Allison L. Agwu, MD, ScM, FAAP, FIDSA
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adult Infectious Diseases
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Allison L. Agwu, MD, ScM, FAAP, FIDSA is an Associate Professor of Pediatric and Adult Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her clinical and research interests include HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases, with a particular emphasis on co-morbidities and strategies to optimize engagement and treatment outcomes for youth with HIV. Her overarching research goal is to optimize outcomes for youth by deciphering health disparities and optimal strategies both to treat HIV infection and identify and prevent and manage complications and co-morbidities for youth with HIV.
Dr. Agwu earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed a combined residency in pediatrics and internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University (University Hospitals of Cleveland/ Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital), fellowship in pediatric and adult infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, as well as Masters of Science from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She sees patients both in the pediatric and adult HIV clinics and as the Founder and Medical director of the Accessing Care Early (ACE) Clinic and the Program Director of the Pediatric/Adolescent HIV/AIDS Program, has been integral to the transition of YLHIV from pediatric to adult care. Her clinical patients range from babies to senior citizens. She also attends on the inpatient consultation service. Dr. Agwu has worked with the HIV Research Network spearheading the pediatric/adolescent working group agenda. Dr. Agwu is the Principal Investigator of the Johns Hopkins sites of the International Maternal Pediatric and Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials' Group (IMPAACT) and the Adolescent Trials’ Network (ATN). She chairs the IMPAACT complications working group and has chaired protocols, including clinical trials, examining strategies to address antiretroviral treatment (ART) and co-morbidities in youth with HIV. Dr. Agwu is NIH-funded to examine an intervention to improve nonadherence among youth.
She is American Board of Internal Medicine-certified in infectious disease and American Board of Pediatrics-certified in infectious diseases. She is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the HIV Medical Association, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Agwu is a voting member of both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Pediatric and Adult Antiretroviral Treatment Guidelines.
Alysse G. Wurcel, MD, MS
Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Tufts Medical Center
Dr. Wurcel completed her undergraduate education at Tufts University. She is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Infectious Diseases fellowships at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and Tufts Medical Center. She received a Masters in Clinical Research from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University School of Medicine. In addition to her faculty position in the Department of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Medicine and Public Health at the Tufts University School of Medicine. She works on the inpatient services treating people with infectious diseases. She has treated people with HIV and HCV mono-infection in the outpatient clinic at Tufts Medical Center as well as in local county jails.
Prior to medical school, Dr. Wurcel worked on several research projects aimed at characterizing the immune response to HIV and HCV. In ID fellowship and as an attending, her research interests include treatment of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) in people considered "tough to treat" including people who inject drugs (PWID), people in the criminal justice system and people with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). Most recently, she has published research and implementation science manuscripts on improving screening for HCV in PLWHA. She has received institutional grants from Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center, as well as industry funding to support her research and is currently pursuing grant opportunities offered by the National Institute of Health.
Justin Alves, RN, ACRN, CARN
Nurse Educator – Office Based Addiction Treatment, Training and Technical Assistance Program
Boston Medical Center
Justin is a Clinical Nurse Educator for the State Technical Assistance and Treatment Expansion of Office Based Addiction Treatment (STATE OBAT) at Boston Medical Center, with specific expertise in infectious disease and their co-occurrence with substance use disorders, community outreach, and harm reduction. He serves as an expert on the Substance Use Disorder Care Continuum ECHO team, providing opioid addiction training and mentoring to health centers throughout the SUD care spectrum. He also sits on the item writing committee for the Addictions Nursing Certification Board, which oversees the accreditation of addiction nurses via the Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) and the Certified Addictions Registered Nurse-Advanced Practice (CARN-AP) examinations.
Justin has dedicated his career to caring for patients living with HIV/AIDS and suffering from substance use disorders across the continuum of care, working first in the community for a mobile health unit offering free HIV/STI testing and case management services and most recently as a staff nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Infectious Disease Division. He is an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse, serving as the President of the Boston Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, and a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse, serving as the Vice-President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the International Nurses Society on Addictions. He is also the current President of the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Justin received his BSN from Northeastern University in 2013 and is currently in a MSN program at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth with a focus in nursing education.