Wistar Collaboration

The Wistar Institute and Philadelphia FIGHT have collaborated for over 10 years. The Wistar Institute’s HIV-1 partnership program provides access to information and opportunities for direct involvement in basic immunotherapy research for a patient population of over 4,000 individuals with HIV/AIDS in the Philadelphia area. This partnership, which is the first of its kind, encourages people living with HIV/AIDS to participate in research, not just by donating their blood, but also by learning about the research. Over 2,000 people living with HIV have participated in Wistar/FIGHT’s research over the past five years.

The Wistar Institute is an independent nonprofit biomedical research institution dedicated to discovering the causes and cures for major diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, and infectious diseases. For more information, visit the Wistar Institute website

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Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring fellows, residents and students.

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Dr. Karam Mounzer

Dr. Mario Cruz

FIGHT Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center - Dr. Mario Cruz
Dr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who joins Philadelphia FIGHT as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He completed his undergraduate training in Biology and Psychology from Union College, his medical school training at Albany Medical College, his residency training at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and his Chief Residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center