Message From the Director

Amita Gupta, MD, MHS


With more than 500 dedicated employees, the Division of Infectious Diseases represents the largest division within the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Our mission is to combat infectious diseases worldwide through research, patient care, prevention, and education. That charge is broad, so we work together along that continuum with the ultimate goals of: 

Preventing infectious diseases using existing tools and discovering new ones

Diagnosing infectious diseases quicker and more accurately, so people get into treatment before they become severely ill

Treating disease more effectively with groundbreaking therapies that are easy to take, that have fewer side effects, and that help people recovery swiftly

Helping people living with infectious diseases enjoy long, healthy, and fulfilling lives 

We are researchers 

With nearly 100 faculty and an annual budget of over $80 million annually, the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins is among the very top infectious diseases research institutions in the world. We embrace and thrive in an ecosystem of collaboration, mutual respect and deep enquiry. Every day, we explore the tiniest components of bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections, develop and share new knowledge about the human body’s reaction to them, and provide evidence-based guidance that improves healthcare practices. Our research provides insight on the best ways to prevent and treat infectious diseases as new knowledge arises. With the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), this work has never been more important or urgent than it is at this moment in time.

We are patient care providers

As members of the Johns Hopkins medical community, serving patients is in our DNA. We offer excellent inpatient and outpatient consultative services as well as longitudinal care. Our care providers practice throughout Maryland, including at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Johns Hopkins at Greenspring Station, and in city and county health departments. The John G. Bartlett Specialty Practice located on our East Baltimore campus offers integrated, state-of-the-art outpatient care for HIV, hepatitis, and general infectious diseases. Learn more about our clinic services and locations.

We are educators

One of the division’s most important contributions to medicine is the rigor and legacy of our medical education and training programs, which consistently rank among the top in the nation. Our ID Fellowship Programs, for example, offer subspecialty training for board certification and prepare trainees for clinical and academic careers in adult and pediatric infectious diseases, HIV, and in transplant and oncology infectious diseases. JHU ID Fellows have advanced professionally to become internationally recognized leaders in academia, government, the corporate sector, and clinical practice.

We are leaders

As a top academic institution, our division produces leaders in the field, including presidents of medical societies, members of National Academies of Medicine and Science, Howard Hughes Medical Institution investigators, members of Presidential and leading government Advisory Councils, and much more. Whether globally, nationally, or locally, our faculty help define research priorities, develop novel instructional methodologies, and serve as staunch advocates for improved patient care.

We serve the community—locally and globally

A founding principle of healthcare at Johns Hopkins is the provision of equitable access to world-class treatment to every community member—we serve everyone, regardless of racial, social, sexual orientation, gender identity, or economic status. We consider healthcare a human right; it is the foundation of the care we provide to patients across our medical system, the research we do to improve the lives of patients globally, and the training we instill in students who go on to pursue careers around the world.

There’s been no time in our division’s history during which people have been called to serve so critically for so long.

More than 500 strong,
we are the Johns Hopkins Division of Infectious Diseases.