Richard E. Chaisson, M.D. is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and International Health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, USA. He received his BS and MD from the University of Massachusetts and trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases and clinical epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco. He was director of the Johns Hopkins AIDS Service from 1988-1998, and he co-founded with Richard Moore the Johns Hopkins HIV Clinic cohort. Dr. Chaisson is Founder and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Tuberculosis Research, a multidisciplinary institute dedicated to the study of TB from bench to bedside to community. His research interests focus on tuberculosis and HIV infection, including global epidemiology, clinical trials, diagnostics and public health interventions, and he chairs the TB Transformative Science Group of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group. He is also principal investigator and director of the Consortium to Respond Effectively to the AIDS/TB Epidemic (CREATE), an international research consortium assessing the impact of novel strategies for controlling HIV-related TB at the population level. He maintains active collaborative research and training programs in South Africa, Brazil, Malawi, Lesotho and India. Most recently he assumed leadership of the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), re-establishing and revitalizing a trans-disciplinary program to catalyze innovative HIV research at Hopkins, with a special focus on combatting the Baltimore epidemic. He has published over 440 scientific papers and book chapters.