Kenneth Pursell
Section of Infectious Diseases and Global Health
Professor of Medicine
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730


BS1978Fairfield UniversityBiology
MD1985University of Connecticut 
Residency1988North Shore UniversityInternal Medicine
Fellowship1991Memorial Sloan Ketterling Cancer CenterInfectious Diseases

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.

Representative Publications

  1. Lurain NS, Bhorade SM, Pursell KJ, et al. Analysis and characterization of antiviral drug-resistant cytomegalovirus isolates from solid organ transplant recipients. J Infec Dis 2002;186:760-8
  2. Pursell KJ, Daraiseh F, Shrestha N, Verral S, Hasan E, Pitrak D. Impaired phagocyte respiratory burst responses to opportunistic fungal pathogens in transplant recipients: in vitro effect of r-metHuG-CSF(filgrastim). Transplant Infectious Diseases 2003;5:29-37.
  3. Verma A, Devine S, Morrow M, Chen Y, Mihalov M, Peace D, Stock W, Pursell K, Wickrema A, Yassine M, Jessop E, van Besien K. Low incidence of CMV reactivation after allogeneic peripheral stem cell transplantation; role of pre-transplant ganciclovir and post-transplant acyclovir. Bone Marrow Transplantation 2003;31:813-6.
  4. Ravandi F, Verma A, Ridgway J, Pursell KJ. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) occurring with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection: implications. Leukemia Research 2003;27:853-7.
  5. Singh N, Lortholary O, Alexander BD, Gupta KL, John GT, Pursell K, et al. An immune reconstitution syndrome-like illness associated with Cryptococcus neoformans infection in organ transplant recipients. Clin Infect Dis 2005;40:1756-61

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