Tonia Poteat is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, core faculty in the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights, and a Physician Assistant in the John G. Bartlett Specialty Practice at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Her research, teaching, and clinical practice focus on HIV and LGBTQ health with particular attention to the role of stigma in driving health disparities. Certified as an HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine, she is a global leader in HIV research and care with transgender persons. As a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, she authored the HIV section of the 2016 Guidelines for the Primary and Gender-Affirming Care of Transgender and Gender Nonbinary People.
She currently serves on the Sexual and Gender Minority Working Group for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office as well as the Transgender Training Sub-committee for the Division of AIDS Curriculum Development Committee at NIH. She has published numerous articles on HIV among transgender adults and served as a guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of the International AIDS Society on HIV among transgender populations. She is the Vice President of Education for GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality and serves as an Associate Editor for the journal, LGBT Health. In 2018, she was elected to serve on the Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents.