Gerald Friedland MD

Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Biographical Info

I have focused my career in medicine and infectious diseases on creating new knowledge to improve the health of marginalized and underserved populations in the US and globally. I have been involved in HIV/AIDS care, teaching and research since 1981. More recently, although still working domestically on HIV/AIDS, a major focus my work has been to integrate HIV and TB care and treatment in co infected patients in South Africa with the aim of improving diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of both diseases. This has led to the recognition of the epidemic of extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) in Tugela Ferry in rural KwaZuluNatal South Africa and now focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and reduction of transmission of XDR TB and multiple drug resistant (MDR) TB and in HIV co-infected patients. During my career, I have developed multidisciplinary teams and constructed observational studies, clinical trials and operational research in community settings to address complex infectious diseases challenges. I have also served as a mentor for students, residents, fellows and faculty and other health care workers in the US and multiple international sites, with a current and continuing focus in rural South Africa.

International Activity

  • Midwifery Program in South Africa
    South Africa(2011)
    The Midwifery Intra-Partum experience is a newly developed collaboration with the Church of Scotland Hospital (COSH), in Tugela Ferry, South Africa. There is strong emphasis at YSN on offering relevant educational experiences for health care providers who chose to serve in the developing world. The goal of the Tugela Ferry program is to provide students with such experience early in their midwifery careers in order to make them outstanding candidates for continuing as clinicians in global maternal-child health.
  • TB, HIV, South Africa
    Tugela Ferry, South Africa(2002)
    Integrating HIV and TB diagnosis, care and treatment Confronting XDR TB and HIV in Rural South Africa

Education & Training

New York University (1964)
Bellevue Hospital, New York City, Internal Medicine (1964 - 1965)
Bellevue Hospital, New York City, Internal Medicine (1967 - 1968)
Beth Israel Hospital, Internal Medicine (1967 - 1968)
Beth Israel Hospital, Boston MA, Infectious Diseases
Board Certification
Infectious Disease, Board Certified  (1978)
Board Certification
Internal Medicine, Board Certified  (1972)

Honors & Recognition

  • Maxwell Finland Lectureship
    Infectious Diseases Society of America (2010)

Professional Service

  • Yale School of Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital(07/01/1991 - 06/30/2010)

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