Aneesh Mehta '95
Alumni Achievement 2020
Chief of Infectious Diseases, Emory University Hospital
Aneesh K. Mehta, M.D. attended Casady from grades 2-12 and graduated in 1995. He completed his undergraduate studies at Emory University, obtaining a B.S. in Biology in 1999. He returned to Oklahoma to attend medical school at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center from 1999-2003. Dr. Mehta then returned to Emory for training in Internal Medicine, and then in Infectious Diseases. During his Infectious Diseases fellowship, he also completed training in Transplant Immunology. In July 2009, Dr. Mehta joined the faculty of Emory University as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, and as the Assistant Director of the Transplant Infectious Diseases Section. In 2013, he was made Associate Chief of Infectious Diseases Services for Emory University Hospital, and in 2020, he was named the Chief of Infectious Diseases at Emory University Hospital. In 2017, he was promoted to Associate Professor. He is also a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and of the American Transplant Society.
Dr. Mehta’s clinical practice focuses on the care of patients with solid organ transplants, bone marrow transplants, and cancers, who are suffering with infections. He has led the expansion of Infectious Diseases services at Emory, both in the hospital and clinic settings. In addition, he continues to serve as an educator and mentor for students and young clinicians. For his work, he was named as one of Emory’s “Distinguished Clinicians” in 2017.
Dr. Mehta's research path has focused on the understanding, prevention, and treatment of viral infections. He is an Associate Faculty of the Emory Vaccine Center and the lead clinical investigator for the NIH Center of Excellence in Influenza Research at Emory. He has led over 20 clinical trials and translational research studies of viral infections and has over 70 peer-reviewed publications. Recently, he was tapped to be lead investigator at Emory for the NIH Adaptive Clinical Trial of Therapeutics (ACTT), enrolling the greatest number of patients in the world, which demonstrated the benefit of the drug, remdesivir, for treatment of COVID-19.
Dr. Mehta has served as a physician leader of the Emory Serious Communicable Diseases Unit (SCDU) since 2009. He was first physician to care for a patient with Ebola in a US hospital, and was involved in the care of all four patients with Ebola in Emory’s biocontainment unit. These experiences led to Dr. Mehta becoming a core faculty member in the US Health and Human Services National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center. In this role, Dr. Mehta has assisted with the training of healthcare providers across the US in preparing for care for patients in infectious diseases outbreak. In 2020, he helped lead the Emory response to COVID-19 and quickly became a national expert on treatment of patients with COVID-19.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Christina, his daughters, Leela and Sonali, and their dogs, Daisy and Louis. The Mehta family enjoys traveling to near and far off destinations, particularly to visit their family across the world.