HIV Care Providers Remember Their Most Inspiring Moments

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For most HIV doctors and other health care professionals, their job is about far more than reviewing medical charts and writing out prescriptions. It's about helping to ensure that an HIV-positive person's health doesn't stop them from achieving their dreams. Throughout their careers, these care providers have seen hundreds of patients and witnessed a vast constellation of lives and moments, all of which they have played a key role in.

We asked some of the most experienced, well-respected HIV physicians in the U.S.: What's your most memorable or inspiring moment as an HIV care provider? Here's what they had to say.

This collection of videos is part of the Live Bold Live Now series on TheBody. These interviews took place in March 2018. Video production and editing were performed by Jens Bishop and Alex Portaluppi. Interviews were conducted by Nasreen Alkhateeb and coordinated by Daisy Becerra.

More About the HIV Care Providers We Interviewed

Ank Nijhawan, M.D., is an assistant professor in the department of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D., is the senior vice president and chief medical officer of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC). Prior to joining IAPAC, Young was the co-founder and medical director of Rocky Mountain CARES, an HIV service provider organization in Colorado.

David Alain Wohl, M.D., is a professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina. He is also the co-director of HIV services at the North Carolina Department of Corrections and the co-director of the North Carolina AIDS Training and Education Center.

Demetre Daskalakis, M.D., M.P.H., is the deputy commissioner in the division of disease control at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOH). Prior to joining NYC DOH, he was the medical director of ambulatory HIV services at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Hyman Scott, M.D., M.P.H., is an associate physician and assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. He is also a research scientist and part of the leadership team at Bridge HIV, an HIV prevention research initiative within the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Jonathan Colasanti, M.D., M.S.P.H., is an assistant professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is also the associate medical director of the Ponce De Leon Center in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the largest HIV treatment centers in the U.S.

Judith Currier, M.D., is a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, department of medicine, at the David Geffen School of Medicine. She is also the division chief of infectious diseases and the associate director of the University of California-Los Angles Clinical AIDS Research and Education Center.

Myron Cohen, M.D., is a distinguished professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, where he also serves as chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, the director of the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, and the associate vice chancellor for global health. He is also the co-principal investigator of the HIV Prevention Trials Network.

Tonia Poteat, Ph.D., M.P.H., PA-C, is an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is also an HIV medical care provider within the Moore Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Wendy Armstrong, M.D., is a professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She chaired the board of directors of the HIV Medicine Association from 2016 to 2017.