The Section on Infectious Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine is comprised of professionals committed to excellence in patient care, research and education. We are perhaps most proud of the collegial atmosphere created by our full-time faculty, affiliated faculty and dedicated staff. We have been able to build a strong ID Division of clinician-scientists with broad areas of interest, and chosen to build the ID Section around clinical breadth while focusing on collaborative, translational research with partners in many areas of the Medical Center. Collaborations include faculty with cross appointments in Hematology/Oncology, Microbiology/Immunology, Molecular Medicine, the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging, Public Health Sciences, and the North Carolina Baptist Hospital Departments of Pharmacy and Infection Control. Our faculty members are perennial winners of teaching awards given by trainees throughout the Medical Center, and have been lauded for their clinical skills in multiple Best Doctors citations at the local and national level. This breadth is the strength of our section and ID Fellowship training program.
Research Faculty Highlights
Laura H. Bachmann, MD, MPH Dr. Bachmann has spent over a decade evaluating and managing male and female patients in STD clinic settings as well as serving as an HIV primary care provider for male and female patients, including pregnant HIV-infected females.
Werner E. Bischoff, MD, MS, PhD Dr. Bischoff’s work focuses primarily on the transmission dynamics of human pathogens, the epidemiology of antibiotic resistant organisms such as Vancomycin-resistant enterococci and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and the modification of preventive practices of healthcare providers.
Charles A. De Comarmond, MD, MSc Dr. De Comarmond’s interests lie in chronic hepatitis C infection diagnosis and management, with a specific focus on the following:
The role of biochemical markers for staging of liver disease in hepatitis C infection,
Clinical research for using new strategies for treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection, and
The impact of mental health on the outcome of hepatitis C treatment.
Kevin P. High, MD, MSc Dr. High focuses his clinical research on the immuno-compromised adults. With joint appointments in Infectious Diseases and Hematology/Oncology, many of his patients are cancer patients with infectious complications, transplant recipients, HIV-infected or with other immune compromise. His research activities focus on nutritional modulation of immune responses.
Vera Luther, MD Dr. Luther’s primary research focus relates to medical education, with a particular emphasis on the inherent aspects of preclinical and clinical medical education that allow for cognitive errors in clinical decision making and how modification of or interventions in the educational process might reduce these errors.
Charles E. McCall, MD Dr. McCall, the director of the new WFU Translational Sciences Institute (TSI), directs an NIH funded basic-translational research program that seeks to define the molecular events that accompany sepsis- or trama-induced severe systemic inflammation (SSI) with multi-organ failure. The most recent focus is on the Epigenetics of Severe Systemic Inflammation.
Marina Núñez, MD, PhD Over the past nine years, Dr. Núñez , has developed multiple research projects on HIV and HIV-hepatitis viral co-infections: Liver toxicity secondary to antiretroviral therapy; clinical outcome and treatment of chronic hepataitis C and B in the HIV-infected population; and interactions between HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections, as well as between HIV, HCV and hepatitis B viruses (HBV).
Christopher A. Ohl, MD Dr. Ohl’s research interests focus on the epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance, the pharmacoepidemiology of antimicrobial use and the relationship between the two. There is much need for information about antimicrobial resistance in the hospital and outpatient community and the potential to improve susceptibility through the proper and prudent use of antibiotics.
James Peacock, MD Dr. Peacock’s clinical research focuses on the following areas: Prosthetic Device Infections; Bone and Joint Infections; Infections due to S. aureus; Fungal Infections.
Aimee Wilkin, MD, MPH Dr. Wilkin's research interests include access and quality of care for HIV infected patients and the study of factors affecting successful implementation of antiretroviral therapy in community clinics.