ECU and its Division of Health Sciences have experts available to answer questions related to Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and other infectious diseases.


To set up interviews, contact Rob Spahr via email at or by phone at 252-744-2482 or 252-328-6481.

Infectious diseases: Paul Cook, MD, chief of Brody’s Division of Infectious Disease | Read “Coronavirus Explained”

Clinical operations: Jason Foltz, DO, chief medical officer of ECU Physicians

Employees & students: Paul Barry, MD, director of ECU’s Office of Prospective Health

Public Health: Ronny Bell, PhD, chair of Brody’s Department of Public Health

Research: Rachel Roper, PhD, associate professor in Brody’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology | Read “4 Things To Know About Coronavirus”


To set up interviews, contact ECU News Services via email at or by phone at 252-328-6481.

Disease, misinformation and conspiracy theories: Andrea Kitta, PhD, associate professor of English | Read “Disease and Misinformation”

Employment, stock market issues: Dr. James Kleckley, College of Business economist

Risk, disaster recovery and planning: Dr. Brenda Wells, College of Business professor