Dr. Evans has extensive experience in infectious disease (specifically HIV/AIDS, TB, STIs, viral hepatitis and tropical medicine), primary care, refugee health and Native American health. With his clinical training in internal/preventive medicine, infectious disease/tropical medicine, as well as graduate training in epidemiology, his career has mostly been geared toward engineering the ideal interface between clinical medicine and public health. His research interests are in HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, tropical and travel medicine, STIs, refugee health and transgender health, with a number of ongoing analyses in these respective fields. He has been principal investigator on five studies, including one focusing on emerging communicable disease surveillance.
His background has also been heavily invested in international health and development, where he worked in a health-care capacity in several countries, including Mexico, Uganda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Peru, Brazil, Myanmar, Korea, Japan, Thailand, India (including Kashmir), Pakistan, Ethiopia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Nepal, Cuba, Israel and the Palestinian Territories – working with MSF, UNICEF, Physicians for Human Rights, Partners in Health, as well as smaller grassroots NGOs. His most recent work focuses on mental health for women affected by sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
He recently started as the deputy health officer for Marin County in Northern California, leading COVID-19 operations in the bay area (namely COVID-19 vaccine mass distribution). His most recent position was as chief medical officer (CMO) for the NYC Office of Emergency Management (EM), where he was responsible for overseeing all EM operations with respect to COVID-19 in the city – particularly alternative care sites (including isolation/quarantine hotels). He also led a successful citywide interagency coordination initiative to integrate our system. Prior to this, he was the CMO for the Santa Cruz county health services agency (HSA), and held a number of leadership positions in the past, including CMO at an FQHC focusing on homeless and migrant health in Southern California, as well as work with the AIDS HealthCare Foundation as the national director of infectious disease. Previously, he served as the director of infectious disease, transgender care, and clinical research at a large FQHC in NYC, where he saw >80,000 patients at 14 centers. At this position, he established one of the first refugee/asylee integrated primary care/mental health programs, helped developed the clinical model for a >$3 million HRSA grant (Special Program of National Significance, SPNS) focusing on transgender women of color, created a hepatitis C training program, and worked on a number of QI projects related to HIV. At this time, he also co-founded the NYC Refugee and Asylee Health Coalition. He has experience managing grants in excess of $20 million. His domestic work also includes serving Native Americans as the community health director with the Indian Health Service, US Department of Health and Human Services at the Wind River reservation in Wyoming.
He holds two faculty appointments with a number of teaching and precepting engagements. He has served on several boards and executive committees. He is an elected board member of the preeminent HIV medical association (HIVMA). He splits his time between Santa Cruz, CA and New York, NY.