Developments in the HIV & infectious disease fields

Dr. Michael Para
Professor of Internal Medicine, Molecular Virology, Immunology, and Medical Genetics at the Ohio State University

Dr. Para is Professor of Internal Medicine, Molecular Virology, Immunology, and Medical Genetics at the Ohio State University. Dr. Para joined the faculty in 1981. He is Associate Dean for Clinical Research in the College of Medicine and Public Health. He has served as Chief of Staff of OSU Hospital and President of the College of Medicine's Faculty Council. He has been a recipient of research awards from the American Lung Association, and NIH for work with herpes simplex, Legionella and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Para was named Professor of the Year by the graduating medical school class of 1989 and has been awarded the Ohio Department of Health Directors AIDS Service Award in 1988, its AIDS Leadership Award in 1999 and the Healthcare Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award, 2001. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America. He currently serves on the Ohio Department of Health's AIDS Drugs Assistance Program and Hemophilia Advisory Committee. He directs the AIDS Education and Training subunit at Ohio State and is co-principal investigator of the ACTG. Dr. Para's clinical interest is in HIV and viral infections in compromised hosts. His research interest is in HIV therapeutics and vaccines, HIV management issues and HIV drug resistance. His recent work focuses on clinical trials of HIV therapeutics and vaccines.