Carlos del Rio
Carlos del Rio, MD is the Hubert Professor and Chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health and Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. He is also Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine, Principal Investigator and co-Director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and co-Principal Investigator of the Emory-CDC HIV Clinical Trials Unit.
Dr. del Rio is a native of Mexico where he attended medical school at Universidad la Salle in Mexico City graduating in 1983, he did his internal medicine (1983 – 86) and infectious diseases (1986 – 88) residencies at Emory and was Chief Resident at Crawford W. Long Hospital (1988 – 89), In 1989 he returned to Mexico where he was Executive Director of the National AIDS Council of Mexico (CONASIDA, the Federal agency of the Mexican Government responsible for AIDS Policy throughout Mexico), from 1992 through 1996. In November of 1996 Dr. del Rio returned to Emory where he is involved in patient care, teaching and research.
Dr. del Rio’s research focuses on the early diagnosis, access to care, compliance with antiretrovirals and the prevention of HIV infection. He has worked for over two decades in hospitals and clinics with marginalized populations including persons who use drugs, to improve outcomes of those infected with HIV and to prevent infection with those at risk. Besides Atlanta, he conducts HIV research and training in Kenya, Ethiopia, Thailand and the Country of Georgia.
Dr. del Rio is a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Antiviral Society-USA (IAS-USA) and Chair of the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board. He has also served as Board member and Chair of HIVMA, Board member of IDSA and member of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, viral Hepatitis and STDs. He is the Chief Section Editor for HIV/AIDS of New England Journal of Medicine’s Journal Watch Infectious Diseases, Associate Editor for Clinical Infectious Diseases, and member of the editorial board of Journal of AIDS, and Global Public Health.
Dr. del Rio has received multiple honors and awards including the James H. Nakano Citation (2001) from the CDC for an outstanding scientific paper; the Emory University Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest award bestowed by Emory to a faculty or staff who has significantly enriched the intellectual and civic life of the Emory community; and the “Ohtli Award” given by the Government of Mexico for “distinguished work that benefits the interests of the Mexican community or communities of Mexican origin living in the US". He was selected by the “Atlanta Magazine” as one of the 55 most influential foreign born Atlantantans in 2007. Dr. del Rio was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (previously the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academies of Sciences in 2013.