Christopher Wildrick Woods

Wolfgang Joklik Distinguished Professor of Global Health

1. Emerging Infections
2. Global Health
3. Epidemiology of infectious diseases
4. Clinical microbiology and diagnostics
5. Bioterrorism Preparedness
6. Surveillance for communicable diseases
7. Antimicrobial resistance

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Joklik Distinguished Professor of Global Health
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Associate Director of Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine
  • Professor in Pathology
  • Research Professor of Global Health
  • Member of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 310 Trent Drive, Duke Box #90519, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: +1 919 684 7916
  • Email Address:


  • M.D. Duke University, 1994
  • Duke University, 1997
  • Duke University, 2000
  • Duke University, 2002

Courses Taught

  • GLHLTH 771: One Health: From Philosophy to Practice
  • GLHLTH 573D: One Health: From Philosophy to Practice
  • ENVIRON 774: One Health: From Philosophy to Practice

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Kutty, Preeta K., Stephen R. Benoit, Christopher W. Woods, Arlene C. Sena, Susanna Naggie, Joyce Frederick, John Engemann, et al. “Assessment of Clostridium difficile-associated disease surveillance definitions, North Carolina, 2005.” Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 29, no. 3 (March 2008): 197–202.
  • Bressler, Adam M., Keith S. Kaye, John J. LiPuma, Barbara D. Alexander, Christopher M. Moore, L Barth Reller, and Christopher W. Woods. “Risk factors for Burkholderia cepacia complex bacteremia among intensive care unit patients without cystic fibrosis: a case-control study.” Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 28, no. 8 (August 2007): 951–58.
  • Breitschwerdt, Edward B., Ricardo G. Maggi, Ashlee W. Duncan, William L. Nicholson, Barbara C. Hegarty, and Christopher W. Woods. “Bartonella species in blood of immunocompetent persons with animal and arthropod contact.” Emerg Infect Dis 13, no. 6 (June 2007): 938–41.
  • Pien, Brian C., Stanley Mirrett, Betty R. Crews, L Barth Reller, and Christopher W. Woods. “Controlled clinical comparison of BacT/ALERT standard aerobic and standard anaerobic blood culture bottles inoculated directly or after transport in sodium polyanethol sulfonate tubes.” J Clin Microbiol 45, no. 4 (April 2007): 1357–59.
  • Woods, Christopher W., David R. Murdoch, Mark D. Zimmerman, William A. Glover, Buddha Basnyat, Leslie Wolf, Ram Hari Belbase, and L Barth Reller. “Emergence of Salmonella enterica serotype Paratyphi A as a major cause of enteric fever in Kathmandu, Nepal.” Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 100, no. 11 (November 2006): 1063–67.
  • Brooks, Richard, Christopher W. Woods, Daniel K. Benjamin, and Nancy E. Rosenstein. “Increased case-fatality rate associated with outbreaks of Neisseria meningitidis infection, compared with sporadic meningococcal disease, in the United States, 1994-2002.” Clin Infect Dis 43, no. 1 (July 1, 2006): 49–54.
  • Basnyat, Buddha, Ram Hari Belbase, Mark D. Zimmerman, Christopher W. Woods, L Barth Reller, and David R. Murdoch. “Clinical features of scrub typhus.” Clin Infect Dis 42, no. 10 (May 15, 2006): 1505–6.
  • Pien, Brian C., J Royden Saah, Sara E. Miller, and Christopher W. Woods. “Use of sentinel laboratories by clinicians to evaluate potential bioterrorism and emerging infections.” Clin Infect Dis 42, no. 9 (May 1, 2006): 1311–24.
  • Whitney, Ellen A Spotts, Katherine L. Heilpern, Christopher W. Woods, C Christina Bahn, Elizabeth A. Franko, Carlos Del Rio, Benjamin J. Silk, et al. “West Nile virus among hospitalized, febrile patients: a case for expanding diagnostic testing.” Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis 6, no. 1 (2006): 42–49.
  • Chu, Vivian H., Daniel J. Sexton, Christopher H. Cabell, L Barth Reller, Paul A. Pappas, Rakesh K. Singh, Vance G. Fowler, G Ralph Corey, Olcay Aksoy, and Christopher W. Woods. “Repeat infective endocarditis: differentiating relapse from reinfection.” Clin Infect Dis 41, no. 3 (August 1, 2005): 406–9.
  • Turner, J. W., B. C. Pien, S. A. Ardoin, A. M. Anderson, W. J. Shieh, S. R. Zaki, J. Bhatnagar, J. Guarner, D. N. Howell, and C. W. Woods. “A man with chest pain and glomerulonephritis.” Lancet 365, no. 9476 (June 11, 2005): 2062.
  • Petti, Cathy A., Christopher W. Woods, and L Barth Reller. “Streptococcus pneumoniae antigen test using positive blood culture bottles as an alternative method to diagnose pneumococcal bacteremia.” J Clin Microbiol 43, no. 5 (May 2005): 2510–12.
  • Fowler, Vance G., Anita Justice, Catrin Moore, Daniel K. Benjamin, Christopher W. Woods, Steven Campbell, L Barth Reller, G Ralph Corey, Nicholas P. J. Day, and Sharon J. Peacock. “Risk factors for hematogenous complications of intravascular catheter-associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia.” Clin Infect Dis 40, no. 5 (March 1, 2005): 695–703.
  • Joyce, Maria, and Christopher W. Woods. “Antibacterial susceptibility testing in the clinical laboratory.” Infect Dis Clin North Am 18, no. 3 (September 2004): 401–vii.
  • Murdoch, David R., Christopher W. Woods, Mark D. Zimmerman, Peter M. Dull, Ram Hari Belbase, Andrew J. Keenan, Robert Mcnair Scott, Buddha Basnyat, Lennox K. Archibald, and L Barth Reller. “The etiology of febrile illness in adults presenting to Patan hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal.” Am J Trop Med Hyg 70, no. 6 (June 2004): 670–75.
  • Woods, Christopher W., Adam M. Bressler, John J. LiPuma, Barbara D. Alexander, Dennis A. Clements, David J. Weber, Christopher M. Moore, L Barth Reller, and Keith S. Kaye. “Virulence associated with outbreak-related strains of Burkholderia cepacia complex among a cohort of patients with bacteremia.” Clin Infect Dis 38, no. 9 (May 1, 2004): 1243–50.
  • Bajani, Mary D., David A. Ashford, Sandra L. Bragg, Christopher W. Woods, Tin Aye, Richard A. Spiegel, Brian D. Plikaytis, et al. “Evaluation of four commercially available rapid serologic tests for diagnosis of leptospirosis.” J Clin Microbiol 41, no. 2 (February 2003): 803–9.
  • Morgan, Juliette, Shari L. Bornstein, Adam M. Karpati, Michael Bruce, Carole A. Bolin, Constance C. Austin, Christopher W. Woods, et al. “Outbreak of leptospirosis among triathlon participants and community residents in Springfield, Illinois, 1998.” Clin Infect Dis 34, no. 12 (June 15, 2002): 1593–99.
  • Woods, Christopher W., Adam M. Karpati, Thomas Grein, Noel McCarthy, Peter Gaturuku, Eric Muchiri, Lee Dunster, et al. “An outbreak of Rift Valley fever in Northeastern Kenya, 1997-98.” Emerg Infect Dis 8, no. 2 (February 2002): 138–44.
  • Hajjeh, Rana A., David Relman, Paul R. Cieslak, Andre N. Sofair, Douglas Passaro, Jennifer Flood, James Johnson, et al. “Surveillance for unexplained deaths and critical illnesses due to possibly infectious causes, United States, 1995-1998.” Emerg Infect Dis 8, no. 2 (February 2002): 145–53.
  • Cabell, Christopher H., James G. Jollis, Gail E. Peterson, G Ralph Corey, Deverick J. Anderson, Daniel J. Sexton, Christopher W. Woods, L Barth Reller, Thomas Ryan, and Vance G. Fowler. “Changing patient characteristics and the effect on mortality in endocarditis.” Arch Intern Med 162, no. 1 (January 14, 2002): 90–94.
  • Woods, C. W., C. McRill, B. D. Plikaytis, N. E. Rosenstein, D. Mosley, D. Boyd, B. England, B. A. Perkins, N. M. Ampel, and R. A. Hajjeh. “Coccidioidomycosis in human immunodeficiency virus-infected persons in Arizona, 1994-1997: incidence, risk factors, and prevention.” J Infect Dis 181, no. 4 (April 2000): 1428–34.
  • Woods, C. W., G. Armstrong, S. O. Sackey, C. Tetteh, S. Bugri, B. A. Perkins, and N. E. Rosenstein. “Emergency vaccination against epidemic meningitis in Ghana: implications for the control of meningococcal disease in West Africa.” Lancet 355, no. 9197 (January 1, 2000): 30–33.