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February 18, 2021


Heather Root, MD

Clinical Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases

The Implementation of UNC’s Own COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) Program


Dr. Root is an Infectious Diseases Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She did her Internal Medicine Residency at Emory University and received her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She is particularly interested in implementation research in underserved populations in HIV/AIDS and Global Health. When the pandemic hit, Heather was in the middle of her Fogarty Global Health Fellowship in South Africa working on HIV/AIDS research, but was required to return to the US prematurely due to the pandemic. Since her return, Heather has been an instrumental addition to the COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) Program team at UNC playing a major role in the implementation and analysis of UNC’s CCP EAP program and investigator-initiated Coronavirus Inactivating Plasma RCT. This work has led to a growing interest in global pandemic response efforts like implementation of a convalescent plasma program or of RCTs in resource limited settings, namely LMICs.