General News
Posted January 29, 2014
Dr. Ellen Delivers Keynote at USF Health HIV Symposium

All Children's Hospital President and Physician in Chief Dr. Jonathan Ellen will be the keynote speaker at the USF Health HIV Research & Practice Symposium on Friday, January 31 at 10:30 a.m. at the Marshall Student Center on the USF Tampa Campus.

As an adolescent medicine specialist whose research is focused on improving the health of teens through community-based intervention, Dr. Ellen is a longtime advocate for the use of community-based participatory research to strengthen HIV prevention by expanding HIV testing and access to care for teens and young adults.  He is a Professor of Pediatrics and Vice Dean, All Children's Hospital for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Ellen is a member of the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Intervention, a program of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development that includes 14 clinical research sites across the U.S., including Tampa and Miami. Since 2006 he has been the principal investigator and protocol chair for the network's Connect to Protect® program, a community coalition-based initiative focused on HIV prevention through structural change.
Dr. Ellen is the lead author on a recent report from the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network published in the journal AIDS. Researchers found viral load levels associated with high rates of sexual transmission in HIV infected youth ages 12 through 24 years. "These findings point to the importance of early treatment in these teens and young adults, not only to protect their own health but also to reduce the risk of transmission within their community," notes Dr. Ellen.

"Given that 60 percent of youth with HIV are not aware they are infected, health care personnel who work with teens and young adults should stress the importance of testing and early treatment and help link teens to care."

A summary of the report appears at: 

All Children's Hospital works in collaboration with USF Health and the Pinellas County Health Department to provide care for children and teens with HIV.

Under Dr. Ellen's leadership, All Children's Hospital has expanded its focus on outreach to community organizations involved in children's health and well-being. A new Community Engagement program will work in conjunction with a wide range of community groups to facilitate community-based prevention efforts in the areas of infant and maternal health, asthma, obesity and substance abuse.