Thomas M. File Jr., M.D., MS


Professor of Internal Medicine

Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine

Chief, Infectious Disease Service

Summa Health System

Akron, Ohio 44304



               Thomas M. File Jr., MD is Chief of the Infectious Disease Service and Director of HIV Research at Summa Health System in Akron. Ohio, and Professor of Internal Medicine and Master Teacher at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio. After graduating from medical school at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Dr. File received his Master of Science in medical microbiology from Ohio State University in Columbus, where he also completed his fellowship in infectious diseases.

               Dr. File is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the American College of Chest Physicians. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and is a member of many other professional societies, including the American Society for Microbiology, the American Society of Hospital Epidemiologists, and the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control. He has also served as a member of the IDSA and ATS committees for guidelines on community-acquired pneumonia. He is a past-president of the Infectious Disease Society of Ohio, and is a past president of the Northeastern Ohio Task Force on AIDS.

               Primary research interests that Dr. File has pursued include community-acquired respiratory tract infections, bacterial resistance in respiratory infections, infections in patients with diabetes, and evaluation of new antimicrobial agents. A frequent lecturer both nationally and internationally, Dr File has published more than 200 articles, abstracts, and textbook chapters, focusing on the diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of infectious diseases, especially on respiratory tract infections. He recently co-edited Community-Acquired Respiratory Infections (2003, published by Marcel Dekker, NY). In addition, he currently serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Respiratory Disease and is Editor-in-Chief of Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice.