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Leading physicians address COVID-19 developments on new ‘Top Docs’
The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs’ show addresses COVID-19 from a number of important perspectives – and it features Carlos del Rio, M.D., FIDSA, who is a professor at the Emory University School of Medicine and the executive associate dean for Emory at Grady Hospital, and Melanie Thompson, M.D., who is the principal investigator with the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta (ARCA).
Drs. del Rio and Thompson discuss…
– COVID-19 in Georgia 
– The mindset of Georgia’s health care workforce
– If the state is prepared for a “second wave”
– Whether they believe another lock down would be a good idea
– If they think students should go back to school this year
– The best and most effective COVID-19 safeguards
– The latest on COVID-19 testing
– When they believe a vaccine will be available  
– The latest on COVID-19 treatments
– PPE inventories
In addition to his aforementioned roles with Emory and Grady, Dr. del Rio is a distinguished professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Emory University School of Medicine and professor of Global Health and Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. He also serves as the principal investigator and co-director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), and he is the co-PI of the Emory-CDC HIV clinical trials unit. Dr. del Rio is a member of the IAS-USA board of directors and the chair of the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board. He is an associate editor for ‘NEJM Journal Watch,’ he is a member of editorial board of several other publications, and he has co-authored numerous books and articles. Dr. del Rio is a native of Mexico, where he attended medical school at Universidad La Salle. He did his internal medicine and infectious diseases residencies at Emory University.
During her 30-year career, Dr. Thompson has focused on ending the HIV pandemic, including conducting clinical research to develop new drugs for HIV care and prevention, the development of HIV policy, and providing medical care for people with HIV. She has also been active on the COVID-19 front since the beginning of the pandemic, including caring for patients who have the virus and promoting science-based policies. Dr. Thompson has led over 400 studies that have addressed HIV treatment, prevention, and diagnostics in her role with ARCA. It is also worth noting that she serves on numerous high-profile panels and committees at the local, state, and national levels. Dr. Thompson’s passion is to “contribute to an end to the HIV epidemic through prevention and treatment research, evidence-based policy, and patient-centered medical care.”
Between downloads and live listeners, ‘Top Docs’ has now reached more than 1.6 million listeners and viewers – which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries. MAG has won three awards for the show, including an American Association of Medical Society Executives Profiles of Excellence Award, an American Society of Association Executives Silver Award, and a Health Information Resource Center Digital Health Award.
‘Top Docs’ is supported with a grant from Alliant Health Solutions in memory of Tom Williams, its former CEO.
In addition to the video recordings that are available on Facebook, ‘Top Docs’ is available as a podcast on AppleGoogleSpotifyStitcher, and iHeart Radio.      
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The views of the guests who appear on ‘Top Docs’ are theirs and are not necessarily consistent with MAG’s policies or positions. Contact Tom Kornegay at with questions about MAG’s ‘Top Docs’ show.
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