Carlos del Rio, MD is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine and Executive Associate Dean for Emory at Grady. He is also Professor of Global Health and Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health. He is co-Director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and co-PI of the Emory-CDC HIV Clinical Trials Unit and the Emory Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit. In this episode, Dr. del Rio discusses his journey to working in global public health, which began in his work tackling the HIV epidemic. Dr. del Rio also shares the importance of taking a global health approach in local settings, parallels between the HIV epidemic and COVID-19, the leadership challenges during the current pandemic, and how they are exacerbated by polarized political views. He discusses the prevailing health inequities that, despite extensive conversation, remain under-addressed in medicine and public health. Additionally, Dr. del Rio discusses the role of mentors in his own leadership journey, and the importance of having mentors throughout one's career.
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