Dr. Petri is the Wade Hampton Frost Professor of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Departments of Microbiology and Pathology at the University of Virginia Medical School. He is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health at UVa and a past president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.Â
Dr. Petri majored in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin. He received medical and philosophy degrees at the University of Virginia. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He returned to the University of Virginia as a fellow in the infectious diseases division headed by Gerald Mandell, M.D.
Dr. Petri's research interests are tropical medicine and biodefense. His current lab work is aimed at finding new means to prevent amebiasis.
Dr. Petri's most recent publications include the cognitive effects of diarrhea, malnutrition and Entamoeba histolyticainfection in school-age children in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has also written recently about how diarrheal illness is negatively associated with the growth of preschool children. See PubMed Listings for Dr. Petri