Faria Farhat, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases

Dr. Farhat has a passion for teaching which led to her role as Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at HUH. She has also served as the Clinical Director of National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center. She completed her ID fellowship at Howard University and is board certified in Infectious Diseases. Dr. Farhat provides medical care to patients with a wide array of conditions including STIs, Hepatitis, HIV, and bone and joint infections at the Center for Infectious Disease Management and Research (CIDMAR). 

Research interests

  • HIV/AIDS and nutrition
  • Sepsis-related complications and impact on outcome
  • Tropical diseases
  • Resistance patterns in M. tuberculosis


Robert A. Delapenha, MD, FACP

Associate Professor of Medicine
Program Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Dr. Delapenha has served as faculty at Georgetown and Howard. In addition to his research activities, he is constantly engaged in housestaff mentorship and education. In 2009, he assumed the role of Program Director of the ID fellowship program at HUH. Dr. Delapenha has served as co-principal investigator on the Womenís Interagency HIV Study and principal investigator for the AIDS Clinical Trial Unit at Howard University. He completed his ID fellowship at Howard University.

Research interests

  • Antiretroviral therapy for HIV-infected persons
  • Unusual manifestations of the immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome

Maya Bryant, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Howard University
Medical Director, Center for Infectious Diseases Management and Research (CIDMAR)

Dr. Bryant is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. She received her medical degree from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. She completed Internal Medicine residency training at Sinai Hospital/Johns Hopkins University, and Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Miami. Dr. Bryant is also an appointed member of the Infection Control Committee and Provider Compliance Committee.

Research interests

  • Sexual networks and risk behaviors among HIV-infected patients
  • Genital ulcer diseases with emphasis on herpes simplex infections
  • Impact of patient navigation services on patient care and adherence


Saumil Doshi, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Chair, Infection Control Committee

Dr. Doshi worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer, where he focused on public health and epidemiologic research in the Influenza Division. During ID fellowship at Emory University, he researched complications of Candida bloodstream infections using surveillance data from the Emerging Infections Program. He has spearheaded the hepatitis C clinic at Howard. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.

Research interests

  • Management of HIV/HCV co-infection
  • Prevention of catheter-associated bloodstream infection
  • Strategies to improve antibiotic stewardship


Jhansi Gajjala, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine


Dr. Jhansi Gajjala completed her medical residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at Howard University. In addition to providing ID consultations and medical care to patients with HIV at CIDMAR, she is actively involved in teaching and mentoring  housestaff on numerous projects. She also participates in the committee meetings of Infection Control and Antibiotics and has a keen interest in travel medicine. She is a Board-certified in Infectious Diseases and is licensed to practice in DC and MD.

Research interests

  • Cardiac and neurologic complications of HIV and HAART therapy
  • Manifestations of H. pylori infection in sickle-cell patients
  • Antioxidant effect of hyperbilirubinemia in HIV patients


Celia J. Maxwell, MD, FACP

Associate Dean for Research
Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences
Director, Women's Health Institute


Dr. Maxwell has been appointed to several national boards including serving as a member of the Healthcare Reform Task Force chaired by then First Lady, Hillary Rodman Clinton, the Office of the AIDS Advisory Council at NIH and the Institute of Medicine. She was selected for the nationally renowned Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship, serving as a Health Legislative Assistant for Senator Tom Harkin (D. Iowa). In 2008, she was recognized as one of Americaís leading Doctors by Black Enterprise Magazine. She has been the principal investigator for The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Congressional Scholars Program at Howard University. Dr. Maxwell obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hunter College and her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Howard University Hospital, and a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases/Tropical Medicine at NIH and Howard University.

Monika N. Daftary, PharmD, AAHIVE

Associate Professor,School of Pharmacy
Senior Research Fellow, Center for Minority Health Services Research (CMHSR)
HIV Clinical Pharmacist/Treatment Adherence Specialist, CIDMAR


Dr. Daftary has a practice site at Howard University Hospital in ambulatory care with a focus in HIV therapeutics. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Howard University. She went on to complete a specialized residency in Ambulatory Care/Managed Care from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.  She is the Director of Pharmacy  Programs with the Pennsylvania-Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education Training  Program and provides continuing education to DC area providers. She also teaches a variety of courses at the SOP including Integrated Therapeutics. She currently chairs the Curriculum and Instructional Resources Committee and Faculty Search Committees.

Research interests

  • Antiretroviral Prescribing Patterns Among District of Columbia Medicaid Recipients
  • Characteristics and Outcomes of HIV-infected Patients Admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the Post-HAART Era
  • Response rates to the Hepatitis B vaccine in HIV-infected patients


Rodman Turpin, MLS(ASCP)CM, SMCM, MS


Medical microbiologist

Mr. Turpin received his bachelorís degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and his masterís in degree in Health Education both at Howard University. He has experience in microbiology laboratory testing, research, and teaching of associated clinical rotations. He also represents the laboratory in Infection Control, Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infection, Antibiotics, and Pharmacy and Therapeutics committees and subcommittees.

Research interests

  • Atypical agents of infections
  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • HIV / sexually transmitted infections and associated risk behaviors


Shukdeo Sankar, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Family Practice
Medical Director, STD and TB Public Health clinic, DC Department of Health

Dr. Sankar completed his Infectious Diseases fellowship at Georgetown University. He subsequently managed HIV/AIDS patients for several years at the Whitman Walker Clinic, and then was instrumental in the establishment of the Max Robinson HIV clinic in South East Washington D.C. He has been working in public health since 2000. He coordinates the curriculum and teaches the fellows, residents, and medical students who rotate through the STD clinic. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Sankar is also a hobby author and is the author of three young adult science fiction novels.