William Rutala, MS, MPH, PhD

Director, Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology

Bill Rutala 2017

Phone: (919) 843-0025 or (919) 966-6383
Fax: (919) 843-9979

Division of Infectious Diseases
CB# 7030, Bioinformatics Building
130 Mason Farm Road,
3rd Floor, Room 3101
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, 2014

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, 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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