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Mona Loutfy, MD, FRCPC, MPH

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

Dr. Mona Loutfy is a Full Professor, Clinician Scientist and Infectious Diseases Specialist at the University of Toronto and Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on sexual and reproductive health, stigma, and quality of care of women with HIV. With funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Dr. Loutfy works to break down HIV-related stigma through the Women and HIV Research Program, the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS), the Interdisciplinary HIV Parenting Research and Exchange Group (IHPREG), and the Trans Women HIV Research Initiative (TWIRI). 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 (CTN). 

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 2017, Dr. Loutfy received a prestigious CIHR Foundation Grant that will support the Women and HIV Research Program for seven years. In the same year, she was awarded the inaugural CAHR-CANFAR Excellence in HIV Research Award in Clinical Science.

In April 2016, Dr. Loutfy was a Guidelines Development Group (GDG) member for the World Health Organization Consolidated Guideline on the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women Living with HIV, which was published in 2017. Dr. Loutfy also led the development of the original, and revised, Canadian HIV Pregnancy Planning Guidelines (CHPPG). The Updated CHPPG was published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in January 2018.

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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Education

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

MD, Medicine, University of Toronto, 1995

Areas of Interest

HIV

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)