Doctor who tackled HIV and other infectious diseases in India honored

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India Abroad

For 15 years, Dr. Amita Gupta has looked up to Dr. Robert Bollinger as a mentor, colleague, guide and friend. “He has offered often painful but always helpful counsel,” she told those gathered on Sept. 5 at Johns Hopkins University, where Bollinger was named inaugural recipient of the Raj and Kamla Professorship in Infectious Diseases.

In fact, Gupta said, she arrived at Johns Hopkins in 2003 specifically to work with him. “He was one of the first in the country to tackle HIV and other infectious diseases in India,” he said. “India is the world’s second most populous country, and it has the world’s largest absolute burden of infectious diseases. Naturally, it is where I had always longed to work.” Most recently, Bollinger tapped her to serve as deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education. . . .