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Nathan Maclyn Thielman

Professor of Medicine
Medicine, Infectious Diseases
Duke Box 90519, Durham, NC 27708-0519
310 Trent Drive, Room 201, Trent Hall, Durham, NC 27710


Broadly, my research focuses on a range of clinical and social issues that affect persons living with or at risk for HIV infection in resource-poor settings. In Tanzania, our group is applying novel methods to optimize HIV testing uptake among high-risk groups. We recently demonstrated that the Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE), a form of stated preference survey research, is a robust tool for identifying (a) which characteristics of HIV testing options are most preferred by different populations and (b) which tradeoffs individuals make in evaluating testing options. Building on more than a decade of productive HIV testing research in the Kilimanjaro Region, the next phase of our NIMH funded project will test the hypothesis that DCE-derived HIV testing options significantly increases rates of testing among groups at high risk for HIV infection. This work holds promise not only for optimizing HIV testing uptake in the Kilimanjaro Region, but also for applying novel tools in the service of translational epidemiology and implementation research.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Medicine · 2014 - Present Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Medicine
Research Professor of Global Health · 2011 - Present Duke Global Health Institute, University Institutes and Centers
Professor of Pathology · 2014 - Present Pathology, Clinical Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

Duke University · 1990 M.D.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 1989 M.P.H.