Dr. Christopher D. Pilcher is Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine, at UCSF and Zuckerberg SF General Hospital. He trained at the University of Vermont, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; he is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases, and has been caring for adults with HIV infection since 1993.
As a research scientist, Dr. Pilcher has authored over a hundred scholarly articles, book chapters and commentaries. He is a recognized authority on using infectious disease diagnostic tests for clinical decision making and surveillance of incidence. His work has focused on diagnosis of acute HIV infection; the same-day initiation of antiretroviral treatment; and the biology of infectivity in both acute and chronic HIV infection.
Dr. Pilcher developed and led cohort studies in the US, Malawi and Brazil to facilitate clinical research, and most recently worked to develop the international CEPHIA 2 cohort for incidence test evaluation. In work with public health programs in North Carolina he developed the STAT program for acute HIV testing and immediate treatment; from 2012 in San Francisco he led the UCSF Options cohort, and in 2013 he began the RAPID program for same-day antiretroviral treatment at Zuckerberg SF General Hospital.
Dr. Pilcher retired in 2019 but remains actively engaged in clinical research.