Claire Borkert, M.D.
Claire Borkert, M.D., was the co-medical director of the East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC) in Oakland, Calif., from 1992 until her death from cancer in June 2010. She was a guest lecturer for the University of California-San Francisco/University of California-Berkeley joint medical program, teaching an HIV and biochemistry curriculum class to third-year students. She is also the annual HIV lecturer for the UC-Berkeley School of Optometry.
Dr. Borkert was a social worker for 10 years. At the age of 32 she decided to go to the University of Tennessee-Memphis Medical School. She then completed an internal medicine residency at the County of Alameda Medical Center Primary Track Internal Medicine Program.
Dr. Borkert was involved in many studies with UCSF's pharmaceutical/expanded access and community consortium clinical trial group, including the enrollment of women in ACTG (AIDS Clinical Trials Group) perinatal trials.
Additionally, Dr. Borkert's research group developed and initiated a collaboration with other clinics in order to determine why women enroll (or fail to enroll) in clinical trials.
Dr. Borkert was known to her many friends, relatives and patients as exceptionally warm and generous. Her passing, on June 24, 2010, was a tremendous loss to the HIV community. Read an obituary for Dr. Borkert released by WORLD (Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases), of which she was a member of the Board of Directors.