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
Email address

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., Ricardo G. Maggi, Brandy Ferguson, Jay Varkey, Lawrence P. Park, Edward B. Breitschwerdt, and Christopher W. Woods. “Detection of Bartonella species in the blood of veterinarians and veterinary technicians: a newly recognized occupational hazard?” Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis 14, no. 8 (August 2014): 563–70.

Full Text

Lantos, Paul M., Paul G. Auwaerter, and Gary P. Wormser. “A systematic review of Borrelia burgdorferi morphologic variants does not support a role in chronic Lyme disease.” Clin Infect Dis 58, no. 5 (March 2014): 663–71.

Full Text

Lantos, Paul M., R Jory Brinkerhoff, Gary P. Wormser, and Robert Clemen. “Empiric antibiotic treatment of erythema migrans-like skin lesions as a function of geography: a clinical and cost effectiveness modeling study.” Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis 13, no. 12 (December 2013): 877–83.

Full Text

Lantos, P. M., and R. E. McKinney. “Rickettsial and Ehrlichial Diseases.” In Feigin and Cherry’s Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, edited by James Cherry, Gail J. Demmler-Harrison, Sheldon L. Kaplan, William J. Steinbach, and Peter J. Hotez. W B Saunders Company, 2013.


Lantos, P. M., and P. J. Krause. “Lyme disease coinfections: Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis.” In Lyme Borreliosis in Europe and North America, edited by Sunil K. Sood, 149–58. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.


Breitschwerdt, Edward B., Barbara C. Hegarty, Ricardo G. Maggi, Paul M. Lantos, Denise M. Aslett, and Julie M. Bradley. “Rickettsia rickettsii transmission by a lone star tick, North Carolina.” Emerg Infect Dis 17, no. 5 (May 2011): 873–75.

Full Text