Infectious diseases are the leading causes of death and disability world wide. HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases are readily identifiable through laboratory tests however strategies to implement testing and realize the benefits of treatment are often lacking. Prof Jeffrey Klausner was a deputy health officer in San Francisco, 1998-2011 and played a key role in increasing access to HIV testing. From 2009-2011 he was Chief of the HIV and TB Branch for the CDC PEPFAR program in South Africa where he helped scale-up testing and treatment services. Currently as Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the UCLA schools of medicine and public health he conducts research on infectious disease prevention, detection and treatment in Peru, Haiti, Botswana, South Africa and Los Angeles. Prof. Klausner will discuss how infectious diseases can be controlled at scale to maximize the benefits of early detection and treatment at the population level.
Speaker Biography - Jeffrey D. Klausner, MD, MPH
Jeffrey D. Klausner, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and Public Health, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and Fielding School of Public Health
Dr. Klausner is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Program in Global Health. Dr. Klausner earned his Medical Degree from Cornell University Medical College with Honors in Research. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at the New York University—Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. Klausner earned his Master’s in Public Health with a focus on International Health and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. After that training, Dr. Klausner was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. Dr. Klausner completed his Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington, Seattle, under the mentorship of Prof. King Holmes.
From 1998-2009 Dr. Klausner was a Deputy Health Officer, Director of STD Prevention and Control Services at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, member of the UCSF School of Medicine faculty in the Divisions of AIDS and Infectious Diseases and Attending Physician at San Francisco General Hospital. While in San Francisco Dr. Klausner helped identify key factors associated with the increase d spread of HIV and STDs and implemented multiple novel public health prevention programs. He helped create the St. James Infirmary, the first occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers and Magnet, a community-based peer-run sexual health clinic for gay men. From 2009-2011 Dr. Klausner was Branch Chief for HIV and TB at the Centers for Disease Control in Pretoria, South Africa, helping lead the South African PEPFAR program for care and treatment.
Dr. Klausner’s research interests are in applied epidemiology and the prevention and control of infectious disease s of public health importance like HIV, STDs, TB and cryptococcus. Dr. Klausner has a particular interest in the use of technology—information, digital, and laboratory—to facilitate access to treatment for disadvantaged populations. Dr. Klausner has been funded by the NIH, CDC, private pharmaceutical and test manufacturers to study the benefits of new ways to find and treat infectious diseases. Dr. Klausner has been a leading advocate in the use of medical male circumcision for HIV and STD prevention. Dr. Klausner is a frequent advisor to the CDC, NIH and WHO and a popular public speaker. Dr. Klausner is a highly sought after mentor who has trained dozens of fellows, residents and students of medicine and public health.
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