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Dr. Alex Lankowski is an infectious diseases physician and global health investigator whose research focuses on HIV prevention in Peru. He currently leads a multi-year study evaluating novel strategies to support HIV testing and timely linkage to services among sexual and gender minority populations in Lima. He has previously led or contributed to multidisciplinary research efforts in the U.S., South America, and Sub-Saharan Africa aiming to understand different biologic, social/behavioral, and structural factors that influence HIV outcomes. As a clinical educator, Dr. Lankowski has been involved in the Clinical Management of HIV online learning course offered through eDGH since 2020.  

  • MA (Boston University)
  • MD (Boston University)
  • Internal Medicine Residency (Montefiore Medical Center)
  • Infectious Diseases Fellowship (University of Washington)
Country Affiliations 
  • Spanish
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Siedner M, Bibangambah P, Kim JH, Lankowski A, Chang JL, Yang IT, Kwon DS, North CM, Triant VA, Longenecker C, Ghoshhajra B, Peck RN, Sentongo R, Gilbert R, Kakuhikire B, Boum Y, Haberer JH, Martin JN, Tracy R, Hunt PW, Bangsberg DR, Tsai AC, Hemphill LC, Okello S. “Treated HIV Infection and Progression of Carotid Atherosclerosis in Rural Uganda : A Prospective Observational Cohort Study”. J Am Heart Assoc. 2021; 10:e019994. PubMed PMID: 34096320.


Lankowski A, Sánchez H, Hidalgo J, Cabello R, Duerr A. “Sex-on-premise venues, associated risk behaviors, and attitudes toward venue-based HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Lima, Perú”. BMC Public Health. 2020;20(1):521. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7168867.


Lankowski AJ, Bien-Gund CH, Patel VV, Felsen UR, Silvera R, Blackstock OJ. “PrEP in the Real World: Predictors of 6-Month Retention in a Diverse Urban Cohort”. AIDS Behav 2018; 1:3. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6474829.


Monaco CL, Gootenberg DB, Zhao G, Handley SA, Ghebremichael MS, Lim ES, Lankowski A, Baldridge MT, Wilen CB, Flagg M, Norman JM, Keller BC, Luevano JM, Wang D, Boum Y, Martin JN, Hunt PW, Bangsberg DR, Siedner MJ, Kwon DS, Virgin HW. “Altered virome and bacterial microbiome in human immunodeficiency virus-associated acquired immunodeficiency syndrome”. Cell Host Microbe 2016; 19(3):311-22. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4821831.


Siedner MJ, Santorino D, Lankowski AJ, Kanyesigye M, Bwana MB, Haberer JE, Bangsberg DR. “A combination SMS and transportation reimbursement intervention to improve HIV care following abnormal CD4 test results in rural Uganda: a prospective observational cohort study”. BMC Med 2015; 13:160. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4494725.


Lankowski AJ, Tsai AC, Kanyesigye M, Bwana M, Haberer JE, Wenger M, Martin JN, Bangsberg DR, Hunt PW, Siedner MJ. “Empiric deworming and CD4 count recovery in HIV-infected Ugandans initiating antiretroviral therapy”. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2014; 8:e3036. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4125278.


Lankowski AJ, Siedner MJ, Bangsberg DR, Tsai AC. “Impact of geographic and transportation-related barriers on HIV outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review”.  AIDS Behav 2014; 18(7):1199-1223. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4047127.


Siedner MJ, Lankowski A, Tsai AC, Muzoora C, Martin JN, Hunt PW, Haberer JE, Bangsberg DR.  “GPS measured distance to clinic, but not self-reported transportation factors, are associated with missed HIV clinic visits in rural Uganda”.  AIDS 2013;27(9):1503-1508. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3745818.  


Siedner MJ, Lankowski A, Musinga D, Jackson J, Muzoora C, Hunt P, Martin JN, Bangsberg DR, Haberer JE.  “Optimizing network connectivity for mobile health technologies in sub-Saharan Africa: a prospective cohort study”.  PLoS One 2012;7(9):e45643. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3460947.


Siedner MJ, Lankowski A, Haberer JE, Kembabazi A, Emenyonu N, Tsai AC, Muzoora C, Geng E, Martin JN, Bangsberg D.  “Rethinking the “pre” in pre-therapy counseling: no benefit of additional visits prior to therapy on adherence or viremia in Ugandans initiating ARVs”.  PLoS One 2012; 7(6): e39894. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3383698.