Jay Basil Varkey, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Office: EUH B707

Phone: 404-712-9559

Fax: 404-712-2288

Email: jay.varkey@emory.edu


  • MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2002
  • BA, Marquette University, 1998



Dr. Varkey received his BA from Marquette University and an AOA graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Duke University Medical Center, where he was a member of the Antimicrobial Evaluation Team and the Infection Control and Epidemiology Committee.

He was recruited to Emory University in 2009 to become the Director of the Antimicrobial Management Program and Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at Emory University Hospital (EUH). He also serves as the Co-Director of the Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Treatment Clinic at Emory and as the Hospital Epidemiologist at the Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital of Emory University.

Clinical Service

He provides clinical service on the general Infectious Diseases Consult service and the Transplant Infectious Diseases Consult service at EUH. Dr. Varkey is expected to take over as the Hospital Epidemiologist and Chair of the P&T Committee at EUH later this year.

  • Appropriate use of antimicrobials
  • Reducing drug toxicities
  • Improving patient outcomes


Dr. Varkey currently serves on numerous institutional committees including the Department of Medicine Quality Council, the Department of Surgery Wound Infection Group, the Clinical Effectiveness Septicemia Design Team, and the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program Admissions Committee.

Dr. Varkey’s research interests are focused on the appropriate use of antimicrobials, reducing drug toxicities, reducing antimicrobial resistance, and improving patient outcomes. He was the recipient of a NIH KL2 award to study trends in antibiotic resistance in intensive care units using unit-specific antibiograms.

He is a member of the Data Safety Monitoring Board for an influenza vaccine trial. He has published 9 peer reviewed articles, four review articles and one book chapter. He is an active teacher and lecturer. He is the Co-Director of the Clinical Infectious Diseases Elective for 2nd year medical students.

Dr. Varkey was the recipient of the Department of Medicine Quality Achievement Award in 2012. He is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and the American Society of Transplantation, Infectious Diseases Community of Practice.