HIV: Saving One Life at a Time. Preventing infants from getting infected with HIV from their mothers
Arthur J. Ammann MD is President of Global Strategies for HIV Prevention and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. Global Strategies for HIV prevention is a non profit organization, founded in 1998, dedicated to HIV prevention and responding to the needs of HIV infected women and children world-wide.
From 1971 to 1985, Dr. Ammann was Director of Pediatric Immunology and Clinical Research Center at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. During that time he established the pediatric bone marrow transplant program and developed innovative therapy for immunodeficiency diseases. In 1977, Dr Ammann’s clinical trials of a pneumococcal vaccine resulted in the first FDA approval of a vaccine for bacterial pneumonia and meningitis in children and adults. In 1982 Dr. Ammann described two of the three ways that HIV is transmitted including the first cases of transmission of AIDS from mother to infant and the first blood transfusion AIDS patients.
Among his many awards and honors, Dr. Ammann has received the United States Surgeon General Award for Research; the United States Public Health Service Fellowship Award; AmFAR World AIDS Day Recognition Award for contributions to pediatric HIV/AIDS; Heroes in Medicine Award by the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care. He is the recent recipient of the Wheaton College Outstanding Alumnus Award for Service to Humanity.
Dr. Ammann has authored or co-authored over 300 scientific papers which have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Immunology, Journal of the American Medical Association, Lancet, Nature Medicine and Pediatrics. He has authored or co-authored chapters in Pediatrics, Immunology and AIDS textbooks.
Dr. Ammann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Wheaton College (1958) and a doctor of medicine degree from New Jersey College of Medicine (1962). He received residency training from the department of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco and obtained fellowship training in immunology from both the University of Minnesota Medical Center and the University of Wisconsin Medical Center.