Allison Lorna Agwu, M.D., Sc.M.

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  • Professor of Pediatrics


HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease, Pediatric Infectious Diseases more

Research Interests

Youth (Adolescents and Young Adults); HIV/AIDS; Treatment Strategies; Disparities in Utilization of Antiretroviral Therapy; Drug Resistance in HIV Patients; Adolescents and Youth with HIV-1; Epidemiologic Approaches to HIV; Outcomes, Management Strategies, Clinical Trials more

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Dr. Allison L. Agwu, MD, ScM, FAAP, FIDSA is Professor of pediatric and adult infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include HIV/AIDS and infectious disease.

Dr. Agwu earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed a residency in pediatrics and internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University (University Hospitals of Cleveland/ Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital), and a combined fellowship in pediatric and adult infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Agwu's clinical and research interests focuses on children, adolescents, and young adults who are at-risk or living with HIV and their families. Clinically, she provides inpatient and outpatient pediatric infectious diseases' consultations and leads the Pediatric Adolescent HIV/AIDS Program, which provides multidisciplinary for those living with or affected by HIV. Further, she leads the young adult transition clinic, the Accessing Care Early (ACE) Clinic. Both programs are longstanding Ryan White Federal Grant-funded programs. 

Her overarching research goal is to decipher, address, and minimize disparities in treatment and outcomes for those living with HIV. Toward this goal, she oversees her own independent, longstanding, federally funded clinical research program and serves as principal investigator of the Johns Hopkins sites of the International Maternal, Pediatric, and Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) Network and the Adolescent Trials' Network (ATN). Her research interests include optimizing outcomes for youth at-risk for and living with HIV, management and treatment strategies, and minimizing disparities in the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and outcomes. Other special interests include epidemiologic approaches to HIV, drug resistance, and clinical trials.

She is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Agwu is Chair of the HIV Medicine Association. more


  • Professor of Pediatrics
  • Joint Appointment in Medicine

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  • MD; University of Maryland School of Medicine (1999)


  • Medicine and Pediatrics; UH Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital (2003)


  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2006)
  • Infectious Diseases; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2007)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatric Infectious Diseases) (2007)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Among her many research activities, Dr. Agwu serves as principal investigator of the Johns Hopkins site of the International Maternal, Pediatric, and Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) Network and Adolescent trials' network (ATN).  She also has her own independent research program.

Her research interests include HIV/AIDS, youth and adolescents with HIV, treatment strategies and disparities in antiretroviral treatment and management outcomes.

Clinical Trial Keywords

International Maternal; Pediatric; and Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) Network; Adolescent Trials' Network

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Selected Publications

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Jao J, Agwu A, Mhango G, Kim A, Park K, Posada R, Abrams EJ, Hutton N, Sperling RS. “Growth patterns in the first year of life differ in infants born to perinatally vs. nonperinatally HIV-infected women.” AIDS. 2015 Jan 2;29(1):111-6. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000000501.

Yehia BR, Rebeiro P, Althoff KN, Agwu AL, Horberg MA, Samji H, Napravnik S, Mayer K, Tedaldi E, Silverberg MJ, Thorne JE, Burchell AN, Rourke SB, Rachlis A, Mayor A, Gill MJ, Zinski A, Ohl M, Anastos K, Abraham AG, Kitahata MM, Moore RD, Gebo KA; for the North American AIDS Cohort Collaboration on Research and Design (NA-ACCORD). “The Impact of Age on Retention in Care and Viral Suppression.” J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2014 Dec 31. [Epub ahead of print]

Yehia BR, Herati RS, Fleishman JA, Gallant JE, Agwu AL, Berry SA, Korthuis PT, Moore RD, Metlay JP, Gebo KA; HIV Research Network. “Hepatitis C virus testing in adults living with HIV: a need for improved screening efforts.” PLoS One. 2014 Jul 17;9(7):e102766. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0102766. eCollection 2014.

Yehia BR, Fleishman JA, Agwu AL, Metlay JP, Berry SA, Gebo KA; HIV Research Network. “Health insurance coverage for persons in HIV care, 2006-2012.” J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2014 Sep 1;67(1):102-6. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000000251.

Lee L, Rand CS, Ellen JM, Agwu AL. “Factors informing HIV providers' decisions to start antiretroviral therapy for young people living with behaviorally acquired HIV.” J Adolesc Health. 2014 Sep;55(3):358-65. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.03.006. Epub 2014 Apr 29.

Activities & Honors


  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • HIV Medical Association
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
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