Bruce Agins, MD

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An infectious disease physician and public health professional, Dr. Agins is currently Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the Institute for Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.

Current funded initiatives include the Southeast Asia HIV Stigma Reduction Quality Improvement Learning Network (QIS+D), HEALTHQUAL and quality improvement initiatives in Malawi, South Africa, Philippines and the United States.  He is a consultant for WHO and the World Bank supporting implementation of National Quality Policy and Strategies in low- and middle-income countries [Malaysia, Egypt, Zimbabwe]. As Medical Director of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, Dr. Agins served as principal architect of the world’s first HIV-specific quality management program, which served as a model for nation’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program quality initiatives. During his tenure in New York, Dr. Agins also was responsible for the HIV Clinical Guidelines Program, and for the strategic direction of education programs. Since 2002, he has directed HEALTHQUAL, a capacity-building initiative which has supported the development of sustainable quality management programs in Ministries of Health, particularly focusing on HIV and TB. Through HEALTHQUAL, Dr. Agins has provided expert guidance and support in over 15 countries across 5 continents, supporting Ministries of Health in development of quality indicators, design and management of large-scale improvement initiatives, and involvement of patients and communities in quality management activities.

Dr. Agins received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, his MPH from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree in sociology and anthropology from Haverford College.