James Cutrell, M.D.

Program Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

  • Internal Medicine - Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Care of COVID-19 Patients


James Cutrell, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in the care of COVID-19 patients, outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy, cardiovascular and orthopaedic infections, antimicrobial stewardship, and medical education.

Dr. Cutrell completed all of his medical education and advanced training at UT Southwestern, earning his medical degree as the top graduating medical student in the class of 2007, finishing his residency (the final year as Chief Resident) in 2010, and completing his fellowship in infectious diseases in 2013.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in infectious diseases, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2013.

As a COVID-19 treatment and vaccines expert, Dr. Cutrell is advancing COVID-19 research, education, and patient care. His article "Pharmacologic Treatments for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): A Review" in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) is one of the most cited articles to date about COVID-19. He is quoted frequently in national and regional media outlets, including The Washington Post, MSNBC, and Bloomberg News, for his knowledge on COVID-19 treatments and vaccines.

He serves on UT Southwestern’s COVID-19 Recovery of Operations Committee, Committee for Deployment of COVID-19 Antibody Testing, COVID-19 Vaccine Science Review Committee, and other Medical Center groups and task forces.

Dr. Cutrell is currently leading the antibiotic stewardship program at UT Southwestern Hospital and Clinics in addition to providing clinical care in the UTSW Infectious Disease faculty clinics and ID consult service. He has a strong interest in graduate medical education and teaches medical students, residents, and fellows in infectious disease. In addition, he directs the adult fellowship program for infectious diseases.

Outside of UT Southwestern, he currently serves as the President of the Texas Infectious Diseases Society and as a member of several national committees, including the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Medical Education Community of Practice Executive Committee and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s Journal Club Subcommittee, for which he is Vice Chair.

He has contributed to the book Comprehensive Review of Infectious Diseases, delivered numerous invited lectures, and published several academic articles.

In 2018 and 2019, his peers named him one of the top five doctors in the VA North Texas Health Care System. In 2020, 2021, and 2022, he was voted a D Magazine Best Doctor in infectious diseases, and in 2021 he was selected as a Texas Monthly Super Doctors Rising Star.

Personal Note

Outside of medicine, Dr. Cutrell enjoys reading, spending time with his wife and two sons, and traveling.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2011-2013), Infectious Diseases
  • Medical School - UT Southwestern Medical School (2003-2007)
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2007-2010), Internal Medicine
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Physicians
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • HIV Medical Association
  • Texas Infectious Diseases Society
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
Honors & Awards
  • Rising Star 2021, Texas Monthly Super Doctors
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2020-2022
  • Top Doctors 2019, Named One of Top 5 Doctors by Peers at VA North Texas Health Care System
  • Fellow 2019, Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Top Doctors 2018, Named One of Top 5 Doctors by Peers at VA North Texas Health Care System
  • Faculty Teaching Award 2018, UT Southwestern; Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine
  • Mentoring Excellence for Developing Leaders Program 2018, UT Southwestern; Center for Translational Medicine, Mentoring Excellence for Developing Leaders Program
  • LEAD Participant 2017, UT Southwestern, Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments Program, Office of Faculty Diversity and Development
  • Faculty Teaching Award 2015, Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine
  • Residency Teaching Award, 2008 and 2010, UT Southwestern
  • Hemphill-Gojer Internal Medicine Award 2007, UT Southwestern
  • Ho Din Award 2007, UT Southwestern; Top Graduating Medical Student
  • Alpha Omega Alpha 2007, UT Southwestern
Books & Publications
  • Health Care Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Innovations in Graduate Medical Education
  • Clinical Outcomes in Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy
  • Therapeutics for COVID-19

Clinical Focus

  • Infectious Disease
  • Care of COVID-19 Patients
  • Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy
  • Cardiovascular and Orthopaedic Infections
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship and Medical Education

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