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Kristen A. Stafford, PhD, MPH

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Epidemiology & Public Health

Administrative Title:

Director of Clinical Research Academic Programs


725 W. Lombard Street, IHV S522

Phone (Primary):

(410) 706-6230

Phone (Secondary):

(410) 706-1992

Education and Training

Dr. Stafford received her BA in psychology from Notre Dame of Maryland University, her MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her PhD in Epidemiology from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine


Dr. Stafford is an epidemiologist and clinical researcher. She has extensive experience working with multi country HIV treatment programs. Prior to completing her doctoral studies she served as the Director of Outcomes and Evaluation at the Institute of Human Virology – University of Maryland School of Medicine for an eight country, 240 clinic, 700,000 patient HIV care and treatment program funded through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

Her work focuses on epidemiological evaluation of both patient and program level outcomes of HIV treatment.  Dr. Stafford is particularly interested in implementing advanced epidemiological methods in clinical research. Her research interests include HIV and aging, HIV associated non-AIDS conditions, and sex based differences in treatment outcomes.

Her current research focuses on the impact of sex and age on HIV treatment outcomes in a large urban clinic setting.

Research/Clinical Keywords

HIV and aging; non-AIDS defining cancers, women's health; HIV associated non-AIDS conditions

Highlighted Publications

Stafford KA, Boutin M, Evans SR, Harris AD. Difficulties in demonstrating superiority of an antibiotic for multidrug-resistant bacteria in nonrandomized studies. Clin Infect Dis. 2014;59(8):1142-1147.

Riedel DJ, Cox ER, Stafford KA, Gilliam BL. Clinical presentation and outcomes of prostate cancer in an urban cohort of predominantly african american, human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients. Urology. 2015;85(2):415-422.

Wehman, B, Stafford, KA, Bittle, GJ,  Kon, ZN, Evans, CF, Rajagopal, K, Pietris, N, Kaushal, S, Griffith, BP.  Modern Outcomes of Mechanical Circulatory Support as a Bridge To Pediatric Heart Transplantation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Jun;101(6):2321-7.

Fantry, LE, Nowak, RG, Fisher LH, Cullen NR, Yimgang, DP, Stafford, KA, Kang, M, Innis, EK, Riner, A, Wang, EW, Charurat, ME. Colonscopy Findings in HIV-infected Men and Women from an Urban US Cohort Compared with Non-HIV-Infected Men and Women. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2016 Jul 21.

Husson, J, Stafford, KA, Bromberg, J, Haririan, A, Davis, C, Sparkes, T, Redfield, R, Amoroso, A. Association between Duration of HIV-1 Viral Suppression Prior to Renal Transplantation and Acute Cellular Rejection. Am J Transplant. 2016 Jul 26.

Awards and Affiliations

2013 Otani Award for superior academic performance and consistent service and support to the overall goals of GPILS by improving the quality of academic studies among fellow students. University of Maryland School of Medicine - Graduate Program in Life Sciences

2013 Trudy Bush Award for Outstanding Research in Women’s Health and Epidemiology. University of Maryland School of Medicine - Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

Grants and Contracts

2015 – 2017 NIH K-12 HD43489-13 PI: Tracy/Merchanthaler                              

Sex differences in HIV treatment outcomes

The effect of sex on HIV treatment outcomes including immune system reconstitution and the development of toxicity and side effects in a large urban, predominantly African American, HIV care and treatment clinic  Role: Co-I