Key Opinion Leaders
A group of experienced primary care providers and HIV key opinion leaders provides input and guidance on this segment and its activities. These leaders empower other African American and Hispanic/Latino health care providers to increase HIV testing and referral to HIV care, so that HIV testing becomes as routine as checking a patient's blood pressure. Follow this link to learn more about their thoughts about and experiences with routine HIV testing.
- Derrick Butler, M.D., M.P.H. Associate Medical Director, T.H.E. Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
- Captain Kenneth Dominguez, M.D., M.P.H. Medical Epidemiologist, CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Surveillance and Epidemiology, Atlanta, GA
- Wilbert Jordan, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Director, OASIS Clinic of King/Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
- Celia Maxwell, M.D., F.A.A.C.P., Associate Dean for Research, Howard University Women's Health Institute, Washington, DC
- Ligia Peralta, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.S.A.H.M., A.A.H.I.V.M.S., Distinguished Fellow, Innovation in Global Health Care Fellowship of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Ana Puga, M.D., Comprehensive Family AIDS Program Medical Director, Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- Elena Rios, M.D., M.S.P.H., President and CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association, and President, National Hispanic Health Foundation, Washington, DC
- Madeline Sutton, M.D., M.P.H., Team Lead, Minority HIV/AIDS Research Initiative, CDC Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Derrick Butler, M.D., M.P.H.
Derrick Butler, M.D., M.P.H., is the associate medical director of the To Help Everyone Clinic, Inc. (T.H.E. Clinic, Inc.), in south-central Los Angeles. He is a family physician and director of T.H.E. Clinic's HIV treatment program.
- Member and certified specialist of the American Academy of HIV Medicine
- Faculty member of the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center, at Charles Drew University
- Member of the National Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Practice
- Recipient of the Los Angeles Women's HIV Task Force Provider Award in 2011
Kenneth Dominguez, M.D., M.P.H.
Kenneth Dominguez, M.D., M.P.H., is a pediatrics/preventive medicine specialist and senior medical epidemiologist on the Prevention for Negatives Team in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, at the CDC.
- Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service
- CDC scientific lead on guidelines related to "Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections Guidelines in Children and Adolescents," and update of CDC "Nonoccupational Postexposure Prophylaxis Guidelines"
- CDC liaison to the Committee on Pediatric AIDS of the American Academy of Pediatrics
- Advisory Committee member of the Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry
- Project officer for two multisite longitudinal cohort studies of HIV-infected children and adolescents
- Member of Clinicians Panel for CDC's One Test. Two LivesTM, campaign advisor for two CDC Minority AIDS Initiative junior researchers related to HIV testing of pregnant Latinas in North Carolina, and adolescents in an urban setting
- Member of the National Hispanic Medical Association (former Georgia Representative and Commissioned Officers' Association)
Wilbert C. Jordan, M.D., M.P.H.
Wilbert C. Jordan, M.D., M.P.H., is founder and medical director for the OASIS Clinic of the King/Drew Medical Center, as well as the Minority AIDS Project. He also chairs the Black Los Angeles AIDS Consortium, and is credited with reporting the first heterosexual case of AIDS in Los Angeles County, in 1983.
- Serves on the Board of Directors of the AIDS Research Alliance, and IMANI (Integrated Minority AIDS Network)
- Member of the National Medical Association President's Hepatitis C Task Force and former member of the NMA/NIH/FDA committee that formulated the design of the NIH-sponsored DATRI study on low-dose oral alpha interferon
- Recipient of the Surgeon General's Award in 2000
- Cochair of the Standards of Care Committee of the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV & AIDS, as well as the Second District HIV Coalition
- Former associate dean for Postgraduate Education of Charles R. Drew University and director of the Office of Postgraduate Medical Education for the Martin Luther King, Jr., Hospital
- Named Man of the Year by the Los Angeles Sentinel and the Tau Eta Zsi nursing sorority, and a three-time Charles R. Drew Medical Society Doctor of the Year
Celia Maxwell, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Celia Maxwell, M.D., F.A.C.P., is a Howard University associate professor of medicine and associate dean for research, as well as its Women's Health Institute director. She has also served as a medical expert on HIV screening in China, Brazil, Panama, and Dubai.
- Principal investigator on a Ryan White Part C Early Intervention Service Program
- Principal investigator of CDC's Routine HIV Screening Program through the DC Department of Health
- Coinvestigator of a Yale University and National Institute on Drug Abuse study on HIV, buprenorphine, and the criminal justice system
- American College of Physicians fellow
- Former fellow of NIH, as well as the Institute of Medicine Health Policy, through which she served as a health legislative assistant for Senator Tom Harkin
- Member of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the National Medical Association, among others
- Author or coauthor of several articles, abstracts, and presentations on HIV screening, HIV and disability, and women's health
Ligia Peralta, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.S.A.H.M., A.A.H.I.V.M.S.
Ligia Peralta, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.S.A.H.M., A.A.H.I.V.M.S., Distinguished Fellow, Innovation in Global Health Care Fellowship of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Formerly, she served as associate professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology; chief of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at the University of Maryland; and director of the U-MD Adolescent HIV Program.
- First Latina to serve on the National HIV Task Force to establish treatment guidelines for children and adolescents
- Chair of the Principal Investigators Group and Executive Committee member (2002–2011), Adolescent Trials Network (ATN) for HIV/AIDS Interventions
- Principal investigator (ATN) "Concordance Between HIV Serum and Saliva Antibody for Detuned Assay;" Chair, "Community Outreach and Education Program To Recruit Youth Into a Hepatitis B Vaccination Clinical Trial"
- Clinical Core principal investigator, Genomics Chlamydia Studies, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
- Health Care Financing Administration consultant on Cultural Health Care Competency and HIV Prevention and Care
- National Consultancy for Communities of the Center for Disease Control's "Advancing HIV Prevention" initiative
- National Council of La Raza HIV program advisor
- Advisor to the President of the Dominican Republic and National HIV Commission on HIV, Office of the President and the Ministry of Public Health; spearheaded and coordinated the first national HIV agenda
- Developed HIV, STI, and pregnancy prevention initiative for Puerto Rico, Office of Women, Youth and Children, Government of Puerto Rico
- Developed HIV Prevention Curriculum for Latin America, Pan American Health Organization
Ana M. Puga, M.D.
Ana M. Puga, M.D., is a board-certified pediatric infectious diseases specialist, Florida Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center consultant, and principal investigator for multiple NIH HIV Networks. As medical director for the Comprehensive Family AIDS Program at the Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center, she is responsible for the clinical management of more than 400 HIV-exposed or infected infants, children, and adolescents, and more than 600 women.
- Recipient of the 2011 Broward County Community Healthcare Pioneer Award from the Florida Department of Health
- Recipient of the 2007 Spirit of Home Award HIV/AIDS Doctor from Broward House in Ft. Lauderdale
- Recipient of the 2006 Outstanding HIV/AIDS Physician Award from the U.S. Conference on AIDS
Elena Rios, M.D., M.S.P.H.
- Former NRSA Primary Care Research fellow at UCLA's Division of General Internal Medicine
- Former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advisor for Regional and Minority Women's Health, and National Health Care Reform Task Force coordinator of Outreach Programs for the White House
- Serves on the Board of Directors of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, the Campaign to End Obesity, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, and the American Medical Association Commission to End Health Disparities, as well as GE's Healthcare Developing Health Access Advisory Board
- Received the 2009 Top 100 Influential and Innovative Hispanics Award from "Hispanic Business Magazine"
- Honored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the Congressional Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American caucuses; the American Public Health Association Latino Caucus; the Association of Hispanic Health Executives; Minority Health Month, Inc.; "Hispanic" magazine, and Amerigroup
Madeline Sutton, M.D., M.P.H.
- CDC researcher on racial/ethnic disparities in STDs (including HIV), as well as the health issues of women and adolescents
- Faculty appointee of the Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Clinical care provider for patients of the Oakhurst Community Health Center, in Stone Mountain, GA
- Former CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service fellow