Conference Speakers 2019
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Ricky N. Bluthenthal, PhD - Preventive Medicine, USC

Dr. Bluthenthal is the Associate Dean for Social Justice and a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Institute for Prevention Research at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California (USC). He has published over 130 manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has led studies funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, multiple NIH agencies, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His research focuses on health risk and promotion for people who inject drugs.  His current federally-funded studies are examining the efficacy of a single-session active learning, motivational interviewing intervention to prevent injection drug use socialization and initiation and an observational, epidemiological study of substitution of cannabis for opioids among people who inject drugs.  Dr. Bluthenthal received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), and doctorate in Sociology from UC Berkeley.

Helene Calvet, MD - STD/HIV Prevention Training Center

Dr. Helene Calvet received her MD from the UCLA School of Medicine. She completed residency in Internal Medicine at University of Texas, Southwestern, and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; she is board-certified in both disciplines. Initially working in academic medicine, she changed to Public Health, where she worked for almost 18 years, with special emphasis on STIs and TB. In 2018, she transitioned to volunteer work in Global Health, and recently received a certification in Tropical Medicine. She has published 10 articles, served on two CDC Expert Panels, and taught STI management to health care providers throughout Region IX and in 6 other countries.

Lindsay Fitzpatrick, PsyD, BCB - Shanti Orange County

Dr. Lindsay Fitzpatrick was born and raised in Sothern California, and received her doctorate degree is Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, San Diego.  She has worked clinically in both inpatient and outpatient settings with children, teens, and adults.  She first began worked with People Living with HIV/AIDS in 2010 as a psychology student with Shanti Orange County.   From there, she developed a passion for working with chronic illness, as well as an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.   She pursued further coursework in these areas and completed a chronic pain and illness internship for her post-doctoral work.   She then went on to work in a group practice before returning to Shanti Orange County in 2015.  She is now the Executive Director, where she oversees all Shanti programs, supervises psychology trainees, and maintains a clinical caseload of her own.

Erica Garcia, MHS - Orange County Health Care Agency

Erica Garcia has been part of the 17th St Testing, Treatment, and Care Clinic since May 2015.  Erica is a Mental Health Specialist and works as a Case Manager within the Correctional Health Services.  Her focus is on clients whom are HIV positive and incarcerated.  Prior to coming to the 17th St Testing, Treatment, and Care Clinic, Erica was a Mental Health Specialist with Correctional Mental Health for 8 years providing case management for psychiatric patients during incarceration.  Her knowledge of the correctional system helps her provide excellent care for clients.  Erica previously worked as a Medical Assistant at UCI Chao Cancer Center from 2002-2007 where she discovered her passion for patient care.

Geeta Gupta, MD - Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center, UCI

Geeta GuptaDr. Geeta Gupta is the Director of the AIDS Education and Training Center at UC Irvine. She has been providing care to HIV patients and been involved with HIV education for almost three decades. Her focus has been the education of health professionals on topics related to HIV/AIDS.  In her quest to provide better healthcare for HIV infected individuals, she delivers educational presentations locally, around the country, and internationally. At UC Irvine Medical Center, she also supervises clinical preceptorships for health care workers who desire to become more proficient in delivering care to HIV infected patients. After obtaining her medical degree at Harvard Medical School, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine and her fellowship in Infectious Diseases at UC Irvine Medical Center. She has been on faculty at UC Irvine for the past 28 years.

W. David Hardy, MD, AAHIVS - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. W. David Hardy is the Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX and completed his residency in internal medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Hardy has cared for persons with HIV infection since 1982 and conducted research on HIV and related diseases since 1984. Early in the AIDS epidemic, he completed a clinical fellowship in infectious diseases/immunology and clinical research at the UCLA School of Medicine under the direction of Dr Michael Gottlieb, the physician who recognized and reported the first cases of AIDS. Dr Hardy currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) and Chair of the Education Committee of the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM).

Trevor Hawkins, MD - Southwest CARE Center, Gilead Sciences

Dr. Trevor Hawkins got his MD from Manchester University in 1971 and did postgraduate work at Charing Cross Hospital in London.  He spent 5 years in India as the medical director of a small, 50 bed hospital. In 1986, he saw his first patient with HIV in the USA and thus started his lifelong interest in HIV disease. He was the founder and CMO of the Southwest CARE Center, an HIV specialty clinic and community health center serving Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. He was a faculty member of the University of New Mexico ECHO program and taught residents and fellows about the clinical management of HIV. Dr. Hawkins was heavily involved in clinical research into HIV and HCV disease, both HCV mono infected as well as HIV/HCV co-infected. He is the recipient of numerous awards for services to people with HIV disease in his community. He joined Gilead in September 2015 to lead the PrEP and HIV Prevention program in Medical Affairs.

Jorge Lopez - Orange County Health Care Agency

Jorge Lopez works as a Senior Public Health Investigator at the Orange County Health Care Agency. He has provided direct HIV/STD services to the incarcerated population for 8 years and has been working in the HIV/STD field in Orange County for over 25 years. Jorge has a MD degree from the University of San Carlos Medical School in Guatemala and worked as an Attending Physician at a government hospital from 1987-1989 in Guatemala. He is also the founder of a nonprofit organization in Guatemala that provides education to people who are infected with HIV.

Ardis Moe, MD - David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

Dr. Ardis A. Moe is the Clinical Professor at UCLA School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and the Medical Director of UCLA Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center. She received her medical degree from University of Utah School of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine at LAC + USC Medical Center. She was an Infectious Diseases fellow at UCLA and continued as an NIH-sponsored HIV Clinical Trials fellow. She maintains a clinical practice at the Center for Clinical AIDS Research & Education (CARE) Clinic and at a Ryan White-funded HIV clinic in Van Nuys, Northeast Valley Health Corporation. She has research interests in HIV dementia and complications of HIV and HIV treatments.

Ana Pope, RN, MSN, FNP, AAHIVS - Orange County Health Care Agency

Ana Pope earned her Masters of Nursing degree and family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of California Los Angeles. She is certified as a HIV Specialist with the American Academy of HIV Medicine. She has been involved in the field of HIV since 1998 with the Orange County Health Care agency as a Public Health Nurse /HIV Health Educator and a Nurse Practitioner in HIV /STD clinics.  For the past four years, she has been providing primary medical care to patients within the Orange County Correctional Health Services.

Marisa Ramos, PhD - Office of AIDS, CDPH

Marisa Ramos, PhD, has been with the California Department of Public Health for 11 years. Currently, she is the Interim Office of AIDS Chief as well as the Surveillance and Prevention Evaluation and Reporting Branch Chief for Office of AIDS.  She has 25 years of experience managing research projects, data systems, and surveillance efforts, and has authored publications and presented at local, state, national and international conferences on refugee and Latino health issues. Prior to coming to CDPH, Dr. Ramos was an Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of California, Davis, where she currently serves as a volunteer Professor of Public Health.  Dr. Ramos completed both Masters and Doctoral programs in Biological Nutrition with an emphasis in Epidemiology from the University of California, Davis.

Nathan W. Rojek, MD, FAAD - Department of Dermatology, UCI

Dr. Nathan Rojek is an Assistant Professor and Associate Residency Program Director in the Department of Dermatology at UC Irvine. He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in dermatology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, where he was chief resident. Dr. Rojek is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Dr. Rojek specializes in the care of patients with general and complex dermatologic disorders, including psoriasis, autoimmune connective tissue disorders, and those caused by infectious diseases (particularly HIV). He also maintains a strong passion for inpatient consultative dermatology. As a UCI Dean’s Scholar for medical education, his academic interests are focused on advancing medical student clinical skills training and assessment.

Jeffrey D. Vu, MS, RN, PHN, FNP-BC, CCRN - Pediatric Gender Diversity Program, UCI

Jeffrey Vu is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner that practices primary care. Receiving his bachelors in nursing and additional masters of science from the prestigious University of California Irvine Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, he has experience in intensive care, nephrology, endocrinology, occupational health, population health, functional medicine and wellness. He currently sits on the state board for the California Association for Nurse Practitioners as the Vice President of Corporate Affairs. With over 10 years of experience within the UC Irvine health system, he seeks to address the health needs of the LGBT community by increasing access to care in a culturally sensitive manner.  

Dan Wohlfeiler, MJ, MPH - Building Healthy Online Communities

Dan Wohlfeiler received his master’s degrees in journalism and public health from UC Berkeley. After working as a documentary filmmaker, he began his career in HIV and STD prevention in 1987, first in the AIDS Prevention Program of Catalonia and then at the World Health Organization’s Global Programme on AIDS. From 1990 to 1998, Dan directed the program at the STOP AIDS Project in San Francisco, one of the largest community-based organizations run by and for gay and bisexual men. He has focused much of his career on developing structural interventions and policies to reduce HIV and STD prevention and to create healthy environments, particularly those that affect sexual networks and disparities. He is the co-founder and director of Building Healthy Online Communities, a consortium of public health leaders and dating site and app owners, which aims to support the sexual health of gay, bi and trans men seeking new partners online.

Benjamin Young, MD, PhD - ViiV Healthcare

Dr. Benjamin Young received his MD in 1992 from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1990, working in the laboratory of Nobel laureate Thomas Cech at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. Dr. Young is currently the Senior Global Medical Director of ViiV Healthcare. He was a principal and co-author of the Expert Consensus Statement on the Science of HIV in the Context of Criminal Law. From 2012 to 2018, Dr. Young was Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, one of the world’s largest organizations of HIV healthcare providers. Among his multiple responsibilities, he coordinated evidence-based medical and human rights policies with the United Nations and the World Health Organization.