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Karam Mounzer, MD

Karam Mounzer, MD Provider Not Employed by Penn Medicine

Chief Medical Officer, Philadelphia FIGHT Clinical Professor of Medicine

Languages spoken:

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French

Dr. Mounzer is a private practice physician who is not employed by Penn Medicine.

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About Dr. Karam Mounzer

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's May 2019 Top Docs issue

Medical Society of Philadelphia Practitioner of the year Award, 2015

Clinical Specialties


  • Infectious Diseases

Programs & Centers:

  • Infectious Diseases Program

Board Certification:

  • Infectious Disease, 1997
  • Internal Medicine, 1995

Clinical Expertise:

  • AIDS
  • Anal Pap Smear
  • Antiretroviral Salvage Therapy
  • Aspergillosis
  • Bone Infection (Osteomyelitis)
  • C. Difficile (Clostridium Difficile Diarrhea)
  • Cellulitis
  • Encephalitis
  • Fever of Unknown Origin
  • Flu (Influenza)
  • Flu Shot Vaccination
  • Fungal Meningitis
  • Fungemia
  • Genital Warts (Condyloma Acuminatum)
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatitis A Vaccination
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination
  • Hepatitis C
  • Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
  • Histoplasmosis
  • HIV and AIDS
  • HPV Vaccination
  • Human Papilloma Virus
  • Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination
  • Joint Infection
  • Lyme Disease
  • Lymphogranuloma Venereum
  • Malaria
  • Measles Vaccination
  • Meningitis
  • Meningitis Vaccination
  • Menningococcal Vaccine
  • MMR Vaccine
  • Mycobacterium
  • Mycobacterium Avium Complex
  • Mycoplasma
  • Mycosis
  • Parasitic Diseases
  • Pneumonia
  • Pneumonia Vaccination
  • Polio Vaccination
  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
  • Prosthetic Joint Infection
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Rabies Vaccination
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
  • Shingles
  • Shingles Vaccination
  • Staph Infection
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes
  • Syphilis
  • Transplant Related Infection
  • Travel Medicine
  • Travel Vaccination
  • Travelers' Diarrhea
  • Tropical Medicine
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Tuberculosis Testing
  • Typhoid Fever Vaccination
  • Viral Encephalitis
  • Viral Meningitis
  • Wound Infection
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Saint Joseph's University Medical School
Residency: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Fellowship: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey


Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society, National American Academy of HIV Medicine, National HIV Medical Association, National Infectious Disease Society of America, National Observational Pharmaco-Epidemiology Research and Analysis (OPERA) Epidemiology and Clinical Advisory Board (ECAB), National Prime Continuing Medical Education, National Trio Health Network, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Mounzer is a private practice physician who is not employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Clinical Development of new antiretroviral agents

Selected Publications:

Hsu R, Brunet L, Fusco J, Mounzer K, Vannappagari V, Henegar C, van Wyk J, Curtis L, Lo J, Fusco G: Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus after Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation in Individuals Living with HIV in the United States Session Name: HIV Complications: Cardiovascular, Metabolic, and other Complications IDWeek Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, DC : 2019.

Leila B. Giron1, Irena Trbojevic-Akmacic2, Kenneth M. Lynn1, Surya Vadrevu1, Alitzel Anzurez1, Karam Mounzer3, Philip J. Norris4, Alan Landay5, Thomas Premeaux6, Gordan Lauc7, Cecilia Shikuma6, Luis Montaner1, Lishomwa C. Ndhlovu6, Mohamed Abdel-Mohsen1: HOST GLYCOMIC DETERMINANTS OF HIV-ASSOCIATED NEUROCOGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT DURING THERAPY 2019 Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) : 2019.

McComsey GA, Eron JJ, Santiago S, Mounzer K, Moyle G, Vanig T, Sax PE, Althoff KA, Milligan S, Marks M, Elion RA: “WEIGHT GAIN DURING TREATMENT AMONG 3,468 TREATMENT-EXPERIENCED ADULTS WITH HIV" 2019 Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) Boston, MA : 2019.

Papasavvas E, Azzoni L, Kossenkov AV, Dawany N, Morales KH, Fair M, Ross BN, Lynn K, Mackiewicz A, Mounzer K, Tebas P, Jacobson JM, Kostman JR, Showe L, Montaner LJ: NK Response Correlates with HIV Decrease in Pegylated IFN-α2a-Treated Antiretroviral Therapy-Suppressed Subjects J Immunol 203 (3): 705-717,2019.

Mounzer et al.: TDF/FTC pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) from 2012 to 2018 in the OPERA cohort 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019), Mexico City, Mexico : 2019.

Mounzer et al: TDF/FTC pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) from 2012 to 2018 in the OPERA cohort 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS Mexico City, Mexico : 2019.

Mounzer, et al: Gastrointestinal Disorders Following Initiation of Dolutegravir, Elvitegravir, Raltegravir or Darunavir 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS Mexico City, Mexico : 2019.

Ashare RL, Thompson M, Serrano K, Leone F, Metzger D, Frank I, Gross R, Hole A, Mounzer K, Collman RG, Wileyto EP, Schnoll R: Placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial testing the efficacy and safety of varenicline for smokers with HIV Drug Alcohol Depend : 26-33,2019.

Ashare RL, Thompson M, Leone F, Metzger D, Gross R, Mounzer K, Tyndale RF, Lerman C, Mahoney MC, Cinciripini P, George TP, Collman RG, Schnoll R: Differences in the rate of nicotine metabolism among smokers with and without HIV AIDS 33 (6): 1083-1088,2019.

Schnoll RA, Thompson M, Serrano K, Leone F, Metzger D, Frank I, Gross R, Mounzer K, Tyndale RF, Weisbrot J, Meline M, Collman RG, Ashare RL: Brief Report: Rate of Nicotine Metabolism and Tobacco Use Among Persons With HIV: Implications for Treatment and Research J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 80 (2): e36-e40,2019.

Academic Contact Info

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1233 Locust Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 790-1788
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)