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Robert Bollinger, MD

  • Professor

Departmental Affiliations

  • School of Medicine (Primary)
  • International Health (Joint)
    • Division: Global Disease Epidemiology and Control

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

600 N. Wolfe Street
Phipps 540-A
Baltimore, Maryland 21287


Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education
Hopkins-BJGMC Fogarty Program in HIV-TB Research

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MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1988
MD, Dartmouth Medical School, 1984


Dr. Bollinger is the Raj and Kamla Gupta Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine, and he holds joint appointments in International Health at the Johns Hopkins (JH) Bloomberg School of Public Health, and in Community Public Health at the JH School of Nursing. He is Founding Director of the Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE), Director of the JHU Fogarty India Program, and Associate Director for Medicine of the JH Center for Global Health. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and infectious diseases.

Dr. Bollinger has more than 39 years of experience in international public health, clinical research, and education dealing with such global health priorities as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, leprosy, dengue, antibiotic resistant infections and other emerging diseases. His research interests include identifying biological and behavioral risk factors for HIV transmission; characterizing the clinical progression and treatment of HIV and related infections; development/evaluation of novel point-of-care diagnostics and implementation of science research projects to optimize healthcare capacity and delivery in resource-limited settings. Working with partners in more than 20 countries, Dr. Bollinger and CCGHE faculty pioneered the development and use of distance learning and the award-winning emocha mobile health platform. He has been invited to participate in public health training programs and expert committees in more than 15 countries. He served as a member of the US Presidential Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS (PACHA), a member of the PACHA International Sub-committee, and a member of the Institute of Medicine Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety. He also currently serves as a member of the NIH Fogarty International Center Advisory Board.

Dr. Bollinger is committed to improving the health of people living in resource-limited communities through clinical research, education, and leadership training. He established health research and education programs in countries throughout Africa, South and Central America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. In 1991, he initiated an NIH-funded Indo-US HIV research program in Pune, India, involving the National AIDS Research Institute/ICMR and the BJ Government Medical College. He has served as Principal Investigator for many NIH-supported studies and clinical trials in Pune, including the SWEN study, which changed World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for treatment of infants born to HIV positive mothers to prevent mother-to-child transmission. Under his 26 years as leader of the Hopkins India Fogarty International Research Training Program, short-term and degree training has been provided to more than 140 visiting Indian scientists at JHU, and in-country training has been provided to more than 2,000 Indian scientists. His commitment to education has been honored with the Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award.

Dr. Bollinger is author of more than 190 peer-reviewed research publications and 15 book chapters, including the first and largest studies of risk factors for HIV transmission in India, the cloning and sequencing of the first HIV viruses from India, the only studies characterizing the primary immune response to HIV in India, and the demonstration of increased risk of HIV acquisition with recent HSV infection and

lack of circumcision.

Dr. Bollinger received an undergraduate degree from Haverford College, a Doctor of Medicine from Dartmouth Medical School, and a Master of Public Health from JH Bloomberg School of Public Health. He completed his internal medicine training at the University of Maryland Medical Systems, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in infectious diseases at JHU School of Medicine.

Honors and Awards

2007 Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE), Computerworld Honors Program Laureate in Healthcare

2008 CCGHE, Rich Media Impact Award, Sonic Foundry

2008 Lawrence Forman Award, Haverford College

2009 David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

2009 The electronic Mobile Open-Source Comprehensive Health Application (eMOCHA), Finalist, Vodafone Wireless Innovation Award

2010 Honorary Doctorate, Haverford College

2018 Inaugural Recipient of the Raj and Kamla Gupta Professor of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins University

  • Global health workforce education and capacity building
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • International Health
  • Tuberculosis
  • Public Health
  • Tropical Medicine
  • mobile health
  • point-of-care diagnostics
  • India
  • Ethiopia
  • Uganda
  • South Africa
  • emocha
  • miDOT
  • miLAB

Selected publications from the past year

  • Kinikar A, Gupte N, Bhat J, Bharadwaj R, Kulkarni V, Bhosale R, McIntire KN, Mave V, Suryavanshi N, Patil S, Bollinger R, Gupta A. Maternal Syphilis: An Independent Risk Factor for Mother to Infant Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission. Sex Transm Dis. 2017;44(6):371-375. PMCID: PMC5434955
  • Pardeshi GS, Kadam D, Chandanwale A, Bollinger R, Deluca A. Resident doctors' attitudes toward tuberculosis patients. Indian J Tuberc. 2017;64(2):89-92. PMID: 28410704
  • Pardeshi G, Kadam D, Chandanwale A, Deluca A, Khobragade P, Parande M, Suryavanshi N, Kinikar A, Basavaraj A, Girish S, Shelke S, Gupte N, Farley J, Bollinger B. TB Risk Perceptions Among Medical Residents at a Tertiary Care Center in India. Tuberculosis R&T. 2017;2017:7514817 PMCID: PMC5735706
  • Chida N, Brown C, Mathad J, Carpenter K, Nelson G, Schechter M, Rebolledo P, Fabre V, Cantillo D, Longworth S, Amorosa V, Petrauskis C, Boulanger C, Cain N, Gupta A, McKenzie-White J, Bollinger R, Melia M. Developing an Assessment Framework for Essential Internal Medicine Subspecialty Topics. ACGME Journal of Grad. Med Ed. June 2018 PMCID: PMC6008041
  • Belgaumkar VA, Chandanwale A, Valvi C, Pardeshi GS, Lokhande R, Kadam D, Joshi S, Gupte, N, Jain D, Dhumal G, DeLuca A, Golub J, Gupta A, Kinikar AA, Bollinger R. Barriers to Screening and Isoniazid Preventive Treatment for Child Contacts of Tuberculosis Patients. IJTLD 2018 (In Press).