amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research


Name: Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr

Waafa El-Sadr 

Professor of clinical epidemiology and director of the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health

Professor of clinical medicine at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and chief of the division of infectious diseases at Harlem Hospital Center

amfAR program board member and a former trustee

Major Accomplishments
Introduced multi-pronged treatment strategies for some of the most pressing pandemics of our time— HIV/AIDS and TB. Experienced in the development of programs that are both service-related and research-oriented. Since 2002, Dr. El-Sadr has been the director of the MTCT Plus Initiative at the Mailman School, a unique program focused on the development of comprehensive HIV care and treatment programs for women and their families in resource-limited countries.

On receiving a 2008 MacArthur Fellowship, or “genius grant” 
This is a huge honor and a great responsibility. My hope is that this fellowship will allow my colleagues and me to work on new strategies to confront the HIV epidemic in the U.S. and around the globe.