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David R. Holtgrave, PhD

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PhD, University of Illinois, 1988


Dr. Holtgrave is currently the Dean, Distinguished Professor, and SUNY Empire Innovation Professor at the School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York; he is also appointed as an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (the Department he Chaired from 2005 to 2018 when employed full time at Hopkins).

Dr. Holtgrave's research has focused on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a variety of HIV prevention and care interventions (including the provision of housing as a structural HIV/AIDS intervention), and the relationship of the findings of these studies to HIV prevention policy making. His scholarly works include over 325 professional publications. He has served on an Institute of Medicine panel charged with recommending methods to improve the public financing and delivery of HIV care in the United States. Dr. Holtgrave has also previously served as the Director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention -- Intervention Research & Support at the US Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During President Barack Obama's Administration, Dr. Holtgrave served as a member and then Vice-Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).

Honors and Awards

SUNY Distinguished Professor (Awarded Highest Academic Rank in the State University of New York System, 2019)

Inaugural Health, Behavior and Society Professor, JHSPH (Endowed Professorship, 2017-2018)

Member and Vice-Chair, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (Membership terms 2010-2016)

Partnership Award, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, 2014

The Golden Apple Award, and The Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014

Positive Leadership Award, National Association of People with AIDS, 2011

POZ 100 AIDS Fighters, POZ Magazine, 2010

Member, Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society, 2006

Student Government Association Professor of the Year, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 2005

Woodruff Leadership Academy Fellow, Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Emory University, 2004

C. Everett Koop National Health Award, The Health Project, 1996

  • HIV/AIDS policy, prevention and care
  • economic evaluation
  • hepatitis C prevention and treatment
  • implementation science
  • tobacco smoking behavior

The following five publications gave a sampling of some recent research focused on ways to change the course of the HIV epidemic in the United States and to address health disparities across and among communities most disproportionately impacted by HIV.

  • Holtgrave DR, Hall HI, Wehrmeyer L, Maulsby C. Costs, consequences and feasibility of strategies for achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Stategy in the United States: A closing window for success? AIDS and Behavior 2012;16(6):1365-1372.
  • Holtgrave DR, Greenwald R. A SWOT analysis of the updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the U.S., 2015-2020. AIDS and Behavior 2016;20(1):1-6.
  • Johnson AS, Hall HI, Hu X, Lansky A, Holtgrave DR, Mermin J. Trends in diagnoses of HIV infection in the United States, 2002-2011. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 2014;312(4):432-434.
  • Bonacci RA, Bradley H, Rosenberg ES, Holtgrave DR. Evaluating HIV transmission rates for the US National HIV/AIDS Strategy, 2010-2015. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) 2019; Epub ahead of print.
  • Marrazzo JM, Del Rio C, Holtgrave DR, et al. HIV prevention in clinical care settings: 2014 recommendations of the International Antiviral Society-USA Panel. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 2014;312(4):390-409.