60990-Aronoff, David

David M. Aronoff, MD

Chair, Department of Medicine

EH 305
Indianapolis, IN
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David Aronoff received his BS in Microbiology from Indiana University and his MD at Tufts University. He completed internship and residency training, including a year as chief resident, in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Aronoff stayed at Vanderbilt to complete a clinical fellowship in infectious diseases and a research fellowship in clinical pharmacology. He then joined the faculty in infectious diseases at the University of Michigan where he also completed a research postdoctoral fellowship in immunology. 

Dr. Aronoff established his independent career as a physician-scientist in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan, where he held faculty appointments in both Internal Medicine and Microbiology and Immmunology. In Ann Arbor his research focused on characterizing host-microbial interactions in the context of severe bacterial infections, with a primary interest in innate immunity of the gut and the reproductive tract. Increasingly, Dr. Aronoff’s research centered upon reproductive immunology and bacterial infections complicating pregnancy.

Dr. Aronoff returned to Vanderbilt in 2013 as director of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine with secondary faculty appointments in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. In Nashville he established the Vanderbilt Preventing Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes & Prematurity (Pre3) Initiative, a collaborative, transdisciplinary group of investigators working in maternal-child health. From 2020 to 2022, as director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Aronoff’s efforts largely focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, in 2022 Dr. Aronoff was recruited back to Indiana University to serve as chair of the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Aronoff is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and a fellow in both the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Academy of Microbiology. His research lab continues to study reproductive immunology and infections that complicate pregnancy. He has held national leadership roles in the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Society for Microbiology, the Anaerobe Society of the Americas and is President-Elect of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology. Dr. Aronoff has received numerous governmental and non-governmental research grants, including support from the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Burroughs Wellcome Fund, The March of Dimes and the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity & Stillbirth.

Titles & Appointments

  • Chair, Department of Medicine
  • John B. Hickam Professor of Medicine
  • Department Chair
  • Education
    1995 MD Tufts University
    1991 BS Indiana University

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