Pearlie Chong

Assistant Professor
Director of the Transplant Infectious Diseases Program

I grew up in Subang Jaya, Malaysia. I received my medical degree from Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, Ontario, Canada. I then completed my Internal Medicine residency at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA, Infectious Diseases fellowship at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and Transplant Infectious Diseases fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. I was recruited to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-created the Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases consult service at UNC. I developed an interest in clinical research and went on to complete a Master of Science in Clinical Research at UNC.

I am currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Transplant Infectious Diseases Program at the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine at UTSW. I was awarded the Dedman Scholar in Clinical Care grant shortly after being recruited to UT Southwestern to study norovirus infection in transplant patients and in defining viral and host factors that lead to more severe disease in these patients in the Koh Lab. I am also currently a Clinical Research Scholar at the Center for Translational Medicine at UTSW. Outside of the lab, I love traveling the world, running and exploring the great outdoors.