Dr. Michael P. Grillo is currently serving as the Director of Prevention, Education and Training for the U.S. Department of Defense HIV Prevention Program since June 2003. In addition, Dr. Grillo is part-time faculty at San Diego State University, Graduate School of Public Health. Under his guidance, the military training program has trained over 150 health care providers from over 35 developing countries on the prevention, care, and treatment of HIV. He also serves as a Team Leader and Desk Officer for 22 African countries and continues to provide prevention support to our Latin American and the Central Asian countries. In addition, he works closely the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and serves on a variety of technical working groups (TWG), including co-chair for the HIV Testing Services and Linkages TWG and co-chair for the Positive, Health, Dignity and Prevention Task Force. Dr. Grillo is active in many past and ongoing research studies regarding HIV seroprevalence, behavioral and sexual risk factors associated with HIV infection. He is currently working on numerous projects in multiple countries and is serving as principal investigator on many of them.
Dr. Grillo is a U.S. DoD government employee and has retired from the U.S. Navy in 2006 after 22 years of active duty service. His military career included assignments in various military medical hospitals working with HIV patients and supporting the development of a comprehensive HIV prevention, care, and treatment program for the US military and the surrounding communities since the mid-1980s. As the clinic manager for the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, the Navy’s largest medical facility, he counseled and tested thousands of military personnel and their beneficiaries. He has been actively involved with the development of military policies and procedures relating to training personnel on HIV, and the care and treatment of those infected with the virus both in the United States and abroad. In the late 1980’s he developed a “prevention for positives” training program specifically targeting HIV positive personnel and their beneficiaries, which is currently in use in the U.S. and abroad. A graduate of Alliant International University, he holds a doctoral degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a bachelor degree in Behavioral Sciences from National University summa cum laude. Dr. Grillo is the recipient of numerous military and civilian awards from the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Navy for his continuous outstanding work in HIV.