James Luby, M.D.

  • Internal Medicine - Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Clinical virology


James P. Luby, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in general infectious diseases, clinical virology, atypical mycobacterial infections, hospital-acquired infections, histoplasmosis, and HIV.

Dr. Luby earned his medical degree at Northwestern University. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University and Parkland Memorial Hospital and received advanced training in infectious diseases through a fellowship at UT Southwestern.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Luby was an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, stationed at CDC, from 1964 through 1966. He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1967.

Dr. Luby’s research interests focus on clinical virology, herpes viruses, arboviral infections (St. Louis encephalitis and West Nile virus), and the epidemiology of infectious diseases, particularly nosocomial infections.

He is the author of research articles, case reports, reviews, and editorials, and he serves as an ad hoc reviewer for a range of academic journals. He is a member of the Dallas County Medical Society, the Texas Infectious Diseases Society, and the Texas Medical Association and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (FIDSA)..

In 2016, UT Southwestern established a Professorship in Infectious Disease named for Dr. Luby.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - Northwestern University Medical School
  • Internship - Parkland Health & Hospital System (1961-1962), Rotating
  • Residency - Northwestern University Medical School (1962-1964), Internal Medicine
  • Residency - Parkland Health & Hospital System (1966-1967), Chief Resident Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1967-1969), Infectious Diseases
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Physicians
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Texas Infectious Diseases Society
  • Texas Medical Association
Honors & Awards
  • America’s Top Doctors 2002-2021, Castle Connolly Medical
  • Establishment of a Professorship in Infectious Diseases named for James P. Luby 2016, UT Southwestern
  • Max Cole Leadership Award 2013, Dallas County Medical Society
  • Heroes of our Heritage Award 2008, Parkland Health and Hospital Services
  • D Magazine Best Doctor, 2002-2016, 2022
  • Graduation Marshall, Class of 1988, 1989, 1996, 2000, 2001, UT Southwestern Medical School
  • Outstanding Teacher Award 1981, Parkland Memorial Hospital Medical House-staff
  • Outstanding Professor of the Junior Year 1973, UT Southwestern Medical School, Class of 1974
Books & Publications
  • Nosocomial atypical mycobacterial infections with an emphasis on Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare in solid organ transplant recipients
  • Coronavirus pathogenicity and epidemiology

Clinical Focus

  • Infectious Disease
  • Clinical virology
  • Herpes viruses
  • Atypical mycobacterial infections

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