Rima McLeod, MD

Infectious Diseases, Ophthalmology | More

Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and Pediatrics Medical Director, Toxoplasmosis Center

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.

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.

Medical Education

  • University of California San Francisco School of Medicine


  • Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania


  • Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania; University of California San Francisco Health


  • Stanford Health Care

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Association of Immunologists
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
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At a Glance

Practicing Since1971

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish