L.W. Preston Church, MD
Associate Professor of Infectious Disease, MUSC
Chief of Hospital Epidemiology, VA Medical Center
Chief of Infectious Disease, VA Medical Center
171 Ashley Ave.
Charleston, SC 29403
MD, Emory University
Biography and Research Interests
L.W. Preston Church, MD is acting Chief of Infectious Disease and Hospital Epidemiology at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center and Associate Professor in the MUSC Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Disease. Dr. Church is board certified in infectious diseases and received training through the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and Tropical Medicine course in 1991. Previously, Dr. Church was a Research Physician in the malaria program and Staff Physician of internal medicine at the Naval Medical Research Institute. He is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and The American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and has delivered numerous presentations around the world related to his research on malaria and HIV.
Dr. Church has been a faculty preceptor for student trips with MUSC Service Learners International (SLI)-a student-led organization focused on providing health care in Thomonde, Haiti through a partnership with Project Medishare. MUSC SLI goals are to serve patient populations abroad that have limited access to healthcare and provide MUSC students the unique learning opportunities of planning and executing international service trips, and in that process gain perspective of the moral and logistical challenges of medical aid work abroad.
His contribution to a research project in Tigray, Ethiopia analyzed spatiotemporal and regional variation in HIV testing with the purpose of advancing the methods of analysis of large datasets relevant to HIV interventions through the introduction of Bayesian analyses.
- Hoffman SL, Goh LM, Luke TC, Schneider I, Le TP, Doolan DL, Sacci J, de la Vega P, Dowler M, Paul C, Gordon DM, Stoute JA, Church LW, Sedegah M, Heppner DG, Ballou WR, Ritchie TL. Protection of humans against malaria by immunization with radiation-attenuated Plasmodium falciparum sporozoites. J Infect Dis. 2002; 185: 1155-64.
- Fryauff DJ, Church LWP, Richards AL, Widjaja H, Mouzin E, Ratiwayanto S, Hadiputranto H, Sutamihardja MA, Richie TL, Subianto B, Tijitra E, Hoffman SL. Lymphocyte response to tetanus toxoid among Indonesian men immunized with tetanus-diphtheria during extended chloroquine or primaquine prophylaxis. J Infect Dis 1997; 176: 1644-8.
- Donta ST, Engel CC Jr, Collins JF, Baseman JB, Dever LL, Taylor T, Boardman KD, Kazis LE, Martin SE, Horney RA, Wiseman AL, Kernodle DS, Smith RP, Baltch AL, Handanos C, Catto B, Montalvo L, Everson M, Blackburn W, Thakore M, Brown ST, Lutwick L, Norwood D, Bernstein J, Bacheller C, Ribner B, Church LW, Wilson KH, Guduru P, Cooper R, Lentino J, Hamill RJ, Gorin AB, Gordan V, Wagner D, Robinson C, DeJace P, Greenfield R, Beck L, Bittner M, Schumacher HR, Silverblatt F, Schmitt J, Wong E, Ryan MA, Figueroa J, Nice C, Feussner JR; VA Cooperative #475 Group. Benefits and harms of doxycycline treatment for Gulf War veterans' illnesses: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Ann Intern Med. 2004;141: 85-94.