Nathan Maclyn Thielman, MD

Professor of Medicine
Research Professor of Global Health
Professor of Pathology
Campus mail 310 Trent Drive, Room 201, Trent Hall, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 668-7174

Broadly, my research focuses on a range of clinical and social issues that affect persons living with or at risk for HIV infection in resource-poor settings. In Tanzania, our group is applying novel methods to optimize HIV testing uptake among high-risk groups. We recently demonstrated that the Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE), a form of stated preference survey research, is a robust tool for identifying (a) which characteristics of HIV testing options are most preferred by different populations and (b) which tradeoffs individuals make in evaluating testing options. Building on more than a decade of productive HIV testing research in the Kilimanjaro Region, the next phase of our NIMH funded project will test the hypothesis that DCE-derived HIV testing options significantly increases rates of testing among groups at high risk for HIV infection. This work holds promise not only for optimizing HIV testing uptake in the Kilimanjaro Region, but also for applying novel tools in the service of translational epidemiology and implementation research.

Education and Training

  • Fellow in Infectious Diseases, Medicine, University of Virginia, 1993 - 1996
  • Medical Resident, Medicine, Duke University, 1990 - 1993
  • M.D., Duke University, 1990
  • M.P.H., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 1989

Publications

Pence, Brian W., Bradley N. Gaynes, Quinn Williams, Riddhi Modi, Julie Adams, E Byrd Quinlivan, Amy Heine, Nathan Thielman, and Michael J. Mugavero. “Assessing the effect of Measurement-Based Care depression treatment on HIV medication adherence and health outcomes: rationale and design of the SLAM DUNC Study.” Contemp Clin Trials 33, no. 4 (July 2012): 828–38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2012.04.002.

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22542960
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Casey, Erica R., Florida Muro, Nathan M. Thielman, Elifuraha Maya, Eric W. Ossmann, Michael B. Hocker, and Charles J. Gerardo. “Analysis of traumatic injuries presenting to a referral hospital emergency department in Moshi, Tanzania.” Int J Emerg Med 5, no. 1 (June 8, 2012): 28. https://doi.org/10.1186/1865-1380-5-28.

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22682499
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Pence, Brian Wells, Michael J. Mugavero, Tandrea J. Carter, Jane Leserman, Nathan M. Thielman, James L. Raper, Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, Susan Reif, and Kathryn Whetten. “Childhood trauma and health outcomes in HIV-infected patients: an exploration of causal pathways.” J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 59, no. 4 (April 1, 2012): 409–16. https://doi.org/10.1097/QAI.0b013e31824150bb.

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22107822
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Puri, Ruchi, Stephen Rulisa, Shahrzad Joharifard, Jeffrey Wilkinson, Patrick Kyamanywa, and Nathan Thielman. “Knowledge, attitudes, and practices in safe motherhood care among obstetric providers in Bugesera, Rwanda.” Int J Gynaecol Obstet 116, no. 2 (February 2012): 124–27. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijgo.2011.09.025.

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22114786
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O’Donnell, Karen, Robert Murphy, Jan Ostermann, Max Masnick, Rachel A. Whetten, Elisabeth Madden, Nathan M. Thielman, Kathryn Whetten, and Kathryn Positive Outcomes for Orphans (POFO) Research Team. “A brief assessment of learning for orphaned and abandoned children in low and middle income countries.” Aids Behav 16, no. 2 (February 2012): 480–90. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-011-9940-z.

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21538088
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Fiorillo, Suzanne P., Keren Z. Landman, Alison C. Tribble, Antipas Mtalo, Dafrosa K. Itemba, Jan Ostermann, Nathan M. Thielman, and John A. Crump. “Changes in HIV risk behavior and seroincidence among clients presenting for repeat HIV counseling and testing in Moshi, Tanzania.” Aids Care 24, no. 10 (2012): 1264–71. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2012.658751.

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22375699
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Thielman, Nathan, Jan Ostermann, Kathryn Whetten, Rachel Whetten, Karen O’Donnell, and Karen Positive Outcomes for Orphans Research Team. “Correlates of poor health among orphans and abandoned children in less wealthy countries: the importance of caregiver health.” Plos One 7, no. 6 (2012): e38109. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0038109.

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22719867
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