Message From the Director

David L. Thomas, MD, MPH

The Division of Infectious Diseases comprises more than 115 faculty members, 10 clinical fellows, more than 25 post-doctoral trainees and many more key personnel that make it one of the largest members of the Department of Medicine within the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Our primary goal is to combat infectious diseases worldwide through research, patient care, prevention, and education.

We work as multidisciplinary teams to address critical challenges in infectious diseases including HIV, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, infectious diarrhea, respiratory infections, organ transplantation-related infections, hospital-acquired infections, environmental infectious diseases, the microbiome and antimicrobial stewardship and resistance. Our most significant biomedical discoveries have emerged from team science where basic discoveries have been translated by our expert clinicians into better patient care. For example, the Center for TB Research is the largest academic TB research program in the world and has global reach and impact in pathogenesis, genomics, drug development, clinical trials and public health interventions. Likewise, the Center for AIDS Research is based in the division and our HIV research programs are amongst the best in the world.

Patient care is also best provided by multidisciplinary teams. For example, comprehensive, longitudinal HIV care at Johns Hopkins is provided by physicians, nurses, social workers, and administrative staff. In addition, key partners provide additional on-site expertise in psychiatry, neurology, pharmacology, gynecology, chronic hepatitis, endocrinology, oncology and other disciplines where HIV-infected patients have unique needs. Clinicians not only provide outstanding medical care but also extend their reach through the impact of hundreds of biomedical research publications documenting their best medical practices and research findings.

The Division is local. Our clinical and research efforts begin in East Baltimore and we are especially interested in fulfilling the mission of Johns Hopkins to serve the poor of our community.  We not only offer comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care, we also have outreach programs for HIV and hepatitis C.  Since January 2015, we have cured more than 2500 persons with chronic hepatitis C.  Our division provides the leadership and medical care for the Baltimore City STD and TB clinics.  In addition, we provide HIV and HCV care to approximately 800 underserved persons throughout the state of Maryland.

The Division is international.  Leadership for the Johns Hopkins Global Health Center and Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health Education is based in the Division of Infectious Diseases. We have strong, funded research programs in several sites in India, South Africa, Uganda, China, and in Central and South America.  In addition, the Center for Clinical Global Health Education has developed methods to educate physicians all over the world. Similar technologies link Divisional thought leaders with physicians providing care from Ethiopia, to India, to prisons in the United States. The Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health is a nexus for all the Institution’s international health efforts and provides special opportunities for training and research.

The Division also is training future leaders of medicine and infectious diseases. Through lectures and course direction, Division members participate in the Institution’s legacy of medical education. As a core mission of the Division, each year four outstanding physicians are chosen for a three-year Infectious Diseases Fellowship. The rigor and global impact of this training program have been recognized by several National Institutes of Health Awards as well as full accreditation by the Residency Review Committees. Our fellowship program includes both outstanding broad clinical training and opportunity to conduct two years of uninterrupted research with world class scientists from this and other institutions. As of 2018, 18 of the past 19 physician scientist awards (K08 and K23) submitted by our fellows were funded by NIH.  Many of our fellows have gone on to become national and international leaders in the field of Infectious Diseases.

Our goal is to increase the breadth and depth of our clinical, biomedical discovery, and educational programs. Please learn more about our Division by visiting the web pages of the individual programs and faculty as well as those of our key partners. Through training, investigating, working, or giving, I invite you to join with us in this vitally important battle against infectious diseases.


David L. Thomas, M.D., M.P.H.
Stanhope Bayne-Jones Professor of Medicine
Director, Division of Infectious Diseases