Notable Alums


Specialty: Infectious Disease

Graduation Year: 2011

Teena Chopra

Teena Chopra, M.D., M.P.H. ’11, is a professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and corporate medical director of Hospital Epidemiology, Infection Prevention and Antibiotic Stewardship at Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University.

Dr. Chopra has become one of the key sources of COVID-19 information for Detroit and the nation during the pandemic, interviewed by countless newspapers, and radio and television stations. She also served on the Wayne State University Presidential Coronavirus Committee, assisting with preparations and response related to the virus.

Her research interests include Epidemiology of Health care associated Infections, Infection Prevention Antibiotic Stewardship and Immunization. Dr. Chopra has a special interest in immunization and studying the epidemiology of infections, including Clostridium difficile and Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms. She has published more than 70 papers in various journals and book chapters. She has independently reviewed more than 60 journal articles.

A 2001 graduate of the Dayanand Medical College in Ludhiana, India, Dr. Chopra completed her residency in Internal Medicine at WSU, and fellowships in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology at the DMC. In 2011, she earned a Master of Public Health degree and joined the WSU faculty.

She has received numerous awards, including the Superior Hospital Alignment Award, the Wayne State University School of Medicine Teaching Award, the Most Engaged Physician Award and the G.S. Memorial Award for work in the National Polio Eradication Drive. She is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Society of Health Care Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and American College of Physicians(ACP).

The program director for a third-year of fellowship in Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology, Dr. Chopra has mentored many medical students and fellows. She developed the curriculum for the Stewardship, Prevention, Antibiotic Resistance and Knowledge, or SPARK program, an initiative to improve student knowledge and perception on infection prevention. A six-week summer internship, SPARK is a collaborative program between Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Michigan Area Health Education Center. Students receive hands-on training in infection prevention, antibiotic resistance and antibiotic stewardship. The program also mentors students in rapid diagnostics, the importance of vaccination and conducting outbreak investigations.