Adrienne K. Chan, Medical Advisor (MD, MPH, FRCPC)
Adrienne K. Chan is an Infectious Diseases physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada. Currently, Dr. Chan serves as Medical Advisor with Dignitas International and is a staff physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre,Toronto. She holds a cross-appointment to the Clinical Public Health Division at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, where she teaches on Health Systems Management in International Settings. Over the last 11 years, Dr. Chan has worked in southern Africa with clinical experience in Malawi, Lesotho, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe, and multiple research collaborations with regional and international networks. In 2007, Dr. Chan joined Dignitas International, a Canadian NGO, as the organization’s HIV Clinic Coordinator in Zomba, Malawi, and later became Medical Coordinator for the Malawi country program.
Dr. Chan’s implementation research work with Dignitas International focuses on optimizing health services delivery in low resource settings. She has specific interests in decentralization and roll-out of antiretroviral therapy, and HIV-related services in southern Africa with a focus on: HIV program integration with tuberculosis (TB) and non-communicable disease care, scale up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission service and models of task-shifting to address human resources for health constraints. She is also interested in context-relevant clinical research, which aims to reduce mortality due to opportunistic infections (specifically TB and cryptococcal meningitis) in HIV patients with severe immunosuppression, and in the long term clinical and health systems sequelae of the West Africa Ebola outbreak.