Pearlie Chong, M.D.

Pearlie Chong, M.D.

  • Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care
  • Internal Medicine - Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine
  • Infectious Complications Transplant Recipients


Dr. Pearlie Chong received her M.D. in 2006 at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. After obtaining her M.D. Dr. Chong completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Chong developed a strong interest in Transplant Infectious Diseases while at Georgetown and went on to complete a Transplant Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. 

At the completion of her fellowships, Dr. Chong was recruited to the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine to co-create the Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases Program. While at UNC, Dr. Chong improved the quality of care delivered to solid organ transplant, bone marrow transplant patients, and patients with hematologic malignancies by her active participation on the inpatient consult service and clinics. She also successfully developed protocols, was the Immunocompromised Host ID representative at the Anti-Infective Subcommittee Meeting of the UNC Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and worked collaboratively with the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) Infectious Diseases Working Committee to improve the quality of data collection forms for all transplant recipients. 

Dr. Chong brings to UTSW a strong background in Transplant Infectious Diseases. Her clinical practice emphasizes evidence-based, patient-centered care with a multidisciplinary approach. Dr. Chong is passionate about addressing clinical questions that arise in the day-to-day care of transplant patients and believes that advances in clinical research will help prevent and treat infectious complications in immunocompromised individuals. She is currently working on completing her Master of Science in Clinical Research through the Gillings School of Public Health at UNC.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - Western University Canada (2004-2006)
  • Residency - Lehigh Valley Health Network (2006-2009), Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship - Georgetown University Hospital (2010-2012), Infectious Diseases
  • Fellowship - Mayo Clinic (2012-2013), Transplant Infectious Diseases
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Transplant Infectious Diseases Special Interest Group, American Society of Bone Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) (2014), Member
  • Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR), Infectious Diseases Working Group (1214), Member
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America (2010), Member
Honors & Awards
  • Best (Trainee) Abstract Award 2014, Thoracic and Critical Care Community of Practice, American Society of Transplantation, World Transplant Congress
  • ID Week Trainee Award Grant 2013, Infectious Diseases Week
  • Poster of Distinction Award 2013, American Transplant Congress, Seattle, WA
  • State Champion Team 2009, American College of Physicians Medical Jeopardy
  • Dean's List for High Academic Achievement 2003, International Medical University, Malaysia
Books & Publications
  • Study Design and Data Analyses
  • Clinical Research Related to Infections in Solid Organ Transplant and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients

Clinical Focus

  • Infectious Complications Transplant Recipients

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