Dr. Ronald Turner
Ronald Turner, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Turner earned his MD degree from Southern Illinois University and did his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Columbus Children’s Hospital (Ohio State University) and the University of Virginia. He subsequently served in faculty positions at the University of Utah and the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to his administrative role at the University of Virginia, Dr. Turner has clinical care and teaching responsibilities in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. His research interests are directed at the pathogenesis and treatment of viral respiratory infections.
Host: Are there medical conditions that might make me more at risk to catching a cold?
Ronald Turner: There does not seem to be anything that makes you more susceptible to acquiring the virus. Once you have the virus, underlying conditions can make you more sick. But the underlying illnesses generally have nothing to do with whether you catch a cold or not.