Dr. Tessier grew up in the suburbs of Syracuse, NY, and attended Cornell University as an undergraduate biochemistry major. He was awarded a US Navy Health Professions Scholarship to attend medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he graduated summa cum laude. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA, followed by an additional year as the Chief of Residents and a staff appointment as an internist and associate program director. He was transferred to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda (now the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center) just prior to the events of September 11, 2001 and the anthrax bioterrorism attacks.

Dr. Tessier left active duty to complete his Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Virginia; during and after his fellowship he conducted research on the role of bacterial protein toxins in the pathogenesis of anthrax, a disease he became interested in due to his experiences in the Navy. He then accepted a faculty position at Virginia Commonwealth University as a transplant infectious diseases consultant. He became the medical director for transplant infectious diseases at VCU and was promoted to associate professor. Family circumstances resulted in a move to north Texas and a new job as the medical director of antimicrobial stewardship at the John Peter Smith Health Network in Fort Worth, TX.

Dr. Tessier enthusiastically pursued a faculty appointment at UT Southwestern and joined the infectious diseases division in the autumn of 2018. He brings with him expertise in transplant and general infectious diseases, antimicrobial stewardship, the pathogenesis of diseases associated with bacterial protein toxins, as well as a passion for teaching medical students, residents, and fellows.


Medical School
State University of New York - Buffalo (1995)
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (1998), Internal Medicine
Chief Resident
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (1999), Internal Medicine
University of Virginia Health System (2006), Infectious Diseases

Research Interest

  • clinical outcomes in transplant patients
  • Clostridium difficile infection
  • pathogenesis of anthrax meningitis


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Antimicrobial Stewardship: A Call to Action for Surgeons.
Sartelli M, Duane TM, Catena F, Tessier JM, Coccolini F, Kao LS, De Simone B, Labricciosa FM, May AK, Ansaloni L, Mazuski JE Surg Infect (Larchmt) 2016 Dec 17 6 625-631
Unique characteristics of cryptococcosis identified after death in patients with liver cirrhosis: comparison with concurrent cohort diagnosed antemortem.
Singh N, Sifri CD, Silveira FP, Miller R, Gregg KS, Huprikar S, Lease ED, Zimmer A, Dummer JS, Spak CW, Koval C, Banach DB, Shroff M, Le J, Ostrander D, Avery R, Eid A, Razonable RR, Montero J, Blumberg E, Alynbiawi A, Morris MI, Randall HB, Alangaden G, Tessier J, Cacciarelli TV, Wagener MM, Sun HY Med. Mycol. 2016 Sep
Infections in the Non-Transplanted Immunocompromised Host.
Tessier JM Surg Infect (Larchmt) 2016 Jun 17 3 323-8
Increased Incidence of Blood Product Transfusions among Transplant Patients Treated with Linezolid Therapy: A Retrospective, Cohort Study.
Limkemann AJ, Tessier JM, Cooney L, Young A, Puzio T, Wolfe L, Han J, Duane TM Am Surg 2015 Nov 81 11 385-7
Thrombocytopenia Associated with Linezolid Therapy in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients: A Retrospective Cohort Study.
Tessier JM, Puzio T, Young A, Wolfe L, Han J, Duane TM Surg Infect (Larchmt) 2015 Aug 16 4 361-7
Understanding Gram-negative Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection in a Surgical Trauma ICU.
Duane TM, Kikhia RM, Wolfe LG, Ober J, Tessier JM Am Surg 2015 Aug 81 8 816-9
Cryptococcosis in Patients With Cirrhosis of the Liver and Posttransplant Outcomes.
Singh N, Sifri CD, Silveira FP, Miller R, Gregg KS, Huprikar S, Lease ED, Zimmer A, Dummer JS, Spak CW, Koval C, Banach DB, Shroff M, Le J, Ostrander D, Avery R, Eid A, Razonable RR, Montero J, Blumberg E, Alynbiawi A, Morris MI, Randall HB, Alangaden G, Tessier J, Wagener MM, Sun HY Transplantation 2015 Mar
Trauma after transplant: hold the antibiotics please.
Tessier JM, Sirkin M, Wolfe LG, Duane TM Surg Infect (Larchmt) 2013 Apr 14 2 177-80
Contributions of histamine, prostanoids, and neurokinins to edema elicited by edema toxin from Bacillus anthracis.
Tessier J, Green C, Padgett D, Zhao W, Schwartz L, Hughes M, Hewlett E Infect. Immun. 2007 Apr 75 4 1895-903
Does Isolation of Enterococcus Affect Outcomes in Intra-Abdominal Infections?
Sanders JM, Tessier JM, Sawyer R, Dellinger EP, Miller PR, Namias N, West MA, Cook CH, O'Neill PJ, Napolitano L, Rattan R, Cuschieri J, Claridge JA, Guidry CA, Askari R, Banton K, Rotstein O, Moore BJ, Duane TM Surg Infect (Larchmt) 2017 Nov/Dec 18 8 879-885

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America (FIDSA)
  • William B. Porter Outstanding Clinician Award
    Department of Internal Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University (2012)
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians (FACP)
  • Teacher of the Year
    Department of Internal Medicine, National Naval Medical Center (2003)
  • James J. Leonard Award for Excellence in Teaching Internal Medicine
    Department of Internal Medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (2000)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society
    Epsilon Chapter, SUNY Buffalo (1995)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Surgical Infection Society of North America (2012)
  • American Society of Transplantation (2009)
  • American Society of Microbiology (2003)
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) (2003)