomes

  • Edward Hendershot, MD

International Collaboration on Endocarditis (ICE)

  • Vivian H. Chu, MD MHS
  • Vance G. Fowler., MD MHS
  • Ralph Corey, MD

Mycobacterial and Tuberculosis Program

  • Jason E. Stout, MD MHS

Program in Biodefense and Biopreprocedure

  • Christopher W. Woods, MD MPH
  • Cameron R. Wolfe, MBBS FRACP

Epidemiology and Outcomes of Staphylococcal Infections

  • Vivian H. Chu, MD MHS
  • Vance G. Fowler, MD MHS

International Programs 

  • John A. Bartlett, MD
  • G. Ralph Corey, MD
  • John Crump,  MB ChB
  • Nathan M Thielman, MD, MPH

Basic Research

Bacterial Pathogenesis

  • Vivian H. Chu, MD, MHS
  • Vance G. Fowler, MD, MHS
  • Christopher W. Woods, MD, MPH

Mycobacterial Genetics

  • Richard Frothingham, MD, FACP

RNA Processing

  • Mariano Garcia-Blanco, MD, PhD

Molecular Mycology and Fungal Pathogenesis

  • Barbara B. Alexander, MD
  • Andrew J. Alspaugh, MD
  • Gary M. Cox, MD
  • Joseph Heitman, MD PhD
  • Wiley Schell, PhD
  • John R. Perfect, MD
  • Aimee Zaas, MD

Clinical Microbiology 

  • Barth L. Reller, MD

Viral Pathogenesis

  • Matthias Gromeier

Molecular Pathogenesis of Lung Injury

  • Karen E. Welty-Wolf, MD

HIV Pathogenesis & Immunology

  • Mehri McKellar, MD
  • Mary E. Klotman, MD

Training Grants

Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in AIDS 

  • Nathan Thielman, MD

Mentored Clinical Research Scholar Program 

  • John D. Hamilton, MD

Medical Molecular Training program in Fungal Pathogenesis

  • Thomas Mitchell, PhD