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About Scott Mel Hammer, MD
Dr. Hammer is the Harold C. Neu Professor of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Hammer's major investigative interest is the treatment and prevention of HIV disease. He is an investigator in the National Institutes of Health sponsored AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), a multicenter organization which performs clinical trials designed to improve the understanding and treatment of HIV infection and its complications.
As an ACTG investigator, Dr. Hammer chaired the two largest national trials of antiretroviral therapy carried out by that group in the 1990's, studies which contributed to the current standard of care of HIV infection. In addition to his interest in the treatment of persons with established HIV infection, Dr. Hammer is an investigator in the National Institutes of Health sponsored HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN), a multicenter organization whose mission is to develop an effective preventive HIV vaccine. He is the current protocol chair of HVTN 505, a phase 2b test-of-concept efficacy study of the preventive HIV vaccine regimen developed by NIAID's Vaccine Research Center. He is a former Chair of the AIDS Vaccine Research Working Group of the Division of AIDS, NIAID, and the Antiviral Products Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Hammer has previously served as a member of the International AIDS Society's Governing Council, Chair of the International AIDS Society-USA's Antiretroviral Guidelines Panel and Vice Chair of the World Health Organization's Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee for HIV/AIDS. He chaired the Guidelines Development Group of the WHO's Antiretroviral Guidelines for Resource Limited Settings in 2002, 2003 and 2006 and co-chaired the Steering Committee of the WHO's Global HIV Drug Resistance Surveillance Program. In his role as Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, he is dedicated to optimizing care for patients with all forms of infectious diseases, fellow and faculty growth and to the development of state-of-the-art infection surveillance at the institutional and regional levels to improve and protect the public health.
- Infectious Disease
- Internal Medicine
- HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection)
- Residency: Stanford University Medical Center
- Internship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY
- Residency: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY
- Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
- Fellowship: Massachussetts General Hospital
Titles & Positions
- Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
- Harold C. Neu Professor of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine
- Professor of Epidemiology at CUMC
- NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center