Katherine Cherry Liu

Katherine Cherry Liu, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Trained as an obstetrician and gynecologist, I have dedicated the past three years to programs and studies in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and in quality improvement of obstetrics care in Zambia. These have included coordinating the scale-up of integrated ART services in maternal child health clinics, providing technical expertise and supervision for the Zambia Electronic Perinatal Record System (a Lusaka-wide EMR for antenatal, labor and delivery, and early postnatal care), and assisting with the development of clinical protocols, clinical forms, and monitoring and evaluation plans. I am the in-country Investigator of Record for the Maternal Events and Pregnancy Outcomes, a public health evaluation funded by CDC-PEPFAR. This multi-country study enrolled 300 maternal participants across 5 government health facilities in Lusaka and is following infants to one year of age. As part of this study, I have been actively involved in pre-implementation protocol development, study activation, protocol amendments, budget administration, community sensitizations, data cleaning and analysis, and manuscript writing. In addition, I serve as the Investigator of Record for a CDC-funded implementation science study of point-of-care CD4+ testing in the antenatal population, which is poised to start in mid-2013. This 2-year project aims to evaluate the impact of point-of-care testing in the setting of the World Health Organization’s “Option B+” PMTCT strategy. As a junior UNC faculty member living in Zambia, I am delighted to participate in the HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Unit in the role of site investigator. I look forward to working with faculty across all three sites (Zambia, Malawi, U.S.) to develop and implement locally relevant clinical trials in the fields of PMTCT and maternal and child health.


B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2000
M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, 2005
Certificate, Emory University School of Medicine, 2009


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