Professor, Vice Chair of Medicine for Research
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Judith Feinberg, MD, FACP, FIDSA, is the E.B. Flink Vice Chair of Medicine for Research and Professor of Medicine/Infectious Diseases and Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. In 2005, she was the first physician in metropolitan Cincinnati to recognize that the injection opioid epidemic had arrived in southwestern Ohio due to the increased number of admissions for infective endocarditis. Understanding what would come next from her experience as a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Feinberg started gathering data and support for a syringe exchange program. In 2014, this effort came to fruition as The Cincinnati Exchange Project, Ohio’s 3rd syringe exchange and its first true syringe services program. After a long career in HIV/AIDS research, she was recruited to WVU five years ago to develop a research program that focuses on the intersection of the injection drug use epidemic and its associated medical (overdose) and infectious (HIV, hepatitis B and C, endocarditis, etc.) complications. Dr. Feinberg is the current Chair of the Board of the national HIV Medicine Association and has served on numerous federal (NIH, CDC, FDA) and state committees dedicated to HIV/AIDS and the opioid epidemic. She has served as a research mentor for college students, medical students and junior faculty. She currently holds federal (NIH, PCORI, CDC, Appalachian Regional Commission), state and industry grants for studies in the management of substance use disorder and complications of injection drug use. Dr. Feinberg is committed to turning the tide on these diseases that are devastating West Virginia.
Disclosure: Gilead Sciences (Individual(s) Involved: Self): Grant/Research Support; ViiV Healthcare (Individual(s) Involved: Self): Consultant