Paul Michael Lantos, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Research Professor of Global Health
Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Associate Professor in Pediatrics
Campus mail 2424 Erwin Rd, Hock Plaza, Suite 405, Durham, NC 27705
Phone (919) 668-2909
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I am interested in the spatial epidemiology of infectious diseases. My research utilizes geographic information systems (GIS) and geostatistical analyses to understand the spatial and spatiotemporal distribution of diseases, and their relationship with environmental and demographic factors. I currently have active studies evaluating the spatial distribution of numerous domestic and international infectious diseases, including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), cytomegalovirus, influenza, and Lyme disease. Additionally I am interested in maternal-child health, and I have a number of ongoing studies of neighborhood health disparities in obstetrical care and birth outcomes. I am interested in GIS education and have conducted workshops on public health GIS in Mongolia and China.

Education and Training

  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 2004 - 2007
  • Med-Peds Resident, Medicine/Pediatrics, University of Connecticut, 2000 - 2004
  • M.S., Johns Hopkins University, 2016
  • M.D., University of Connecticut, 2000


Lantos, Paul M., Lise E. Nigrovic, Paul G. Auwaerter, Vance G. Fowler, Felicia Ruffin, R Jory Brinkerhoff, Jodi Reber, et al. “Geographic Expansion of Lyme Disease in the Southeastern United States, 2000-2014.” Open Forum Infect Dis 2, no. 4 (December 2015): ofv143.

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Lantos, Paul M., Sallie R. Permar, Kate Hoffman, and Geeta K. Swamy. “The Excess Burden of Cytomegalovirus in African American Communities: A Geospatial Analysis.” Open Forum Infect Dis 2, no. 4 (December 2015): ofv180.

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Lantos, Paul M., John A. Branda, Joel C. Boggan, Saumil M. Chudgar, Elizabeth A. Wilson, Felicia Ruffin, Vance Fowler, Paul G. Auwaerter, and Lise E. Nigrovic. “Poor Positive Predictive Value of Lyme Disease Serologic Testing in an Area of Low Disease Incidence.” Clin Infect Dis 61, no. 9 (November 1, 2015): 1374–80.

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Lipsett, Susan C., Nira R. Pollock, John A. Branda, Caroline D. Gordon, Catherine R. Gordon, Paul M. Lantos, and Lise E. Nigrovic. “The Positive Predictive Value of Lyme Elisa for the Diagnosis of Lyme Disease in Children.” Pediatr Infect Dis J 34, no. 11 (November 2015): 1260–62.

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Lantos, Paul M., Eugene D. Shapiro, Paul G. Auwaerter, Phillip J. Baker, John J. Halperin, Edward McSweegan, and Gary P. Wormser. “Unorthodox alternative therapies marketed to treat Lyme disease.” Clin Infect Dis 60, no. 12 (June 15, 2015): 1776–82.

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Willen, Shaina M., Courtney D. Thornburg, and Paul M. Lantos. “Travelers with sickle cell disease.” J Travel Med 21, no. 5 (September 2014): 332–39.

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