davidphDr. David Holland is Assistant Professor of Medicine in Infectious Diseases at Emory University and currently serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for Communicable Diseases at the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness. Originally from Mississippi, he moved to Atlanta in 1991 to start medical school at Emory and remained there for his residency training. After completing his program, he served as the TB physician at Fulton County for five years and then embarked on a career change into academic medicine with a move to Duke University for his training in Infectious Diseases. He was on faculty at Duke for another five years before being recruited back to Emory in 2014.

Since his return to Atlanta, he was instrumental in organizing Fulton’s Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (“PrEP”) Clinic, the first such clinic for uninsured individuals in the Atlanta metro area. His work centers around interventions for TB, HIV, and sexually transmitted infections among underserved populations in Fulton County, including those that are served by Lost-n-Found Youth.

In addition to his work at Fulton County, he maintains his academic position at Emory, through which he sees patients and teaches students, residents, and fellows at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Why I support Lost-n-Found Youth

Although I have always been a fan of the work done by Lost-n-Found Youth, I became acutely aware of the need for their services while working with Rick Westbrook to find solutions for the tremendous HIV rate among the clients served by this organization. I realized just how difficult the work of the organization is, how many barriers exist for these kids, and how few people are willing to step up and take on the bureaucracy that impedes any attempt at assistance.