Robert Bryan Rock, MD

R. Bryan Rock, MD

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

“I am committed to providing expert, accurate, appropriate, and professional care to the patients I see. I pride myself in taking the time to explain complex disease processes, treatment plans, and medical decisions in a way that is understandable, so that that each of my patients is educated and able to make informed medical decisions for themselves.”

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Rock is board-certified in Infectious Diseases and cares for patients in the hospital and in the clinic who have general infectious diseases problems. He also is the Medical Director of the Hennepin County Public Health Clinic and a Civil Surgeon who cares for patients with active and inactive tuberculosis, as well as refugees and immigrants needing infectious diseases screening. He is also the State Tuberculosis Consultant for the Minnesota Department of Health. He was involved in training future infectious diseases doctors as the Director for the Infectious Diseases Fellowship program at the University of Minnesota for 10 years. He has a special interest in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of tuberculosis, immigrant and refugee health, and antimicrobial stewardship.


  • Hu S, Sheng WS, and Rock, RB. WIN55,212-2 protects dopaminergic neurons against damage from HIV-1 gp120. PLoS One 2013 Oct 17;8(10):e77577. PMID: 24147028.
  • Sheng WS, Hu S, Feng A, Peterson PK, Rock RB. Interleukin-1beta-activated astrocytes induce reactive oxygen species. Neurochemical Res 2013; Oct; 38(10):2148-59. PMID: 23918204.
  • Hu S, Sheng WS, Lokensgard JR, Peterson PK, Rock RB. Preferential sensitivity of human dopaminergic neurons to gp120-induced oxidative damage. J Neurovirology 2009 Dec; 15(5-6):401-10. PMID: 20175694.
  • Olin MR, Armien AG, Cheeran M C-J, Rock RB, Molitor TR, Peterson PK. Role of nitric oxide in defense of the central nervous system against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. J Infect Dis. 2008 Sept 15;198(6): 886-9. PMID: 18627273.
  • Rock RB, Gekker G, Aravalli RN, Hu S, Sheng WS, Peterson PK. Potentiation of HIV-1 expression in microglial cells by nicotine: involvement of transforming growth factor-β1. J Neuroimmun Pharm. 2008 September; 3(3): 143-9; Epub 2007 Dec. 4. PMID: 18060582.

Medical School

  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA


  • Internal Medicine, Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Professional Affiliations

  • Infectious Diseases Society of America


“In my free time, I enjoy running, walking, photography, cooking, watching films, watching professional soccer, and spending time with family and friends.”