Program Leader, HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis
Dr. Colfax directs PATH’s work in HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB), overseeing our strategy and innovative approaches to integrating health services to prevent, diagnose, and treat HIV/AIDS and TB in Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia. He also serves as special advisor for translational science policy.
Before joining PATH in 2014, Dr. Colfax served as director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) and principal advisor to President Obama on domestic HIV/AIDS policy. ONAP is a component of the White House Domestic Policy Council and coordinates federal efforts to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, with the goals of reducing new HIV infections, improving HIV health outcomes, and reducing HIV-related health disparities. In his role with ONAP, Colfax also coordinated with the National Security Council and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, and worked with international bodies on HIV/AIDS issues.
Prior to directing ONAP, Dr. Colfax held several positions at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, most recently as director of HIV Prevention and Research, where he led community-driven, evidence-based, and sustainable programming and greatly expanded HIV testing and treatment support. He also maintained a role as a practicing clinician with the Positive Health Program, San Francisco’s premier public HIV clinic, and served as an investigator or advisor to numerous HIV research and policy efforts, including the HIV Prevention Trials Network, and as an affiliate faculty member at University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Colfax is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his medical residency at the University of California, San Francisco. He has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed papers on HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.