Pragna Patel, MD, MPH, DTM&H, AAHIVS
Senior Medical Officer and Special Projects Lead, Noncommunicable Diseases Unit, Division of Global Health Protection
Center for Global Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Dr. Pragna Patel is the Special Projects Lead for the Global Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Unit in the Division of Global Health Protection, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She joined the NCDU in August 2013 to provide leadership to NCD special projects, such as the Global Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project and to CDC efforts to leverage PEPFAR-funded HIV clinical delivery systems in Malawi. She also contributes to CDC’s global NCD strategy with a focus on clinical care delivery. She has particular expertise in research, clinical epidemiology, and developing and implementing public health programs.
Since joining the CDC in 2002 and prior to joining CGH, Dr. Patel worked in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) and has made numerous notable contributions to DHAP’s mission. She served as a subject matter expert in chronic diseases, especially cancer, among HIV-infected persons, in HIV transmission, and in acute HIV infection. She participated in multiple workgroups and has contributed to seven guideline documents related to HIV prevention. She also contributed to the creation of the acute HIV infection case definition used for the U.S. National HIV Surveillance System and had been involved in the funding and implementation of 15 studies related to HIV testing and clinical outcomes. Most recently, she led an HIV cohort study aimed to examine the natural history of HIV/AIDS in the era of effective therapy. Under her leadership, the study group produced over 70 abstracts and manuscripts. Over the years, Dr. Patel has mentored numerous fellows, students, and junior staff. Since 2004, Dr. Patel has provided clinical care to HIV-infected adults at the Infectious Diseases Clinic at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. In addition, she is a Commander in the USPHS and holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Clinical Instructor with Emory University, Department of Medicine.