My research interests have been centered in Clinical Virology and the epidemiology of infectious diseases, particularly viral infections. Specifically, I am or have been interested in St. Louis encephalitis, the chemotherapy of viral infections and the occurrence and clinical manifestations of herpesviruses in renal transplant recipients. We have isolated a human enteric coronavirus (HEC)from the stool of an infant with necrotizing enterocolitis. This virus is in the process of being prepared as a virus stock and will eventually be submitted to the AYCC. Its role in the pathogenesis of human illness needs to be determined.


Medical School
Northwestern University Medical School (1961)
Parkland Health & Hospital System (1962), Rotating
Northwestern University Medical School (1964), Internal Medicine
Parkland Health & Hospital System (1967), Chief Resident Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1969), Infectious Diseases

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Cryptococcal Disease
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
  • Mycobacteria Infection
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Research Interest

    • Clinical Virology
    • Epidemiology in Infectious Diseases
    • Healthcare Associated Infections


    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    Aerosolization of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus during an epidemic in a burn intensive care unit
    Dansby W, Purdue G, Hunt J, Arnold B, Phillips D, Moody B, Kemp D, Byrd L, Walter P, Luby J Journal of Burn Care & Research 2008 29 331-337
    Recurrent exposure to Histoplasma Capsulatum in Modern Air-Conditioned Buildings
    Luby JL, Southern PM, Haley CE, Vahle KL, Munford RS, Haley RW Clinical Infectious Diseases 2005 41 170-176
    Fatal Type 3 Adenoviral Pneumonia In Immunocompetent Adult Identical Twins
    Barker JH, Luby JP, Dalley AS, Bartek WM, Burns DK, Erdman DD Clinical Infectious Diseases 2003 37
    St. Louis encephalitis and the Substantia Nigra: MR Imaging Evaluation
    Cerna F., Mehrad B., Luby JP, Burns D., and Fleckenstein JL American Journal of Neuroradiology 1999 20 1281-1283

    Honors & Awards

    • Best Doctors in America
      Best Doctors in America 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008 (2008)
    • Graduation Marshall
      Medical School classes 1988, 1989, 1996, 2000, 2001 (2001)
    • President
      Texas Infectious Diseases Society 1992-1993 (1993)
    • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
      "For outstanding work in microbiology and its application to infectious diseases in man." (1992)
    • Outstanding Teacher Award
      Parkland Memorial Hospital Medical Housestaff (1981)

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow)
    • American College of Physicians (Fellow)
    • American Society for Virology
    • Pan American Group for Rapid Viral Diagnosis (Councillor 1991-1993)
    • Texas Infectious Diseases Society (President 1992-93)