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Jonathan Plyler, MD | Department of Medicine

Jonathan Plyler, MD

Jonathan Plyler, MD


Jonathan is from Hendersonville, North Carolina and attended the University of South Carolina where he obtained his B.S. in Public Health. During his college summers, he worked as a commercial fisherman during sockeye salmon seasons in Alaska– working with little sleep in a physically and psychologically taxing summer job! Jonathan has been actively engaged in community and service work even before coming to UNC for medical school.  He has volunteered with the nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse in Boone for over a decade, served as a student mentor for the Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity which seeks to create physicians of integrity, functioned as a Health Education coordinator for UNC’s Student-run free clinic, and most recently was selected as one of our Internal Medicine Student Chiefs during his last year of medical school. Jonathan’s international and volunteer work, including time working at the Kudjip Hospital’s HIV clinic in Papua New Guinea, have been impactful and have led him to have a growing interest in Infectious Diseases and global health as a future career. While in PNG, he recognized the need for cultural humility as the group he was with worked with local leaders to develop heatmaps of HIV patients lost to follow-up. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, scuba diving, fishkeeping, playing soccer and basketball, and reading.

  • Undergraduate

    University South Carolina

  • Medical School

    University of North Carolina