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Dr. Rhonda E. Colombo is an infectious diseases physician with a wealth of experience as a
clinician, educator, and researcher. She earned her medical degree from Eastern Virginia
Medical School in Norfolk, VA. She completed an Internal Medicine residency and served as
Chief of Medical Residents at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) in Augusta, GA, followed by
a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
She also earned a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research degree from Duke University
School of Medicine. Dr. Colombo returned to MCG as faculty in 2010, attending on the
Infectious Diseases consult service and Internal Medicine wards, and caring for a panel of
patients living with HIV. During her time in Augusta, she received several teaching awards and
served as the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program Director for five years. In 2018, she moved
to Tacoma, WA and joined the Henry M. Jackson Foundation as a Clinical Research Physician
working at Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) in support of the Uniformed Services
University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Program (IDCRP).
Dr. Colombo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and
Biostatistics at USUHS, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Medicine. Her
varied research interests include host susceptibility to infection, complications associated with
HIV infection, and acute respiratory infections. Dr. Colombo is currently serving as the Deputy
Director of the IDCRP’s Acute Respiratory Infections Research Area, in addition to being the
IDCRP site research physician at MAMC. She is a proponent of evidence-based medicine and is
excited by the opportunity to help USUHS medical students and MAMC Internal Medicine
residents learn EBM concepts, as well as work with them in the clinical and research realms.


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