National Black HIV-AIDS Awareness Day Carousel 9_LEO MOORE

Dr. Leo Moore is a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Moore’s research and professional interests include identifying and eliminating minority LGBT health disparities, minority men’s health and wellness, and HIV along the continuum of care.

Dr. Moore was motivated to become a HIV provider and advocate after his best friend was diagnosed while he was in medical school. A few years later, he lost another friend to AIDS. As a black gay man, HIV/AIDS is personal to him because so many people in his life are affected by it. Dr. Moore says “When my day ends, I can’t just “clock out” because my brothers and sisters need me. We’re all in this together and I won’t ever truly clock out until HIV is no longer an epidemic in people of color.”

As a clinical scholar, he is currently partnering with the Los Angeles Department of Public Health to implement pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention into community health clinics in areas with high rates of HIV seropositivity.  Dr. Moore also currently serves as co-chair of the Behavioral and Clinical Community Advisory Panel for the Center for Engaging Black Men who have Sex with Men along the Care Continuum, the first-ever online education and technical assistance site specifically for black men who have sex with men (MSM) and community providers. In this role, he partners with other medical providers and community-based organizations to define best practices being employed across the country to improve the HIV care continuum for black MSM, as well as develops continuing medical education modules to improve healthcare delivery for this unique population. He also serves as co-chair of the Black Treatment Advocates Network Los Angeles (BTANLA) and a Board Member of the Black AIDS Institute.

Dr. Moore has also shared his professional experiences through orations at the United States Conference on AIDS and recently as a panelist at the ESSENCE music festival, moderated by Soledad O’Brien and alongside Jussie Smollett of the show “Empire”.

Dr. Moore is a practicing primary care internal medicine and HIV physician at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente. He is a medical graduate of Morehouse School of Medicine, completed primary care internal medicine residency at Yale University School of Medicine, and recently completed his Masters of Science in Health Policy and Management at University of California, Los Angeles.