Monica Gandhi MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine in the Division of
HIV/AIDS and has served as medical (clinic) director of the Positive
Health Program ("Ward 86") since January 2014. Dr. Gandhi completed her
M.D. at Harvard Medical School and then came to UCSF in 1996 for
residency training in Internal Medicine. After her residency, Dr. Gandhi
completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases and a postdoctoral
fellowship at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, both at UCSF. She
also obtained a Masters in Public Health from Berkeley in 2001 with a
focus on Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Dr. Gandhi directs the AIDS Consult Service at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) and attends on the inpatient Infectious Diseases consult service. Prior research efforts were focused on HIV/AIDS in U.S. women through the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), a large multisite, prospective cohort study established in 1994 to study the natural history, clinical and laboratory findings of HIV in women. Her current research program is on identifying low-cost solutions to measuring antiretroviral levels in resource-poor settings, such as determining drug levels in hair samples. Dr. Gandhi has also participated in research efforts involving adherence measures using hair levels in HIV-infected women and their breastfeeding infants in Africa and India.
Dr. Gandhi also has an interest at UCSF in HIV education and mentorship. Dr. Gandhi co-directs the "Communicable Diseases of Global Health Importance" course in the Global Health Sciences Masters program, and serves as the Education Director of the HIV/AIDS Division. She also serves as the principal investigator of an R24 mentoring grant from the NIH focused on nurturing early career investigators of diversity in HIV research and the Associate Director for the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Mentoring Program.