Co-Investigator, Clinical Outcomes Core
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Director, Undergraduate Public Health Studies, The Johns Hopkins University
Dr Kelly Gebo is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She also earned an MPH in Epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed residency training in Internal Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital followed by two years of fellowship training as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar in the Department of Medicine, also at Hopkins. Her clinical and research interests include evidence based practice, health disparities in access to care, health utilization, HIV and aging, hepatitis, outcomes research, and policy generation.
Dr Gebo has been actively involved with the HIV Research Network (HIVRN), which is comprised of 18 medical institutions across the United States treating more than 16,000 patients with HIV disease. Each institution assembles data on the clinical and demographic characteristics of its HIV-infected patients. Participating institutions then send the information to the data coordinating center located at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where the information is consolidated into a single uniform database. Dr Gebo, a coauthor on a study from the sample found that compared to healthy children in the United States, HIV-infected children are hospitalized 10 times more often and have three times as many yearly outpatient visits. Although hospitalization rates for children with HIV were slightly lower than that of HIV-infected adults, they had 30% more outpatient visits.
In addition to her work with our Center, Dr Gebo is affiliated with The Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, Reducing Global Inequities in Burden of Disease, where she has translated individual patient care to larger global health issues. As part of a multidisciplinary group in Baltimore, she has been closely involved with mentoring students interested in global health issues as it relates to infectious diseases. She worked closely with students engaged in research projects such as Cancer in the Hopkins HIV Cohort in the Era of HAART and the Impact of Illicit Drug Use and Substance Abuse Treatment on HAART Adherence. Her work with HIV in the Elderly Population was recently supported by an RO1 Research Grant from the National Institute on Aging, entitled "Clinical Outcomes in Elderly HIV Patients." A pilot grant in 2003 provided funds for her to study National Trends in HIV+ Hospitalizations 1996-2000.
Other research has involved evidence based practice related to the management of Hepatitis C, HIV in the mentally ill, and racial and gender disparities in receipt of HAART.
Dr Gebo has authored or co-authored more than forty-two publications.