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J. Wesley Thompson, PA-C, MHS, DFAAPA, AAHIVS

After receiving a Masters in Health and his Physician Assistant degree from Duke University's Physician Assistant program, J. Wesley Thompson started out in primary care and recalls treating his first HIV patient in 1987. He shifted professional focus to specializing in Infectious Diseases in 1999. Says Thompson, "As an out gay man, HIV positive patients gravitated towards me. I was initally leery of taking on HIV patients because of my own fears and biases. Very quickly, I realized this...Read more




Zelalem Temesgen, MD 

"Milestones in the HIV epidemic coincide with milestones in my medical career," says Dr. Temesgen of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Temsgen notes that the first reports of HIV infection came out during his first year of medical school; the first antiretroviral drug, zidovudine, was introduced as he was finishing medical school. As a resident in internal medicine as a sub specialty trainee in infectious diseases, and during his additional training in HIV medicine at the University of Carlifornia, San Francisio, Temesgen was involved in the care of HIV-infected patients and witnessed first hand the devestation of...Read more






After graduating as valedictorian of his class at New York Medical College in 1984, and following a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics in 1988, Dr. Cervia completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at the New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center in 1990. Cervia joined the faculty of the State University of New York, Stony Brook School of Medicine as Assistant Professor and served as the Founding Director of the Pediatric-Maternal HIV Service at Nassau County Medical Center from 1990 to 1992. He then returned to...
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Jonathan S. Appelbaum, MD, FACP, AAHIVS

Dr. Appelbaum felt a “sense of duty.” Approximately 28 years ago the HIV epidemic was terrifying, claiming casualties at a staggering rate. In the early days of the epidemic, HIV was primarily a disease of young gay men; friends of Appelbaum’s and members of his community. This sense of duty to his community, a community in desperate need, motivated Appelbaum to pursue specializing in HIV care. Appelbaum graduated from the University of Miami, School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine training at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He was a National Health Service Corp. scholarship recipient in medical school, and after residency he opened a practice in a medically underserved area in...
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 Abimbola Farinde, PharmD, PhD 

Dr. Farinde attended pharmacy school at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas and completed her postgraduate year one residency training with an emphasis on primary care at Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System in Temple, Texas. She then proceeded to complete her postgraduate second year training at...
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Donna E. Sweet, MD, MACP, AAHIVS

After completing her medical schooling at the University of Kansas, School of Medicine in Wichita, Sweet went on to practice medicine at the very same place. She has been treating people living with HIV since 1983 and has spent the entirety of her medical career in practice at the University of Kansas, School of Medicine in Wichita. Today, her medical practice association...
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Bruce Rashbaum, MD, AAHIVS

At age 25, Rashbaum was a third year medical student. The year was 1982. Having attended medical school at Boston University, Rashbaum was working at Boston City Hospital when he encountered his first HIV-infected patient. The patient died within 24 hours from pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP). After receiving additional training at the Washington Hospital Center's Internal Medicine Department, Rashbaum started his practice at a clinic for the dependents of the Armed Forces. A year later...Read more




Susan Weiss, MSN, FNP-BC, AAHIVS

Susan Weiss has spent the last 29 years treating people with HIV in one capacity or another, making her a provider of the generation that experienced HIV from its terrifying onset. Weiss began in HIV “by accident” as a new AIDS unit had just opened and sounded like a great program. She has stayed with HIV care for so many years because she finds it “both intellectually stimulating and emotionally captivating.” After receiving her nurse practitioner degree from Pace University in New York City, Weiss spent the next two years...Read more







Gary Spinner, PA, MPH, AAHIVS

After working as a paramedic in the South Bronx in New York City in the 1970s, and serving as Co-Director of a free ambulance service there, Spinner left to attend the Yale School of Medicine’s Physician Associate Program. He graduated in 1983 and continued to live in New Haven, Connecticut where he worked for the next 25 years at Hill Health Center. He worked there providing HIV care...Read More






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