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An Evening to Care, Share and Remember Bio of Dr. Marcelo Gareca, keynote speaker

Aug 09, 2014 03:53PM ● By Erica Shames

Dr. Marcelo Gareca has an extensive and distinguished background in Infectious Disease Services. In 1992, he received his doctoral degree at the National University of Cordoba in Argentina, where he had earned a scholarship to study medicine. Dr. Gareca then moved quickly to complete his Residency Program in Internal Medicine through the Yale University School of Medicine at Danbury Hospital (Danbury, Connecticut), where he received an award as Resident of the Year. Soon thereafter, he was enrolled at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center in the Infectious Disease Fellowship’s Clinical Track Program, where he spent much of his time in laboratory research training. During this time, Dr. Gareca was also pursuing specialized training through the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the New York Department of Health for STD/HIV Control and Prevention, as well as Infection Control, Barrier Precaution and Hospital Epidemiology.

Throughout his work and studies, not only has he been the Principal Investigator for countless pharmaceutical and infectious disease research, and co-authored numerous case reports, but Dr. Gareca has also been an active member of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Lehigh County (PA) Medical Society, among others.

Since 1998, Dr. Gareca has worked with the Allentown Infectious Disease Services and has served as the Medical Consultant for the Allentown Health Bureau since 2000. As well, in 1999, he accepted a faculty position at the Penn State Medical School as a Clinical Associate Professor. In addition to each of these long-held positions, he is also currently the Attending Physician for the Allentown AIDS Outreach Program, HIV Clinic by Lehigh Valley Hospital. Incredibly, Dr. Gareca makes the time to participate in community lectures and interviews, as well as give bi-weekly lectures at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

As evidenced by his dedication to HIV and infectious diseases, it is no surprise that Dr. Gareca is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He has been on the Lehigh Valley Hospital Top 20 Best Teacher Attending list six times; received the Lehigh Valley Hospital Doctors’ Doctor Award in 2004; and was most recently honored with the Lehigh Valley Hospital and Network 2012 Family Practice Residency Program Outstanding.

Bio of Dan Mangini, keynote speaker

Dan Mangini is a very active member of the LGBT community in Philadelphia as well as an educator, advocate and public speaker for his passion, HIV/AIDS.

Since his near-fatal diagnosis back in 2005, he has dedicated his time and energies to be the voice/face for this cause. He has been compelled to do so since so many cannot "come out" with their diagnosis' due to the stigma and prejudice surrounding this virus to this day!

He created PoZitive Encounters, the FIRST social nite out for those living with HIV in 2009 and has worked nearly full-time as a volunteer with Siloam, which does  a mind/body/spirit integrative approach to wellness for those infected/affected! 

He was awarded the 2011 Philadelphia Rainbow Award for Volunteer of the Year for his work by the LGBT community in Philadelphia and had recently worked as a Recruitment Consultant with the University of Pennsylvania's HIV Prevention Research Division where he recruited for the HIV vaccine trials currently underway there.

Today, Dan is back to his first love, which is speaking to students of all ages and appearing at events to share his very personal struggles and his passion for the cause of HIV/AIDS! He dreams of the day when HIV will be eliminated all together but until then, he pledges to do all he can to make a difference!

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