Today is Doctor’s Day and for those affected by HIV and those who work in sexual health, it’s especially important. It’s a day to remember and honor the efforts of the doctors who led the fight to keep our friends and family alive at the peak of a devastating epidemic. Some of those doctors continue that fight through research and knowledgeable HIV care, today, and we are fortunate to work alongside two of the country’s finest.

 

Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Cynthia Brinson, has been leading the fight against HIV for 25 years and since May of 2015, Texas Health Action’s Kind Clinic has aimed to deliver a measurable impact by providing state-of-the-art sexual health services to all people – regardless of race, creed, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation, without judgement or stigma. On Doctor’s Day, we celebrate our fearless leader and get to know her a little more with a quick Q & A.

How long have you been practicing medicine and why did you choose HIV care?

I’ve been practicing medicine since 1993. I took care of HIV patients because no one else would, few were interested. Watching the devastation of this disease throughout Austin was devastating for all. I knew that few would answer the call out of fear, prejudice, or moral stumbling blocks. I did not have those blocks or concerns for myself.

How do you unwind and relax when you have the time?

I love to travel, shop, cook and eat. And shoes—I love shoes. I like to be in a stress-free environment and hang out with my friends, like laying by the pool and chatting.

What excites you most about HIV prevention and medical care at Kind Clinic?

What excites me the most is the opportunity we all have to eradicate HIV in our community, Texas, and the US, by preventing disease transmission with a BioMedical and Prevention Strategy. Kind Clinic is a shining example of the ability of a small group of different backgrounds coming together with the intention of protecting themselves, their loved ones, and their community. The excitement also comes from the effects this has had on some of our patients, and the sharing of this biomedical Prevention model to other towns. We have created a completely different medical model for taking care of patients, that I hope can be extrapolated to other disease states.

We are thrilled about the addition of Dr. David Wright to our team as Kind Clinic Medical Director. He brings more than 30 years of experience in medical care for people living with HIV. Dr. Wright will begin seeing his patients at Kind Clinic this Spring. We asked Dr. Wright the same questions to learn a little more about his dedication to our community through quality medical care.

How long have you been practicing medicine and why did you choose HIV care?

I have been practicing medicine for 38 years and of that 36 years have been in Austin and 2 years in New Mexico. My early years of medical practice in Austin coincided with the beginning of the AIDS Epidemic in the 1980’s. At that time there were so many patients that were sick and dying and very few physicians were willing to care for the patients. None of us knew anything about AIDS but a number of Austin Family Medicine Physicians took it upon themselves to learn about the illness. We went to meetings, got involved in HIV clinical trials and learned on the job. What we knew, was that there was a tremendous medical need and the right thing to do was to try and help develop a treatment strategy, give patients hope and to keep patients alive until antivirals could be developed that were effective. That was what we did and that goal has led us to our current situation where HIV can be managed and managed very effectively.

How do you unwind and relax when you have the time?

When I am not involved with medicine I spend a great amount of my time thinking about, viewing and collecting modern art. This is a long-term interest of mine and it is enhanced by the fact that my wife for the past 42 years is an artist.

What excites you most about HIV prevention and medical care at Kind Clinic?

What excites we most about being part of the Kind Clinic is having the opportunity to be part of a healthcare team that is passionate about delivering high quality, patient-centered healthcare, that constantly focuses on the health and educational needs of the patient and everyone strives to do that in the most compassionate manner. This is truly a wonderful unique place that allows patients to feel safe and respected.

We are inspired by the dedication Dr. Brinson and Dr. Wright have for the communities we serve and getting to no new HIV transmissions by 2020. All of us at Kind Clinic, our patients, and the community thank Dr. Brinson, Dr. Wright, and ALL of our volunteer doctors for bringing central Texans high-quality integrated medical care. Austin is a better, and KINDer, place because of doctors like you!

2 Comments

  1. Judy Wheeler,RN April 1, 2018
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    The best Doctors Austin has to care for HIV patients. we all are lucky to have Dr. Wright and Dr. Brinson caring for HIV patients in Austin. thank you two.
    Judy Wheeler

  2. Judy Wheeler,RN April 1, 2018
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    We all are lucky to have Dr. Wright and Dr. Brinson caring for HIV patients in Austin. Thank you two.
    Judy Wheeler

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