William Rutala, MS, MPH, PhD

Director, Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology

William A Rutala, PhD, MS, MPH

Phone: (919) 843-1397
Fax: (919) 966-1451
Email: brutala@unch.unc.edu

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road, 2nd Floor
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7030


M.S., University of Tennessee, 1972
M.P.H., School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, 1977
Ph.D., School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, 1979

Board Certifications

Infection Control, 1984, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009

Clinical Interests

Disinfection, sterilization, cross-infection, healthcare-associated infections, outbreaks, antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

Research Summary

My research interests are the etiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections with a special focus on disinfection and sterilization of reusable medical and surgical devices (e.g., endoscopes, surgical instruments). Other areas of active research include contribution of the hospital environment to disease transmission, medical waste management, hand hygiene, preventing transmission of infectious agents including multiply-drug resistant organisms, prevention of healthcare-associated Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease, investigation of healthcare-associated outbreaks, and new and emerging pathogens in healthcare.


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