Craig Wilson, MD

Emeritus Professor
Ryals 523C

Craig Wilson joined the School in 2007 from the School of Medicine to serve as the director of the Sparkman Center for Global Health ( Dr. Wilson has nearly 30 years of experience and expertise in international global health programs. His primary goal with the Sparkman Center is to develop international programs that would allow multidisciplinary engagement and opportunities for capacity building and research. He has secondary appointments in Pediatrics and Microbiology.

Dr. Wilson has over 20 years of experience in a leadership role in HIV management and prevention in HIV infected and at-risk youth in the US. He has been the Chair and PI of the Adolescent Medicine Trial Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN) ( for the past 15 years and serves on the NIH Division of AIDS Strategic Working Group and Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council. He is on multiple protocol teams testing HIV prevention methods and management strategies in youth and is co-chair for the licensing trials of PrEP in adolescents.

Dr. Wilson has an extensive background in HIV prevention programs in sub-Saharan Africa and provided clinical and laboratory technical assistance to the UAB PEPFAR initiative in Zambia starting in 2004 through the Centre for Infectious Diseases Research in Zambia. He is presently the Co-Director of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative ( at the University of Zambia as well as the Zambia Education Partnership for Advanced Care and Treatment. He also works with the leadership of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia to identify and disseminate e-learning tools and development of research capacity. He has served on many national and international advisory and planning panels for HIV prevention strategies and inclusion of youth in this planning.