Thomas C Quinn, M.D.

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  • Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health
  • Professor of Medicine


HIV/AIDS, HIV/STD Interaction, Infectious Disease, Infectious Diseases and International Health, Internal Medicine more

Research Interests

HIV Epidemiology; Virology; Pathogenesis and Clinical Care more

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Dr. Thomas Quinn is professor of medicine and pathology in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and professor of international health, epidemiology, and molecular microbiology and immunology in The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and professor of nursing in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. In 2006 he was appointed founding Director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Global Health. He serves as advisor/consultant on HIV and STDs to the World Health Organization, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (PEPFAR), UNAIDS, and the FDA.

He serves as Associate Director for International Research at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and a member of the American Association of Physicians. He is an author of over 900 publications on HIV, STDs, and infectious diseases, and serves on multiple editorial boards.

Among his professional activities, Dr. Quinn is an alternate member of the Technical Panel of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis and has been on Advisor/Consultant on HIV and STDs to the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In October 2004 he received membership in the Institute of Medicine. more


  • Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health
  • Professor of Medicine

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  • MD; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (1974)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Infectious Disease) (1982)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (1977)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Quinn is Senior Investigator and Head of the Section on International AIDS Research in the Laboratory of Immunoregulation at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He currently directs the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine P3 HIV/AIDS Research Facility and the International STD Research Laboratory.

Dr. Quinn has been involved in clinical, virological and epidemiologic investigations of HIV/AIDS in 29 countries, with current projects in Uganda, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, India, China, and Thailand. He was one of the first scientists to identify the AIDS epidemic and its cause HIV, in Africa in the early phases of the global pandemic. In 1984, he helped establish the interagency project called "Project SIDA" in Kinshasa, Zaire which was the largest AIDS investigative project in sub-Saharan Africa.

His investigations have involved the study of the epidemiologic, virologic, immunologic features of HIV infection in Africa, the Caribbean, South America and Asia. His research interests have involved laboratory investigations that have helped define the biological factors involved in sexual and perinatal transmission of HIV, the natural history of HIV infections in developing countries, and the identification and characterization of unique strains of HIV-1 infection.  Immunologic studies have included the changes in T-cell phenotypes and cytokines in patients with HIV infection and other endemic tropical diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis.

Activities & Honors


  • U.S.P.H.S. Outstanding Service Award, NIAID NIH
  • Outstanding Scientific Publication
  • Charles C. Shepard Science Award, National Center for Infectious Diseases
  • Special Recognition Award, National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC
  • American College of Preventive Medicine Award
  • Meritorious Service Award, U.S.P.H.S.
  • Best Doctors in America, Infectious Diseases, HIV and STDs
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, ASTDA
  • Award in Infectious Diseases, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Distinguished Service Award, U.S.P.H.S.
  • Heroes in Medicine Award, IAPAC
  • Elected Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
  • Elected Fellow, American Association for Advancement in Science
  • Mary Betty Stevens Award for Clinical Research, ACP Maryland Chapter
  • The Thomas Parran Award, The American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association
  • Benjamin Kean Global Health Award, Weill Cornell School of Medicine
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Notre Dame
  • Commencement Speaker, University of Notre Dame Graduate School


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Federation for Clinical Research
  • American Medical Association
  • American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association
  • American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Association of American PhysiciansInstitute of MedicineInternational Society for Sexually Transmitted Diseases ResearchInternational Union Against Venereal Diseases and Treponematoses
    North American Representative
  • Molecular Medicine SocietyThe Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • The National Council for International HealthThe New York Academy of Science
  • U.S.P.H.S. Commissioned Officers' Association

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