Hana Akselrod Hana Akselrod
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Office Phone: 202-741-2233
Email: Email
Department: Medicine


  • Bachelor of Science - Biochemistry, Brandeis University, 2007
  • Master of Public Health, Yale University School of Public Health, 2012
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 2013


Hana Akselrod, MD, MPH, is currently Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. After earning her MD at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and her MPH at Yale School of Public Health, she completed her internal medicine residency at the Maine Medical Center and her infectious disease fellowship at GW. 

Dr. Akselrod conducts research on HIV as an investigator with the DC Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and serves as GW site PI for the DC Cohort Longitudinal HIV Study. She is passionate about medical education and serves as a Clinical Public Health faculty mentor. She is a frequent collaborator on cross-disciplinary research on climate, health, resilience, and equity. Dr. Akselrod co-directs the COVID-19 Intelligence Unit, providing up-to-date support for decision-making during the pandemic crisis, and is an investigator on several research projects on COVID-19, including its impact on people living with HIV. Her clinical areas of interest include aging with HIV, LGBTQ health, and travel medicine.


Infectious Disease Society of America – ID Week 2017 Trainee Travel Award.


  • Infectious Diseases


Torres-Miranda D, Akselrod H, Karsner R, Secco A, Silva-Cantillo D, Siegel MO, Roberts AD, Simon GL. Use of BioFire FilmArray gastrointestinal PCR panel associated with reductions in antibiotic use, time to optimal antibiotics, and length of stay. BMC Gastroenterology. 2020; 20(1): 246. PMID: 32727381.

Secco A, Akselrod H, Czeresnia JM, Levy ME, Byrne M, Monroe AK, Lucar J, Horberg MA, Castel AD, Doshi RK, Rivasplata H, Squires L, Parenti DM, Benator DA; on behalf of the DC Cohort Executive Committee, Sexually transmitted infections in persons living with HIV infection and estimated HIV transmission risk: Trends over time from the DC Cohort. Sexually Transmitted Infections. 2020; 96(2): 89-95. PMID: 31907326.

Marwah H, Youner S, Tummala N, Akselrod H. Assessing needs and addressing climate change: Knowledge, attitudes, and engagement. J Gen Intern Med. 2020. 35(S1):S713. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-020-05890-3.

Shelton A, Giurgea L, Moshgriz M, Siegel MO, Akselrod H. A case of Mycobacterium goodii infection related to an indwelling catheter placed for the treatment of chronic symptoms attributed to Lyme disease. Infectious Disease Reports. 2019; 11(2): 8108. PMID: 31579470.

Czeresnia JM, Alsaggaf M, Akselrod H. A case of recurrent pericarditis in association with asymptomatic urethral Chlamydia trachomatis infection. Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice. 2019; 27(6): 360-363.

Akselrod H, Swierzbinski MJ, Zheng Z, Keiser J, Parenti DM, Simon GL. Characteristics and severity of disease among one hundred cases of imported malaria seen at a US university hospital, 2000-2017. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2018. PMID: 30350769.

Akselrod H, Modak RM, Cushing L, Seemungal I, Simon GL, A case of mimicry: Mycobacterium tuberculosis myositis with Poncet’s arthritis masquerading as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Am J Med. 2017; 130(12):1376-1378. PMID: 28821375.

Kossover R, Coutts K, Hatfield K, Cochran R, Akselrod H, Schaefer MK, Perz JF, Bruss K. One needle, one syringe, only one time? A survey of physician and nurse knowledge, attitudes, and practices around injection safety. Am J Infect Control. 2017; 45(9):1018-1023. PMID: 28625701.

Akselrod H, Grau LE, Barbour R, Heimer R. Seroprevalence of HIV, HBV, and HCV among injection drug users in Connecticut: understanding infection and coinfection risks in a nonurban population. Am J Public Health. 2014; 104(9): 1713-21. PMID: 24134382.

Wendt JM, Kaul D, Limbago BM, Ramesh M, Cohle S, Denison AM, Driebe EM, Rasheed JK, Zaki SR, Blau DM, Paddock CD, McDougal LK, Engelthaler DM, Keim PS, Roe CC, Akselrod H, Kuehnert MJ, and Basavaraju SV. Transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection through solid organ transplantation: confirmation via whole genome sequencing. Am J Transplant. 2014; 14(11): 2633-9. PMID: 25250717.

Akselrod H, Risöe PK, Mercon M, Schlegelmilch J, McGovern J, Bogucki S. Creating a process for incorporating epidemiological modeling into outbreak management decisions. J Bus Contin Emer Plan. 2012; 6(1): 68-83. PMID: 22948107.

Akselrod H. The Physician-Researcher’s Dilemma. AMA J Ethics. 2010; 12(3):192-196. PMID: 23140867.

Akselrod H, Kroll MW, Orlov MV. Chapter 1.2: History of Defibrillation. Cardiac Bioelectric Therapy. Eds: Efimov IR, Kroll MW, Tchou PJ. Springer, USA. 2009; 15-38.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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