Michael Plankey

Michael Plankey, PhD, is an infectious disease epidemiologist and a nutritional epidemiologist in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Georgetown University Medical Center. In addition, he is a MedStar Teaching Scholar.

His research expertise has focused on methodological approaches to the analysis of complex longitudinal data. These data have been related to social, psychological and behavioral risk factors and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); use of recreational and prescription drugs for pain management among individuals with HIV; perception of HIV-associated changes in body fat associated with anti-retroviral medications, quality of life among individuals with HIV; behavioral, immunological and virological risk factors for hearing and balance loss among individuals with and without HIV; and transient elastography and serum markers used to determine progression of liver disease among individuals infected with HIV, Hepatitis C, or both.

In addition to his extensive statistical analysis expertise with large datasets from the Multicenter AIDS Cohort study and the Women's Interagency HIV Study, Dr. Plankey has analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) III/IV, the NHANES Mortality Follow-up Study and the Multicenter Hemophilia Cohort Study. He is currently working with the HIV/sexually transmitted infection testing center at Whitman-Walker Health on several projects focusing on surveillance of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

Dr. Plankey serves as a governing councilor for the American Public Health Association’s HIV/AIDS section. He is a member of the American Statistical Association, the George Washington University Research Advisory Board, and the District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research Center at George Washington University.

Dr. Plankey earned his PhD in Biometry, with a minor in nutrition and epidemiology, at the University of South Carolina, Charleston. He then completed a fellowship in Health Statistics with the Association of Schools of Public Health, National Center for Health Statistics.

Research Interests

Dr. Plankey’s research interests include

EpidemiologyInfectious diseasesNutrition and obesity in HIVHearing and balance in HIVHuman immunodeficiency virusHepatitis CHuman papillomavirus and anal cancerSexually transmitted infectionsCohort studies

Selected Research

Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS)

Dr. Plankey is a senior investigator for the Baltimore-Washington, DC, site of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study, a collaboration of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Washington, DC, Consortium of the Women's Interagency HIV Study at Georgetown University.

Hearing and Balance Loss in HIV

Dr. Plankey is the functional principal investigator of this study of hearing and balance loss among individuals with and without HIV. This study is funded by the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders.

Hepatitis C and Liver Disease in HIV

Dr. Plankey also is the functional principal investigator for a supplemental grant to the District of Columbia Women’s Interagency HIV Study for the Hepatitis C/Fibroscan/Liver Disease Study. This study is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

View Dr. Plankey's publications on PubMed

Research Areas

  • Medical Education
    Other Medical