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Steven Hong, MD, MPH, MAR

Dr. Steven Y. Hong is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and works within the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts. He is also an attending physician at Tufts Medical Center in the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases in Boston, MA. His medical degree is from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY and he received his Masters in Public Health at Columbia University, NY, and Masters of Arts in Religion at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, IL. Dr. Hong completed his residency at Westchester Medical Center, NY followed by an Infectious Diseases fellowship at Tufts Medical Center.

Dr. Hong’s research interests are predominantly in the areas of HIV drug resistance and antiretroviral therapy optimization in resource-limited settings. He works as a consultant for the World Health Organization in the area of HIV drug resistance, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa.  In 2011, Dr. Hong received the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research Developmental Award for his research in Namibia. The main purpose of this award was to assess the relationship between food insecurity and antiretroviral therapy adherence in Namibia. In 2012, Dr. Hong was awarded the a K23 from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for his research in Namibia on Patient Tracing Intensification and predictors of loss to follow-up. In 2012, Dr. Hong was awarded a developmental award from the Tufts University Nutrition Collaborative, Center for Drug Abuse and AIDS Research for his work on alcohol use, nutritional status, food insecurity, mental health and risky sexual behavior. He currently lives in Windhoek, Namibia with his family conducting research in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the University of Namibia School of Medicine.


 

Gretchen Volpe, MD, CM, MPH

Dr. Gretchen Volpe is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and is an attending physician within the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA.  She received her medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, QC and her Master’s in Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine. Her residency training and fellowship in Infectious Diseases was completed at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA.

In 2012, Dr. Volpe received the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) award for her research on systemic inflammation, intestinal integrity, and immune activation in HIV infected and uninfected persons. She also received the Natalie V. Zucker Research Center for Women Scholars grant for her work on the microbiome and nutrition in cocaine users in 2010-2011. Other research interests of Dr. Volpe include cardiovascular disease risk, antiretroviral therapy, alterations in the intestinal microbiota and mucosa, and nutritional complications among people living with HIV infection.


 

Aadia Rana, MD

Dr. Aadia Rana is an internal medicine and infectious diseases physician at The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brown University. Dr. Rana obtained her medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine/international health at Case Western Reserve University. She subsequently came to Brown University where she completed a combined clinical and research fellowship in infectious diseases and HIV Health Services Research.

Dr. Rana's primary research focus is evaluating and improving adherence to medical care and treatment among HIV-infected patients, a vital issue which impacts individual health as well as public health. She has several ongoing projects evaluating factors that impact adherence to HIV care and treatment among: patients at the Miriam Hospital Immunology clinic, postpartum HIV-infected women in Mississippi where she received the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Developmental grant, and postpartum HIV-infected women in Ghana. Dr. Rana is also sub-investigator of the The Miriam Hospital AIDS Clinical Trial Clinical Research Site, a subunit of the Harvard AIDS Clinic Trials Unit of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG). She is also the local principal investigator of clinical trials investigating novel treatments for HIV and Hepatitis C at the Miriam Hospital Infectious Diseases Clinical Trials Unit.


 

 

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