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My fields of interest include clinical microbiology-related epidemiology, the evaluation of new diagnostic methods in clinical microbiology, the evaluation of new antimicrobial agents in vitro, and tropical infectious diseases, especially Chagas’ disease, neurocysticercosis, as well as traveler’s health.


Undergraduate Abilene Christian University (1953)
Medical School University of Texas Southwestern Med Ctr Dallas (1959)

Research Interest

  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Diagnostic methods in clinical microbiology
  • Epidemiology of Chagas Disease in Belize
  • Neurocysticercosis in North America


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Neurocysticercosis: Neglected but not Forgotten

Coyle CM, Mahanty S, Zunt JR, Wallin MT, White Jr AC, O'Neal S, Serpa JA, Southern PM, Wilkins P, McCarthy A, Higgs ES, Nash TE PLoS NTD 2012

Prevalence of antibody to Trypanosoma cruzi in Hispanic surnamed patients at Parkland Health and Hospital System

Arena R, Matthews CE, Kim AY, Lenz TE, Southern PM BMC Research Notes 2011 4 132-137

Archeology meets clinical microbiology: Microbial content of soils from Italy and Belize

Southern PM Lab Medicine 2008 39 601-2

Cutaneous ulceration caused by Balamuthia mandrillaris leading to fatal amebic encephalitis.

Pritzker A, et al. J Amer Acad Dermatol 2004 2004;50:538-44

Case Report: Ophthalmomyiasis externa in Dallas County, Texas

Sigauke, E, et al Am J Trop Med Hyg 2003 68 46-47

Toxoplasma infection: making the best use of laboratory tests.

Willis M., et al. Infections in Medicine 2002 19 522-532

Honors & Awards

  • Secretary-Treasurer, ACCTMTH (Clinical section of American Society of Tropical Medicne and Hygiene)
    National tropical diseases professional organization (2011)
  • Kuwait University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Microbiology
    Visiting Professor (1982)
  • President and charter member
    Southwestern Association of Clinical Microbiology (1982)
  • President and charter member
    Texas Infectious Diseases Society (1980)
  • Visiting Professor
    St. Thomas’s Hospital and Medical School, London (1980)
  • President and cofounder
    Texas Society for Clinical Microbiology (1973)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
    Honor Medical Society (1959)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (1995)
  • Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (1993)
  • College of American Pathologists (1980)
  • Texas Infectious Diseases Society (1980)
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (1977)
  • Southwestern Association of Clinical Microbiology (1975)
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America (1974)
  • American Society for Microbiology (1967)