J. Allen McCutchan, MD, MSc, is Associate Program Director of the MAS in Clinical Research program, Professor of Medicine, Emeritus (Active); Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, UCSD; Director, UCSD-Ethiopia President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), HIV Assistance Program, and International Core of the HIV Neuro-Behavioral Research Center (HNRC); Military International HIV Training Program, and Research Methods Training Course of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative at Addis Ababa University, and Co-Director, UCSD Training Programs in Clinical Research Methodology (Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training (CREST).
Dr. McCutchan graduated from Yale University Medical School, was an intern and resident at Vanderbilt University, served his senior residency in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and completed Infectious Diseases Postdoctoral training as a Clinical and Research Fellow in Infectious Diseases at UCSD. After several years on the UCSD faculty, he was awarded a Milbank Fund Scholarship and attended the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at the University of London where he received a Masters of Science in Epidemiology. He has served on the full-time Infectious Diseases faculty of the UCSD School of Medicine from 1976 until he retired in May 2009, and currently works nearly half time on HIV-related training and research. He has authored or coauthored over 260 peer-reviewed research papers.
Since 1982, Dr. McCutchan has focused his research efforts on the epidemiology, opportunistic infections, neuropsychology, and other clinical management of HIV infections.
He has co-directed the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center (HNRC), a multidisciplinary research effort studying the HIV in the nervous system where he has contributed to studies of the neurology, neuropsychology, and neuropathogenesis of HIV. He directs the International Core of the HNRC, which coordinates multiple studies of NeuroAIDS on four continents.
Training and Teaching Activities:
Dr McCutchan co-directs and has taught since 2001 in the NIH K-30-sponsored CREST Program and an associated Masters of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research (MAS-CR) degree program at UCSD. This program has trained over 175 medical students, residents, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty members from UCSD and researchers from the San Diego bio-technical community.
From 2004 to 2014 he directed the UCSD-Ethiopia PEPFAR Program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This USG funded, CDC-supervised program provides training and assistance in HIV and tuberculosis care to the health systems of the Uniformed Services of Ethiopia (military, police, and prisons). He has trained health care professionals and administrative staff in Addis Ababa who train, provide infrastructure and material support, and monitor and evaluate the impact of the program. He also directed a two-year part-time course in clinical research methods for medical school faculty in Ethiopia under the sponsorship of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI).
He directs the UCSD International HIV Training Program, sponsored by the Department of Defense, for training and assistance to military medical personnel from over 50 countries in dealing with HIV. These officers attend a month-long course in San Diego co-hosted by the US Naval Hospital.