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UNC Pediatric Infectious Disease Faculty

Tom BelhornTom Belhorn MD PhD is a professor of pediatrics, has been a pediatric infectious disease physician since 1990. He has been with UNC Children’s since 1999.

Dr. Belhorn’s clinical specialty is providing care for children with any type of infectious disease. Special interests include pediatric HIV, and he directs the Ryan White Program-funded pediatric HIV clinics at UNC Hospitals. Additional clinical interests include MRSA, viral infections, persistent or recurring fever, and general pediatric infectious diseases.

Dr. Belhorn has a strong interest in medical education, has won numerous education awards, and gives frequent lectures on varied pediatric infectious disease topics to wide-ranging audiences. He is annually selected for the Best Doctors in America Award and has been recognized as one of America’s top pediatricians by the Consumers’ Research Council. He is the program director for the fellowship program.

Dr. Belhorn and his wife Linda, an adult rheumatologist, were married in 1986. They enjoy cheering on the Tar Heels in football and basketball, visiting new restaurants, occasional trips to the beach, and of course spending time with their two children, Chris and Stephanie.

Toni DarvilleToni Darville, MD, is the chief of pediatric infectious disease, Scientific Director of the Children’s Research Institute and UNC Children’s vice chair for research.

Dr. Darville has been conducting basic and translational research on Chlamydia trachomatis for over 23 years. Her goal is to increase understanding of genital tract disease due to C. trachomatis with the aim of developing improved treatment and preventatives and to improve the reproductive health of women worldwide.

Dr. Darville is also dedicated to providing medical education and mentorship to trainees of all levels, including fellows, graduate students, post docs and junior level faculty. As Vice Chair of Research and Scientific Director of the CRI, she is happy to provide feedback on potential research proposals and information about helpful resources available on campus.

She and her husband, Dave, enjoy entertaining, traveling and family time with their twin daughters, Hillary and Rachel.

Zachary WillisZach Willis, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor of pediatrics who joined UNC Children’s as a pediatric infectious diseases physician in 2016. Dr. Willis is especially interested in the management of complicated bacterial and fungal infections, including in children with compromised immune systems.

Dr. Willis has a particular interest in antibiotic stewardship, which means optimizing antibiotic use in hospitals and clinics to prevent the development of antibiotic-resistant infections. He serves as the medical director of the pediatric antibiotic stewardship program for UNC Children’s. His research focuses on the use of antibiotics in outpatient clinic settings and designing Quality Improvement initiatives to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use.

When he’s not in the hospital, Dr. Willis enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters and their dog. He really likes Star Wars movies, but usually they just watch Frozen instead.