Carmen Zorilla, MD

Dr. Carmen D. Zorrilla graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 1978. She has been a faculty member of the OB-GYN Department there since then and a Professor since 1998 and is the new Ob-Gyn residency program director. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Academy of HIV Medicine. In 1987, she established the first longitudinal clinic for Women Living with HIV in Puerto Rico. She participated in the PACTG 076 as one of the first 10 pilot sites and was instrumental in making AZT available to pregnant women living with HIV in Puerto Rico. Her clinic, in which more than 400 infants have been born to HIV-positive women, has had a nearly zero transmission rate during the past 10 years. Dr. Zorrilla recently implemented a program for Group Prenatal Care at the University Hospital, the first in Puerto Rico. This new model of care is expected to have an impact on outcomes such as preterm delivery.

Dr. Zorrilla has participated in diverse clinical and behavioral research projects for women living with HIV and has many publications. She has been a consultant for national and international organizations including the National Institutes of Health, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control, the Institute for Health Care Improvement. She was a member of the Office of Women’s Health Advisory Committee and the CDC/HRSA AIDS and STD Advisory Committee.

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