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Assistant Professor of Medicine

Areas of Interest

Infective endocarditis, addiction medicine and infectious diseases, viral hepatitis, OPAT, harm reduction


My clinical interests include endovascular infections, viral hepatitis and HIV, and I am interested in caring for infectious diseases in persons with substance use disorders. My research is broadly focused on the intersection of infectious diseases and substance use disorders, and how to improve the care of patients hospitalized with severe, injection drug-related infections. I utilize large datasets to study outcomes following invasive infections – such as infective endocarditis and bone, joint and spine infections – affecting people who inject drugs, in both North Carolina and the US. Additionally, through qualitative methods, my team examines how to identify and develop patient-centered approaches to disease prevention, inpatient addiction care and harm reduction, and long-term antibiotic delivery. I am also interested in Hepatitis C epidemiology, HIV health services research and clinical practice issues related to outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT), as well as clinical quality improvement activities in these spheres. I benefit from a wide array of collaborators, including public health professionals, cardiac surgeons, addiction medicine specialists, epidemiologists, and health behavior researchers.

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate Wesleyan University
  • Medical School University of Pennsylvania
  • Residency New York University, Bellevue Hospital
  • Fellowship University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MPH University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Schranz Asher, MD