Podcast | Southern Medicine | January 4, 2021

The Southern HIV Epidemic

Join Drs. Lisa Fizpatrick and David Malebranche in the first of eight podcasts on HIV testing, treatment, and prevention in the primary care setting. In the series kickoff, our faculty experts discuss the Southern HIV epidemic and offer insights on strategies to address the unique cultural and medical system-based challenges of HIV prevention and care in the South.

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Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick is an infectious diseases physician and CDC-trained medical epidemiologist. Her career has spanned research, clinical medicine, global health, community health education and patient advocacy. Most recently she served as the medical director for Washington DC’s Medicaid program. Dr. Fitzpatrick is a professorial lecturer for the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and an adjunct clinical professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She is an Aspen Institute Health Innovator fellow and member of the Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network.

Dr. Fitzpatrick has a Master in Public Health from the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health and Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In addition to public health and infectious diseases, Dr. Fitzpatrick’s areas of professional interest include health literacy, patient engagement and health innovation for underserved communities, specifically digital health solutions. She founded Grapevine Health to provide a trusted source of credible health information for patients and underserved communities.

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David J. Malebranche, MD, MPH
David J. Malebranche, MD, MPH, is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician and public health official with expertise in men’s health, student health, racial inequities in medicine, and LGBT health, as well as the prevention and treatment of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI). He is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Malebranche is an experienced qualitative HIV behavioral prevention researcher who has completed several studies on sexual health among Black men of diverse sexualities. 

Dr. Malebranche has published over 50 articles in medical and public health journals such as The Annals of Internal Medicine, The American Journal of Public Health, JAMA, and the Lancet, He is known as a dynamic speaker worldwide and has appeared in documentaries on CNN, ABC News Primetime, TV One, and Black Entertainment Television (BET) for his expertise on HIV in the Black community. Dr. Malebranche served as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) from 2006 – 2008 and was the HIV clinical expert on WebMD from 2010 – 2012. He also appears in the video series #AsktheHIVDoc, which promotes HIV education on prevention and treatment, and Revolutionary Health, a YouTube health series that is part of The Counter Narrative Project, an advocacy organization for Black same gender loving men. In 2015, Dr. Malebranche published his first book, a memoir about his father entitled Standing on His Shoulders. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

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