Helen C. Koenig, MD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Infectious Diseases
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Jonathan Lax Treatment Center, Philadelphia FIGHT
Philadelphia, PA, USA



Dr. Koenig completed Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and received an MPH degree at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She currently practices at the Jonathan Lax Treatment Center, part of the AIDS service organization Philadelphia FIGHT, which serves 1700 HIV-positive adults in urban Philadelphia. Dr. Koenig oversees the primary care and HIV specialty care of approximately 600 HIV patients at the Lax Center, including those with multi-drug resistant strains of HIV and Hepatitis C/HIV co-infection. She serves as the Medical Director for the Womens Center for HIV which provides HIV care tailored to women by providing co-localized womens health services, the Medical Director for our Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) program for young men of color who have sex with men, and the Program Director for students, residents and fellows who rotate at the Lax Center. She has promoted innovative population-level HIV prevention and treatment interventions in order to advance current health care service delivery models, and serves on the Quality Management Committee at the Lax Center. She is an Assistant Professor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she see patients with infectious diseases on a weekly basis, and serves on the inpatient Infectious Diseases consult service several weeks per year.

Research Interest

Her research interests include: HIV, HIV-hepatitis C coinfection, Treatment of multi-drug resistant HIV, HIV prevention.

Scientific Activities


• 2012, 2014 Letter from the editor of Annals of Internal Medicine citing me as a top reviewer for the journal
• 2008 The David Paton Scholarship in Preventive Medicine
• 2008 Granted copyright for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome surveillance software program design
• 2007 Monetary gift given to Lankenau Hospital in my name from the family of a patient under my care
• 2003 CADIE Fellowship Recipient, Infectious Diseases
• 2003 Dr. Milton B. Rosenbluth Fellow Award
• 1999 Edward J. Bloustein Scholar Award
• 1999 magna cum laude, Princeton University


Membership in Professional & Scientific Societies:


• American College of Physicians (Member, 2011-present)
• American Medical Association (Member, 2001-2003 and 2008-present)
• Infectious Diseases Society of America (Member, 2008-present)
• Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (Member, 2008-2009)
• American Public Health Association (Member, 2008-2009)


• Resident/Fellow section of FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women , University of Pennsylvania (Founder and Chair, 2008-2010)
• Infectious Diseases Book Discussion Group, University of Pennsylvania Health System (Founder and Member, 2008-2013)

Other Professional Activities:

• 2010 Legislative Lead, Office of Chronic Disease Prevention, Maryland, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Baltimore, MD
• 2009-2010 Program Evaluator, STD/HIV Prevention Program, Baltimore City, Health Department, Baltimore, MD
• 2009 Research Assistant/Consultant, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS, Rockville, MD
• 2009 Vaccine Safety Evaluator, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Rockville, MD
• 2008-2009 Program Coordinator, Harford County Health Department (HCHD), Harford County, MD
• 2008 Expert Consultant, Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness, Fairfax, VA
• 2006 Staff Physician, Princess Marina Hospital, Gabarone, Botswana 2003 Expert Consultant, CADIE Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina
• 1999 Adolescent Counselor, Chestnut Hill Hospital, NJ 1997 Science and Medical Litigation Intern, McCarter & English Law Firm, Newark, NJ



1. Chou R, Croswell JM, , Koenig HC, et al. Screening for Prostate Cancer: A Review of the Evidence for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med. 2011; 155: 762-771. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-155-11-201112060-00375.
2. Koenig HC, Sutherland A, Izurieta HS, McGonagle D. Application of the immunological disease continuum to study autoimmune and other inflammatory events after vaccination. Vaccine. 2011; 29(5): 913-919. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2010.10.044.
3. Koenig HC, Finkel BB, Khalsa SS, et al. Performance of an automated electronic acute lung injury screening system in intensive care unit patients. Crit Care Med. 2011; 39(1): 98-104. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e3181feb4a0.
4. Mabry-Hernandez IR, Koenig HC. Screening and treatment for major depressive disorder in children and adolescents. Am Fam Physician. 2010; 82(2): 185-186.
5. Azzam HC, Khalsa SS, Urbani R, et al. Validation Study of an Automated Electronic Acute Lung Injury Screening Tool. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2009; 16(4): 503-508. doi: 10.1197/jamia.M3120.
6. Azzam HC, Gahunia MK, Sae-Tia S, Santoro J. Mycobacterium avium-avium-associated typhlitis mimicking appendicitis in an immunocompetent host. Am J Med Sci. 2009; 337(3): 218-220. doi: 10.1097/MAJ.0b013e31818457a3.


1. Koenig HC, Garland JM, Weissman D, Mounzer K. Vaccinating HIV Patients: Focus on Human Papillomavirus and Herpes Zoster Vaccines. AIDS reviews. 2013; 15(2): 77-86.