Damani Piggott is the inaugural Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Diversity and Partnerships. In this position, he helps support graduate level diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, and efforts to promote pathways to graduate education. He directs the Johns Hopkins Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative, a $150 million effort supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies directed at connecting the exceptional talent that exists at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions to STEM graduate education and future STEM leadership.
An Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Dr. Piggott has worked on clinical and research projects in urban and rural communities in the United States, the Caribbean, West Africa, and South Africa. He is actively engaged in the clinical care of patients with HIV. His research centers on understanding the biological, behavioral, and social determinant pathways necessary to improve survival and quality of life for persons aging with HIV.
Dr. Piggott received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Spanish from Morehouse College. He then obtained his PhD degree in Immunology and his medical degree from Yale University. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Yale New Haven Hospital and fellowship training in Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins. A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Scholar, Dr. Piggott is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.