Dr. Rochelle Walensky

Chief of Infectious Diseases at MGH
Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH

Dr. Rochelle Walensky

Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital



Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, is the Co-Director of the Medical Practice Evaluation Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a practicing Infectious Disease physician at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Dr. Walensky has been a member of the Cost-effectiveness of Preventing AIDS Complications (CEPAC) team since 1998.  Her research interests have focused on HIV/AIDS policy and cost-effective strategies of HIV care in the US and in resource-limited settings.  She is internationally recognized for motivating US policy toward the promotion of routine HIV screening and for her work on effective and efficient strategies of HIV care in South Africa.  She is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the American Association of Physicians (AAP), the HIV Medical Association Board of Directors, and the Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents, and she is past Chair of the NIH the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council.  She has also been an advisor to the WHO and the UNAIDS.  Dr. Walensky received the Harvard Medical Young Mentor Award (2010) and the A. Clifford Barger Mentoring Award (2016).  Dr. Walensky received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis (1991), her M.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (1995), and her M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health (2001).  She trained in Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital (1995-1998) and in Infectious Disease at the MGH/BWH combined fellowship program (1998-2001).