Peter Kerndt, MD MPH

Senior TB and HIV Medical Advisor to USAID

Dr. Kerndt graduated from Marquette University, obtained his medical training at the University of Iowa, completed a medical Internship at San Francisco General Hospital, an Internal Medicine Residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL, a Preventive Medicine Residency/EIS Fellowship at the CDC, obtained an MPH in Epidemiology from UCLA and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine and Public Health. 

Dr. Kerndt worked for over 25 years in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health where he served as Director of the HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Program, Sexually Transmitted Disease Program, and Tuberculosis Control Program.   

He has been the Principal Investigator on numerous CDC and NIH-funded research studies and has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He was a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Infectious Disease at LAC+USC Medical Center where he saw patients in the Rand Schrader HIV Clinic (5P21) for thirteen years.  He currently is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, Fielding School of Public Health where he has co-taught a graduate-level course on HIV/STDs.

Dr. Kerndt re-joined the CDC Center for Global Health, Division of HIV and Tuberculosis in November 2015 and worked in the PEPFAR Program in Maputo, Mozambique as Associate Director of Programs and Associate Director for Science through June 2020.  

He currently serves as a Senior TB and HIV Medical Advisor to USAID under the Public Health Institute STAR Fellowship Program in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, Office of Infectious Diseases, Tuberculosis Division.