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Thomas Quinn, MD

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855 N. Wolfe Street
Room 531
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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MD, Northwestern University School of Medicine, 1974
MS, Notre Dame University, 1970


Investigation of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, and clinical features of HIV/AIDS internationally. Interaction between STDs and tropical diseases on the natural history and spread of HIV/AIDS in developing countries. Recent research has examined the viral kinetics and transmission probabilities of HIV among discordant couples with the subsequent design and application of interventions including therapy to prevent transmission of HIV. Molecular studies have mapped the molecular epidemic of HIV on a global basis, linking virologic changes to the spread of HIV and measuring the demographic impact of the epidemic. Implementation of clinical care programs for HIV, STDs, and other infectious diseases while advocating for improved clinical education for African physicians and implementing public health policy from these and other research findings.

He serves as advisor/consultant on HIV and STDs to the World Health Organization, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (PEPFAR), UNAIDS, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.   In 2004 he became a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science. He is a founding member of the Academic Alliance for AIDS Care and Prevention in Africa; founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health.He is an author of approximately 900 publications on HIV, STDs, and infectious diseases.

Honors and Awards

1969-72 U.S.P.H.S. Research Training Award from NIAID, NIH 1970-74 Northwestern Univ Medical School Health Professions Award 1979-81 U.S.P.H.S. Career Development Award 1980 U.S.P.H.S. Special Assignment Award 1985 U.S.P.H.S. Commendation Award, NIAID, NIH 1987 A.O.A. Epidemiology Research Award 1987 State of Maryland Annual Distinguished Physician Lectureship 1988 U.S.P.H.S. Outstanding Service Award, NIAID, NIH 1989 U.S.P.H.S. Outstanding Unit Citation, NIAID, NIH 1990 UCLA Lester Breslow Distinguished Lectureship Epidemiology 1990 UCLA John F. Kessel Distinguished Lectureship Tropical Med 1990 University of Florida Commemorative Award Presentation 1994 Charles C. Shepard Award Outstanding Scientific Publication 1994 National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Special Recognition Award 1994 James H. Nakano Citation Outstanding Scientific Publication 1995 American College of Preventive Medicine Award for Best Scientific Presentation 1995 U.S.P.H.S. Meritorious Service Award 1996 Stephen Gross HIV Lectureship Award, Cedars-Sinai Hospital 1996 U.S.P.H.S. Meritorious Service Award, NIAID, NIH 1996-99 Best Doctors in America, Infectious Diseases, HIV and STDs 1998 Special Opening Plenary Lecture, IDSA 1998 U.S.P.H.S. Bicentennial Unit Commendation 1999 ASTDA Lifetime Achievement Award 1999 Indiana Univ School of Medicine Award in Infectious Diseases 1999 U.S.P.H.S. Distinguished Service Award 2000 Duncan Catterall Memorial Lecture, British Association for Sexual Health and HIV 2000 Sommer Memorial Lecture, Portland, Oregon 2000 U.S.P.H.S. Distinguished Service Award 2000 IAPAC Heroes in Medicine Award 2002 Dowling Memorial Visiting Professorship, University of Illinois Medical Ctr 2003 Harold C. Neu Visiting Professorship, Columbia University 2003 Harry C. Dascomb Memorial Visiting Scholar Lectureship, Louisiana State University 2003 Plenary Lectdureship, 12th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research, Nova Scotia, Canada 2004 Morris M. Gollow Keynote Lectureship, Australasian Sexual Health Conference 2004 Elected Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences 2007 Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2007 John F. Ender Lecture, IDSA, 2007 NIAID Special Act or Service Award for Coordinating International Research Activities, 2007 Massachusetts General Hospital David Brudnoy Visiting Professorship, 2008 Elected to Fellow of the American Association for Advancement in Science, 2008 FDA Office of Women’s Health, Certificate of Appreciation, 2009 Distinguished Visiting Lectureship Award, University of Manitoba, 2009 Distinguished Visiting Professor in Global Health, Duke University, 2010 ACP Maryland Chapter Mary Betty Stevens Award for Clinical Research, 2010 Ed Nowakowski Senior Memorial Clinical Virology Award, 2011The Thomas Parran Award of the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association, 2011Benjamin Keane Lecture, Weill Cornell School of Medicine, 2012 University of Notre Dame Distinguished Alumnus Award and 2012 Commencment Speaker for the University of Notre Dame Graduate School

  • HIV
  • AIDS
  • STDs
  • STI
  • epidemiology
  • global health
  • infectious diseases
  • pathogenesis
  • viral infections
  • chlamydia
  • developing countries
  • resource-limited settings
  • Quinn TC, Serwadda D. The future of HIV/AIDS in Africa: a shared responsibility. Lancet 2011;377:1133-1134.

  • Aumakhan B, Hardick A, Quinn TC, Laeyendecker O, Gange SJ, Beyrer C, Cox C, Anastos K, Cohen M, Greenblatt RM, Merenstein DJ, Minkoff H, Nowicki M, Gaydos CA. Genital herpes evaluation by quantitative TaqMan PCR: correlating single detection and quantity of HSV-2 DNA in cervicovaginal lavage fluids with cross-sectional and longitudinal clinical data. Virol J. 2010 Nov 18;7:328.

  •  Chang LW, Kagaayi J, Nakigozi G, Ssempijja V, Packer AH, Serwadda D, Quinn TC, Gray RH, Bollinger RC, Reynolds SJ. Effect of peer health workers on AIDS care in Rakai, Uganda: a cluster-randomized trial. PLoS One. 2010 Jun 2;5(6):e10923.

  •  Redd AD, Eaton KP, Kong X, Laeyendecker O, Lutalo T, Wawer MJ, Gray RH, Serwadda D, Quinn TC; Rakai Health Sciences Program. C-reactive protein levels increase during HIV-1 disease progression in Rakai, Uganda, despite the absence of microbial translocation. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2010 Aug 15;54(5):556-9.

  •  Quinn TC, Samet JM. Epidemiologic approaches to global health. Epidemiol Rev. 2010 Apr;32(1):1-4. Epub 2010 Jun 25.