David D. Ho, M.D.
David D. Ho, M.D. is the founding Scientific Director and Chief Executive
Officer of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, a world-renowned biomedical
research institute. He is also the Irene Diamond Professor at The Rockefeller
Dr. Ho received his degrees from California Institute of Technology (1974)
and Harvard Medical School (1978). Subsequently, he did his clinical training in
internal medicine and infectious diseases at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA
School of Medicine (1978-1982) and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard
Medical School (1982-1985), respectively. Dr. Ho has been actively engaged in
AIDS research for 24 years, and has published over 350 papers on the subject.
Among an impressive list of seminal contributions to the field, he is perhaps
most recognized for the elucidation of the dynamic nature of HIV replication in
infected persons. This basic understanding led Dr. Ho and his coworkers to
champion combination antiretroviral therapy, including the use of protease
inhibitors, that has resulted in dramatic reductions in AIDS-associated
mortality in developed countries since 1996. Dr. Ho continues to pursue
therapeutic studies that attempt to eradicate HIV. In addition, his research
team is now devoting considerable efforts to develop a vaccine to halt the
spread of the AIDS epidemic. Furthermore, he is now heading up a consortium of
Chinese and American organizations to help address the crisis of HIV/AIDS in
Dr. Ho has received numerous honors and awards for his scientific
accomplishments. He is the recipient of seven honorary doctorates (including
from Swarthmore, Tufts, Columbia, and University of Natal). He has been chosen
as the commencement speaker at Caltech, MIT, and Harvard School of Public
Health. Additional accolades include the Ernst Jung Prize in Medicine, Mayor’s
Award for Excellence in Science & Technology, the Squibb Award, and the Hoechst
Marion Roussel Award. Dr. Ho has been elected as a member of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences, Academia Sinica (Republic of China), Chinese
Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of
Science in the United States.
Dr. Ho is also an honorary professor at Peking Union Medical College, Chinese
Academy of Medical Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, University of Hong
Kong, Wuhan University, and Fudan University. He served on the Board of
Overseers of Harvard University, and he currently sits on the Board of Trustees
of the California Institute of Technology, and Board of the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology Corporation.
Dr. Ho was named Time Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1996, and was the
recipient of a Presidential Medal in 2001.