New HIV prevention and research director appointed
By Laura Dudnick
August 14, 2007
A San Francisco doctor specializing in behavioral and biomedical
HIV prevention strategies has been named the new Director of HIV
Prevention and Research, the San Francisco Department of Public
Health has announced.
Dr. Grant Nash Colfax succeeds Interim Prevention Director Tracey
Packer. Colfax will begin his role as director on Sept. 4 for
the AIDS Office Prevention Section, responsible for leading HIV
prevention efforts in San Francisco, according to the public health
"Dr. Colfax brings a high level of expertise in both prevention
and substance abuse research,'' said Barbara Garcia, Deputy Director
of Health and Director of Community Health Programs.
Colfax has spent 10 years in HIV prevention work, including prevention
research, outcome evaluation, healthcare delivery and public policy.
His research has focused on HIV prevention among men who have
sex with men, HIV-positive populations, substance users and homeless
Colfax graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his
residency in Internal Medicine at University of California, San
"I am honored to be selected to serve in this position,''
Colfax said. "San Francisco has been a leader in community-based
HIV prevention, and I look forward to building on our current
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