Positions

Associate Professor and Section Chief
Medicine
Infectious Diseases
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US
Medical Director
HIV Services and the Thomas Street Health Center
Harris Health System
Houston, Texas
Chief
Clinical Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Program at Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Houston, Texas

Education

BS from John Carroll University
Biology
BA from John Carroll University
Humanities
MA from Cornell University
History of Art
MD from Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine
Medicine
Residency at Hospital Of The University Of Pennsylvania
Internal Medicine
Fellowship at Baylor College Of Medicine
Infectious Diseases
MPH from University Of Texas Health Science Center School Of Public Health
Disease Control

Certifications

Board Certified in Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine
Board Certified in Infectious Diseases
American Board of Internal Medicine

Professional Interests

  • HIV testing, adherence to antiretroviral therapy, and retention in HIV care

Professional Statement

Dr. Giordano is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases, and a scientist at the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He is the Medical Director of the Thomas Street Health Center, one of the largest HIV clinics in the United States. His research focuses on HIV testing, adherence to antiretroviral therapy, and retention in HIV care.

Dr. Giordano has a strong track record of scientific achievements. His research has focused on improving care delivery and adherence to care for people with HIV infection in the US. His work has been recognized nationally and he is regarded as an authority in adherence and retention in HIV care research. He has been the recipient of highly competitive research grants and contracts, including 13 grants as the principal investigator, and has published more than 130 peer-review manuscripts.

Locally and nationally, he has participated in several service and leadership roles. Locally, he has served as Medical Director of HIV Services for Harris Health since 2004, and has helped raise the national reputation of Harris Health’s flagship HIV clinic, Thomas Street Health Center. He leads the Clinical Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Program at IQuESt. He was named Vice Chair of Medicine for Faculty and Staff Development in May, 2017. Nationally, Dr. Giordano is a standing member of an NIH Study Section and has served as grant reviewer for VA and other entities. He is a member of the Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents, which authors HIV treatment guidelines used nationally and internationally. He is Track Chair for the Continuum of Care Track at the International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence, and completed a term on the FDA Scientific Advisory Panel that reviewed antiviral drugs.

Selected Publications

Memberships

Infectious Diseases Society of America
HIV Medicine Association
International AIDS Society
Center for AIDS Research, Baylor College of Medicine
US FDA Antiviral Drug Advisory Committee
International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care
NIH Review Panel BSCH, Social and Behavioral Consequences of HIV/AIDS
Infectious Diseases Society of America
The Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents

Funding

Test of an intervention to improve retention in HIV care after hospitalization
- #1 R01 MH085527-01A1
Grant funding from National Institutes of Health, NIMH
The goal of this project is to conduct a randomized, controlled, trial of a patient-mentor based intervention to improve retention in HIV care among patients hospitalized with HIV infection.
Role: Principal Investigator
Developing an intervention to retain HIV-infected veterans in HIV care
- #IBB 09-033
Grant funding from Department of Veterans Affairs, HSRD
The goal of this project is to develop, using mixed methods, an intervention targeted to veterans out of HIV care to re-engage them in HIV care.
Role: Principal Investigator
Comprehensive Prevention with Positives Intervention at HIV Clinics
- #200-2011-41982
Grant funding from U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Mental Health
The goal of this project is to test the effectiveness of an intervention to prevent HIV transmission by decreasing high-risk behavior, improving adherence to care and antiretroviral therapy, and increasing the proportion of patients with viral suppression. This multi-component intervention will include provider training, provider feedback, and both computer and personally delivered behavioral interventions for patients.
Role: Principal Investigator
National Institutes of Health CFAR Supplement
- #P30AI087714
Grant funding from National Institutes of Health CFAR Supplement
The goal of this project is to study the downstream effects of our routine, opt-out HIV testing program, evaluate in a prospective study the effect of patient satisfaction on retention in care, and provide technical assistance to the City Department of Health in support of the Enhanced Comprehensive HIV Prevention Planning (ECHPP) Initiative.
Role: Site Lead Investigator
Project Hi-5, Building a Medical Home for Multiply Diagnosed HIV-positive Homeless Populations – Houston Demonstration Site
- #1 H97HA24959
Grant funding from HRSA-HAB
To build a medical home for homeless persons with HIV infection and either serious mental illness or substance use problems in Houston, and contribute to a national demonstration project focusing on that goal.
Role: Principal Investigator
Community HIV Testing and Linkage to Care in Uganda, NIMH
- #1 R21 MH098657
Grant funding from NIH/NIMH
To develop methods to promote wide-scale community HIV testing and linkage to care in Uganda.
Role: Other significant contributor