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Professor of Infectious Diseases, West Virginia University

Dr. Arif Rashid Sarwari is currently a professor in the Section of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the University of West Virginia. He is also the medical director of the WVU Positive Health Clinic and associate dean of clinical affairs at the WVU school of medicine. He graduated from the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, and did his residency in internal medicine at West Virginia University, where he also served as a chief resident. He completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Maryland, as well as a Master’s of Science in epidemiology and preventative medicine.

He joined the faculty at the School of Medicine at WVU in 2000. He has served as the medical director of the WVU Positive Health Clinic, a Ryan White Part C and D funded clinic for the care of HIV positive patients. In addition, he serves as a consultant to the State Rapid HIV Testing program. His interests include medical education, HIV, parasitology, and antimicrobial resistance.

He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards by the Department of Medicine (Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding Faculty, Best Attending Physician, Clinician of the Year), Department of Family Medicine (Outstanding Teacher), WVU School of Medicine (Distinguished Teacher, David Z. Morgan Mentor Award), WVU (Foundation Outstanding Teacher), and the American College of Physicians (Herbert S. Waxman Award for Outstanding Medical Student Educator).


  • 2005–present
    Associate professor, Department of Medicine, West Virginia University


  • 2017 
    West Virginia University, Dr. E. B. Flink Chair of Medicine