Alan Lifson, MD, MPH

Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Alan Lifson

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-9697

Office Address:
300 West Bank Office Building

Mailing Address:
1300 S 2nd St
Room 300 West Bank Office Building
Minneapolis, MN 55454

MD, Medicine, University of California-San Francisco

MPH, Epidemiology, University of California-Berkley

BA, Psychology, University of Michigan


My research focuses on infectious diseases, most notably HIV/AIDS. In an international context, I have taught, consulted, or conducted research on HIV and other infectious diseases in Africa, Eastern Europe, the Carribean, and Asia. Currently, my work focuses on a community support intervention for people living with HIV in Ethiopia. In Minnesota, I am the clinical director for the Minnesota site of the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC), which works to educate and train health care professionals.


Infectious disease, HIV/AIDS, global health 

Awards & Recognition

  • Leonard M. Schuman Award for Excellence in Teaching, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, 2015
  • All-University Award for Global Engagement, 2014
  • Delta Omega Honorary Society for Public Health, Pi Chapter


Research Funding Grants

  • 2015–2020, NIH, "Assessment of a Community Support Worker Intervention for PLWH in Rural Ethiopia," Principal Investigator
  • 2015–2017, University of Illinois at Chicago, "Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC)," Co-Principal Investigator


See a full list of publications on PubMed

Select Recent Publications

  • Lifson AR, Grund B, Gardner EM, Kaplan R, Denning E, Engen N, Carey CL, Chen F, Dao S, Florence E, Sanz J, Emery S; INSIGHT START Study Group. "Improved quality of life with immediate initiation of antiretroviral therapy in the strategic timing of antiretroviral therapy trial," AIDS, Jan 2017
  • Lifson AR, Workneh S, Shenie T, Ayana DA, Melaku Z, Bezabih L, Waktola HT, Dagne B, Hilk R, Winters KC, Slater L. "Prevalence and factors associated with use of khat: a survey of patients entering HIV treatment programs in Ethiopia," Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, Jan 2017
  • Lifson AR, Workneh S, Hailemichael A, Demisse W, Slater L, Shenie T. "Implementation of a Peer HIV Community Support Worker Program in Rural Ethiopia to Promote Retention in Care," Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, 2017



  • PubH 6385, Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases


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