- ABMS Certification:
- Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases
- Research Interests:
Molecular diagnostics, Enteric infections, Mycobacterium infections, Tuberculosis, Global Health
- Clinical Practice:
- Tuberculosis (TB), Infectious Diseases
Division Head, Division of Infectious Diseases
Eric Houpt, MD, is the Jack M. Gwaltney Jr. Professor of Infectious Diseases. He specializes in treating mycobacterium infections such as tuberculosis and mycobacterium avium, an infection that impacts those with HIV. Houpt served on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis. He also has been recognized internationally for his research into the causes of infectious childhood diarrhea, which fundamentally changed the way infectious diarrhea is identified and treated. In 2015, this work earned Houpt the Oswald Avery Award for Achievement by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Raised in North Carolina and Georgia, Houpt graduated from Emory Medical School, where he met his wife, a Charlottesville OB-GYN. Houpt then completed his residency training in internal medicine at the University of Chicago before coming to UVA for a fellowship in infectious disease.
After his fellowship training, Houpt was appointed to the UVA Department of Medicine, where he is now a professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, vice chair for research of the Department of Medicine and the division chief.
In his free time, Houpt enjoys running, biking and swimming, and spending time with his wife and three college-aged kids.
- 2019 Best Bedside Manner Awards, OurHealth Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley Magazine; Second Place, Infectious Diseases
- Emory University, 1996
- Internal Medicine, University of Chicago
- Infectious Disease, University of Virginia