Dr. David Griffith of UT Health Center is known for expertise in tuberculosis and mycobacterial diseases

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

David Griffith, MD, is nationally known for his expertise in treating patients with tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacterial diseases. He is a professor of medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, as well as medical director of the Texas Center for Infectious Disease in San Antonio, a public health hospital overseen by UTHSCT that treats patients with TB.

UTHSCT’s Richard Wallace, MD, and Dr. Griffith are nationally recognized experts in the management of patients with nontuberculous mycobacterial disease caused by common soil and water microbes. Patients with this disease are referred to them from all over the United States.

Dr. Wallace and Dr. Griffith have published numerous articles on nontuberculous mycobacterial diseases that have helped define the current management of care for patients with these diseases. These articles have appeared in peer-reviewed publications such as the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Griffith also is the assistant medical director of the Heartland National TB Center, a joint project between UTHSCT and the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Heartland Center is funded by a five-year, $7.5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It began operations in 2005 and provides training, technical assistance, and medical consultation for tuberculosis in a 13-state region. In addition to Texas, other states served by the Heartland Center are Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

Dr. Griffith is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and he completed a residency and fellowship in internal medicine at Baylor and its affiliated hospitals.

Dr. Griffith also was a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine in the Department of Medicine of the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center. He joined the Health Center in 1985.

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