Elaine Abrams, MD

Senior Research Director

An internationally recognized expert and clinician, Dr. Elaine Abrams has over 30 years of experience in comprehensive care and treatment for HIV-infected pregnant women, children and their families. As the senior director for research at ICAP, she leads a large research portfolio and is responsible for development and implementation of pediatric and perinatal prevention initiatives for ICAP programs in sub-Saharan Africa. She was the director of the MTCT-Plus Initiative, the first multi-country family-focused HIV treatment program that demonstrated successful provision of HIV care and antiretroviral treatment for pregnant women and their families in resource-limited settings. Dr. Abrams built on this work by ensuring that ICAP’s global portfolio and projects in 21 countries were informed by and integrated the latest scientific breakthroughs in HIV in a way that was tailored to the specific needs and context of each country. Dr. Abrams currently serves as the co-chair of the clinical guidelines group for WHO 2015 consolidated guidelines for the use of antiretroviral drugs and has been actively involved in the development of international, national and local guidelines and policies for HIV care and treatment. Dr. Abrams is a professor of epidemiology and pediatrics at Columbia University and also holds a medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.