Scientific Committee/Speaker

Amy Justice, Yale University, Staff Physician, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, CT, USA


 Amy C. Justice, MD, PhD is a Clinical Epidemiologist who has developed multiple large national cohorts based on data from the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System Electronic Medical Record enhanced with National Death Index and CMS data, patient completed surveys, DNA and tissue repositories, and stored pathology samples. She has two decades of experience in the processes required to clean, validate, and standardize raw EMR data and in its analysis using standard statistical methods, machine learning techniques, and cross cohort validations. The oldest and best known of her projects is the Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS). VACS is an ongoing, longitudinal study of >170,000 United States veterans with and without HIV infection continuously funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1996. She has developed and validated widely used indices including a prognostic index, the VACS Index, and a patient reported symptom index, the HIV Symptom Index. She is the principal investigator of the National Cancer Institute provocative questions grant HIV and Aging Mechanisms for Hepatocellular Cancer, is co-principal investigator of the VA Genetic Vulnerability for sustained Multisubstance Use in MVP and the VA-DOE Exemplar Cancer Project. She is Scientific Liaison for VA-DOE Research for the Department of Veterans Affairs, has published over 400 peer reviewed manuscripts, has presented work at the United Nations, The International AIDS Society, The Royal Medical College in London, the White House, and Congress. She is a member of the National Cancer Institute Ad hoc Subcommittee on HIV and AIDS Malignancy and the HIV and Aging Working Group, NIH Office of AIDS Research. She has recently joined the International Advisory Boards of Lancet HIV and Journal of the International AIDS Society.

Dr. Justice is the CNH Long Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Yale University. She trained at Harvard College (BA), Yale Medical School (MD), University of Pennsylvania (MSCE), and the Wharton School (PhD). She completed a residency in medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Program Clinical Scholars fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked within the VA Healthcare System for three decades, serving as a primary care provider for two decades and Section Chief of General Medicine at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System West Haven for 13 years.

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