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Sunil Solomon, MBBS, PhD, MPH
Sunil Suhas Solomon, MBBS PhD MPH, is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA. He completed his medical training at the Sri Ramachandra Medical University in Chennai, India and received a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a doctorate in Epidemiology (PhD) from the Johns Hopkins University, USA. Dr. Solomon has been elected into the Phi Beta Kappa honors society for academic excellence and the Delta Omega Public Health honors society. His research is primarily focused on the epidemiology, clinical management and access to services for HIV and viral hepatitis among vulnerable populations such as people who inject drugs (PWID) and men who have sex with men (MSM), primarily from low and middle-income country settings. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications in several highly ranked journal. He serves as the Deputy Editor of the Journal of the International AIDS Society as member of the technical resource group of the National AIDS Control Organisation, India for people who inject drugs and antiretroviral therapy that advises the National AIDS Program in India. He also serves on the Scientific Agenda Steering Committee (SASC) of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) and Substance Use Scientific Committee (SUSC) of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), two of the largest NIH-funded global networks that conduct research in the fields of HIV, viral hepatitis, TB and COVID.
In 2015, he was one of the first recipients of the Avenir award, a Director’s award from the National Institutes of Health, USA aimed at identifying individuals who propose high impact research and who show promise of being tomorrow's leaders in the field of drug abuse and HIV. In 2016, he received another award from the National Institutes of Health aimed at “Advancing Exceptional Research on HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse”. He also served as the Protocol Chair of ACTG A5360 (MINMON) a ground-breaking global trial on the simplification of HCV treatment delivery and currently serves as the Protocol Chair of HPTN 103 (PURPOSE-4) the first trial of long-acting antiretrovirals for PrEP among people who inject drugs. He was also recently awarded a US $35 million award from PEPFAR/USAID to provide technical assistance to the National AIDS Program in India, and to implement and evaluate innovative models of service delivery to improve the HIV care cascade in India with a focus on vulnerable populations.