K. Anastos

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA

K. Anastos, M.D., serves as a Professor of medicine, epidemiology, and population health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, with clinical and research interest and expertise in HIV in women. She has served since 1993 as the Principal Investigator of the Bronx/Manhattan Consortium of the NIH-funded Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), the largest of the WIHS sites nationally, and since 2004 as the Principal Investigator of the Rwanda Women’s Interassociation Study and Assessment (RWISA, which in Kinyarwanda means beautiful). Her specific areas of research focus include survival and disease progression in women with HIV infection, women’s biologic protection against HIV acquisition, the role of sex and ancestry in biologically determined responses to infection and treatment, and the contribution of HIV related immune dysfunction or treatment on other medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc.). She has more than 25 years clinical and operational experience in the South Bronx, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the United States and serves as the Director of Clinical Systems and Scientific Programs of Women’s Equity in Access to Care and Treatment (WE-ACTx), a community-based organization devoted to developing high quality ambulatory medical services for HIV infected women in Rwanda. She received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, USA, her medical degree from the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla, Calif, USA, in 1980, and did her internship and residency in internal and social medicine and finished her postgraduate training as the Chief Medical Resident, all at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, USA.

Biography Updated on 2 October 2011

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