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The American Academy of HIV Medicine is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey Kwong as Co-Medical Director of the joint HIV and Aging initiative supported by the Academy, the American Geriatrics Society, and AIDS Community Research Initiative of America. First published in 2011 following a two-year process with a panel of thirteen, national known HIV Specialists and Gerontologists, the HIV and Aging Initiative continues to revise and update the first published “Recommended Treatment Strategies for Clinicians Managing Older Persons with HIV.” With formal, clinical guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services several years away, the initiative remains to this day, the only clinical guidance for treating older adults with HIV. As with many aspects of HIV care, treatment modalities are constantly changing and new research emerges on treating the older adult with HIV, and the HIV and Aging initiative will continue to be a valuable resource for medical providers.
Dr. Kwong, a widely respected academic in HIV treatment and prevention is also a leading expert in the provision of care to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and focuses on older LGBT adults. His work includes the feasibility and benefit of nurse-led models of care for older LGBT adults and currently serves as a Professor at the Rutgers School of Nursing where he served as the program director of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Program.
Dr. Kwong earned his doctoral degree from the University of Colorado and his master’s degree in nursing from the University of San Francisco. He also holds a master’s degree in public health and a bachelor’s degree in social welfare from the University of California. Dr. Kwong is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), is certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center, the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board, and is credentialed as an HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.
Dr. Kwong joins Dr. Meredith Green, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the UC San Francisco School of Medicine as Co-Medical Directors, along with a diverse team of experts in HIV and Gerontology to lead the HIV and Aging initiative.