James P. Luby, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of its Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine. He specializes in general infectious diseases, clinical virology, atypical mycobacterial infections, hospital-acquired infections, histoplasmosis, and HIV.

Dr. Luby earned his medical degree at Northwestern University. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University and Parkland Memorial Hospital and received advanced training in infectious diseases through a fellowship at UT Southwestern.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Luby was an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, stationed at the CDC, from 1964 through 1966. He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1967.

Dr. Luby’s research interests focus on clinical virology, herpes viruses, arboviral infections (St. Louis encephalitis and West Nile virus), and the epidemiology of infectious diseases, particularly hospital-acquired infections.

He is the author of many research articles, case reports, reviews, and editorials, and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for a range of academic journals. He is a member of the Dallas County Medical Society, the Texas Infectious Diseases Society, and the Texas Medical Association and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (FIDSA).

In 2016, UT Southwestern established a Professorship in Infectious Disease named for Dr. Luby.



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Research Interest

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


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

The 2012 West Nile encephalitis epidemic in Dallas, Texas.
Chung WM, Buseman CM, Joyner SN, Hughes SM, Fomby TB, Luby JP, Haley RW JAMA 2013 Jul 310 3 297-307
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 JP, Southern PM, Haley CE, Vahle KL, Munford RS, Haley RW Clin. Infect. Dis. 2005 Jul 41 2 170-6
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

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)