Alabama/North Carolina STD/HIV Prevention Training Center
laura bachmann Dr. Laura Bachmann is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine and is the Co-Medical Director of the Alabama/North Carolina STD/HIV Prevention Training Center. Besides role in academia, Dr. Bachmann is the Medical Director for the Guilford County (North Carolina) Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Bachmann's clinical interests include Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection and sexually transmitted infections. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the American Sexually Transmitted Disease Association and as a member of the CDC Specialized STD Care Workgroup.

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Dr. Edward W. Hook III is a Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is the Co-Medical Director of the Alabama/North Carolina STD/HIV Prevention Training Center. As an internist with subspecialty expertise in Infectious Diseases, much of Dr. Hook’s academic career has been focused on management and prevention of STDs. He has served as a consultant, Chair, board, charter and committee member for several national and international organizations including the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Institute of Medicine, American Social Health Association, International Society for Sexually Transmitted Disease Research, International Union Against STIs, National Coalition for Sexual Health, and World Health Organization.  

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Dr. Candice J. McNeil is an Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University Health Sciences in Winston-Salem, NC and STI Medical Director of Forsyth County Department of Health. Dr. McNeil provides HIV care and has a broad clinical background in STI management and prevention. She serves as clinical faculty for the CDC-funded Alabama/North Carolina STD Prevention Training Center. Board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Infectious Diseases, her research interests include STI disease management and prevention with a focus on the prevention of HPV disease in HIV- infected women.

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 Dr. William Geisler is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His clinical and teaching interests include the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections. Dr. Geisler is also the Clinical Associate Director of the UAB Medical Scientist Training Program.

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Dr. Luis F Barroso is an Associate Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Wake Forest School of Medicine. His academic interests focus on human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, in particular co-infection with HIV and HPV.  He helped to start and run the anal dysplasia screening program at Wake Forest, and is the local site PI for the Anal Cancer HSIL Outcomes Research (ANCHOR) and AIDS Malignancy Consortium (AMC) trials.   

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Dr. Nicholas Van Wagoner is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean for Students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He is also the Director of the Sexual Health Clinic at the UAB Student Health and Wellness Clinic. His research focuses on interventions for the prevention and treatment of Herpes Simplex Viruses. He has lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to sexually transmitted infections and sexual health.

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Dr. Christina Muzny is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her clinical and research interests focus on HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) (specifically vaginal infections) among difficult-to-reach populations of women, including lesbian and bisexual women and women with increased numbers of recent sexual partners. Dr. Muzny recently received the 2014 Young Investigator Award from the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association. Besides her other roles, Dr. Muzny is an Associate Scientist for the UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR).


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Dr. Ricardo Franco is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His interest focuses on interventions to improve access to care and new therapies in Chronic Hepatitis C; clinical management and trials in HCV mono-infection and HIV-HCV co-infection; and the accelerated pathogenesis of HIV-HCV co-infection.

  latesha elopre lrg

Dr. Latesha Elopre is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UAB. Her research interests focus on health-care disparities in STDs, including HIV. She is currently the principal investigator in studies focusing on the effects of stigma and sexual health. Dr. Elopre works closely with faculty members from the Division of Infectious Diseases and School of Public Health in her current research endeavors. Dr. Elopre is committed to expanding knowledge about health-care disparities and primary prevention for STDs, focusing her presentations on current STD incidence rates and teen pregnancy statistics.


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Dr. Katherine Schafer attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate studies and medical degree. She completed her postgraduate training, including service as a Chief Resident and Infectious Disease fellow, at the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine. Dr. Schafer is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Wake Forest University Health Sciences in Winston-Salem, NC where she engages in clinical, educational, and research activities.  Her educational roles include the first and second year medical student clinical skills course, curriculum development for sexual health, LGBTQ health, and intimate partner violence for the first and second year medical students, and serving as the HIV curriculum director for the Infectious Disease Fellowship.  Her clinical activities include HIV primary care, general infectious diseases, and inpatient general medicine.  Her research interests include rural HIV with a focus on stress and aging as well as novel methods to promote engagement in HIV care.

jane schwebke

Dr. Jane Schwebke is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to her arrival at UAB, Dr. Schwebke held joint appointments at Northwestern University Medical School and the Chicago Department of Health.  As Program and Medical Director for the Chicago Department of Health STD/HIV Program, she was directly responsible for integration of STD and HIV services including HIV counseling and testing, development and implementation of HIV clinical services, creation of a clinical research program, initiation of TB screening at the clinics, initiation of a chlamydia control program, creation of an adolescent clinic which provided STD\HIV\TB, contraception and cervical cancer screening, and initiation of a clinical training program for Chicago area medical and family practice residents.

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Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo is a Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is recognized internationally for her research and education efforts in the field of sexually transmitted infections, especially as they affect women’s health. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America. She holds several positions with the American Board of Internal Medicine, including Chair of the Infectious Disease Specialty Board, and President of the Council. As the former Medical Director of the Seattle STD/HIV Prevention Training and now faculty at the Alabama/North Carolina STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, Dr. Marrazzo is invested in delivering and evaluating excellent educational offerings to providers in practice and to medical practitioners in training.

Peter leone Dr. Peter Leone is a Professor of Medicine and an infectious disease specialist at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His research interests focus on STDs and HIV, in particular on HSV, HSV vaccines as well as screening practices for primary care providers and issues for patients regarding evolving the health care environment.  His work is comprehensive and encompasses the breath of issues related to HIV and STDs, diagnostics, and treatment.

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 Hanne Harbison, MSN, CRNP, MSPH received her Bachelors and Masters in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and her Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  She has worked for the past nine years as a provider at the Jefferson County Department of Health STD Clinic.  She was an HIV care provider at the Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital from 2008-2014.  She has been faculty and clinical preceptor for the AL/NC PTC since 2009. 

rick williams

Rick Williams is a Physician Assistant who works for the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Division for the last 11 years.  He works in Family Planning, Low Risk Maternity, and the STD Clinic.  For the Alabama/North Carolina STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, Mr. Williams coordinates training primarily in North Carolina and South Carolina and is a presenter and preceptor at the 3-Day STD Intensive Training events.  He graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1991.  

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