Prior to this, Dr. Portsmouth worked toward an M.D. thesis studying Kaposi's sarcoma in HIV-positive patients. He also frequently teaches medical students and other groups on various HIV-related subjects, and his work has been published in several prominent journals as well as at major conferences.
On an international note, Dr. Portsmouth spent November 2001 in China, where he experienced first-hand the developing AIDS crisis in that country. He volunteered at Ditan Infectious Disease Hospital in Beijing, where he lectured, gave seminars to doctors, nurses and medical students on HIV, and helped the hospital write guidelines for the management of HIV infection and use of antiretroviral agents. He also spent some time in the hard-hit southeastern portion of the country, where he took part in a workshop training health care workers in the care of HIV-infected individuals in resource-poor settings. Dr. Portsmouth continues to write and lecture on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in China.
Dr. Portsmouth holds a Bachelor of Medicine degree and an M.B.Ch.B. (Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery) from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, which he earned in 1992 and in 1998 became a member of the U.K.'s Royal College of Physicians.
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