Improving health and reducing inequities worldwide

Jaco Homsy, MD, MPH

Academic Coordinator and Assistant Clinical Professor
Prevention & Public Health Group

Dr. Homsy has been the Academic Coordinator of the Prevention and Public Health Group since 2004, and an Assistant Clinical Professor since 2009. Dr. Homsy is a public health physician with over 22 years of experience in HIV/AIDS research, and prevention and care programs, working in sub-Saharan Africa since 1991. He currently is the Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded randomized trial study on the primary prevention of HIV acquisition among pregnant women in Uganda, East Africa. He is also a co-investigator on two other NIH-funded randomized trials. The objectives of these trials are 1) to explore the effectiveness of a community-based intervention to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and follow-up HIV care visits among HIV-infected pregnant women initiating life-long ART for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in Uganda, and 2) to assess the incidence of birth defects among children born to HIV-infected mothers taking life-long ART for PMTCT. Lastly, Dr. Homsy is a co-investigator on a CDC-funded project studying the effectiveness of a web-based electronic medical record system linked to phone messaging in order to increase attendance of HIV-infected mothers to postnatal care and the quality of postnatal care given to these mothers.

His professional experience includes:

  • Basic immunology and vaccine research between 1985 and 1989, as Assistant then Associate Research Physician in Dr. Jay A. Levy's Viral Immunology Laboratory at the University of California in San Francisco.
  • Consulting for the World Health Organization Global Program on AIDS (WHO-GPA) between 1989 and 1991 in Geneva, Switzerland, Equatorial Guinea and Brazil, under the late Jonathan Mann.
  • Working with the international humanitarian organization Doctors without Borders/Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) between 1991 and 2002 on refugee health assistance programs in Uganda, designing and HIV prevention, PMTCT and care programs in Uganda, Guatemala, and Burma, and on MSF's International Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines including HIV antiretroviral therapy between 2000 and 2002.
  • Working with Oxfam GB as Senior HIV/AIDS Technical Advisor in 2003-2004 in Angola, Malawi, Haiti and Zambia.

Dr. Homsy received his MD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland in1977, and his MPH from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984.