Class of 1962’s Evans Participates in Larner Lecture on HIV/AIDS Patient Care
- By Jennifer Nachbur
The 2014 Robert Larner, M.D. Lecture focused on “Across the Decades: Caring for Patients with HIV/AIDS,” and featured several panelists, including University of Vermont College of Medicine Class of 1962 alumnus Donald T. Evans, M.D., a retired primary care physician and HIV/AIDS patient care pioneer and champion from Sandy Hook, Conn. The panel discussion, which included HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Care Clinic clinicians Christopher Grace, M.D., UVM professor of medicine, and Deborah Kutzko, A.P.R.N., and two patients living with HIV, took place on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., in the Sullivan Classroom, Medical Education Center Room 200, at the UVM College of Medicine.
As a solo family medicine practitioner in Connecticut, Evans’ work with AIDS patients began long before the syndrome was identified. After caring for the first AIDS patients in the state of Connecticut, he founded the AIDS Project of Greater Danbury (Conn.) in 1987 and was elected as the organization’s president in 2002. This non-profit organization offers many services to the HIV/AIDS community, including extensive case management, assistance with housing needs, mental health counseling, support groups, financial assistance, HIV counseling and testing, youth and community outreach and education, and a needle exchange program. Evans, who is now retired, was recognized with the UVM College of Medicine Alumni Association’s 1996 Service to Medicine & Community Award, and has been honored with numerous additional awards for his efforts to stem AIDS prejudice, as well as to ensure that the medical and social needs of people with AIDS get met.