Akaki Abutidze, MD, MPH, PhD

Abutidze Akaki, 2016Akaki Abutidze graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University in 2005. In 2010 Dr. Abutidze was awarded a U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center scholarship and completed a two year Master of Public Health degree program at the Emory University, Atlanta, USA. Dr. Abutidze received his PhD degree in Epidemiology/Infectious Diseases at Tbilisi State University in 2016.

Since 2005 Dr. Abutidze has been working as an epidemiologist at the Infectious Diseases, AIDS and Clinical Immunology Research Center, Tbilisi, Georgia. From 2012 he has served as the manager of HIV/HCV co-infection program supported by the Global Fund.

Dr. Abutidze’s work activities have focused on the surveillance of HIV as well as health service delivery related to HIV and HCV infections.

Dr. Abutidze has been extensively involved in the development and implementation of the national hepatitis C elimination program. As a member of this program’s surveillance panel and clinical group, he is working to strengthen hepatitis C surveillance system in the country as well as to analyze data on clinical outcomes of patients receiving HCV antiviral therapy.

Dr. Abutidze is involved in research related to HIV, HCV and TB. He has authored/co-authored up to 10 publications, including manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.