Julio Montaner, MD, FRCPC,
Clinical Director, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
and Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Dr. Montaner received his MD with Honors in 1979 at the University
of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1981, he joined the University
of British Columbia as a post-doctoral fellow, completed a residency
in Internal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine and was Chief Resident
for the Department of Medicine in 1986/1987.
In 1987 Dr. Montaner joined the Faculty at St. Paul's Hospital/University
of British Columbia as the Director of the AIDS Research Program
and the Infectious Disease Clinic. He is the Director of Clinical
Activities at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and a founding
co-Director of the Canadian HIV Trials Network. He held a National
Health Research Scholar of Health Canada (NHRDP) for a period
of 10 years starting in 1988. In 1996 he successfully competed
for the Endowed Chair on AIDS at SPH/UBC. In 1997, he was appointed
Professor of Medicine at UBC.
Dr. Montaner has published extensively with regard to respiratory
complications of AIDS and antiretroviral therapy for HIV infection.
Of note, he pioneered the use of adjunctive corticosteroids for
AIDS-related Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. Later on, his work
played a significant role in establishing the relationship between
the development of HIV resistance to nucleoside analogues and
clinical progression of the disease. For several years, Dr. Montaner
has focused his efforts on the study of highly active antiretroviral
therapy (HAART), most recently focusing on simplification of antiretroviral
therapy, the management of multiple drug resistant HIV and emerging
toxicities of HAART.
Dr. Montaner is the Editor of the BC Centre Therapeutic Guidelines
and is responsible for several aspects of the Centre's Drug Distribution
Program. Dr. Montaner has received numerous awards for his research
work, including the $1,000,000 (CDN) Distinguished Researcher
Award in HIV in 2002. Dr. Montaner is currently an elected member
of the Council of the International AIDS Society.