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Rima McLeod, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Science and Pediatrics

Medical Director, Toxoplasmosis Center

Rima McLeod, MD is internationally recognized for her expertise and extensive research in toxoplasmosis. She specializes in the comprehensive care of congenital toxoplasmosis and other Toxoplasma gondii infections.

In the laboratory, Dr. McLeod leads investigative studies designed to ultimately develop more effective screening, detection and treatment strategies for toxoplasmosis. Her research examines multiple aspects of this disease, including genetic factors, immune response, and vulnerable populations--specifically, pregnant women and newborns. Dr. McLeod's toxoplasmosis research is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

She is a member of the committees on Molecular Medicine, Immunology, and Genetics, and a fellow with the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology at the University of Chicago. Dr. McLeod is also an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences on toxoplasmosis and other subjects in pathology and infectious diseases. Additionally, she serves as a peer reviewer for many professional medical and scientific journals.

Practice Location

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certification

Internal Medicine

Medical School

University of California San Francisco


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
University of California, San Francisco


Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA


American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Immunologists
American College of Physicians
American Society of Microbiology
Chicago Association of Immunologists
Infectious Diseases Society of America

Languages Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 834-4131

Office Fax

(773) 834-3577

Office Postal Address

Rima McLeod, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 2114
Chicago, IL 60637

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Learn More About Dr. McLeod

What Does it Mean When 2 Billion People Share Their Brain with a Parasite? Q and A with Dr. McLeod on toxoplasmosis.

Dr. McLeod and her colleagues are working to develop a targeted approach to treat toxoplasmosis, a common parasitic disease. Read more.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. McLeod's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.