Director of the Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP), CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention [Invited]
Dr. Leandro Mena is the Director of the Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) in CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). Dr. Mena manages the implementation and evaluation of CDC- supported sexually transmitted infections (STI) prevention programs in the United States. Dr. Mena is a clinician-researcher and public health advocate with expertise in the prevention and clinical management of STIs and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). He brings a wealth of experience and has held numerous positions over his 29-year career in the fields of public health and medicine in academia, research, and professional association management. His interests include understanding the dynamics of STI transmission in racial/ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities, as well as the development and provision of culturally competent quality health services to these populations. Dr. Mena is the founding chair of the Department of Population Health Science at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) John D. Bower School of Population Health. Currently he is a Professor of Population Health Science and a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases; and directs the Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education & Policy at the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for Elimination of Health Disparities. He also serves as the STD Medical Director for the state and is the Medical Director of the Five Points Clinic, Jackson Mississippi’s public STD clinic, and co-founded Open Arms Healthcare Center — Mississippi’s first LGBT clinic.
Dr. Mena obtained a Doctor in Medicine from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He also completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Mena is board certified in Infectious Diseases and is a Fellow in the Infectious Diseases Society of America.