Patricia Toro

Patricia L. Toro, MD, MPH, serves as Senior Project Officer for the MTCT-Plus Initiative, coordinating management of the Initiative's 13 sites in sub-Saharan Africa and Thailand. Dr. Toro also is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health and recently completed an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Columbia University's New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Dr. Toro previously served as Assistant Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Epidemiologic Research at the Mailman School of Public Health.

Supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Toro has conducted research in HIV prevention among homeless, mentally ill people in New York City, and she also has studied under the Arthur Ashe Research Fellowship at the Harvard AIDS Institute. As part of an international research fellowship, Dr. Toro has conducted field work in TB epidemiology in Gugulethu, a township outside of Cape Town, South Africa; as well as in Durban, South Africa. She continues to do research in international HIV-related TB, largely in South Africa.

Dr. Toro received her A.B from Harvard/Radcliffe College in 1994 and her M.D. from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1999. Dr. Toro earned an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health in 2001, and she completed her Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at Cornell's New York Hospital in 2002. Dr. Toro will begin clinical duties at Harlem Hospital in Spring 2005.