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Marvin E. Belzer, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Medicine
Division Head, Adolescent Medicine
Pediatrics
CHL Mail Stop 2 Off Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 361 4758

Overview

Involved in many aspect of adolescent HIV including clinical trials, adherence, secondary prevention. Have conducted research on adherence to contraception and utilization of emergency contraception. Lastly, I am conducting research on HIV prevention and healthcare for youth with gender identity disorder.

Expert in adolescent medicine, especially HIV/AIDS, sexuality, gender identity, and chronic fatigue syndrome

Publications

Dowshen N, Matone M, Luan X, Lee S, Belzer M, Fernandez MI, Rubin D. Behavioral and Health Outcomes for HIV+ Young Transgender Women (YTW) Linked To and Engaged in Medical Care. LGBT Health. 2016 Apr; 3(2):162-7. View in: PubMed

Aguilera-Sandoval CR, Yang OO, Jojic N, Lovato P, Chen DY, Boechat MI, Cooper P, Zuo J, Ramirez C, Belzer M, Church JA, Krogstad P. Supranormal thymic output up to 2 decades after HIV-1 infection. AIDS. 2016 Mar 13; 30(5):701-11. View in: PubMed

Olson J, Schrager SM, Belzer M, Simons LK, Clark LF. Baseline Physiologic and Psychosocial Characteristics of Transgender Youth Seeking Care for Gender Dysphoria. J Adolesc Health. 2015 Oct; 57(4):374-80. View in: PubMed

Belzer ME, Kolmodin MacDonell K, Clark LF, Huang J, Olson J, Kahana SY, Naar S, Sarr M, Thornton S. Acceptability and Feasibility of a Cell Phone Support Intervention for Youth Living with HIV with Nonadherence to Antiretroviral Therapy. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2015 Jun; 29(6):338-45. View in: PubMed

Schrager SM, Olson J, Beharry M, Belzer M, Goldsich K, Desai M, Clark LF. Young men and the morning after: a missed opportunity for emergency contraception provision? J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care. 2015 Jan; 41(1):33-7. View in: PubMed

Olson J, Schrager SM, Clark LF, Dunlap SL, Belzer M. Subcutaneous Testosterone: An Effective Delivery Mechanism for Masculinizing Young Transgender Men. LGBT Health. 2014 Sep; 1(3):165-7. View in: PubMed

Belzer ME, Naar-King S, Olson J, Sarr M, Thornton S, Kahana SY, Gaur AH, Clark LF. The Use of Cell Phone Support for Non-adherent HIV-Infected Youth and Young Adults: An Initial Randomized and Controlled Intervention Trial. AIDS Behav. 2014 Apr; 18(4):686-96. View in: PubMed

Outlaw AY, Naar-King S, Tanney M, Belzer ME, Aagenes A, Parsons JT, Merlo LJ. The initial feasibility of a computer-based motivational intervention for adherence for youth newly recommended to start antiretroviral treatment. AIDS Care. 2014 Jan; 26(1):130-5. View in: PubMed

Simons L, Schrager SM, Clark LF, Belzer M, Olson J. Parental support and mental health among transgender adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Dec; 53(6):791-3. View in: PubMed

Naar-King S, Outlaw AY, Sarr M, Parsons JT, Belzer M, Macdonell K, Tanney M, Ondersma SJ. Motivational Enhancement System for Adherence (MESA): pilot randomized trial of a brief computer-delivered prevention intervention for youth initiating antiretroviral treatment. J Pediatr Psychol. 2013 Jul; 38(6):638-48. View in: PubMed

MacDonell K, Naar-King S, Huszti H, Belzer M. Barriers to medication adherence in behaviorally and perinatally infected youth living with HIV. AIDS Behav. 2013 Jan; 17(1):86-93. View in: PubMed

Brennan J, Kuhns LM, Johnson AK, Belzer M, Wilson EC, Garofalo R. Syndemic theory and HIV-related risk among young transgender women: the role of multiple, co-occurring health problems and social marginalization. Am J Public Health. 2012 Sep; 102(9):1751-7. View in: PubMed

Wilson EC, Iverson E, Garofalo R, Belzer M. Parental support and condom use among transgender female youth. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2012 Jul-Aug; 23(4):306-17. View in: PubMed

Zuo J, Suen J, Wong A, Lewis M, Ayub A, Belzer M, Church J, Yang OO, Krogstad P. Functional Analysis of HIV Type 1 Nef Gene Variants from Adolescent and Adult Survivors of Perinatal Infection. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2012 May; 28(5):486-92. View in: PubMed

Garvie PA, Flynn PM, Belzer M, Britto P, Hu C, Graham B, Neely M, McSherry GD, Spector SA, Gaur AH. Psychological factors, beliefs about medication, and adherence of youth with human immunodeficiency virus in a multisite directly observed therapy pilot study. J Adolesc Health. 2011 Jun; 48(6):637-40. View in: PubMed

Olson J, Forbes C, Belzer M. Management of the transgender adolescent. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011 Feb; 165(2):171-6. View in: PubMed

Gaur AH, Belzer M, Britto P, Garvie PA, Hu C, Graham B, Neely M, McSherry G, Spector SA, Flynn PM. Directly observed therapy (DOT) for nonadherent HIV-infected youth: lessons learned, challenges ahead. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2010 Sep; 26(9):947-53. View in: PubMed

Wilson EC, Garofalo R, Harris DR, Belzer M. Sexual risk taking among transgender male-to-female youths with different partner types. Am J Public Health. 2010 Aug; 100(8):1500-5. View in: PubMed

Zuo J, Church J, Belzer M, Kitchen C, Ank B, Schmid I, Krogstad P. Short communication: enhanced CD8+ T cell apoptosis in HIV-infected adolescents with virologic failure on protease inhibitor-based therapy. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2010 Jun; 26(6):681-4. View in: PubMed

Barnes W, D'Angelo L, Yamazaki M, Belzer M, Schroeder S, Palmer-Castor J, Futterman D, Kapogiannis B, Muenz L, Harris DR, Ellen JM. Identification of HIV-infected 12- to 24-year-old men and women in 15 US cities through venue-based testing. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010 Mar; 164(3):273-6. View in: PubMed

Nugent NR, Brown LK, Belzer M, Harper GW, Nachman S, Naar-King S. Youth living with HIV and problem substance use: elevated distress is associated with nonadherence and sexual risk. J Int Assoc Physicians AIDS Care (Chic). 2010 Mar-Apr; 9(2):113-5. View in: PubMed

Naar-King S, Parsons JT, Murphy DA, Chen X, Harris DR, Belzer ME. Improving health outcomes for youth living with the human immunodeficiency virus: a multisite randomized trial of a motivational intervention targeting multiple risk behaviors. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009 Dec; 163(12):1092-8. View in: PubMed

Shiu C, Cunningham CK, Greenough T, Muresan P, Sanchez-Merino V, Carey V, Jackson JB, Ziemniak C, Fox L, Belzer M, Ray SC, Luzuriaga K, Persaud D. Identification of ongoing human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) replication in residual viremia during recombinant HIV-1 poxvirus immunizations in patients with clinically undetectable viral loads on durable suppressive highly active antiretroviral therapy. J Virol. 2009 Oct; 83(19):9731-42. View in: PubMed

Wilson EC, Garofalo R, Harris RD, Herrick A, Martinez M, Martinez J, Belzer M. Transgender female youth and sex work: HIV risk and a comparison of life factors related to engagement in sex work. AIDS Behav. 2009 Oct; 13(5):902-13. View in: PubMed

Garvie PA, Lawford J, Flynn PM, Gaur AH, Belzer M, McSherry GD, Hu C. Development of a directly observed therapy adherence intervention for adolescents with human immunodeficiency virus-1: application of focus group methodology to inform design, feasibility, and acceptability. J Adolesc Health. 2009 Feb; 44(2):124-32. View in: PubMed

Flynn PM, Rudy BJ, Lindsey JC, Douglas SD, Lathey J, Spector SA, Martinez J, Silio M, Belzer M, Friedman L, D'Angelo L, Smith E, Hodge J, Hughes MD. Long-term observation of adolescents initiating HAART therapy: three-year follow-up. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2007 Oct; 23(10):1208-14. View in: PubMed

Corliss HL, Belzer M, Forbes C, Wilson EC. An evaluation of service utilization among male to female transgender youth: qualitative study of a clinic-based sample. J LGBT Health Res. 2007; 3(2):49-61. View in: PubMed

Puccio JA, Belzer M, Olson J, Martinez M, Salata C, Tucker D, Tanaka D. The use of cell phone reminder calls for assisting HIV-infected adolescents and young adults to adhere to highly active antiretroviral therapy: a pilot study. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2006 Jun; 20(6):438-44. View in: PubMed

Lee JC, Boechat MI, Belzer M, Church JA, De Ville J, Nielsen K, Weston S, Geng Y, Dunaway T, Kitchen C, Krogstad PA. Thymic volume, T-cell populations, and parameters of thymopoiesis in adolescent and adult survivors of HIV infection acquired in infancy. AIDS. 2006 Mar 21; 20(5):667-74. View in: PubMed

Belzer M, Sanchez K, Olson J, Jacobs AM, Tucker D. Advance supply of emergency contraception: a randomized trial in adolescent mothers. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2005 Oct; 18(5):347-54. View in: PubMed

Murphy DA, Belzer M, Durako SJ, Sarr M, Wilson CM, Muenz LR. Longitudinal antiretroviral adherence among adolescents infected with human immunodeficiency virus. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005 Aug; 159(8):764-70. View in: PubMed

Chulani VL, Belzer M, Broms TL. Radioiodine treatment for hyperthyroidism presenting primarily as psychiatric disease in three adolescent and young adult patients. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2004 Aug; 17(8):1121-3. View in: PubMed

Flynn PM, Rudy BJ, Douglas SD, Lathey J, Spector SA, Martinez J, Silio M, Belzer M, Friedman L, D'Angelo L, McNamara J, Hodge J, Hughes MD, Lindsey JC. Virologic and immunologic outcomes after 24 weeks in HIV type 1-infected adolescents receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy. J Infect Dis. 2004 Jul 15; 190(2):271-9. View in: PubMed

Pham T, Belzer M, Church JA, Kitchen C, Wilson CM, Douglas SD, Geng Y, Silva M, Mitchell RM, Krogstad P. Assessment of thymic activity in human immunodeficiency virus-negative and -positive adolescents by real-time PCR quantitation of T-cell receptor rearrangement excision circles. Clin Diagn Lab Immunol. 2003 Mar; 10(2):323-8. View in: PubMed

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