Kenneth H. Mayer, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Community Health at Brown University, Director of the Brown University AIDS Program, and Attending Physician in the Infectious Disease Division of the Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor at Harvard University's School of Public Health, and Medical Research Director at Boston's Fenway Community Health Center, where since 1983 he has conducted studies of the natural history and transmission of HIV. In the early 1980s, as a research fellow studying infectious diseases at Harvard Medical School and working at Fenway Community Health Center, Dr Mayer was one of the first clinical researchers in New England to care for patients living with AIDS.
In 1983, Dr Mayer co-authored (with H.F. Pizer) The AIDS Fact Book, the first book about AIDS written for the general public. In 1984 he began one of the first studies of the natural history of HIV infection, and was subsequently funded by the NIH and CDC to study the dynamics of the sexual transmission of HIV, the natural history of HIV in women, and new approaches to HIV prevention - ranging from vaccines (HIVNET, HVTN) to microbicides, behavioral and other interventions (HPTN). In the late 1980s he initiated the first community-based clinical trials for people living with HIV/AIDS in New England, and helped amFAR to develop its national Community-Based Clinical Trials Network (CBCTN). He was subsequently elected to the Board of Directors of amFAR and is currently a member of amFAR's Program Board.
Dr Mayer is the Director of the Brown and Tufts Universities' Fogarty (NIH) AIDS International Research and Training Program, which has trained almost 100 laboratory and clinical investigators from East Asia. He has worked increasingly in India and has participated in many regional conferences on biological and behavioral approaches to prevention research, and the development of community-based clinical research activities in Asia. He is currently a consultant with the Clinton Foundation's HIV/AIDS Initiative, designed to increase the capacity to provide comprehensive care for people living with HIV across the globe. Dr Mayer co-edited (with H.F. Pizer) The Emergence of AIDS: Impact on Immunology, Microbiology, and Public Health, published in 2000 by the American Public Health Association Press, and The AIDS Pandemic: Impact on Science and Society, published in 2005 by the Academic Press (Elsevier).
Dr Mayer has served on the Data Safety and Monitoring Board of the NIH's AIDS Clinical Trials Group and sits on several editorial boards of scientific publications, including Clinical Infectious Disease and AIDS Patient Care and STDs. He has co-authored more than 350 articles, chapters, and other publications on AIDS and related infectious disease topics, and is a frequent lecturer and presenter at national and international conferences and symposia. He is a former national board member of the HIV Medicine Association and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. He has received awards of recognition from the Governor of Massachusetts, the Rhode Island Department of Health, the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, AIDS Project Rhode Island, amFAR, and the Greater Boston Business Council. In 2001, he and Dr Judith Bradford were named Co-Directors of The Fenway Institute, which is designed to conduct population-based research, develop professional and community educational programs, and disseminate information related to best practices and model clinical programs relevant to the global health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-gendered (LGBT) individuals and communities. In collaboration with Drs Harvey Makadon and Jenny Potter, he is editing the first comprehensive medical textbook of LGBT health for primary care medical providers, to be published by the American College of Physicians in 2007.
Dr Mayer received his BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and his MD from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his residency and internship in Internal Medicine at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital, while also completing a clinical fellowship in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. From 1980 to 1983 he completed an Infectious Diseases fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
H.F. Pizer, BA, PA is a medical writer, health-care consultant, and physician assistant. He has written and edited 14 books and numerous articles about health and medicine. With Kenneth Mayer he co-authored the first book about AIDS for the general public, The AIDS Fact Book (Bantam Books, 1983), and co-edited The Emergence of AIDS: Impact on Immunology, Microbiology, and Public Health (American Public Health Association Press, 2000) and The AIDS Pandemic: Impact on Science and Society (Academic Press, 2005). With Chris Beyrer, he recently co-edited Public Health and Human Rights: Evidence-Based Approaches, to be published in 2007 by Johns Hopkins University Press. His other works cover a variety of subjects in health and medicine, including the first books for the general public on organ transplants (Organ Transplants: A Patients Guide with the Massachusetts General Organ Transplant Teams; Harvard University Press, 1991) and stroke (The Stroke Fact Book, with Conn Foley, Bantam Books, 1985; Courage Press and the American Heart Association) and, in women's health, on family planning (The New Birth Control Program, with Christine Garfink, RN, Bolder Books, New York, 1977; Bantam Books, New York, 1979), parenting (The Post Partum Book, with Christine Garfink, RN, Grove Press, New York, 1979), miscarriage (Coping With A Miscarriage, with Christine O'Brien Palinski, The Dial Press, 1980), and artificial insemination (Having a Baby Without A Man, with Susan Robinson, MD, Simon & Schuster, 1985). He also co-authored Confronting Breast Cancer (with Sigmund Weitzman and Irene Kuter, Random House, 1987). From 1984 to 1994 he was founder and President of New England Medical Claims Analysts, a health-care consultancy, and during that time wrote and lectured on health-care cost containment. Presently he is Co-founder and Principal of Health Care Strategies, a consulting firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that provides program evaluation and management consulting services to community health-care providers, health-care systems, and social service organizations. Health Care Strategies specializes in working with clients to help them design and implement low-cost, practical systems for program evaluation. The goal is for providers and community-based organizations to be able to document program performance and conduct regular internal monitoring and quality improvement He is former President of the Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants. His books have been published in English and in translation for overseas distribution by trade, mass market and academic publishers.
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