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Daniel Lee, MD, AAHIVS

UCSD Medical Center, Owen Clinic

San Diego, California



Owen Clinic is the HIV clinic for the University of California, San Diego’s Medical Center where the collective HIV team cares for over 3,000 people living with HIV. Located next to UCSD Medical Center in the Hillcrest area of San Diego, Owen Clinic has approximately 8 full-time physicians, multiple part-time physicians, and four mid-level providers. In addition, they have a large staff including nurses, 3 clinical pharmacists on site; in addition to 4 psychiatrists, 1 substance addiction counselor, 1 registered dietician and 2 social workers. They provide subspecialty care including co-infection with HCV & HIV, anal dysplasia and lipid/lipodystrophy...Read more




Gina Simoncini, MD, MPH, AAHIVS

Temple University Hospital

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. Gina Simoncini attended Temple University’s School of Medicine and completed fellowships with Temple University’s Hospital and AIDS Healthcare Foundation and has been treating people living with HIV for about six years. “I did not pursue the obvious path to HIV medicine,” says Simoncini, “I decided to train in a non-accredited HIV/AIDS medicine fellowship that provided me with unique exposures to treatment, research and procedures, such as anoscopy, that are relevant to the care of people living with HIV. I have always been interested in underserved primary care and providing a voice for those who need one....Read more

Denise Taylor, MD, AAHIVS

Community Health Center of the Central Coast

San Luis Obispo, California


Dr. Denise Taylor went to medical school at University of California, San Diego from 1985 to 1989 and completed a Family Medicine Residency in Martinez, California in 1992. She worked for a short time in private practice but has mostly worked in government settings like county clinics and correctional facilities since then. Says Taylor, “I find that I enjoy working with the underserved more than I enjoy working with people who are more in my own demographic.” People living with HIV have been a core part of her patient pool since the beginning of her career. In 1997, Taylor began her earnest pursuit of becoming an HIV Specialist. Read more...

Seja Jackson, MS, APRN-BC, AAHIVS

St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center

Burgdorf Health Center

Hartford, Connecticut


Seja Jackson’s primary practice setting is an inner city, community ambulatory care clinic; Burgdorf Primary Care Health Center of St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center in Hartford, lovingly known as “The Burgdorf.” They provide adult primary & specialty care, pediatrics, and gynecology care. The Burgdorf is a clinical teaching site for the University of Connecticut’s medical school...Read more


Christian B. Ramers, MD, MPH, AAHIVS

Family Health Centers of San Diego

San Diego, California


Dr. Ramers attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego and completed combined residency training in Internal Medical and Pediatrics at Duke University in North Carolina. It was at Duke where Ramers saw his first patients with HIV during residency through special arrangements with the Duke Infectious Diseases Clinic in 2005. He has cared for people with HIV in diverse settings ever since. After his time at Duke, Ramers did an Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Washington (UW)...Read more

Michelle Collins Ogle, MD, FAAP, AAHIVS

Warren-Vance Community Health Center, Inc.

Henderson, North Carolina


With a population of a little over 15,000, Henderson is situated in the northern part of the state. Here, Warren-Vance Community Health Center, Inc. (WVCHC) is a rural clinic located in a Medically Underserved Area (MUA) and Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). The rural service area comprises six extremely impoverished counties with high disease burden and staggering numbers of the population living in poverty. The clinic is a dedicated HIV clinic and is the only HIV specialty clinic within a 45 mile radius...Read more

Sampath Wijesinghe
Adventist Health Central Valley Network/ PAETC
Central Valley, California

In the Central valley of California, including the suburbs of Fresno, there is a network of four hospitals and approximately 30 community care clinics operating together as Adventist Health. Sampath Wijesinghe has been in practice for five years at the community care center in Sanger, a small city of approximately 25,000. “There are eight family medicine clinicians at our clinic,” says Wijesinghe, “My family practice patient pool includes newborn, pediatric, ...Read more

Mark D. Goodman, MD, AAFP, AAHIVS
Creighton University Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska

In the Mountain Plains state of Nebraska, Dr. Mark Goodman reflects on what motivated him to pursue specializing in HIV care. “My personal statement reads: to contribute to a world of less cruelty, by demonstrating charity, mercy and forbearance, and to be of service to others. Caring for ...Read more




Jim Scott, PharmD, MEd, FCCP, FASHP, AAHIVP
Western University of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy
Pomona, California

Jim Scott did his undergraduate degree, Masters in Education and Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He did a Geriatrics Pharmacotherapy Residency at the Gainesville VAMC and an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Scott recalls working with people with HIV first during his student days and continuously over the twenty years that have followed...Read more








Angela Kapalko, PA-C, MS, AAHIVS
Philadelphia, FIGHT
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Angela Kapalko completed her undergraduate work at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She was in the Physician Assistant Studies program, which is a sister program of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Kapalko completed her studies at PCOM in 2007 with a Masters in Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Recalls Kapalko, “One of my rotations was with a local private practice ...Read more


North Shore University Hospital
Manhasset, New York

Joseph McGowan has been treating people living with HIV for 30 years. He completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia University, studying there at the same time as President Obama. McGowan earned his MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He did his Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and also completed an NIH Fellowship in Immunology. McGowan was very interested in immunology; in how the host interacts with infections and illness. McGowan recounts, "Initially I planned to focus on tuberculosis because I had witnessed its varied presentations and impact. I did my early training in some of the municipal hospitals in Read more...

Tracy Hicks, FNP, BC, HCS-D
Special Health Resources
Longview, Texas

Tracy Hicks recently completed her Nursing schooling at the University of Texas at Arlington and has been in practice for nearly two years now at Special Health Resources, where she works with clients with HIV and HIV/HCV co-infection. In these beginning stages of her career in HIV care, Hicks’ work setting has been a primary care community clinic setting. Says Hicks, “I currently work in a behavioral health unit treating dual diagnosis, mental illness, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and psychosis....Read more

Scott A. Denny, M
Kaiser Permanente
Honolulu, Hawaii

Scott Denny’s current clinical practice is located in downtown Honolulu on the island of Oahu. As the branch of the Infectious Diseases Department at Kaiser Permanente, he independently oversees the HIV clinic and manages the entire Kaiser Permanente HIV population throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Within his practice, Denny also maintains a specialty transgender clinic where they provide hormone replacement therapy, medical treatment, and unique transgender counseling. Denny also manages the HIV/HCV co-infected populations, providing them with the newest HCV treatment modalities. His practice has clinics located on the neighboring islands of Hawaii (Hilo and Kona) and Maui in Wailuku, requiring Denny to make scheduled neighbor-islands visits to provide appropriate care for those patients. ...Read more



Hilda Ortiz-Morales, NPcs, PhD, AAHIVS
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, New York

Hilda Ortiz-Morales has spent the majority of three decades as a student; receiving a BSN from Herbert H. Lehman College, a MSN at the College of New Rochelle, an HIV Preceptorship from Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, an HCV Preceptorship at Cabrini Medical Center, and a Doctorate of Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix. Prior to working as an NP, Ortiz-Morales was the Clinical Coordinator, Educator and Quality Improvement Coordinator for an AIDS Center in New York. Says Ortiz-Morales, “I was really motivated through these experiences .
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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mary Tanney's clinical practice is part of the Adolescent Initiative at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She provides primary care and HIV specialty care to youth ages 13 to 24 who are infected with HIV. She works with two other providers who are HIV Specialists as well. Tanney's clinic is part of the CHOP Care Network and is located in West Philadelphia...Read more




Davidson H. Hamer, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FASTMH
Zambia Center for Applied Health Research & Development
Lusaka, Zambia

Upon graduation from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Dr. Hamer did a residency at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. Recalls Hamer, “Doing my residency in Washington, DC; in a large urban hospital from 1987 to 1990 during a surging epidemic of HIV in the MSM, IDU, and heterosexual communities stimulated a long term personal interest in HIV. 
This was a psychologically tough time when many patients came in with multiple opportunistic infections, profoundly low CD4 counts, and the outcome of their illness was often death.” As Hamer’s career continued, he did an Infectious Diseases fellowship at Tufts-New England Medical Center. He has provided care in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, rehabilitation hospitals, travel clinics, and nursing homes.





J. Wesley Thompson, PA-C, MHS, DFAAPA, AAHIVS
Thompson Medical Group
Charlotte, North Carolina

After receiving a Masters in Health and his Physician Assistant degree from Duke University's Physician Assistant program, J. Wesley Thompson started out in primary care and recalls treating his first HIV patient in 1987. He shifted professional focus to specializing in Infectious Diseases in 1999. Says Thompson, "As an out gay man, HIV positive patients gravitated towards me. I was initally leery of taking on HIV patients because of my own fears and biases. Very quickly, I realized this...Read more






Zelalem Temesgen, MD 
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

"Milestones in the HIV epidemic coincide with milestones in my medical career," says Dr. Temesgen of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Temsgen notes that the first reports of HIV infection came out during his first year of medical school; the first antiretroviral drug, zidovudine, was introduced as he was finishing medical school. As a resident in internal medicine as a sub specialty trainee in infectious diseases, and during his additional training in HIV medicine at the University of Carlifornia, San Francisio, Temesgen was involved in the care of HIV-infected patients and witnessed first hand the devestation of...Read more





Hofstra North Shore - LIJ Health System, Manhasset, New York
HealthCare Partners IPA & MSO, Long Island, New York

After graduating as valedictorian of his class at New York Medical College in 1984, and following a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics in 1988, Dr. Cervia completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at the New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center in 1990. Cervia joined the faculty of the State University of New York, Stony Brook School of Medicine as Assistant Professor and served as the Founding Director of the Pediatric-Maternal HIV Service at Nassau County Medical Center from 1990 to 1992. He then returned to...
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Jonathan S. Appelbaum, MD, FACP, AAHIVS
Florida State University, College of Medicine
Tallahassee, Florida

Dr. Appelbaum felt a “sense of duty.” Approximately 28 years ago the HIV epidemic was terrifying, claiming casualties at a staggering rate. In the early days of the epidemic, HIV was primarily a disease of young gay men; friends of Appelbaum’s and members of his community. This sense of duty to his community, a community in desperate need, motivated Appelbaum to pursue specializing in HIV care. Appelbaum graduated from the University of Miami, School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine training at the ...
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Abimbola Farinde, PharmD, PhD 
Bayshore Medical Center, Pasadena, Texas
East Houston Regional Medical Center, Houston, Texas

Dr. Farinde attended pharmacy school at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas and completed her postgraduate year one residency training with an emphasis on primary care at Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System in Temple, Texas. She then proceeded to complete her postgraduate second year training at...
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Donna E. Sweet, MD, MACP, AAHIVS
University of Kansas, School of Medicine
Wichita, Kansas

After completing her medical schooling at the University of Kansas, School of Medicine in Wichita, Sweet went on to practice medicine at the very same place. She has been treating people living with HIV since 1983 and has spent the entirety of her medical career in practice at the University of Kansas, School of Medicine in Wichita. Today, her medical practice association...
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Bruce Rashbaum, MD, AAHIVS
Capital Medical Associates
Washington, DC

At age 25, Rashbaum was a third year medical student. The year was 1982. Having attended medical school at Boston University, Rashbaum was working at Boston City Hospital when he encountered his first HIV-infected patient. The patient died within 24 hours from pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP). After receiving additional training at the Washington Hospital Center's Internal Medicine Department, Rashbaum started his practice at a clinic for the dependents of the Armed Forces. A year later...Read more



Susan Weiss, MSN, FNP-BC, AAHIVS
Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
New York, New York

Susan Weiss has spent the last 29 years treating people with HIV in one capacity or another, making her a provider of the generation that experienced HIV from its terrifying onset. Weiss began in HIV “by accident” as a new AIDS unit had just opened and sounded like a great program. She has stayed with HIV care for so many years because she finds it “both intellectually stimulating and emotionally captivating.” After receiving her nurse practitioner degree from Pace University in New York City, Weiss spent the next two years...Read more







Gary Spinner, PA, MPH, AAHIVS
Southwest Community Health Center
Bridgeport, Connecticut

After working as a paramedic in the South Bronx in New York City in the 1970s, and serving as Co-Director of a free ambulance service there, Spinner left to attend the Yale School of Medicine’s Physician Associate Program. He graduated in 1983 and continued to live in New Haven, Connecticut where he worked for the next 25 years at Hill Health Center. He worked there providing HIV care...Read More