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A Message From the Chief

Joe Eron, MD

Thank you for visiting our website where you will learn about our patient care, research, and training programs, as well as find general information about our faculty and our division. We specialize in treating people with infectious diseases and we are proud to serve you.

If you are a patient with an appointment in our clinic, please see information for patients. If you would like to consult with one of our physicians, our faculty page will help you and your caregiver choose the right clinician for you. Referring physicians will also find simple instructions for how to have your patients seen at UNC.

Established in 1965, our Division has grown to become a large and vibrant part of the Department and School of Medicine. We have approximately 60 faculty including clinical scientists and non-clinical research faculty. Our in-patient clinical services support the UNC Medical Center, Hillsborough Hospital, and virtual care to Chatham and Nash Hospitals, with state-of-the-art general and immune compromised host consult services and Infectious Diseases resident-based service. Our outpatient clinic at UNC Eastowne serves patients with HIV, other immune dysfunction, general infectious diseases and tick-borne illness. Our HIV Clinics in Chapel Hill and Wake County, supported by Ryan White grants, care for over 3,000 people living with HIV. We recruit four new Infectious Disease post-doctoral fellows yearly and our proud to have trained leaders in Infectious Disease across the state and country.

Our research mission is one of the strongest in the world accomplished in full partnership with the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. We have experience and world leaders in multiple areas including HIV treatment, prevention and pathogenesis, sexually transmitted diseases, malaria, tick-borne illness, multi-drug resistant bacteria and emerging pathogens such as Ebola, Lassa Fever and SARS-CoV-2. Our work, in partnership with the state health authorities extends across North Carolina and our global presence includes robust efforts in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, China, Vietnam, Nicaragua and Peru.


Joe Eron, MD
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases