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Marvin E. Belzer, MD

Title(s)Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Medicine
Phone+1 323 361 4758
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    Title(s)Division Head, Adolescent Medicine


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    Involved in many aspect of adolescent HIV including clinical trials, adherence, secondary prevention. Have conducted research on adherence to contraception and utilization of emergency contraception. Lastly, I am conducting research on HIV prevention and healthcare for youth with gender identity disorder.

    Expert in adolescent medicine, especially HIV/AIDS, sexuality, gender identity, and chronic fatigue syndrome

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    Youth Services Navigation Intervention for HIV+ adolescents and young adults being released from incarceration: A randomized control trial
    NIH/NIMHD R01MD011773Aug 8, 2017 - Mar 31, 2022
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions
    NIH/NICHD U01HD040463Apr 16, 2001 - Feb 29, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator
    ADOLESCENT MEDICINE HIV/AIDS RESEARCH NETWORK
    NIH/NICHD U01HD032838Sep 29, 1994 - Nov 30, 2001
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Sayegh CS, Wood SM, Belzer M, Dowshen NL. Comparing Different Measures of Retention in Care Among a Cohort of Adolescents and Young Adults Living with Behaviorally-Acquired HIV. AIDS Behav. 2019 Aug 19. PMID: 31429029.
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    2. Kipke MD, Kubicek K, Wong CF, Robinson YA, Akinyemi IC, Beyer WJ, Hawkins W, Rice CE, Layland E, Bray BC, Belzer M. A Focus on the HIV Care Continuum Through the Healthy Young Men's Cohort Study: Protocol for a Mixed-Methods Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2019 Jan 24; 8(1):e10738. PMID: 30679146.
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    3. Kahn JA, Belzer M, Chi X, Lee J, Gaur AH, Mayer K, Martinez J, Futterman DC, Stier EA, Paul ME, Chiao EY, Reirden D, Goldstone SE, Ortiz Martinez AP, Cachay ER, Barroso LF, Da Costa M, Wilson CM, Palefsky JM. Pre-vaccination prevalence of anogenital and oral human papillomavirus in young HIV-infected men who have sex with men. Papillomavirus Res. 2019 06; 7:52-61. PMID: 30658128.
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    4. Belzer ME, MacDonell KK, Ghosh S, Naar S, McAvoy-Banerjea J, Gurung S, Cain D, Fan CA, Parsons JT. Adaptive Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence Interventions for Youth Living With HIV Through Text Message and Cell Phone Support With and Without Incentives: Protocol for a Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART). JMIR Res Protoc. 2018 Dec 20; 7(12):e11183. PMID: 30573448.
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    5. Sayegh CS, MacDonell KK, Clark LF, Dowshen NL, Naar S, Olson-Kennedy J, van den Berg JJ, Xu J, Belzer M. The Impact of Cell Phone Support on Psychosocial Outcomes for Youth Living with HIV Nonadherent to Antiretroviral Therapy. AIDS Behav. 2018 Oct; 22(10):3357-3362. PMID: 29948339.
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    6. Sayegh CS, Szmuszkovicz JR, Menteer J, Sherer S, Thomas D, Lestz R, Belzer M. Cell phone support to improve medication adherence among solid organ transplant recipients. Pediatr Transplant. 2018 Jun 19; e13235. PMID: 29920879.
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    7. Kahn JA, Lee J, Belzer M, Palefsky JM. HIV-Infected Young Men Demonstrate Appropriate Risk Perceptions and Beliefs about Safer Sexual Behaviors after Human Papillomavirus Vaccination. AIDS Behav. 2018 Jun; 22(6):1826-1834. PMID: 28220313.
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    8. Olson-Kennedy J, Warus J, Okonta V, Belzer M, Clark LF. Chest Reconstruction and Chest Dysphoria in Transmasculine Minors and Young Adults: Comparisons of Nonsurgical and Postsurgical Cohorts. JAMA Pediatr. 2018 05 01; 172(5):431-436. PMID: 29507933.
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    9. Olson-Kennedy J, Okonta V, Clark LF, Belzer M. Physiologic Response to Gender-Affirming Hormones Among Transgender Youth. J Adolesc Health. 2018 04; 62(4):397-401. PMID: 29056436.
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    10. Biello KB, Hosek S, Drucker MT, Belzer M, Mimiaga MJ, Marrow E, Coffey-Esquivel J, Brothers J, Mayer KH. Preferences for Injectable PrEP Among Young U.S. Cisgender Men and Transgender Women and Men Who Have Sex with Men. Arch Sex Behav. 2018 10; 47(7):2101-2107. PMID: 28929260.
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    11. Aguilera-Sandoval CR, Yang OO, Jojic N, Lovato P, Chen DY, Boechat MI, Cooper P, Zuo J, Ramirez C, Belzer M, Church JA, Krogstad P. Supranormal thymic output up to 2 decades after HIV-1 infection. AIDS. 2016 Mar 13; 30(5):701-11. PMID: 26730570.
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    12. Olson J, Schrager SM, Belzer M, Simons LK, Clark LF. Baseline Physiologic and Psychosocial Characteristics of Transgender Youth Seeking Care for Gender Dysphoria. J Adolesc Health. 2015 Oct; 57(4):374-80. PMID: 26208863.
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    13. Belzer ME, Kolmodin MacDonell K, Clark LF, Huang J, Olson J, Kahana SY, Naar S, Sarr M, Thornton S. Acceptability and Feasibility of a Cell Phone Support Intervention for Youth Living with HIV with Nonadherence to Antiretroviral Therapy. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2015 Jun; 29(6):338-45. PMID: 25928772.
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    14. Dowshen N, Matone M, Luan X, Lee S, Belzer M, Fernandez MI, Rubin D. Behavioral and Health Outcomes for HIV+ Young Transgender Women (YTW) Linked To and Engaged in Medical Care. LGBT Health. 2016 Apr; 3(2):162-7. PMID: 26789394.
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    15. Olson J, Schrager SM, Clark LF, Dunlap SL, Belzer M. Subcutaneous Testosterone: An Effective Delivery Mechanism for Masculinizing Young Transgender Men. LGBT Health. 2014 Sep; 1(3):165-7. PMID: 26789709.
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    16. Belzer ME, Naar-King S, Olson J, Sarr M, Thornton S, Kahana SY, Gaur AH, Clark LF. The use of cell phone support for non-adherent HIV-infected youth and young adults: an initial randomized and controlled intervention trial. AIDS Behav. 2014 Apr; 18(4):686-96. PMID: 24271347.
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    17. Schrager SM, Olson J, Beharry M, Belzer M, Goldsich K, Desai M, Clark LF. Young men and the morning after: a missed opportunity for emergency contraception provision? J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care. 2015 Jan; 41(1):33-7. PMID: 24465024.
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    18. Simons L, Schrager SM, Clark LF, Belzer M, Olson J. Parental support and mental health among transgender adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Dec; 53(6):791-3. PMID: 24012067.
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    19. Outlaw AY, Naar-King S, Tanney M, Belzer ME, Aagenes A, Parsons JT, Merlo LJ. The initial feasibility of a computer-based motivational intervention for adherence for youth newly recommended to start antiretroviral treatment. AIDS Care. 2014 Jan; 26(1):130-5. PMID: 23869650.
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    20. Naar-King S, Outlaw AY, Sarr M, Parsons JT, Belzer M, Macdonell K, Tanney M, Ondersma SJ. Motivational Enhancement System for Adherence (MESA): pilot randomized trial of a brief computer-delivered prevention intervention for youth initiating antiretroviral treatment. J Pediatr Psychol. 2013 Jul; 38(6):638-48. PMID: 23359664.
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    21. MacDonell K, Naar-King S, Huszti H, Belzer M. Barriers to medication adherence in behaviorally and perinatally infected youth living with HIV. AIDS Behav. 2013 Jan; 17(1):86-93. PMID: 23142855.
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    22. Brennan J, Kuhns LM, Johnson AK, Belzer M, Wilson EC, Garofalo R. Syndemic theory and HIV-related risk among young transgender women: the role of multiple, co-occurring health problems and social marginalization. Am J Public Health. 2012 Sep; 102(9):1751-7. PMID: 22873480.
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    23. Wilson EC, Iverson E, Garofalo R, Belzer M. Parental support and condom use among transgender female youth. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2012 Jul-Aug; 23(4):306-17. PMID: 22079675.
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    24. Zuo J, Suen J, Wong A, Lewis M, Ayub A, Belzer M, Church J, Yang OO, Krogstad P. Functional analysis of HIV type 1 Nef gene variants from adolescent and adult survivors of perinatal infection. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2012 May; 28(5):486-92. PMID: 21861776.
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    25. Olson J, Forbes C, Belzer M. Management of the transgender adolescent. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011 Feb; 165(2):171-6. PMID: 21300658.
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    26. Garvie PA, Flynn PM, Belzer M, Britto P, Hu C, Graham B, Neely M, McSherry GD, Spector SA, Gaur AH. Psychological factors, beliefs about medication, and adherence of youth with human immunodeficiency virus in a multisite directly observed therapy pilot study. J Adolesc Health. 2011 Jun; 48(6):637-40. PMID: 21575827.
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    27. Gaur AH, Belzer M, Britto P, Garvie PA, Hu C, Graham B, Neely M, McSherry G, Spector SA, Flynn PM. Directly observed therapy (DOT) for nonadherent HIV-infected youth: lessons learned, challenges ahead. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2010 Sep; 26(9):947-53. PMID: 20707731.
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    28. Zuo J, Church J, Belzer M, Kitchen C, Ank B, Schmid I, Krogstad P. Short communication: enhanced CD8+ T cell apoptosis in HIV-infected adolescents with virologic failure on protease inhibitor-based therapy. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2010 Jun; 26(6):681-4. PMID: 20507209.
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    29. Barnes W, D'Angelo L, Yamazaki M, Belzer M, Schroeder S, Palmer-Castor J, Futterman D, Kapogiannis B, Muenz L, Harris DR, Ellen JM. Identification of HIV-infected 12- to 24-year-old men and women in 15 US cities through venue-based testing. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 Mar; 164(3):273-6. PMID: 20194262.
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    30. Nugent NR, Brown LK, Belzer M, Harper GW, Nachman S, Naar-King S. Youth living with HIV and problem substance use: elevated distress is associated with nonadherence and sexual risk. J Int Assoc Physicians AIDS Care (Chic). 2010 Mar-Apr; 9(2):113-5. PMID: 20133498.
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    31. Naar-King S, Parsons JT, Murphy DA, Chen X, Harris DR, Belzer ME. Improving health outcomes for youth living with the human immunodeficiency virus: a multisite randomized trial of a motivational intervention targeting multiple risk behaviors. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009 Dec; 163(12):1092-8. PMID: 19996045.
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    32. Wilson EC, Garofalo R, Harris DR, Belzer M. Sexual risk taking among transgender male-to-female youths with different partner types. Am J Public Health. 2010 Aug; 100(8):1500-5. PMID: 20622176.
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    33. Shiu C, Cunningham CK, Greenough T, Muresan P, Sanchez-Merino V, Carey V, Jackson JB, Ziemniak C, Fox L, Belzer M, Ray SC, Luzuriaga K, Persaud D. Identification of ongoing human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) replication in residual viremia during recombinant HIV-1 poxvirus immunizations in patients with clinically undetectable viral loads on durable suppressive highly active antiretroviral therapy. J Virol. 2009 Oct; 83(19):9731-42. PMID: 19605490.
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    34. Wilson EC, Garofalo R, Harris RD, Herrick A, Martinez M, Martinez J, Belzer M. Transgender female youth and sex work: HIV risk and a comparison of life factors related to engagement in sex work. AIDS Behav. 2009 Oct; 13(5):902-13. PMID: 19199022.
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    35. Garvie PA, Lawford J, Flynn PM, Gaur AH, Belzer M, McSherry GD, Hu C. Development of a directly observed therapy adherence intervention for adolescents with human immunodeficiency virus-1: application of focus group methodology to inform design, feasibility, and acceptability. J Adolesc Health. 2009 Feb; 44(2):124-132. PMID: 19167660.
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    36. Flynn PM, Rudy BJ, Lindsey JC, Douglas SD, Lathey J, Spector SA, Martinez J, Silio M, Belzer M, Friedman L, D'Angelo L, Smith E, Hodge J, Hughes MD. Long-term observation of adolescents initiating HAART therapy: three-year follow-up. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2007 Oct; 23(10):1208-14. PMID: 17961106.
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    37. Corliss HL, Belzer M, Forbes C, Wilson EC. An evaluation of service utilization among male to female transgender youth: qualitative study of a clinic-based sample. J LGBT Health Res. 2007; 3(2):49-61. PMID: 19835041.
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    38. Murphy DA, Hoffman D, Seage GR, Belzer M, Xu J, Durako SJ, Geiger M. Improving comprehension for HIV vaccine trial information among adolescents at risk of HIV. AIDS Care. 2007 Jan; 19(1):42-51. PMID: 17265577.
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    39. Puccio JA, Belzer M, Olson J, Martinez M, Salata C, Tucker D, Tanaka D. The use of cell phone reminder calls for assisting HIV-infected adolescents and young adults to adhere to highly active antiretroviral therapy: a pilot study. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2006 Jun; 20(6):438-44. PMID: 16789857.
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    40. Lee JC, Boechat MI, Belzer M, Church JA, De Ville J, Nielsen K, Weston S, Geng Y, Dunaway T, Kitchen C, Krogstad PA. Thymic volume, T-cell populations, and parameters of thymopoiesis in adolescent and adult survivors of HIV infection acquired in infancy. AIDS. 2006 Mar 21; 20(5):667-74. PMID: 16514296.
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    41. Belzer M, Sanchez K, Olson J, Jacobs AM, Tucker D. Advance supply of emergency contraception: a randomized trial in adolescent mothers. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2005 Oct; 18(5):347-54. PMID: 16202939.
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    42. Murphy DA, Belzer M, Durako SJ, Sarr M, Wilson CM, Muenz LR. Longitudinal antiretroviral adherence among adolescents infected with human immunodeficiency virus. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005 Aug; 159(8):764-70. PMID: 16061785.
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    43. Chulani VL, Belzer M, Broms TL. Radioiodine treatment for hyperthyroidism presenting primarily as psychiatric disease in three adolescent and young adult patients. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2004 Aug; 17(8):1121-3. PMID: 15379425.
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    44. Flynn PM, Rudy BJ, Douglas SD, Lathey J, Spector SA, Martinez J, Silio M, Belzer M, Friedman L, D'Angelo L, McNamara J, Hodge J, Hughes MD, Lindsey JC. Virologic and immunologic outcomes after 24 weeks in HIV type 1-infected adolescents receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy. J Infect Dis. 2004 Jul 15; 190(2):271-9. PMID: 15216461.
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    45. Pham T, Belzer M, Church JA, Kitchen C, Wilson CM, Douglas SD, Geng Y, Silva M, Mitchell RM, Krogstad P. Assessment of thymic activity in human immunodeficiency virus-negative and -positive adolescents by real-time PCR quantitation of T-cell receptor rearrangement excision circles. Clin Diagn Lab Immunol. 2003 Mar; 10(2):323-8. PMID: 12626462.
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    46. Wilson CM, Ellenberg JH, Sawyer MK, Belzer M, Crowley-Nowick PA, Puga A, Futterman DC, Peralta L. Serologic response to hepatitis B vaccine in HIV infected and high-risk HIV uninfected adolescents in the REACH cohort. Reaching for Excellence in Adolescent Care and Health. J Adolesc Health. 2001 Sep; 29(3 Suppl):123-9. PMID: 11530313.
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    47. D'Angelo LJ, Abdalian SE, Sarr M, Hoffman N, Belzer M. Disclosure of serostatus by HIV infected youth: the experience of the REACH study. Reaching for Excellence in Adolescent Care and Health. J Adolesc Health. 2001 Sep; 29(3 Suppl):72-9. PMID: 11530306.
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    48. Sturdevant MS, Belzer M, Weissman G, Friedman LB, Sarr M, Muenz LR. The relationship of unsafe sexual behavior and the characteristics of sexual partners of HIV infected and HIV uninfected adolescent females. J Adolesc Health. 2001 Sep; 29(3 Suppl):64-71. PMID: 11530305.
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    49. Belzer M, Rogers AS, Camarca M, Fuchs D, Peralta L, Tucker D, Durako SJ. Contraceptive choices in HIV infected and HIV at-risk adolescent females. J Adolesc Health. 2001 Sep; 29(3 Suppl):93-100. PMID: 11530309.
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    50. Murphy DA, Wilson CM, Durako SJ, Muenz LR, Belzer M. Antiretroviral medication adherence among the REACH HIV-infected adolescent cohort in the USA. AIDS Care. 2001 Feb; 13(1):27-40. PMID: 11177463.
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    51. D'Angelo LJ, Belzer M, Futterman D, Peralta L, Sawyer M. "Reducing the Odds" at what cost: will routine testing of pregnant adolescents decrease perinatal transmission of HIV? J Adolesc Health. 2000 Nov; 27(5):296-7. PMID: 11044699.
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    52. Belzer ME, Fuchs DN, Luftman GS, Tucker DJ. Antiretroviral adherence issues among HIV-positive adolescents and young adults. J Adolesc Health. 1999 Nov; 25(5):316-9. PMID: 10551660.
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    53. Schoeberlein DR, Belzer ME, Woolston JL. HIV prevention for teenage girls: relationships are the medium and the message. AIDS Read. 1999 Mar-Apr; 9(2):113-8, 121. PMID: 12728893.
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