University of Alabama at Birmingham
Division of Infectious Diseases
1900 University Blvd
As an internist with subspecialty expertise in infectious diseases, much of Dr. Hookís academic career has been focused on management and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In this context he has: directed public health STD control programs in two cities (Birmingham, AL and Baltimore, MD); directed clinical studies with operational and epidemiologic endpoints; directed clinical trials of new diagnostic tests, vaccines and therapies for a wide variety of STD pathogens; directed an internationally recognized reference laboratory for STD pathogens (Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis); and served as a consultant and committee member for a number of national and international organizations including the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Institute of Medicine and World Health Organization. In addition to his STD-related activities, Dr. Hook serves as a faculty committee member for graduate students at UAB and as a regular lecturer in the UAB Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Hook has also played a critical role in UABís training activities serving as Director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program,Principal Investigator and Chair of the Curriculum Committee for UABís K-30 Clinical Research Training Grant, and Chair of the UAB Department of Medicine Faculty Mentoring Committee. He has published over 250 peer reviewed papers including many papers on gonorrhea epidemiology, managment and treatment.