Patricia Flynn MD, is a Member in the Department of Infectious Diseases at SJCRH where she holds the Arthur Ashe Chair in Pediatric AIDS Research. She is also Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Flynn received her medical training at Louisiana State University Medical Center (1981) and completed Pediatric (1984) and Pediatric Infectious Diseases (1987) training at the University of Tennessee/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center joint program. Dr. Flynn began working in the HIV/AIDS program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1988.
Since 1989, she has had the opportunity to watch the dramatic reductions in the rate of mother to child HIV transmission and the introduction of active medications that extend the life of HIV-infected persons. She has also witnessed the rising new infection rates in the adolescents through high risk behaviors. The St. Jude HIV clinic provides comprehensive care for over 275 HIV-infected infants, children, and adolescents. Dr. Flynn and the St. Jude clinic participate in the International Maternal Pediatric and Adolescent Clinical Trials Group (IMPAACT), the Adolescent Clinical Trials Network (ATN), and the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS).