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Mona Loutfy, MD, FRCPC, MPH

Scientist, Women's College Research Institute
Staff Physician, Women's College Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
Director, Women and HIV Research Program

Dr. Mona Loutfy’s research focuses on sexual and reproductive health, stigma, and access to care of women with HIV. With funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Dr. Loutfy works to break down HIV-related stigma through the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS) and the Interdisciplinary HIV Parenting Research and Exchange Group. Dr. Loutfy and her team employ advocacy and community partnership to educate healthcare workers, policy-makers and communities so that people with HIV can plan healthy families. She is also a co-Lead of the Prevention and Vulnerable Populations Core at the Canadian HIV Trials Network. She serves as the Director of the Women and HIV Research Program, which she founded in 2007 at the Women’s College Research Institute.

Dr. Loutfy’s clinical practice is at the Maple Leaf Medical Clinic (MLMC), which cares for over 2,700 HIV-positive patients in inner city Toronto. Dr. Loutfy also dedicates her time to working with rural, remote and underserved women living with HIV in Saskatchewan.

In 2010, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research honoured Dr. Loutfy for World AIDS Day 2010. Soon after, she was awarded a $1.2-million grant to lead CHIWOS. In 2015, CHIWOS was successful again with a $1.5-million grant renewal from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research In April 2016, Dr. Loutfy was a Guidelines Development Group (GDG) member for the World Health Organization Guideline on the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women Living with HIV, which will be published in 2017.

Select Awards

  • CAHR-CANFAR Excellence in HIV Research, Clinical Science (2017)
  • Prevention and Vulnerable Population Core Co-Lead, (2012-present)
  • New Investigator Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2008-2013)
  • Early Researcher Award, Ministry of Research and Innovation (2008-2013)
  • WCRI Mentorship Award (2011)


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MPH, Clinical Effectiveness, Harvard School of Public Health, 2002

MD, Medicine, University of Toronto, 1995

Areas of Interest


Women’s health

Sexual and reproductive health

Vulnerable populations

Community-based research

Health system research

  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto
  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)