About Us

Robert Atmar, M.D. (320x240)
Robert Atmar, M.D.

The Section of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine provides the best care for patients and the most comprehensive clinical and research training in infectious diseases to fellows, residents and students, while advancing knowledge of infections and immunity through cutting-edge research in basic science, clinical science, epidemiology, health services and outcomes.

Our clinical faculty is comprised of four groups. Physicians in our Faculty Group Practice provide in-patient consultation services at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, the Pavilion for Women, Houston Methodist Hospital, Kindred Hospital and Specialty Select Hospital, along with outpatient clinic and Travel Clinic services at the Baylor Clinic.

Physicians affiliated with the Harris Health System provide inpatient consultation services at Ben Taub Hospital, outpatient HIV-related services at Thomas Street Medical Center, and Infectious and Tropical Diseases clinic services at the Smith Clinic.

Physicians affiliated with the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center or the MD Anderson Cancer Center provide both inpatient consultations and outpatient clinic services at each of their respective institutions.

This wide range of venues covered by our program's award-winning physician-educators are located in Houston, the fourth-largest and most ethnically diverse city in the United States, which provides an unparalleled breadth and depth of clinical exposure for our trainees. In addition, stipends (three per year) for research training in lab-based clinical research, clinical trials and epidemiology research, and global health research are available through an NIH-T32 training grant based within the section. Twenty-three faculty members at Baylor College of Medicine, which includes the nation's only National School for Tropical Medicine, serve as mentors or co-mentors for physician-scientists-in-training supported by this T32.

As interim section chief, I hope that you find this site informational and invite you to contact me, or any one of my colleagues, if we can be of any assistance.

Robert L. Atmar, M.D.
Interim Chief, Section of Infectious Diseases

Our Mission and Vision

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