Medical Advisory Board

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H. Hunter Handsfield, M.D.

For over 30 years, Dr. Handsfield has been instrumental in developing and promoting modern day STD/HIV prevention strategies. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington Center for AIDS and STD, Senior Research Leader at the Battelle Centers for Public Health Research, and for 25 years directed the STD Control Program for Public Health at Seattle & King County. Dr. Handsfield is the 2010 recipient of the Thomas Parran Award, named for the U.S. Surgeon General from 1936 to 1948, and presented by the American STD Association for lifetime contributions to STD research and prevention.

As director of the STD Control Program for Public Health - Seattle & King County, Dr. Handsfield's research emphasizes clinical and epidemiologic aspects of STDs, especially in relation to strategies for prevention and control. Current research projects include studies of novel approaches to STD partner management (e.g., expedited therapy without clinical examination and peer-referral strategies), studies of rescreening as a chlamydia control strategy, and epidemiology and prevention of resurgent STDs, HIV infection, and behavioral risks among men who have sex with men. Other research projects include studies of special outreach efforts to diagnose and treat STDs in populations outside STD clinics, public health aspects of genital herpes and its prevention, and industry-supported studies of new diagnostic tests and treatments for common STDs.

Dr. Handsfield obtained his BS with High Honors, Denison University and his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine, University of Washington and fellowship in Infectious Diseases, University of Washington - Fellowship. See Dr. Handsfield's publications list.

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Barbara Van Der Pol, PhD, MPH

Dr. Barbara Van Der Pol of Indiana University Department of Medicine is Assistant Research Professor of Medicine; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health; Director of the University's Infectious Diseases Laboratory.

Dr. Van Der Pol serves as the Director of Research for the Marion County STD Control Program, where she manages major STD public health programs for the region.

Dr. Van Der Pol is one of the leading experts in the U.S. for STD research and practice, especially in related to Chlamydia. For Chalmydia, Dr. Van Der Pol is a leading expert for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Chlamydia Coalition and has performed leading-edge research in the U.S. and multiple regions of Africa.

Dr. Van der Pol completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Health Behavior: Indiana University; Masters Degree in Public Health (epidemiology): Indiana University - See Dr. Van Der Pol's recent publications.

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Neil S. Skolnik, MD

Neil S. Skolnik, M.D. is professor of family and community medicine at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia who is published extensively in the medical literature and is editor-in-chief of the medical textbooks: Essential Infectious Disease for Primary Care, and Essential Practice Guidelines in Primary Care, both published by Humana Press. Dr. Skolnik also serves as associate director of the family practice residency program at Abington Memorial Hospital, where he is an attending physician. Dr. Neil Skolnik practices geriatric medicine and family practice in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Skolnik regularly presents both regionally and nationally on a range of topics and has twice been the recipient of the "Top Doctor" Award in Family Medicine by Philadelphia Magazine. He writes a monthly Clinical Guidelines Column in Family Practice News, is the editor-in-chief for Redi-Reference Medical Handbooks, and contributes to the development of handheld computer medical resources nationwide. He has worked with the American Diabetes Association to help prepare their official PDA version of the annual American Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Recommendations and Standards of Care and with the CDC to prepare the CDC's PDA version of the 2002 and the 2006 CDC Sexually Transmitted Disease Guidelines; he is also the handheld series editor for all of the guidelines published by the Infectious Disease Society of America. Dr. Skolnik serves as the series editor for the Current Clinical Practice Series textbooks published by Humana Press, having overseen the development of approximately 25 titles in the Primary Care Series. He is also editor of Clinical Practice Guidelines for Primary Care (2007), Essential Infectious Disease Topics for Primary Care (2008), and Electronic Health Records: A Practical Guide for Primary Care, published by Humana Press, a division of Springer Medical Publishing.

Dr. Skolnik received his medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his family practice internship and residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Skolnik also completed a Faculty Development fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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