Alan Lifson, MD, MPH

Professor Emeritus, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Alan Lifson

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-9697

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

Medical School, University of California, San Francisco, CA

Master's Degree, University of California, Berkley, CA

Bachelor's Degree, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


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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