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Thomas to Step Down as Division Director

We are in search of a new director of the Division of Infectious Diseases. Dr. David Thomas has decided to step down after 15 years in the role.

Dr. Thomas came to Hopkins to complete a fellowship in Infectious Diseases in 1990, and has been a star among our ranks ever since. He is a renowned and beloved leader, and one of the truly iconic division directors that our department has seen. Over the past 15 years as director—and even before that, throughout his 30 years at Hopkins—he has relentlessly mentored and promoted faculty and trainees while continuing his practice as a researcher, clinician and educator.

I am deeply grateful to David for his many years of outstanding leadership, and numerous contributions to our university, school and department. The Division of Infectious Diseases has prospered under Dr. Thomas’ leadership, including sustaining the largest divisional grant portfolio, year over year, in our department; leading our university, health system and school efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic; and training leaders, driving discovery and caring for underserved populations in our neighborhoods and worldwide.

Change can be a good thing, and Dr. Thomas believes now is the perfect time to bring new leadership and resources to the division. Thankfully, he will not only remain in the Department of Medicine, but continue to serve as division director until his replacement has been announced. A search committee led by Drs. Nadia Hansel, director of the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care, and Chirag Parikh, director of the Division of Nephrology, has been formed. Please contact Ellen Reather ( if you are interested in applying.



Mark Anderson