Faculty Profile

Kenneth Pursell
Section of Infectious Diseases and Global Health
Professor of Medicine
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Academic Interests

Dr. Pursell is the Chief Infectious Disease Consultant to all transplants performed at the University of Chicago, including heart and lung transplants. He is a widely respected Transplant Specialist Infectious Disease Physician, who also plays a vital role in education at the University of Chicago. Dr. Pursell is interested in developing a surrogate marker of immune function to identify transplant patients at risk for invasive fungal infections. He also studies solid organ transplantation in HIV patients.

Clinical Interests

HIV/AIDs, immunocompromised host, infections in transplant recipients.


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  • BS, 1978, Fairfield University, Biology
  • MD, 1985, University of Connecticut,
  • Residency, 1988, North Shore University, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship, 1991, Memorial Sloan Ketterling Cancer Center, Infectious Diseases