Dr. Alexandra de Pokomandy is an assistant professor at the McGill University Health Centre and a family physician specialized in HIV patient care at the Immunodeficiency Service of the Montreal Chest Institute. She is also a member of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.
She earned a Master of Science in epidemiology at McGill University.
Dr. de Pokomandy is interested in the impact of HPV on people living with HIV, particularly concerning anal cancer prevention. Her research also looks more broadly at the reproductive and sexual health and wellbeing of women living with HIV, including assessing women’s needs in comparison to current accessibility to services in Canada. She aims to recognize patient health concerns and make improvements to clinical practices which will benefit HIV-positive individuals.
Dr. de Pokomandy was a recipient of a CTN Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in 2005 and had Drs. Danielle Rouleau and Francois Coutlée supervise her project. She led CTN 216 along with Dr. George Ghattas. This study is looking at the safety and efficacy or a new non-surgical treatment called Argon Plasma Coagulation for pre-cancerous anal lesions and evaluated how many treatments are needed in order for anal neoplasia to disappear or diminish. She was also contributed to CTN 233 and CTN 242.