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:


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

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, PK; Benoit, SR; Woods, CW; Sena, AC; Naggie, S; Frederick, J; Engemann, J; Evans, S; Pien, BC; Banerjee, SN; Engel, J; McDonald, LC, Assessment of Clostridium difficile-associated disease surveillance definitions, North Carolina, 2005., Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, vol 29 no. 3 (2008), pp. 197-202 [10.1086/528813] [abs].
  • Bressler, AM; Kaye, KS; LiPuma, JJ; Alexander, BD; Moore, CM; Reller, LB; Woods, CW, Risk factors for Burkholderia cepacia complex bacteremia among intensive care unit patients without cystic fibrosis: a case-control study., Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, vol 28 no. 8 (2007), pp. 951-958 [10.1086/519177] [abs].
  • Breitschwerdt, EB; Maggi, RG; Duncan, AW; Nicholson, WL; Hegarty, BC; Woods, CW, Bartonella species in blood of immunocompetent persons with animal and arthropod contact., Emerg Infect Dis, vol 13 no. 6 (2007), pp. 938-941 [10.3201/eid1306.061337] [abs].
  • Pien, BC; Mirrett, S; Crews, BR; Reller, LB; Woods, CW, 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, vol 45 no. 4 (2007), pp. 1357-1359 [10.1128/JCM.02091-06] [abs].
  • Woods, CW; Murdoch, DR; Zimmerman, MD; Glover, WA; Basnyat, B; Wolf, L; Belbase, RH; Reller, LB, Emergence of Salmonella enterica serotype Paratyphi A as a major cause of enteric fever in Kathmandu, Nepal., Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg, vol 100 no. 11 (2006), pp. 1063-1067 [10.1016/j.trstmh.2005.12.011] [abs].
  • Brooks, R; Woods, CW; Benjamin, DK; Rosenstein, NE, 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, vol 43 no. 1 (2006), pp. 49-54 [10.1086/504804] [abs].
  • Basnyat, B; Belbase, RH; Zimmerman, MD; Woods, CW; Reller, LB; Murdoch, DR, Clinical features of scrub typhus., Clin Infect Dis, vol 42 no. 10 (2006), pp. 1505-1506 [10.1086/503680] [abs].
  • Pien, BC; Saah, JR; Miller, SE; Woods, CW, Use of sentinel laboratories by clinicians to evaluate potential bioterrorism and emerging infections., Clin Infect Dis, vol 42 no. 9 (2006), pp. 1311-1324 [10.1086/503260] [abs].
  • Whitney, EAS; Heilpern, KL; Woods, CW; Bahn, CC; Franko, EA; Del Rio, C; Silk, BJ; Ratcliff, JJ; Bryant, KA; Park, MM; Watkins, SJ; Caram, LB; Blumberg, HM; Berkelman, RL, West Nile virus among hospitalized, febrile patients: a case for expanding diagnostic testing., Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis, vol 6 no. 1 (2006), pp. 42-49 [10.1089/vbz.2006.6.42] [abs].
  • Chu, VH; Sexton, DJ; Cabell, CH; Reller, LB; Pappas, PA; Singh, RK; Fowler, VG; Corey, GR; Aksoy, O; Woods, CW, Repeat infective endocarditis: differentiating relapse from reinfection., Clin Infect Dis, vol 41 no. 3 (2005), pp. 406-409 [10.1086/431590] [abs].
  • Turner, JW; Pien, BC; Ardoin, SA; Anderson, AM; Shieh, WJ; Zaki, SR; Bhatnagar, J; Guarner, J; Howell, DN; Woods, CW, A man with chest pain and glomerulonephritis., Lancet, vol 365 no. 9476 (2005) [10.1016/S0140-6736(05)66701-3] [abs].
  • Petti, CA; Woods, CW; Reller, LB, Streptococcus pneumoniae antigen test using positive blood culture bottles as an alternative method to diagnose pneumococcal bacteremia., J Clin Microbiol, vol 43 no. 5 (2005), pp. 2510-2512 [10.1128/JCM.43.5.2510-2512.2005] [abs].
  • Fowler, VG; Justice, A; Moore, C; Benjamin, DK; Woods, CW; Campbell, S; Reller, LB; Corey, GR; Day, NPJ; Peacock, SJ, Risk factors for hematogenous complications of intravascular catheter-associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia., Clin Infect Dis, vol 40 no. 5 (2005), pp. 695-703 [10.1086/427806] [abs].
  • Joyce, M; Woods, CW, Antibacterial susceptibility testing in the clinical laboratory., Infect Dis Clin North Am, vol 18 no. 3 (2004), pp. 401-vii [10.1016/j.idc.2004.04.001] [abs].
  • Murdoch, DR; Woods, CW; Zimmerman, MD; Dull, PM; Belbase, RH; Keenan, AJ; Scott, RM; Basnyat, B; Archibald, LK; Reller, LB, The etiology of febrile illness in adults presenting to Patan hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal., Am J Trop Med Hyg, vol 70 no. 6 (2004), pp. 670-675 [abs].
  • Woods, CW; Bressler, AM; LiPuma, JJ; Alexander, BD; Clements, DA; Weber, DJ; Moore, CM; Reller, LB; Kaye, KS, Virulence associated with outbreak-related strains of Burkholderia cepacia complex among a cohort of patients with bacteremia., Clin Infect Dis, vol 38 no. 9 (2004), pp. 1243-1250 [10.1086/383313] [abs].
  • Bajani, MD; Ashford, DA; Bragg, SL; Woods, CW; Aye, T; Spiegel, RA; Plikaytis, BD; Perkins, BA; Phelan, M; Levett, PN; Weyant, RS, Evaluation of four commercially available rapid serologic tests for diagnosis of leptospirosis., J Clin Microbiol, vol 41 no. 2 (2003), pp. 803-809 [10.1128/JCM.41.2.803-809.2003] [abs].
  • Morgan, J; Bornstein, SL; Karpati, AM; Bruce, M; Bolin, CA; Austin, CC; Woods, CW; Lingappa, J; Langkop, C; Davis, B; Graham, DR; Proctor, M; Ashford, DA; Bajani, M; Bragg, SL; Shutt, K; Perkins, BA; Tappero, JW; Leptospirosis Working Group, , Outbreak of leptospirosis among triathlon participants and community residents in Springfield, Illinois, 1998., Clin Infect Dis, vol 34 no. 12 (2002), pp. 1593-1599 [10.1086/340615] [abs].
  • Hajjeh, RA; Relman, D; Cieslak, PR; Sofair, AN; Passaro, D; Flood, J; Johnson, J; Hacker, JK; Shieh, W-J; Hendry, RM; Nikkari, S; Ladd-Wilson, S; Hadler, J; Rainbow, J; Tappero, JW; Woods, CW; Conn, L; Reagan, S; Zaki, S; Perkins, BA, Surveillance for unexplained deaths and critical illnesses due to possibly infectious causes, United States, 1995-1998., Emerg Infect Dis, vol 8 no. 2 (2002), pp. 145-153 [10.3201/eid0802.010165] [abs].
  • Woods, CW; Karpati, AM; Grein, T; McCarthy, N; Gaturuku, P; Muchiri, E; Dunster, L; Henderson, A; Khan, AS; Swanepoel, R; Bonmarin, I; Martin, L; Mann, P; Smoak, BL; Ryan, M; Ksiazek, TG; Arthur, RR; Ndikuyeze, A; Agata, NN; Peters, CJ; World Health Organization Hemorrhagic Fever Task Force, , An outbreak of Rift Valley fever in Northeastern Kenya, 1997-98., Emerg Infect Dis, vol 8 no. 2 (2002), pp. 138-144 [10.3201/eid0802.010023] [abs].
  • Cabell, CH; Jollis, JG; Peterson, GE; Corey, GR; Anderson, DJ; Sexton, DJ; Woods, CW; Reller, LB; Ryan, T; Fowler, VG, Changing patient characteristics and the effect on mortality in endocarditis., Arch Intern Med, vol 162 no. 1 (2002), pp. 90-94 [10.1001/archinte.162.1.90] [abs].
  • Woods, CW; McRill, C; Plikaytis, BD; Rosenstein, NE; Mosley, D; Boyd, D; England, B; Perkins, BA; Ampel, NM; Hajjeh, RA, Coccidioidomycosis in human immunodeficiency virus-infected persons in Arizona, 1994-1997: incidence, risk factors, and prevention., J Infect Dis, vol 181 no. 4 (2000), pp. 1428-1434 [10.1086/315401] [abs].
  • Woods, CW; Armstrong, G; Sackey, SO; Tetteh, C; Bugri, S; Perkins, BA; Rosenstein, NE, Emergency vaccination against epidemic meningitis in Ghana: implications for the control of meningococcal disease in West Africa., Lancet, vol 355 no. 9197 (2000), pp. 30-33 [10.1016/S0140-6736(99)03366-8] [abs].