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  • Assistant Professor – Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology
  • Co-Director – Global Health Neurology Elective Rotation
  • Vice Chair – American Academy of Neurology, Global Health Section

Dr. Diaz is an assistant professor of neurology in the Division of MS/Neuroimmunology at UNC. She sees patients in the MS and transverse myelitis clinics of UNC, providing care to patients with multiple sclerosis and autoimmune and infectious diseases affecting the nervous system. She completed her neurology residency at Yale and neuro-infectious/MS/neuroimmunology fellowship at UC San Diego.

Dr. Diaz has lived and worked in Peru intermittently since 2019 through an NIH Fogarty fellowship and continues to lead studies in Peru with the goal of improving neurological outcomes in Latin America, including studies on epidemiology/risk factors for dementia, cognitive impairment in Peruvians living with HIV and transverse myelitis in Peru. She is the co-director of a bilateral neurology resident rotation between UNC and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru.

Clinical Interests

  • Multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, neuromyelitis optica, neurosarcoidosis, viral or antibody-mediated encephalitis, HIV-related, neurocysticercosis, post-COVID-19 neurological complications

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology of HIV-associated neurological conditions, multiple sclerosis and demyelinating disorders; cognitive impairment in persons with HIV or multiple sclerosis; neurological care in international settings


  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, November 2019, Neurology


  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
    State University of New York – Downstate College of Medicine, 2010 – 2014
  • Master of Science, Clinical Research
    Medical University of South Carolina, 2019 – 2021
  • Internship, Internal Medicine
    Louisiana State University Medical Center, 2014 – 2015
  • Residency, Neurology
    Yale University, 2015 – 2018
  • Fellowship, Neuroinfectious Diseases and Neuroimmunology
    University of California, San Diego, 2018 – 2019
  • Fellowship, Global Health
    National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center/Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, 2019 – 2020


Monica Diaz, MD, MS