Dr. Kathleen Powis
Title and Affiliation
Assistant Professor in Pediatrics (Harvard Medical School)
Physician, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Massachusetts General Hospital)
Research Associate (Division of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Co-Chair, HOPE Protocol
Co-Chair, Women's Health Working Group
Kate Powis MD, MPH, MBA is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, an attending physician in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, and holds a research appointment in the Division of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. After completing the Harvard Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program, Kate completed a Fellowship in Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. For over a decade, Kate has conducted maternal-child health research among women living with HIV (WLHIV) and their children through the Botswana – Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership. Kate is an NIH-funded investigator with research focused on optimizing maternal health and pregnancy outcomes among women living with HIV. She is equally dedicated to improving health outcomes in their children, both those who acquire HIV and those who remain HIV-uninfected after exposure in utero. In addition to research initiatives in which Kate is currently involved in Botswana, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia, she is also coordinating a global initiative to harmonize the approach to data collection and analysis for outcomes related to HIV-exposed children. Kate joined the Maternal Exposures Working Group within PHACS in 2016 and began co-Chairing the PHACS Women’s Health Working Group in August 2018. In addition to her work with PHACS, her international research, and her clinical care responsibilities, Kate is a member of the Panel on Antiretroviral Therapy and Medical Management of Children Living with HIV, a working group of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council in the United States. Most recently, she has been participating on a World Health Organization taskforce established to operationalize early child development interventions for children affected by HIV in high HIV burden countries.