Margaret McNairy

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine

M.D., Harvard Medical School

M.Sc., London School of Economics (United Kingdom)

Margaret (Molly) McNairy, MD, MSc is a clinician-scientist trained in internal medicine. She is an assistant professor of medicine and the Bonnie Johnson Sacerdote Clinical Scholar in Women’s Health at Weill Cornell Medicine. Her research focus is on improving the delivery of HIV care in resource-poor settings around the globe. Her work aims to reduce HIV-related mortality and decrease HIV transmission among vulnerable populations.

During the past decade, Molly has worked in multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where she has collaborated with various national governments to provide and expand HIV care and treatment to vulnerable populations. Through her work, she and others have identified a critical gap in current models of HIV care in which up to half of patients who test HIV positive do not link to care and among those who do link to care, up to third default from care after one year.  Non-enrollment in or withdrawal from care means that about half of patients are not receiving life-saving medications. As a result, these patients experience declining health and death, and they continue to transmit the virus to others, including their children and partners.

In effort to address this problem, Dr. McNairy began to look for novel models of HIV care that could improve patients’ ability to engage in care, take their medications, and lead healthy lives.  Her research evaluates multi-level interventions that address structural, biomedical and behavioral barriers to engagement in long-term HIV care.

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Reif LK, Rivera V, Louis B, Bertrand R, Peck M, Anglade B, Seo G, Abrams EJ,Pape JW, Fitzgerald DW, McNairy ML. Community-Based HIV and Health Testing forHigh-Risk Adolescents and Youth. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2016 Aug;30(8):371-8.

Reif LK, Bertrand R, Benedict C, Lamb MR, Rouzier V, Verdier R, Johnson WD,Pape JW, Fitzgerald DW, Kuhn L, McNairy ML. Impact of a youth-friendly HIV clinic: 10 years of adolescent outcomes in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. J Int AIDS Soc.2016 Jul 4;19(1):20859.

McNairy ML, Gwynn C, Rabkin M, Antelman G, Wu Y, Alemayehu B, Lim T, Imtiaz R, Mosha F, Mwasekaga M, Othman AA, Justman J. Increased utilisation of PEPFAR-supported laboratory services by non-HIV patents in Tanzania. Afr J Lab Med. 2016;5(1).

MacKellar DA, Williams D, Storer N, Okello V, Azih C, Drummond J,Nuwagaba-Biribonwoha H, Preko P, Morgan RL, Dlamini M, Byrd J, Agolory S,Baughman AL, McNairy ML, Sahabo R, Ehrenkranz P. Enrollment in HIV Care Two Years after HIV Diagnosis in the Kingdom of Swaziland: An Evaluation of a National Program of New Linkage Procedures. PLoS One. 2016 Feb 24;11(2) Erratum in: PLoS One. 2016;11(3):e0152108.

Koenig SP, Bernard D, Dévieux JG, Atwood S, McNairy ML, Severe P, Marcelin A, Julma P, Apollon A, Pape JW. Trends in CD4 Count Testing, Retention in Pre-ARTCare, and ART Initiation Rates over the First Decade of Expansion of HIV Servicesin Haiti. PLoS One. 2016 Feb 22;11(2):e0146903.

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