Robert P. Gaynes, M.D.

Robert P. Gaynes, M.D.

Emory University School of Medicine

Robert P. Gaynes, M.D., is a professor emeritus of medicine (infectious diseases) at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga., where he continues to teach the history of medicine.  

From 1989-2009, Gaynes worked at the U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), holding several positions in the division of healthcare quality promotion, including, for over a decade, Chief of the Surveillance Activity in the Hospital Infections Program. From 2009-2022, he served as an attending infectious diseases physician and the Chair of the Infection Control Committee, Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee and COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Committee at the Atlanta VA Hospital.

As professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, Gaynes lectured on various infectious disease topics and taught courses on the history of medicine. He has authored or coauthored more than 150 papers and book chapters on infectious disease topics, including "Germ Theory: Medical Pioneers in Infectious Diseases" (Second Edition, 2023, Washington D.C.: ASM Press).

Board certified in internal medicine and in infectious diseases, Gaynes is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He also serves as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals and served on the editorial board of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.