Dr. Andrew Medina-Marino

Dr Andrew Medina-Marino is a Principal Investigator with DTHF and co-Leads the Division of Men’s Health. He holds an Honorary Associate Professor position in the Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town, and an Adjunct Associate Professor position in the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Based in East London, Dr. Medina-Marino spearheads DTHF’s newest research site in the Eastern Cape province.

Dr. Medina-Marino maintains a highly active research portfolio focused on men’s health in the context of TB and HIV. With regards to TB, he leads multiple studies, including: 1) using portable molecular diagnostics for TB case finding during household contact investigations (FIND), 2) multi-level modelling of the impact of stigma on TB outcomes (NIH R01AI150485), 3) the development of male-centered interventions to decrease the gendered disparities in TB outcomes (NIH R21AI148852), 4) using current technologies to explore real-time psycho-social factors that influence TB medication adherence (NIH R21AI163977), and 5) evaluating the impact of implementing mental health services into TB care services to improve TB patient’s treatment outcomes (NIH R01AI148461). With regards to HIV, his research includes: 1) using implementation science approaches to increasing access and adherence to PrEP among young women (NIH R01MH114648), 2) exploring men’s motivations and uptake of PrEP (NIH R01MH114648), and 3) and implementing U=U messaging interventions to improve men’s uptake of HIV testing services and retention in care (NIH R01MH129223).

In addition to his research programs, Dr. Medina-Marino is passionate about supporting and mentoring the next generation of researchers in South Africa. Toward this, he leads the new Khulani Siphile Siphuhle PhD Training Program in South Africa (KiSS-TP; NIH D43TW012497). KiSS-TP aims to increase research capacity in the Eastern Cape by training and supporting upcoming researchers who will focus their research and engagement on HIV-related research in the Eastern Cape. KiSS-TP is a collaboration between DTHF, the University of Cape Town, the University of Fort Hare, Walter Sisulu University and the University of California Global Health Institute.