Monica Gandhi

Indian American physician Dr. Monica Gandhi of UCSF has been honored by the HIV Medicine Association with the 2017 HIVMA Clinical Educator Award. (Twitter/UCSF_ID photo)

The HIV Medicine Association Oct. 4 honored two physicians, Indian American Dr. Monica Gandhi and Dr. Raphael J. Landovitz, with 2017 association awards.

“These leaders are making significant and lasting contributions to HIV medicine,” said association chair Dr. Wendy Armstrong in a statement. “The HIV Medicine Association is proud to recognize Drs. Gandhi and Landovitz.”

Gandhi, who serves as the medical director of the Ward 86 HIV Clinic at U.C. San Francisco, was named as the recipient of the 2017 HIVMA Clinical Educator Award.

The clinical educator award recognizes those who have demonstrated significant achievement in the area of clinical care and provider education, the association said.

Gandhi is an internationally recognized clinician and educator who has woven teaching and mentoring into all aspects of her work, it said.

In her role at UCSF, Gandhi oversees care for more than 2,800 HIV-infected and at-risk patients including the urban poor, homeless, women, racial and ethnic minorities and immigrants – people who often are difficult to engage and retain but who greatly need high-quality medical care, HIVMA said.

Her teaching is tightly linked to these settings and these populations, combining the scientific aspects of medical knowledge with the real-world practicality she’s gained from working with challenging populations in challenging settings.

Gandhi consistently receives outstanding teaching reviews, and many students and residents return for HIV electives or clinical rotations based on their previous work with her, her bio said in the news release.

Formerly the division education director, Gandhi is now associate division chief and assistant director of UCSF’s ID fellowship program, where she has developed a robust formal curriculum and led the longitudinal outpatient clinic training of ID and HIV fellows in the Ward 86 clinic.

Gandhi, supported by a National Institutes of Health grant, has developed a mentoring program for early career investigators of diversity and a “Mentoring the Mentors” national workshop series for mid-career and senior HIV investigators.

She has led trainings in the United States, Peru, Kenya, India and South Africa supported by funding from the Fogarty International Center, the association noted.

Gandhi, who earned her medical degree at Harvard University, has received many awards for her compassionate clinical work, including the UCSF Meg Newman Teaching Award, the Sarlo Award for Teaching Excellence from UCSF’s AIDS Research Institute, and the Defender of Humanity Award and Clinical Teaching Award from ID fellows.

Gandhi and Landovitz will be presented with their awards during IDWeek 2017 in San Diego.

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