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Donald I. Abrams, MD

Donald I. Abrams, MD, is chairman and principal investigator of the Community Consortium, an association of Bay Area HIV Health Care Providers, one of the pioneer community-based clinical trials groups, established in 1985. He is the Assistant Director of the AIDS Program at San Francisco General Hospital and a professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He received an A.B. in Molecular Biology from Brown University in 1972 and graduated from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1977. After completing an Internal Medicine residency at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco, he became a fellow in Hematology/Oncology at the Cancer Research Institute of the University of California, San Francisco in 1980. During his fellowship, Dr. Abrams spent eight months working in the retrovirology laboratory of Harold Varmus, M.D. He subsequently returned to the clinical arena where he was one of the original clinician/investigators to recognize and define persistent generalized lymphadenopathy and immune thrombocytopenic purpura as AIDS-related conditions. He was involved in many of the initial trials of immune modulators and antiretroviral agents conducted by the AIDS Program at San Francisco General Hospital. He was one of the original investigators in the San Francisco AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) collaboration and has been the principal investigator for the San Francisco Community Consortium’s Terry Beirn Community Programs for Clinical Research on AIDS (CPCRA) site since 1989.

His current research interests include antiretroviral therapies, interventions for HIV-related wasting, alternative therapies and clinical trial design. He received a grant from the NIH to conduct clinical trials of marijuana in patients with HIV infection. He is the author of numerous manuscripts on clinical aspects and treatments of HIV infection and serves on a number of editorial boards. He was a charter member of the Antiviral Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration. He received the Assistant Secretary of Health’s Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in 1990.


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