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Wafaa M. El-Sadr

University Professor; Director, ICAP; Dr. Mathilde Krim-amfAR Professor of Global Health (in Epidemiology)
School: 
College of Physicians and Surgeons , Public Health
Department: 
Epidemiology Department
Office: 
722 West 168 th Street, Room 715
Email: 
welsadr@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-342-0532
Appointments
  • Member, Committee on Global Thought
  • Member, Faculty Steering Committe, Columbia Global Centers | Amman
  • Member, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi
  • Director, Global Health Initiative
Biography

Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, founded and currently directs ICAP which works in sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, and in the U.S. in partnership with governmental and non-governmental organizations building in-country capacity for HIV prevention, care, and treatment and related issues. More than one million individuals living with HIV have gained access to HIV services and more than 500,000 have received access to life-saving antiretroviral therapy through these programs. ICAP champions a family-focused approach consistent with the one pioneered at Harlem Hospital through a multidisciplinary team of providers and based on building meaningful partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organizations within countries. Dr. El-Sadr has also led efforts to support the capacity of health systems through the many programs that ICAP has established. Her work has also advanced the concepts of health systems strengthening globally for the purpose of confronting major health threats faced by communities around the world.

For two decades, Dr. El-Sadr served as chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Harlem Hospital Center in New York City. In this role, she was instrumental in developing a comprehensive HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis program focused on service, training, and research. This unique program applies a family-focused approach, uses multidisciplinary teams, and engages community members.

Dr. El-Sadr has led the design and implementation of numerous studies that have furthered the understanding of the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases. In 2008, Dr. El-Sadr was named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow and in 2009 she became a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Research & Other Works
Article
Pregnant and breastfeeding women: A priority population for HIV viral load monitoring
A universal testing and treatment intervention to improve HIV control: One-year results from intervention communities in Zambia in the HPTN 071 (PopART) cluster-randomised trial
Article
Clinical decision tools are needed to identify HIV-positive patients at high risk for poor outcomes after initiation of antiretroviral therapy
Article
Can the Success of HIV Scale-Up Advance the Global Chronic NCD Agenda?
Article
How Can the Health System Retain Women in HIV Treatment for a Lifetime? A Discrete Choice Experiment in Ethiopia and Mozambique
Article
Transitioning to Country Ownership of HIV Programs in Rwanda
Article
“It Makes You Feel Like Someone Cares” acceptability of a financial incentive intervention for HIV viral suppression in the HPTN 065 (TLC-Plus) study
Article
The Impact of Comprehensive Case Management on HIV Client Outcomes
Article
Missed Opportunities to Address Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors amongst Adults Attending an Urban HIV Clinic in South Africa
HIV Treatment-As-Prevention Research: Taking the Right Road at the Crossroads
Article
Echoing the Lessons of HIV: How to Serve the Millions with Cardiovascular Disease
Article
Venue-Based Recruitment of Women at Elevated Risk for HIV: An HIV Prevention Trials Network Study
Article
Retention Strategies and Factors Associated with Missed Visits Among Low Income Women at Increased Risk of HIV Acquisition in the US (HPTN 064)
Article
Letting HIV Transform Academia — Embracing Implementation Science
Article
When to start ART in Africa.
Article
When to Start ART in Africa — An Urgent Research Priority
Article
Clinical trials provide the evidence critical for patient empowerment
Article
Predicting the short-term risk of diabetes in HIV-positive patients: the Data Collection on Adverse Events of Anti-HIV Drugs (D:A:D) study
Article
Strengthening Health Systems for Chronic Care: Leveraging HIV Programs to Support Diabetes Services in Ethiopia and Swaziland
Article
Use of HIV Case Surveillance System to Design and Evaluate Site-Randomized Interventions in an HIV Prevention Study: HPTN 065
Article
Availability of nutritional support services in HIV care and treatment sites in sub-Saharan African countries
Article
Impact of Antiretroviral Therapy on Incidence of Pregnancy among HIV-Infected Women in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Cohort Study
Article
AIDS in America — Forgotten but Not Gone
Article
Acceptability of Tenofovir Gel as a Vaginal Microbicide Among Women in a Phase I Trial: A Mixed-Methods Study
Article
The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief — Is the Emergency Over?
Article
HIV-Associated Tuberculosis: Diagnostic and Treatment Challenges
Article
Antiretroviral Treatment and Prevention of Peripartum and Postnatal HIV Transmission in West Africa: Evaluation of a Two-Tiered Approach
Article
Tuberculosis and HIV–Needed: A New Paradigm for the Control and Management of Linked Epidemics
Class of Antiretroviral Drugs and the Risk of Myocardial Infarction
Article
Sensitivity Analysis and Potential Uses of a Novel Gamma Interferon Release Assay for Diagnosis of Tuberculosis
Article
Acquired Rifamycin Resistance with Twice-Weekly Treatment of HIV-related Tuberculosis
Article
CD4+ Count–Guided Interruption of Antiretroviral Treatment
Article
Expanding access to antiretroviral therapy through the public sector--the challenge of retaining patients in long-term primary care.
Article
Combination Antiretroviral Therapy and the Risk of Myocardial Infarction
Article
Rates of Tuberculosis Infection in Healthcare Workers Providing Services to HIV-Infected Populations
Article
Discontinuation of Prophylaxis against Mycobacterium avium Complex Disease in HIV-Infected Patients Who Have a Response to Antiretroviral Therapy
Article
Atovaquone Compared with Dapsone for the Prevention of Pneumocystis carinii Pneumonia in Patients with HIV Infection Who Cannot Tolerate Trimethoprim, Sulfonamides, or Both
Question and Answer Session
Article
Faculty Roundtable Discussion
Article
A Controlled Trial of Isoniazid in Persons with Anergy and Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection Who Are at High Risk for Tuberculosis
Article
The impact of human immunodeficiency virus infection on drug-resistant tuberculosis.
Article
Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Patients without HIV Infection
Article
The Link4Health study to evaluate the effectiveness of a combination intervention strategy for linkage to and retention in HIV care in Swaziland: protocol for a cluster randomized trial
Article
Characteristics and Outcomes among Older HIV-Positive Adults Enrolled in HIV Programs in Four Sub-Saharan African Countries
Article
The Problem of Late ART Initiation in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Transient Aspect of Scale-up or a Long-term Phenomenon?
Article
Factors Associated with Late Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation among Adults in Mozambique
Article
Association of Adherence Support and Outreach Services with Total Attrition, Loss to Follow-Up, and Death among ART Patients in Sub-Saharan Africa
Article
Family Planning and the Millennium Development Goals
Article
The SAPIT trial provides essential evidence on risks and benefits of integrated and sequential treatment of HIV and tuberculosis
Article
Integration of Antiretroviral Therapy with Tuberculosis Treatment
Report
Re-Engineering Primary Health Care: A Formative Process Evaluation of rPHC Implementation in King Sabata Dalindyebo sub-District in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa
Article
Community health worker perspectives on a new primary health care initiative in the Eastern Cape of South Africa
Article
Timing of Initiation of Antiretroviral Drugs during Tuberculosis Therapy
 
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