Tonia Poteat
Published May 11, 2021
Updated December 15, 2021

Tonia Poteat is an associate professor of social medicine, core faculty in the Center for Health Equity Research and a clinical provider certified in HIV medicine and gender-affirming medical care at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Her research, teaching and clinical practice focus on improving LGBTQ health and HIV outcomes, with particular attention to the role of intersectional stigma in driving health inequities. 

Poteat has more than 20 years of experience providing medical care for transgender adults and people living with HIV, and she has conducted research in LGBTQ communities for more than a decade.

Before joining the University of North Carolina, Poteat was a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and served for two years as the senior advisor for key populations in the Office of the United States Global AIDS Coordinator.

She has a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, an MPH and an MMSc from Emory University, and a bachelor’s from Yale University.

Courtesy of Tonia Poteat

Expertise: LGBTQ health disparities, transgender health, HIV, Black trans lives

Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.

Phone: (919) 445-6364


Twitter: @ToniaPoteat

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