Professional Activities/Honors: Dr. High has been a faculty member at Wake Forest since 1993 and is currently President, Health System for Wake Forest Baptist Health. Previous positions include: Tinsley R. Harrison Professor and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Research, and Chief, Section on Infectious Diseases. He is a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Institute on Aging (NIA), served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) from 2006-2010 and as Chair of the Education Committee of the Infectious Diseases Society of America from 2008-2010. He is also a Past President of the Association of Specialty Professors. He has been on the editorial boards of Clinical Infectious Diseases and Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and is an Associate Editor of Hazzard’s Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology textbook (6th & 7th editions). Dr. High received the 2009 Eric G. Neilson Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Specialty Professors, the 2012 Laureate Award from the NC American College of Physicians Chapter, and the 2013 Special Recognition Award from the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. He has also been recognized with multiple teaching honors by students/house staff at Wake Forest.
Geriatrics Integration into Subspecialty Internal Medicine: Dr. High is a national leader integrating gerontology and geriatrics into the specialties of Internal Medicine (IM). He helped initiate two junior faculty development programs: the T. Franklin Williams Scholars program funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation, and the Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) program - a public/private partnership with the NIA. Dr. High was also Principal Investigator for the national Coordinating Center for the 15 NIA-sponsored Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers from 2008-2016.
Research: Dr. High's researc is focused on translational research of mechanisms and clinical relevance of immune senescence, waning of immune function with age. The laboratory utilizes studies in both animal models (mice and nonhuman primates) and human populations. His research has been published in New England Journal of Medicine, Aging Cell, Blood, Clinical Infectious Diseases and Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. He is currently funded by several grants from NIA.
Clinical Activities: Dr. High is actively engaged in clinical care of patients and is ABIM certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He has been recognized annually for his clinical excellence by Best Doctors in North Carolina® since 2002 and Best Doctors in America® since 2007.