William Rutala


William Rutala, MS, MPH, PhD
Director, Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology


Phone: (919) 843-1397
Email: brutala@unch.unc.edu

My research interests are the etiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections with a special focus on disinfection and sterilization of reusable medical and surgical devices (e.g., endoscopes, surgical instruments). Other areas of active research include contribution of the hospital environment to disease transmission, medical waste management, hand hygiene, preventing transmission of infectious agents including multiply-drug resistant organisms, prevention of healthcare-associated Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease, investigation of healthcare-associated outbreaks, and new and emerging pathogens in healthcare.


M.S., University of Tennessee, 1972
M.P.H., School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, 1977
Ph.D., School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, 1979
Infection Control, 1984
Infection Control, 1994
Infection Control, 1999

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