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Geetanjali Chander, M.D., M.P.H.

Geetanjali Chander, M.D., M.P.H.

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  • Professor of Medicine


Infectious Disease

Research Interests

Effects of alcohol use and mental disorders on HIV disease outcomes; Behavioral and pharmacologic interventions for individuals with HIV, alcohol use and other drug use more

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Dr. Geetanjali Chander is an associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include General Internal Medicine and HIV. She holds a joint appointment in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

She earned her M.D. from Thomas Jefferson University. She completed her residency at Rhode Island Hospital and performed an internal medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins.

Her research interests include the effects of alcohol use and mental health disorders on HIV disease outcomes.

Dr. Chander was recognized by Johns Hopkins with a Scholarly Concentrations Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2015 and by the National Society for General Internal Medicine with the Mid-Career Research Mentorship Award in 2020. more


  • Professor of Medicine
  • Professor of Oncology

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  • MD; Thomas Jefferson University (1997)


  • Internal Medicine; Rhode Island Hospital (2000)


  • Internal Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2002)
  • Internal Medicine; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2004)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (2000)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Lewis D, Hutton HE, Agee TA, McCaul ME, Chander G. “Alcohol use and unintended sexual consequences among women attending an urban sexually transmitted infections clinic.” Women’s Health Issues. 2015 Sep-Oct;25(5):450-7. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2015.04.009. Epub 2015 Jun 23.

Yang C, Linas B, Kirk G, Bollinger R, Chang L, Chander G, Siconolfi D, Braxton S, Rudolph A, Latkin C. “Feasibility and acceptability of smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment of alcohol use among African American men who have sex with men in Baltimore.” JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2015 Jun 17;3(2):e67. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.4344.

Chander G, Hutton HE, Lau B, Xu X, McCaul ME. “Brief intervention decreases drinking frequency in HIV-infected, heavy drinking women: results of a randomized controlled trial.” J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Oct 1;70(2):137-45. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000000679.

Sam TS, Hutton HE, Lau B, McCaul ME, Keruly J, Moore R, Chander G. “Antiretroviral therapy use, medication adherence, and viral suppression among PLWHA with panic symptoms.” AIDS Behav. 2015 Apr 23. [Epub ahead of print]

Dzeng E, Colaianni A, Roland M, Chander G, Smith TJ, Kelly MP, Barclay S, Levine D. “Influence of institutional culture and policies on do-not-resuscitate decision making at the end of life.” JAMA Intern Med. 2015 May;175(5):812-9. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.0295. Erratum in: JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Jul;175(7):1247.

Spivak AM, Andrade A, Eisele E, Hoh R, Bacchetti P, Bumpus NN, Emad F, Buckheit R 3rd, McCance-Katz EF, Lai J, Kennedy M, Chander G, Siliciano RF, Siliciano JD, Deeks SG. A Pilot Study Assessing the Safety and Latency Reversing Activity of Disulfiram in HIV-1-Infected Adults on Antiretroviral Therapy. Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Dec 12. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24336828 

Monroe AK, Rowe TL, Moore RD, Chander G. Medication adherence in HIV-positive patients with diabetes or hypertension: a focus group study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2013 Nov 25;13:488. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-13-488. PMID: 24274688

Illangasekare S, Burke J, Chander G, Gielen A. The syndemic effects of intimate partner violence, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse on depression among low-income urban women. J Urban Health. 2013 Oct;90(5):934-47. doi: 10.1007/s11524-013-9797-8. PMID: 23529665

Niaura R, Chander G, Hutton H, Stanton C. Interventions to address chronic disease and HIV: strategies to promote smoking cessation among HIV-infected individuals. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2012 Dec;9(4):375-84. doi: 10.1007/s11904-012-0138-4. Review. PMID: 22972495

Kowalski S, Colantuoni E, Lau B, Keruly J, McCaul ME, Hutton HE, Moore RD, Chander G. Alcohol consumption and CD4 T-cell count response among persons initiating antiretroviral therapy. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012 Dec 1;61(4):455-61. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e3182712d39. PMID: 22955054

Illangasekare S, Tello M, Hutton H, Moore R, Anderson J, Baron J, Chander G. Clinical and mental health correlates and risk factors for intimate partner violence among HIV-positive women in an inner-city HIV clinic. Womens Health Issues. 2012 Nov-Dec;22(6):e563-9. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2012.07.007. Epub 2012 Aug 30. PMID: 22939089

Wilson LM, Avila Tang E, Chander G, Hutton HE, Odelola OA, Elf JL, Heckman-Stoddard BM, Bass EB, Little EA, Haberl EB, Apelberg BJ. Impact of tobacco control interventions on smoking initiation, cessation, and prevalence: a systematic review. J Environ Public Health. 2012;2012:961724. doi: 10.1155/2012/961724. Epub 2012 Jun 7. Review. PMID: 22719777

Hutton HE, McCaul ME, Chander G, Jenckes MW, Nollen C, Sharp VL, Erbelding EJ. Alcohol use, anal sex, and other risky sexual behaviors among HIV-infected women and men. AIDS Behav. 2013 Jun;17(5):1694-704. doi: 10.1007/s10461-012-0191-4. PMID: 22566077

Chander G. Addressing alcohol use in HIV-infected persons. Top Antivir Med. 2011 Nov;19(4):143-7. Review. PMID: 22156216 

Monroe AK, Chander G, Moore RD. Control of medical comorbidities in individuals with HIV. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2011 Dec 15;58(5):458-62. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e31823801c4. PMID: 22083037

Activities & Honors


  • Scholarly Concentrations Excellence in Mentoring Award, Johns Hopkins General Internal Medicine, 2015
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