Division of AIDS

From its inception in 2007, the Division of AIDS at St. Paul’s Hospital has worked collaboratively with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) (est. 1992) and the AIDS Research Program at St. Paul’s Hospital/UBC (est. 1988). Our divisional members are involved in various areas of research which are highlighted as follows.

The AIDS Research Program (ARP) continues to actively investigate the following areas of interest through its participation in clinical trials and observational cohort studies:

  • Optimizing use of investigational and new antiretroviral agents

  • Optimal management of treatment-experienced patients with drug-resistant HIV

  • Impact and management of:
    • complications of antiretroviral therapy e.g. nephrotoxicity, osteopenia/osteoporosis
    • co-infections e.g. viral hepatitis B and C
    • other comorbidities e.g. neurocognitive dysfunction, dyslipidemia and cardiovascular disease
  • Treatment as Prevention® (TasP®)

The BC-CfE, under the direction of the Executive Director and Physician-in-Chief, Dr. Julio Montaner, continues to work on expanding access to HIV/AIDS, care and services (aka “STOP HIV/AIDS” - Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS). Ongoing monitoring of the impact of highly active antiretroviral therapy ( HAART)  expansion on HIV incidence, as well as AIDS morbidity and mortality has led to the virtual control of HIV/AIDS in British Columbia. This work has been supported in part by the Provincial Government and the National Institute for Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health.

Contact Information
Division of AIDS, St. Paul’s Hospital
Room 667, 1081 Burrard Street Vancouver, B.C., V6Z 1Y6 Telephone:   604-806-8036
Fax: 604-806-8527

Dr. Julio Montaner, MD, Professor & Division Head

Dr. Julio Montaner, MD, Killam Professor
Dr. Mark W. Hull, MD, MHSc, Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Viviane Dias Lima, PhD, Assistant Professor
Dr. Jeffrey Joy, Assistant Professor
Dr. Zabrina Brumme, Associate Member
Ms. Kelly Hsu, Administrator

For more information on AIDS or the HIV/AIDS Research Program, please explore these useful websites:

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS