Dr. Medina-Marino is a Senior Investigator at the Desmond Tutu Health Foundation (DTHF), and co-Leads the DTHF Division of Men’s Health. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Medina-Marino maintains a highly active research portfolio focused on TB case finding, multi-level modelling of the impact of stigma and other social determinants on TB outcomes, the development of male-centered interventions to decrease the gendered disparities in TB outcomes, integrating current technologies to explore real-time psycho-social factors that influence TB medication adherence, and evaluating the impact of implementing mental health services into TB care services to improve TB patient’s treatment outcomes. In addition to his TB focused research, he also has an active research program focused on implementation science approaches to supporting access and adherence to PrEP among young women, and implementing U=U messaging interventions to improve men’s uptake of HIV testing services and retention in care. His research is currently funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Prior to moving to South Africa, Dr. Medina-Marino was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for U.S. CDC. As an outbreak investigation specialist, he was twice deployed to Liberia during the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak to work with Médecins Sans Frontières. While there, he led disease surveillance, case investigation and contact tracing activities in affected communities.
Dr Medina-Marino received his PhD in from the California Institute of Technology and his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College. He is currently completing his MPH in Epidemiology at the University of Cape Town.