Jesus Felizzola, MD, MHSA, MA

Jesus Felizzola

Jesus Felizzola, MD, MHSA, MA is a Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at The George Washington University, Washington, DC.  Dr. Felizzola received his Doctor of Medicine, and his Master of Business/Master of Health Administration from Northern University in Barranquilla, Colombia, and a Master in Latin American Studies from Florida International University.

He has more than 25 years of experience in HIV/AIDS clinical practice, cultural competency, and research and evaluation.  Currently, he serves as Principal Investigator of a 5-year HRSA/HAB-funded Special Project of National Significance, Building a Medical Home for HIV Homeless Individuals in rural North Carolina. Dr. Felizzola has also worked as Senior Director of Research and Evaluation and Project Director of the AIDS Education and Training Center, National Center for HIV Care in Minority Communities at HealthHIV in Washington, DC.  

Prior to joining HealthHIV, Dr. Felizzola was the Director of two NIDA-funded randomized clinical trials in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. One of the trials (STRIDE); is a RCT of Buprenorphine among HIV positive opioid dependent pretrial detainees in D.C., and the other (CURB CTN 0048); is a RCT of Buprenorphine and Vivitrol among Cocaine Users. During his tenure with Howard University, he also served as Associate Director of the NIH-funded Research Program in the Epidemiology and Prevention of Drug Abuse and AIDS, Project Director of the Minority Institutions Drug Abuse Research Development Program, and Cultural Competency Manager for Howard’s National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center.

Dr. Felizzola currently consults CommWell Health in the capacity of Lead Evaluator of a 5-year SAMHSA-funded TCE/HIV project, and Principal Investigator of the Latino REACH Project, an AIDS United-funded comprehensive assessment of HIV/AIDS needs for and advocacy efforts on behalf of Latinos in nine states of the South U.S.  Other work experience of Dr. Felizzola includes serving as Principal Investigator of a HRSA/SPNS multi-site outreach demonstration project in Miami, Florida, Associate Director of the NIH-funded Latino HIV/AIDS Behavioral Sciences Center at Florida International University and Coordinator of the North Carolina Statewide Latino HIV/AIDS Initiative.

Dr. Felizzola’s research interests are primarily focused on the study of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse among Latino populations.  Current topics of research interest include engagement and retention of HIV positive Latinos in medical and behavioral care, cultural competence and its role in HIV healthcare service delivery, health systems factors associated with quality of care for HIV positive Latinos, and development of research capacity in HIV/AIDS and its behavioral and social ramifications.



Zhang, S., Rust, G., Cardarelli, K., Felizzola, J., Fransua, M., & Stringer, H.G.Jr. (2015). Adherence to highly active antiretroviral therapy impact on clinical and economic outcomes for Medicaid enrollees with human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C coinfection. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 27(7), 829-35. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2015.1021745


Zhang, S., Senteio, C., Felizzola, J., Rust, G. (2013). Racial/ethnic disparities in antiretroviral treatment among HIV-infected pregnant Medicaid enrollees, 2005–2007. American Journal of Public Health. 103(12), e46-e53. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301328


Rhodes, S.D., Hergenrather, K.C., Aronson, R.E., Bloom, F.R., Felizzola, J., Wolfson, M., Vissman, A.T., Alonzo, J., Boeving, A.A., Montaño, J. & McGuire, J. (2010). Latino men who have sex with men and HIV in the rural south-eastern USA: findings from ethnographic in-depth interviews. Culture, Health & Sexuality. 12(7): 797-812. doi:10.1080/13691058.2010.492432


Downer, G., Felizzola, J., Gurung, D., Lessard, R., Ro, M., Sheoran, B., Teporn, E., To, K. & Toma, L. (2008). BESAFE: A cultural competency model for Asian and Pacific Islanders. NMAETC, Howard University College of Medicine, 1-77. 

Rajabiun, S., Rumptz, M.H., Felizzola J., Frye, A., Relf, M., Yu, G. & Cunningham, W. (2008) The impact of acculturation on Latinos' perceived barriers to HIV primary care. Ethnicity and Disease. 18(4):403-408.


Felizzola, J. (2001). US Companies Profit from Latin American Health Reforms. Outlook Newsletter. Florida International University: Latin American and Caribbean Center.