Profile of a Pathology Faculty Member

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Susan A Allen, MD, MPH


Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Other Appointments/Positions

Professor, Emory University - Rollins School of Public Health

Director, Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group

Pathology Division(s):
Clinical Pathology
Experimental Pathology
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BA - Chemistry   Duke University, 1976 - 1980
DTM&H - Tropical Medicine   Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, - 1983
MD   Duke University Medical School, 1980 - 1984
Residency   University of California, San Francisco, 1984 - 1986
MPH - Epidemiology   University of California, Berkeley, - 1995

Research Interests:

- HIV Research I have been working with HIV in Africa since the first recognition of the epidemic on that continent in 1985. My initial work was focused on the epidemiology, natural history, and manifestations of HIV infection in African men and women. Building on previous work, this grew to include collaborative studies of the virologic, immunologic, and immunogenetic correlates of transmission from men to women and women to men. In addition to the observational studies, I have also worked on development and testing of HIV prevention strategies including behavioral (couples; HIV testing, combined prevention of HIV and unplanned pregnancy) and biomedical interventions (HIV vaccine candidates, vaginal microbicides, acyclovir). Recently, I have added a translational aspect to the work, with an emphasis on implementation of evidence-based prevention programs in the public health sector.

Honors / Awards:

  • Health Care Hero: Community Outreach Hero, awarded by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, 2007
  • Keynote Speaker, United Nations Day, 2001
  • Outstanding UAB Woman Faculty Award, 2000 - 2001
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Faculty Honors Convocation, "In recognition and appreciation of leadership and humanitarian efforts on behalf of Rwandan orphans.", 1998- 2004