In his role at ViiV Healthcare as a Regional Medical Director for North America Medical Affairs, Dr. Turner Overton brings over 20 years of clinical and research experience, including extensive expertise in HIV and infectious diseases. Having previously worked closely with ViiV research teams throughout his career, Turner was impressed with their focus on patient care and patient outcomes. This inspired him to join ViiV, where he is excited now to share in ViiV’s mission and focus entirely on improving the health and well-being of people living with HIV.
Turner joined ViiV in May 2022 as a Regional Medical Director. In this role, he interacts with healthcare providers to disseminate knowledge regarding the management of HIV care and antiretroviral therapy. He also increases the engagement of leaders in HIV medicine and identifies key insights into how ViiV can further improve the lives of people living with HIV. Turner also continues to serve as Volunteer Medical Faculty at the School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
Before joining ViiV, Turner served most recently as Medical Director for the Ryan White-funded UAB 1917 HIV Clinic, where over 3700 people living with HIV receive comprehensive care in a medical home model. During this time, he also was Medical Director of the UAB Kirklin Clinic COVID Respiratory Clinic and the UAB 1917 Viral Hepatitis Clinic.
While at UAB, Turner was appointed Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded HIV Clinical Trials Unit, overseeing numerous studies for both HIV treatment and prevention. He has been an investigator for numerous clinical trials of HIV medications and their complications and is well prepared to assist with these endeavors to advance the field of HIV.
Turner held multiple academic appointments prior to joining ViiV, including most recently as a tenured Professor of Medicine in the UAB Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. Prior to his UAB appointments, he served as Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and also was Medical Director of the Washington University HIV Clinic during that time. He contributes his expertise as editorial board member or ad hoc reviewer for multiple HIV and infectious diseases journals.
Turner received his MD degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Memphis and completed an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. As an undergraduate, he completed a BA in English Literature from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Turner lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife, their three children, and two dogs, having relocated back to the Southeastern US after living for nine years in St Louis. With a youth spent in and around Nashville, Tennessee, he developed a passion for the great outdoors, and continues that interest now through hiking, mountain biking, snow skiing, and gardening. Turner is also an avid reader and traveler.
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