Dr. Keith Crawford is currently the Chief of Public Health Research for the U.S. Military HIV Research Program. In this capacity, he oversees clinical and operational research projects in conjunction with the PEPFAR initiative (President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief) in four African countries. He is also on faculty at Howard University College of Medicine in the Department of Pharmacology.
He has previously worked as a research associate in the division of Clinical Pharmacology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. where he was engaged in HIV clinical research through the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), the largest federally-funded system supporting HIV research in the world.
Dr. Crawford received a BS in biology from Cornell University and a BS in Pharmacy from Temple University. He completed a residency in Clinical Pharmacy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center. He then earned a Ph.D. degree in pharmacology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda MD. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in microbial genetics and biochemistry in the Laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology in the Natl. Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the NIH.
Dr. Crawford has published research in leading journals such as Cancer Research, Journal of The Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (JAIDS) and AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses. He has been awarded patents for his work on innovative pharmacologic approaches to killing breast tumor cells and suppressing HIV replication in lymphocytes. As a clinician, he has many years experience as a clinical pharmacist specializing in pharmacotherapy of HIV disease and related infectious diseases.
Working with infectious disease physicians and other clinicians, Dr. Crawford uses his expertise to assists in HIV regimen selection, interpretation of HIV drug resistance tests, minimizing risks of drug-drug interactions and drug side-effects and maximizing patient adherence. He has served as the Clinical Director of the National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center (NMAETC) and the Pennsylvania Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center at Howard University. He serves as a consultant for the Department of Health HIV/AIDS Administration in the District of Columbia and Prince Georges County. He is also a consultant with the National Association of Addiction Professionals (NADAAC) and has developed training modules on the pharmacotherapy of substance abuse.