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Leandro Mena, MSD, MPH


(601) 984-5560


Leandro Mena, MD, MPH, is a clinician-researcher and public health advocate with expertise in the prevention and clinical management of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and STD/HIV prevention research. He is founding chair of the department of population health science at the University of Mississippi Medical Center John D. Bower School of Population Health and professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, directs the Center for HIV/ADIS Research, Education & Policy at the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for Elimination of Health Disparities, and serves as the STD medical director for the state of Mississippi. He is also the medical director of the Crossroads Clinic (Jackson’s public HIV/STD clinic) and Open Arms Healthcare Center (a community-based clinic with a focus on the health needs of LGBT populations).

In recognition to his work developing a model program of culturally-competent HIV prevention and care for black men who have sex with men which is being replicated in other cities of the country, he was awarded the 2016 Achievement Award by the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA). He is board certified in infectious diseases. Dr. Mena's work has been featured in medical and public health journals such as Clinical Infectious Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, and American Journal of Public Health. He is a research fellow with the Rural Center for STD/HIV Prevention (Indiana University).

Research interests

  • HIV
  • Infectious diseases

Recent publications

  • Chan PA, Mena L, Patel R, Oldenburg CE, Beauchamps L, Perez-Brumer AG, Parker S, Mayer KH, Mimiaga MJ, Nunn A, Retention in care outcomes for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis implementation programmes among men who have sex with men in three US cities. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 2016;19(1):20903    
  • Arnold T, Brinkley-Rubinstein L, Chan PA, Perez-Brumer A, Bologna ES, Beauchamps L, Johnson K, Mena L, Nunn A, Social, structural, behavioral and clinical factors influencing retention in Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) care in Mississippi. PloS one, 2017;12(2):e0172354    
  • Patel RR, Mena L, Nunn A, McBride T, Harrison LC, Oldenburg CE, Liu J, Mayer KH, Chan PA, Impact of insurance coverage on utilization of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention. PloS one, 2017;12(5):e0178737 
  • Nunn A, Parker S, McCoy K, Monger M, Bender M, Poceta J, Harvey J, Thomas G, Johnson K, Ransome Y, Sutten Coats C, Chan P, Mena L, African American Clergy Perspectives About the HIV Care Continuum: Results From a Qualitative Study in Jackson, Mississippi. Ethnicity & disease, 2018 Spring;28(2):85-92  
  • Patel RR, Chan PA, Harrison LC, Mayer KH, Nunn A, Mena LA, Powderly WG, Missed Opportunities to Prescribe HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis by Primary Care Providers in Saint Louis, Missouri. LGBT health, 2018 May Jun;5(4):250-256
  • PubMed articles