Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Young is the senior vice president and chief medical officer of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), one of the world's largest organizations of HIV health care providers, where among his responsibilities, he coordinates educational projects for healthcare providers in Africa and Latin America. He is the medical editor for IAPAC's widely read AIDSinfonet.org. Dr. Young provides care for people living with HIV at APEX Family Medicine in Denver.
The much-traveled Dr. Young is a long-term resident of Colorado's Rocky Mountains, but was raised in New York and San Diego. Dr. Young began his graduate studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he received a Ph.D. in molecular biology and biochemistry working in the laboratory of Nobel laureate Thomas Cech. He went on to earn his medical doctorate in 1992 from the University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed his post-graduate training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Colorado.
Dr. Young is the author of more than 80 journal articles, reviews and book chapters relating to HIV and its treatment. He is a member of the World Health Organization's HIV Clinical Guideline Development Group and principal investigator with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's HIV Outpatient Study (HOPS), a massive ongoing analysis of the health of HIV-positive people throughout the U.S. A member of the HIV Medicine Association, the International AIDS Society and the American Academy of HIV Medicine, Dr. Young is also actively involved in educating health care professionals and community groups throughout the world on HIV-related subjects. He has devoted previous years to training HIV physicians in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where he witnessed a coup d'etat and a polio outbreak.
Within the past year, Dr. Young has had some form of official relationship with each of the following groups/organizations that have a stake in the fight against HIV. These disclosures were last updated on Jan. 5, 2017.
- International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC): Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
- APEX Research, Denver, Colorado: Co-Owner/Investigator
- APEX Family Medicine, Denver, Colorado: Staff Physician
- International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC): Section Chair, IAPAC Guidelines on Improving the HIV Care Continuum
- UNAIDS: advisor on human resources and task shifting; human rights and criminalization
- World Health Organization: member of HIV Clinical Guideline Development Group
- Clinical Care Options: speaker bureau
- Gilead Sciences: consultant
- Merck & Co: advisory board, speaker bureau
- Remedy Health Media (TheBody.com/TheBodyPRO.com): Q&A expert, editorial contributor
- ViiV Healthcare: consultant
APEX Research, of which Dr. Young is co-owner, has accepted funding from:
- Gilead Sciences
- Merck & Co.
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- ViiV Healthcare
- American Academy of HIV Medicine
- Infectious Disease Society of America/HIV Medicine Association
- International AIDS Society
- International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
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