van der Horst
Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina
2015 Speaker • 2016 Speaker • 2018 Speaker • 2019 Speaker

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Charles Michael van der Horst, MD, FACP, FIDSA (Duke ’74, Harvard ’79), is emeritus professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. His career encompassed clinical medicine, National Institutes of Health–funded clinical research, teaching, and implementing clinical and research programs. From 1986 to 2000 his focus was the U.S. AIDS epidemic; from 2001 to 2015, the AIDS epidemic in Malawi and South Africa.

Dr. van der Horst serves as a volunteer primary care physician twice weekly at a free clinic in Raleigh, where he implemented a hepatitis C treatment program ( He is also a senior consultant to EQUIP Health in Johannesburg, where he helps implement HIV and hepatitis C treatment and prevention programs, and he is a senior advisor to the UNC-Johns Hopkins-Morehouse-Tulane Fogarty Global Health Fellows Consortium, where he helps young faculty members at medical schools around the U.S. write their first NIH grant applications.

He and his team have published 168 peer-reviewed papers in addition to book chapters and numerous op-ed columns and reviews. In 2018 Dr. van der Horst contributed to the book HIV Pioneers: Lives Lost, Careers Changed, and Survival (Wendee Wechsberg, editor), Johns Hopkins University Press. In his free time he helps the Rev. William Barber II organize protests and civil disobedience, and he competes in swimming, triathlons and marathon open-water swims.