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Diane Havlir

MD, Resident Alum
Diane is a pioneer and global leader in HIV. She was a physician in training at UCSF when the AIDS epidemic emerged in the 1980s, and she has conducted research and cared for HIV patients ever since. She has led pivotal HIV treatment studies to establish combination antiretroviral therapy, ART, as the treatment standard, transforming HIV from a fatal to a chronic disease. Her studies also changed global guidelines for the treatment of HIV and tuberculosis.

Diane is co-founder of San Francisco: Getting to Zero, a citywide initiative to eliminate new HIV infections and deaths, which is now modelled around the world. The renowned San Francisco HIV clinic, “Ward 86,” is under her direction, and she has driven innovation in the clinic, including programs such as “treatment upon diagnosis,” as featured in Time magazine.

Globally, Diane is leading a 320,000-person community randomized study in East Africa using a new approach that takes HIV out of a silo and considers it in a broader context of community health, measuring both health and economic impacts. The study, SEARCH, was profiled in an Emmy-winning episode of the PBS NewsHour. As a member of the WHO Treatment Guidelines Committee, she made the landmark recommendation in 2015 to treat all HIV-infected persons with ART immediately upon diagnosis. Diane is currently Chair of the United Nations AIDS Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, which provides high-level guidance on global action on the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

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Friday, April 12