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Sonia N Chimienti MD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester MA 01655
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    InstitutionUMMS - School of Medicine
    DivisionInfectious Diseases And Immunology

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    Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, United StatesBAPsychology
    Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, United StatesBSBiological Sciences
    University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United StatesMD

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    1995M.D.University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
    1990B.S.Stanford University (Biological Sciences, Departmental Honors)
    1990B.A.Stanford University (Psychology, Academic Distinction)

    Postdoctoral Training

    1995-1996Intern Internal MedicineMassachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
    1996-1998Resident Internal MedicineMassachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
    1998-1999ID Fellow Infectious DiseasesPartners (MGH/BWH), Boston, MA
    1999-2000HIV FellowInfectious DiseasesMassachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

    Licensure and Certification

    1998-2008American Board of Internal Medicine, Board Certification
    2000-2010American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Subspecialties Certification, Infectious Diseases


    I have a number of areas of interest, encompassing the fields of HIV medicine and Transplant Infectious Diseases. Specifically, I am interested in 1) quality assurance and outcomes research in transplant infectious diseases, 2) infection control/antibiotic utilization in bone marrow transplantation and solid organ transplantation, 3) utilization of HIV occupational and non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis, and 4) transmission of blood-borne pathogens in the occupational setting. Current transplant-related projects being developed include epidemiologic inquiries into the origin and outcomes of VRE infections in solid organ and bone marrow transplant recipients, the clinical impact of use of daptomycin for fever and neutropenia, and cost-effectiveness of screening for measles/mumps/rubella, as compared with universal vaccination, in pre-transplant liver recipients. HIV-related projects include a review of the use of NPEP for survivors of sexual assualt and an analysis of institutional policies designed to prevent transmission of blood-borne pathogens from medical providers to patients during high risk medical procedures.

    Reviews, Chapters and Editorials

    1.Nagy GS, Shaw SY and Davis B. Infectious Diseases. In: Sabatine MS, ed. Pocket Medicine: The Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Internal Medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000:6-1 to 6-21.

    2.Nagy GS, Rubin, RH. Disseminated Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare in a kidney transplant recipient. Transplant Infect Dis 2001:3(4):220-30.

    3.Nagy GS, Panther L. Diagnosis and Management of Opportunistic Infections. In: Libman H and Makadon HJ, eds. HIV: ACP Series Key Diseases. Philadelphia: ACP-ASIM, 2003: Chapter 8.

    4.Nagy GS, Panther L. Diagnosis and Management of Opportunistic Infections. In: Libman H and Makadon HJ, eds. HIV: ACP Series Key Diseases. Philadelphia: ACP-ASIM, 2006: Chapter 9.

    5.Nagy GS, Wong M. Antiretroviral Post-Exposure Prophylaxis. In: Libman H and Makadon HJ, eds. HIV: ACP Series Key Diseases. Philadelphia: ACP-ASIM, 2006: Chapter 12.

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    1. Flotte TR, Larkin AC, Fischer MA, Chimienti SN, DeMarco DM, Fan PY, Collins MF. Accelerated Graduation and the Deployment of New Physicians During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Acad Med. 2020 Jun 09. PMID: 32520751.
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    2. Chimienti SN, DeMarco DM, Flotte TR, Collins MF. In Reply to Signer and Curtin and to Goyal et al. Acad Med. 2020 Jan; 95(1):9. PMID: 31860618.
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    3. Motzkus C, Wells RJ, Wang X, Chimienti S, Plummer D, Sabin J, Allison J, Cashman S. Pre-clinical medical student reflections on implicit bias: Implications for learning and teaching. PLoS One. 2019; 14(11):e0225058. PMID: 31730651.
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    4. Chimienti SN, DeMarco DM, Flotte TR, Collins MF. Assuring Integrity in the Residency Match Process. Acad Med. 2018 Nov 13. PMID: 30431456.
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    5. Ison MG, Rana MM, Brizendine KD, Chimienti S, Le J, Kfoury R, Mohazabnia P, Theodoropoulos N. Screening recipients of increased risk donor organs: A multicenter retrospective study. Transpl Infect Dis. 2018 Jun; 20(3):e12862. PMID: 29512233.
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    6. Chimienti SN. A debate on liver fibrosis progression in HIV/HCV-coinfected patients. J Watch AIDS Clin Care. 2012 Sep; 24(9):77. PMID: 26204595.
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    7. Chimienti SN. When to start ART in asymptomatic patients. J Watch AIDS Clin Care. 2012 Jan; 24(1):5. PMID: 26223042.
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    8. Chimienti SN. Race and response to HIV treatment. J Watch AIDS Clin Care. 2011 May; 23(5):41-2. PMID: 27652434.
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    9. Chimienti SN. Sexual function in women with HIV. J Watch AIDS Clin Care. 2010 Jun; 22(6):53. PMID: 20662151.
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    10. Chimienti SN. Does abacavir use influence HCV treatment response? J Watch AIDS Clin Care. 2010 Jun; 22(6):53. PMID: 20665946.
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    11. Chimienti SN. More progress on preventing HIV infection in infants. Three trials this year pointed to the benefits of extending maternal antiretroviral prophylaxis throughout the breast-feeding period. J Watch AIDS Clin Care. 2010 Jan; 22(1):6-7. PMID: 20626070.
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    12. Chimienti SN. Stem-cell transplant and the prospect for an HIV cure. A case report points to gene therapy as a potential avenue for controlling HIV without antiretroviral therapy. J Watch AIDS Clin Care. 2010 Jan; 22(1):2-3. PMID: 20626066.
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    13. Tsiodras S, Poulia KA, Yannakoulia M, Chimienti SN, Wadhwa S, Karchmer AW, Mantzoros CS. Adherence to Mediterranean diet is favorably associated with metabolic parameters in HIV-positive patients with the highly active antiretroviral therapy-induced metabolic syndrome and lipodystrophy. Metabolism. 2009 Jun; 58(6):854-9. PMID: 19375132.
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    14. Chimienti SN. Top stories of 2008. No good news yet on anti-HIV microbicides. AIDS Clin Care. 2009 Jan; 21(1):4. PMID: 19222153.
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    15. Ellerin TB, Chimienti SN. Antiretroviral rounds. PEP during early pregnancy? AIDS Clin Care. 2008 Dec; 20(12):99-100. PMID: 19271335.
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    16. Brennan AM, Lee JH, Tsiodras S, Chan JL, Doweiko J, Chimienti SN, Wadhwa SG, Karchmer AW, Mantzoros CS. r-metHuLeptin improves highly active antiretroviral therapy-induced lipoatrophy and the metabolic syndrome, but not through altering circulating IGF and IGF-binding protein levels: observational and interventional studies in humans. Eur J Endocrinol. 2009 Feb; 160(2):173-6. PMID: 19029226.
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    17. Tarkan JL, Woo SB, Pavlakis M, Johnson SR, Chirieac LR, Chimienti SN, Mandelbrot DA. Spotting the owl: surreptitious cytomegalovirus disease in a renal transplant recipient. Clin Transplant. 2008 May-Jun; 22(3):391-5. PMID: 18261119.
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