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Bob Bollinger

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Robert C. Bollinger, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Department of International Health of the Johns Hopkins (JH) Bloomberg School of Public Health and the JH School of Nursing. He has more than 30 years of experience in international public health, clinical research and education in a broad range of global health priorities including HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, leprosy and emerging infections. His initial experience in public health in India was in 1979 and included field work with a leprosy control project in rural Bihar. In 1992, he initiated an ongoing NIH-supported, collaborative Indo-US HIV research program in Pune, with the National AIDS Research Institute/ICMR and the BJ Government Medical College. In addition to his research collaborations in India, Dr. Bollinger is also engaged in collaborative research projects in Uganda.

Dr. Bollinger is also the Country Director for the Hopkins Fogarty International Programs in India, which has provided short-term and degree training to more than 100 visiting scientists at Hopkins as well as in-country training to more than 2000 scientists since 1992. (see information about 2013 Training Award) Dr. Bollinger is also Director of the JH Center for Clinical Global Health Education which develops and provides clinical education to health care providers in resource limited settings around the world. Under Dr. Bollinger's leadership, the CCGHE is currently undertaking and establishing public health and clinical educational programs for physicians, nurses and other health care providers in 20 countries, including India, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Uganda and Zambia. The CCGHE has also been a leader in the development and use of distance learning and mHealth technology in resource-limited settings, including eMOCHA, selected as a finalist for the 2010 Vodafone Wireless Innovation Award (   The CCGHE has also established the Uganda-PEPFAR Distance Learning Initiative, to support the training initiative of PEPFAR partners throughout Uganda. Dr. Bollinger also coordinates the Hopkins technical support for the Ugandan Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI). Dr. Bollinger is Associate Director, representing the JHU School of Medicine, of the JH Center for Global Health, which coordinates all international health education and research at Johns Hopkins University.

Recently, Dr. Bollinger was selected to direct the newly formed IMEC-JHU Partnership to advance applications in healthcare. The collaboration will combine the Johns Hopkins clinical and research expertise with imec’s nanoelectronics capabilities.  (read more)

Dr. Bollinger's research interests include identification of the biological and behavioral risk factors for HIV transmission, as well as the characterization of the clinical progression and treatment of HIV infection and related infections. He is also engaged in implementation science research projects focused on optimizing strategies to improve health care capacity and care delivery in resource-limited settings, through task-shifting, clinical education, distance learning and mHealth. He has been Principal Investigator of many collaborative NIH-sponsored research studies and clinical trials in Pune, India, including the SWEN Study demonstrating that administration of daily low dose nevirapine to infants can prevent breast milk transmission of HIV.   He has published more than 135 peer-reviewed research publications and 15 book chapters, including the first and largest studies of the risk factors for HIV transmission in India, the cloning and sequencing of the first HIV viruses from India, the only studies characterizing the primary immune response to HIV in India, and the demonstration of the increased risk HIV acquisition associated with recent HSV infection and lack of circumcision.

Dr. Bollinger is also an active clinician/educator, who provides and supervises HIV and infectious diseases clinical care at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is also Director of the Global Health Course for Johns Hopkins Medical Students, using live video conferencing links to medical students and faculty around the world. In addition to his teaching, research and clinical responsibilities, Dr. Bollinger has contributed to many public health training programs, expert committees and consultations in the US, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, India, Japan, Pakistan, Panama, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda. He has been a member of the US Presidential Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS (PACHA), where he also served as a member of the PACHA International Sub-committee. He was awarded the 2010 Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award. Dr. Bollinger received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Chemistry from Haverford College, his Doctor of Medicine from Dartmouth Medical School and his Masters in Public Health from the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases from the American Board of Internal Medicine, having received internal medicine training at the University of Maryland Medical Systems and a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Infectious Diseases from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Bollinger has been on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University since 1992. For further information, please see his CV.