Ana Garcia, PhD (candidate)
Ana Garcia has held a faculty position as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology since 1986. Ana Garcia has an MA degree in clinical social work and is currently completing a PhD degree in social work at Barry University in Miami, Florida. She is the pediatric coordinator of the Ryan White Title IV Project at the Miami Family Care Program. Having lectured extensively and contributed to the literature on psychosocial issues affecting infants, children, youth, and their families, she will continue to focus her immediate goals on psychosocial/adolescent research, the transition of 200 perinatally infected youth into adulthood, and further program development.
As a social work clinician, Ana Garcia has worked with HIV-infected children and their families since 1983. This grassroots experience has contributed to her consulting work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the World Health Organization, PAJHO, the Surgeon General's Work Group on AIDS, the National Minority Health Council, the Hispanic Women's Leadership Council, and the Health Resources Services Administration. Ana Garcia has served on the boards of the National Catholic AIDS Network and Health Crisis Network, and is currently a board member of Care Resources, a Miami-based HIV/AIDS community-based organization.
Larry Friedman, MD
Dr. Lawrence B. Friedman has been the director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine since 1997. He is a professor of pediatrics, maintaining a faculty appointment since 1985. He is certified by both the American Board of Pediatrics and its Sub-Board of Adolescent Medicine. He has been involved with the care of HIV-infected teenagers and young adults since 1986, directing a multidisciplinary team of professionals that offers comprehensive primary and specialty health care services. The Special Adolescent Clinic (SAC), which serves HIV-infected youth, is intimately involved with the Ryan White CARE Act Title IV family-centered efforts in the Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics. Dr. Friedman also directs the Adolescent Counseling and Testing Service, which is recognized by the Florida Department of Health as a "Best Practice" for its unique outreach program that targets adolescents and young adults exclusively for HIV, STD, and hepatitis testing and prevention education. As a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Adolescent Medicine HIV/AIDS Research Network since 1994, Dr. Friedman's clinical service collaborates in research on youth HIV issues with other centers across the country. Miami had the most active site of the NIH's longitudinal REACH Study research program for HIV-infected adolescents (1994-2001).
Dr. Friedman's ongoing HIV clinical and behavioral research efforts include his work as principal investigator of the NIH's current Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (2001-06, successfully competed for renewal 2006-11). Subject recruitment, enrollment, and study participation all remain active. In addition, Dr. Friedman has participated in adolescent components of the Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group research studies at the University of Miami since 1999, interacting regularly with the Department of Pediatrics' Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology.