Melanie A. Thompson, M.D.
Melanie Thompson, M.D., is founder and principal investigator of the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta (ARCA), one of the first non-profit community-based HIV/AIDS research centers in the United States and the primary resource for clinical research in Georgia. She is also a private practitioner in Atlanta and serves on the Georgia's State Task Force on AIDS.
Dr. Thompson was recently appointed member of the National Institutes of Health Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council by Donna Shalala, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. In addition, Dr. Thompson is a member of the steering committee for NIAID's Community Programs for Clinical Research on AIDS (CPCRA) and serves on its HIV Therapies Core Committee.
Dr. Thompson received her M.D. from Emory University Medical School and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Emory University affiliated hospitals. She is board certified in internal medicine.
Dr. Thompson is one of 13 members of the International AIDS Society USA's Antiretroviral Therapy Guidelines Panel. This panel has developed a set of recommendations for treatment that forms a basis on which antiretroviral treatment strategies can be made for patients with HIV/AIDS. In addition, Dr. Thompson is one of 15 researchers in the United States to be named to the National Institutes of Health's Office of AIDS Research "Panel to Define Principles of Therapy of HIV Infection."
Dr. Thompson has served as ARCA's principal investigator for over 75 studies involving more than 9,000 patients. She has also co-authored many journal articles, abstracts and posters.