Seble G. Kassaye, MD, MS

Medical Degree: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 1998
Residency: Mount Sinai Medical Center, 2002
Fellowship: Stanford University Hospital, CA, 2008

Seble Kassaye, MD, an associate professor of medicine at Georgetown’s School of Medicine, serves as the principal investigator for the longstanding Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), that was recently combined with the men’s HIV cohort. The study focuses on understanding how HIV contributes to co-morbidities, metabolic, cardiovascular complications, long-term treatment outcomes, as well as social, psychological, and cognitive effects of HIV. Kassaye’s research has spanned the spectrum of translational research, from research on HIV treatment access and service delivery models in sub-Saharan Africa prior to the scale up of HIV treatment through PEPFAR; to laboratory medicine including assay development, drug resistance testing, and point of care diagnostics; prevention of perinatal HIV transmission; the study of HIV in women; and in the molecular epidemiology of HIV in the mid-Atlantic U.S. Her US-based research projects are driven by the questions that she identifies in the context of providing care to a highly indigent and socially vulnerable population. Her focus in Global Health has been on implementation research in low resource settings primarily in the context of pregnancy. With the onset of the recent SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, Dr. Kassaye has been engaged in developing privacy-assured symptom tracker for supporting institutions and agencies for public safety. She is the site PI for a multi-site national convalescent plasma post-exposure prophylaxis study. Kassaye earned her MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and her master’s degree in epidemiology from Stanford University. She is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease.