Dr Lopez is the Richard Vial Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Medicine at the LSU School of Medicine-New Orleans. A native of New Orleans, he received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from LSU. He returned to Stanford University where he was an intern, resident and chief resident in Internal Medicine and a fellow in Infectious Diseases. He has written more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. He is co-editor of the textbook "Infectious Diseases: Emergency Department Diagnosis & Management". As a member of the American College of Physicians, he has been active nationally as a participant in the Scientific Program Subcommittee for the Annual Session, has served as a faculty contributor for the Infectious Diseases MKSAP 15, MKSAP 16, and MKSAP 17, and has been an author for the Internal Medicine Essentials for Clerkship Students and MKSAP for Students. Dr Lopez has also served as a member of the Internal Medicine-Inservice Training Examination Committee. A recipient of the Louisiana ACP Laureate Award, he has also been selected as a Master of the American College of Physicians. He has received multiple awards recognizing his teaching efforts at both Stanford University and LSU, including the Copping Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is LSU Health Sciences Center’s highest teaching award.