862. National AIDS Strategies: Progress and Challenges
Session: Symposium: Improving HIV Care: Access, Reform, and the National AIDS Strategy
Saturday, October 22, 2011: 10:45 AM
Room: 104ABC

Ronald O. Valdiserri, MD, MPH, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

Biosketch Ronald O. Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases Office of Public Health and Science U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Ronald O. Valdiserri is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). In this capacity, Dr. Valdiserri works closely with the Assistant Secretary for Health to develop scientific and policy advice to ensure coordinated approaches within and across DHHS agencies to address infectious diseases of national public health significance. Prior to joining DHHS in late June 2010, Dr. Valdiserri served for nearly four years as the Chief Consultant for Public Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In this capacity, Dr. Valdiserri provided oversight to national programs serving more than 23,000 HIV infected Veterans and nearly 150,000 Veterans living with chronic hepatitis C virus infection. His office was instrumental in implementing revised federal regulations to put into practice routine HIV testing in all VHA medical facilities. Before his tenure at VA, Dr. Valdiserri spent 18 years at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 1996 and 2006, he was the Deputy Director of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention where he played a key role in the development of policies and programs to prevent and control HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis. Prior to joining the CDC in 1989, he spent nearly a decade in medical academia at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Valdiserri has written numerous scholarly articles on the scientific and policy aspects of HIV/AIDS prevention, including one of the first published randomized controlled trials of a peer-led small group intervention promoting sexual risk reduction among gay men. He authored a textbook on the design, implementation, and evaluation of AIDS prevention programs, published in 1989 by Rutgers University Press. In May 1994, Cornell University Press published Dr. Valdiserri’s book of essays on AIDS, “Gardening in Clay.” And in 2003 he edited a text for Oxford University Press on the evolving influence of HIV/AIDS on public health theory and practice (“Dawning Answers”). His most recent text, “Unequal Opportunity” is a co-edited volume published in 2008 by Oxford University Press; it addresses health disparities among gay and bisexual men in the United States.

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