Dr. Allison Eckard joined the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine, divisions of infectious diseases, at the Medical University of South Carolina as an associate professor in 2015. Prior to joining MUSC, she was on faculty at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in the Department of Pediatrics, division of infectious diseases, from 2008 to 2015 and currently maintains an affiliation with Emory as an adjunct professor. Dr. Eckard received her medical doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh and completed her training in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital/Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Eckard’s major research interests include clinical and translational aspects of HIV infection. She focuses on the metabolic, cardiovascular, and nutritional complications of chronic HIV and antiretroviral therapy in both HIV-infected children and adults. Her current research involves the use of vitamin D supplementation as a means of minimizing HIV-related complications.
Dr. Eckard is an attending physician in the adult and pediatric HIV clinics at MUSC Health, as well as a consulting physician on the inpatient pediatric infectious diseases service at the MUSC Children’s Hospital. She has published nearly 40 peer-reviewed research papers, review articles, and book chapters in such journals as AIDS, JAIDS, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Journal of Infectious Diseases, and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal, and she has presented over 30 research abstracts at national and international HIV conferences. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association.