About : Leadership


Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., Director
The HIV/AIDS Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is led by Mario Stevenson, Ph.D., who serves as Director. Dr. Stevenson is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine, Director of the AIDS Clinical Research Unit, Co-Director of the Miami Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and Co-Director of its Developmental Core and Professor of Medicine.

An internationally recognized leader in the field of HIV/AIDS, Dr. Stevenson received his doctorate from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland in 1984. He performed postdoctoral studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and was a professor at that institution from 1993-1995. He conducted a research sabbatical at National Institute for Medical Research in London in 1990. In 1995, he joined the Program in Molecular Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Dr. Stevenson was previously the David Freelander Chair of AIDS Research and Director of the
Center for AIDS Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

His research is aimed at uncovering the functions of viral accessory genes, mechanisms of viral persistence and immunopathogenicity as well as cellular factors influencing virus-host cell interplay.

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Savita Pahwa, M.D., Associate Director
Savita Pahwa, M.D., is Associate Director of the research arm of the HIV/AIDS Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is currently the Director of the Miami Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and Director of its Laboratory Sciences Core. She is also Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Pediatrics and Medicine.

Dr. Pahwa received her medical education at the Lady Harding Medical College in New Delhi, India, and specialized in Immunology at the Memorial Hospital and Sloan Kettering Institute in New York. She served as Chief of Allergy and Immunology and Director of the HIV program in the Department of Pediatrics at North Shore – Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Manhasset, N.Y., for several years before moving to the University of Miami in 2004.

Dr. Pahwa’s expertise is in immunology and immune deficiency diseases including HIV/AIDS. Her research interests are in HIV immunopathogenesis, the influence of aging and inflammation, cytokines as vaccine adjuvants, HIV reservoirs, and strategies aimed to cure HIV/AIDS. She is investigating cellular and molecular mechanisms of T-B cell interaction in antibody production in different patient groups using state-of-art tools. She is an investigator in the HIV Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Miami.

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Michael A. Kolber, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Director
Michael A. Kolber, M.D., Ph.D., is the Associate Director of the clinical care and outreach arm of the HIV/AIDS Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is currently the Director of the Comprehensive AIDS Program, Clinical Director of the Adult HIV Section for Infectious Diseases and Professor of Medicine.

As Director of the Comprehensive AIDS Program, Dr. Kolber interfaces directly with both community and state services and entities that provide or support HIV-related activities. He established the Infectious Diseases Research Unit and has oversight for HIV inpatient and outpatient clinical functions. Dr. Kolber holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology and Public Health.

Dr. Kolber participates in numerous HIV outcome trials including the START (Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Treatment) Trial in the International Network for Strategic Initiatives in Global HIV Trials (INSIGHT) Clinical Trial Network. He currently has a demonstration project with the Department of Health in which a specific model (Popular Opinion Leader Model) is being evaluated in churches in Florida City. Investigators are working with grandmothers to provide information to the congregants as an HIV prevention method.

Dr. Kolber is also site director on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Demonstration Project funded by the Division of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (DAIDS) at the NIH performed in conjunction with the San Francisco Department of Health.

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Istvan Krisko, M.D, Ph.D., FACP, Associate Director
Istvan Krisko, M.D., Ph.D., FACP, is the Associate Director for the HIV/AIDS Institute’s partnership with the Palm Beach Infectious Disease Institute (PBIDI) where he is the President and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Krisko received his medical degree from Baylor University School of Medicine in 1963. He completed his internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1965, where he received the Daniel Baker Memorial Award. He later advanced to receive his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Rockefeller University in 1970, and served as an associate professor at Hopkins and Cornell. Krisko is board certified in Internal Medicine and a Fellow of The American College of Physicians.

He is a member of The American Society of Microbiology, The Infectious Disease Society of America, The Florida Infectious Diseases Society and The American Federation of Clinical Research. He serves as voluntary staff at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.