Assistant Professor of Medicine
Infectious Diseases

Assistant Professor of Medicine

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Professional Bio

Aimalohi Ahonkhai, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases within the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

She completed her undergraduate training in biological anthropology at Harvard College and obtained her MD from Johns Hopkins University. She completed her residency in internal medicine and MPH at Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Public Health. Committed to optimizing clinical outcomes for marginalized HIV patients, Dr. Ahonkhai received training in clinical infectious disease at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals.

She has focused her research efforts on implementation research in Sub-Saharan Africa. With collaborators in Nigeria, Dr. Ahonkhai established the Care4Life Program, a multidisciplinary initiative to study and improve retention in HIV care. This program has highlighted high rates of unplanned care interruption in this setting and its association with poor CD4 response and virologic outcomes, in addition to disparate clinical outcomes among HIV-infected youth. Dr. Ahonkhai’s goal is to design novel care delivery interventions to improve the quality of HIV care.


MD - Johns Hopkins University - 2004
Internship - & Residency Internal Medicine - Johns Hopkins Hospital - 2007
MPH - Johns Hopkins University - 2008
Fellowship - Postdoc - Johns Hopkins Hospital - 2008
Fellowship - Clinical-Infectious Diseases - Brigham & Women's Hospital - 2010
Fellowship - Research-Infectious Diseases - Massachusetts General Hospital - 2012