Infection Disease Section of the Medical Specialty Care Service Line - Atlanta VA Health Care System
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Infection Disease Section of the Medical Specialty Care Service Line

HIV/AIDS DISEASE Clinic: Our Mission, Services, and Providers


The Infectious Diseases Clinic (IDC) at the Atlanta VA Medical Center (AVAMC) is the largest in the nation and provides primary care in addition to HIV care to more than 1600 veterans. All veterans get tested for HIV at least once as part of a clinical reminder that the VA has adopted. Primary care clinics at the Atlanta VA work closely with IDC and if veterans test positive for HIV they get referred immediately to IDC for evaluation. Upon receipt of positive HIV test results, Veterans are encouraged to present promptly to IDC to meet with a team member and obtain education, support, labs and an appointment with a medical provider within 30 days. Veterans are continually reassessed by their providers and linked to supportive services to meet their medical, mental health, and resource needs.  HIV+ Veterans are encouraged to be seen by their medical provider at least once every six months for ongoing HIV and primary care.  Some of our Veterans may be eligible to receive care via video based visits utilizing a clinic near their home (ID Telehealth). All in all, our treatment outcomes have been amazing. The IDC has an assigned social worker who is available for a variety of services that includes but is not limited to:

  • Acts as a member of the multidisciplinary care team for the development, monitoring and assessment of Veterans assigned to the IDC
  • Meets with newly diagnosed Veterans to provide education, counseling, and support
  • Collaborates regularly with community partners, including the on-site AID Atlanta case manager, to help ensure that Veterans are linked to resources to help reduce barriers to medical follow up
  • Collaborates regularly with inpatient social workers to coordinate care as Veterans discharge home or to the community from hospitalization at the Atlanta VA Medical Center
  • Provides case management, advocacy, education, and psychotherapy
  • Provides information about community resources, including: dental care, social security administration, VA benefits, food & nutritional support, nursing home placement and housing


Infectious Diseases Research

The IDC is involved in multiple research studies focused on HIV, Hepatitis C, Bacterial and Viral infections. The HIV-related research has been an internationally-recognized over the last 30 years. IDC receives NIH, VA, CDC, Foundational, Institutional and Pharmaceutical funding. The research focus has been on the comorbidities and complications of HIV as well as efforts to improve quality of life, retention in care and healthcare delivery (continuum of HIV care). The IDC has been a member of the Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS) since its inception and the site PI is a member of the VACS Executive Committee and the Uniformed Services Workgroup Chair which works closely with the Department of Defense. Please contact the clinic if you are interested in participating in any of the ongoing research studies.

Please meet our Infectious Disease providers:


Dr. Abeer Moanna, Chief of Infectious Diseases Clinic Dr. Robert Gaynes, Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of Infection Control and Antibiotic Stewardship
Dr. Monica Farley, Emory University Infectious Disease Division Director Dr. Vincent Marconi, Director of Infectious Diseases Research
Dr. Emily Cartwright, Director of the HCV Program
Dr. Nora Oliver
Bonnie Chan, PharmD
Martha Dorsey, ANPC
Michelle Moorfield, PA
Constance West, PhD
Lauren Ruchin, LCSW
Renee Dozier, LPN
Yvette Robinson, RN
Patrick Brown, PSA
Lindon Bruce, MSA
Ronald Johnson, MSA
Please call (404) 321-6111 extension 7748 to schedule an appointment or to speak with a provider



Contact Info


  • Building C, Waiting Room is 11C-167

Contact Number(s)

  • 404-321-6111 Ext. 7748
  • 404-728-7748

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri, 8-4:30