Professor of Medicine, University of Alabama
Dr. Pappas is the William E. Dismukes Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the Principal Investigator for the Mycoses Study Group Education and Research Consortium (MSGERC) which performs multicenter trials, creates treatment guidelines for invasive mycoses, and coordinates training in the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of invasive mycoses. He is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment and diagnosis of invasive fungal infections with expertise in the development of new therapies for fungal infections and understanding the epidemiology of candidiasis, the endemic mycoses, and cryptococcosis. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Pappas has led numerous clinical trials in candidiasis, cryptococcosis, aspergillosis, sporotrichosis, blastomycosis, and histoplasmosis through his involvement with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) Bacteriology and Mycology Study Group (BAMSG) and the MSGERC.
Dr. Pappas was the principal investigator of a national network of transplant centers, TRANSNET, a collaborative effort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a consortium of industry co-sponsors to provide important epidemiologic and treatment information to transplant recipients who develop proven and probable invasive fungal infections. He is also the co-principal investigator of the Organ Transplant Infection Detection and Prevention Program (OTIP), a collaborative multicenter group funded by the CDC. Dr. Pappas joined the faculty at the University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Medicine in 1988, with a focus on HIV and transplant-associated opportunistic infections, especially the invasive mycoses. Previously, he was on the clinical faculty at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC, through its affiliated hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina. Dr. Pappas earned his medical degree in 1978 from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. He completed his residency in internal medicine, chief medical residency, and infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle.