Howard Brown Health Announces Cathy Creticos, MD, as New Medical Director of Clinical Research

Dr. Creticos’ new role coincides with 25 years of service at Howard Brown

(Chicago, IL, October 12, 2020) – This month, Howard Brown Heath is thrilled to announce that Dr. Cathy Creticos has accepted the new full-time role of Medical Director of Clinical Research for Howard Brown’s Center for Education, Research, and Advocacy (ERA). Most recently, Creticos served as Howard Brown’s part-time Director of Infectious Diseases.

About her new role, Creticos said, “Howard Brown’s research program has always been focused on the needs of our communities. Through our clinical trials, we have helped develop life-saving therapies for our patients, and I’m excited to continue this work at Howard Brown, my home for the last 25 years.”

In her new role, Creticos will be working with ERA leadership to guide Howard Brown’s clinical research strategy and develop future investigators in clinical research. She will also serve as a Principle Investigator (PI) on Phase 2 through Phase 4 drug and device trials focused on bringing safe and effective treatment options to the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV. As one of her first initiatives, Creticos will be helping lead clinical research expansion to Howard Brown’s locations on the South Side.

“We’re thrilled to expand the scope of Dr. Creticos’ work at Howard Brown, and to continue pushing ERA’s role in ensuring new promising therapies for HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases are available to Howard Brown patients,” said Andie Baker, Vice President of the Center for Education, Research, and Education. “Dr. Creticos has been instrumental in our research achievements thus far, and has helped improve outcomes and experiences of people at risk for and living with HIV, and I’m excited to support her public health leadership.”

During her tenure at Howard Brown, Creticos has served as the PI for a variety of important clinical research trials, including major milestones in HIV therapy development since the start of the epidemic, as well as vaccine trials. She has also published abstracts with topics ranging from the prevention and treatment of HIV to various topics in Infectious Diseases.

ERA’s clinical research program focuses HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, anal dysplasia, and sexually transmitted infections through treatment, prevention, diagnostic, screening and quality of life studies.

Howard Brown Health exists to eliminate the disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness. Howard Brown is the largest LGBTQ organization in the Midwest, providing primary and specialty healthcare, social services, and infectious disease screenings to more than 35,000 people each year. The 11 clinics span the City of Chicago, from Englewood to Rogers Park. For more information, visit


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