George Yendewa, MD, MPH&TM is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CWRUSOM) and a Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC) in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Dr. Yendewa earned his medical degree (MD) from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and a Master of Public Health degree in Tropical Medicine (MPH&TM) from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency at New York Medical College/Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Furthermore, Dr. Yendewa completed a Clinical Fellowship in Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine at CWRUSOM/UHCMC. Through the Center for Global Health and Diseases at CWRUSOM, he then completed an advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Health and Molecular Virology, focusing on the molecular epidemiology of HIV drug resistance, circulating HIV strains and viral co-infections (mainly hepatitis B virus) in Sierra Leone.
He is currently a doctoral scholar in the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where he is focusing on implementation science research of HIV control programs in low- and middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa. With his multidisciplinary training as a clinician-researcher, educator, and public health practitioner, Dr. Yendewa’s particular global health focus is investigating the clinical, molecular and social epidemiology of the HIV epidemic in West Africa, including implementation and policy research specifically in Sierra Leone and Liberia, using quantitative and qualitative research tools.
He has authored several manuscripts on the subject. With researchers in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Spain and the US, Dr. Yendewa has built a successful collaboration, and is co-founding the Sierra Leone-Liberia AIDS Network—the first ever organization dedicated to researching all aspects of the HIV epidemic in the two countries, with the goal of improving clinical care for people living with HIV in the West Africa region. He is also actively involved in medical education in Uganda, as part of CWRUSOM’s successful 30-year collaboration with Makerere University (MU) and the Joint Clinical and Research Centre (JCRC) in Kampala, Uganda.
For his global health work, he has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Roe Green Travel Medicine Award and the Vicky Tifft Award in International Health. Dr. Yendewa is a member several professional organizations, including the American College of Physicians (ACP), Infectious Diseases Society of America
(IDSA), HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), American Public Health Association (APHA), International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) and the
International AIDS Society (IAS).