Judith Feinberg , M.D., professor in the department of Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry at West Virginia University’s School of Medicine was recently selected as vice chair of the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA).

The association is the professional home for nearly 5,000 physicians, scientists and other health care professionals dedicated to the field of HIV/AIDS. Nested within the Infectious Diseases Society of America, HIVMA promotes quality in HIV care and advocates policies that ensure a comprehensive and humane response to the AIDS pandemic informed by science and social justice.

“The new members will bring a diversity of experience and perspectives to the Board,” said Melanie Thompson, MD, founder and principal investigator of the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta and the incoming Board Chair. “To a person they are passionate about improving HIV prevention and care delivery and committed to advancing the science and advocacy that will get us closer to ending the HIV epidemic. I look forward to working with them.”

This is an important designation for Dr. Feinberg given her roles as a professor of infectious diseases and chair of the Pilot Projects Core of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute. She conducts clinical research with a current focus on HIV prevention, expanding harm reduction programs, and mentorship of junior investigators.