Netanya S. Utay, MD, associate professor, earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and her infectious diseases fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. In 2013, Dr. Utay was recruited to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where she attended on internal medicine and infectious disease services and pursued her translational research on HIV and inflammation. She was recruited to the faculty of the Division of General Medicine at McGovern Medical School in July 2017 to care for people with HIV at Thomas Street Health Center and to continue to pursue her research.

Dr. Utay’s research interests include evaluating the contributions of gut damage, the microbiome, and inflammation to the development and progression of chronic diseases including HIV, Parkinson’s disease, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Dr. Utay serves as the Deputy Director for the Kelsey Research Foundation – University of Texas Health Science Center Microbiome Research Program. She is Vice-Chair of the End-organ Disease and Inflammation Transformative Science Group (ITSG) of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) and is a co-investigator of the Houston AIDS Research Team (HART) clinical research site for the ACTG. She is also a local co-investigator on several multi-site clinical trials of potential treatments for COVID-19.

Dr. Utay sees patients at Thomas Street Health Center and attends on the internal medicine ward service and infectious diseases consult service at LBJ Hospital and Memorial Hermann Hospital. She enjoys teaching medical students, residents, and fellows in both the outpatient and inpatient settings.


Medical Degree
Baylor College of Medicine
University of Washington
National Institutes of Health

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine, General Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases