David J. Tweardy, M.D., Chief of Infectious Diseases
David J. Tweardy, M.D., is a Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases and Interim Chief of the Section of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, was named chair of the Faculty Appointment and Promotion Committee at BCM in July 2007. He was the Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine from 2007 to 2008. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. Following undergraduate studies at Princeton University, Dr. Tweardy earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, Boston. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals of Cleveland, OH, where he was a chief resident. He also served as a research associate in infectious diseases at Case Western Reserve University, and as an associate scientist at The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia. Prior to coming to BCM, Dr. Tweardy was a associate professor and interim chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. He has over one hundred publications, in both basic science and clinical research.
Dr. Tweardy's clinical research interests include the impact of trauma and shock on host susceptibility to hospital-acquired infections and the role of the inflammatory response in infection. His basic research interests include signal transduction events activated in normal and leukemic human myeloid cells by granulocyte colony stimulating factor and other inflammatory mediators.