East Bay Getting to Zero

Teresa Courville received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Mt. St. Mary’s University and a Master in Nursing at University of California, Los Angeles as a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has worked in Pediatrics for 40 years and cared for her first patient with HIV in 1982 at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. She was involved in the CDC Transfusion Look Back Study at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) and followed a cohort of children with transfusion associated HIV.   Between 1988 and 2007 she coordinated Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group studies at CSMC, Long Beach Memorial Hospital and eventually at Children’s Hospital Oakland when she moved to the Bay Area in 1995.  She has been at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland for the last 25 years in the Pediatric HIV Program and was a co-founder of the International Adoption Clinic.  As the HIV Program Coordinator, she provides direct patient care in the outpatient setting, manages grant and contract reporting, facilitates quality improvement projects and incorporates her knowledge of childhood trauma and post-institutionalization in helping families and children living with HIV, many of whom have been adopted internationally.