Carlos Acuna-Villaorduna, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Infectious Diseases

MD, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

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Dr. Carlos Acuña-Villaorduña is an infectious disease specialist with interest in tuberculosis, tropical medicine, and mathematical modelling of infectious diseases. After finishing medical school, he worked as a researcher at the “Alexander Von Humboldt Tropical Medicine Institute” in Lima, Peru, the largest tropical medicine in South America, where he successfully collaborated in several research projects in tuberculosis epidemiology and diagnostics. After moving to the United States to complete his medical training, he earned a master degree in epidemiology at the “University of London”. He currently holds an appointment as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University and provide care for patients at the tuberculosis clinic of Boston. Dr. Acuña-Villaorduña is interested in understanding the complex mechanisms leading to tuberculosis transmission in developing countries. His research focuses on investigating the ability of certain mycobacterial strains to survive in the environment and to produce infection and disease.

2006 Hipolito Unanue National Prize in Medicine
2003 Abeefe Bristol Myers Price in Research in Medicine

Ultra: Accuracy of the Xpert Ultra for Diagnosis of Pulmonary Tuberculosis
09/01/2017 - 01/31/2021 (PI)
Medical University of South Carolina NIH-NIAID


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  1. Sinha P, Carwile M, Bhargava A, Cintron C, Acuna-Villaorduna C, Lakshminarayan S, Liu AF, Kulatilaka N, Locks L, Hochberg NS. How much do Indians pay for tuberculosis treatment? A cost analysis. Public Health Action. 2020 Sep 21; 10(3):110-117.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33134125; PMCID: PMC7577002; DOI: 10.5588/pha.20.0017;
  2. Fennelly KP, Acuna-Villaorduna C, Jones-Lopez E, Lindsley WG, Milton DK. Microbial Aerosols: New Diagnostic Specimens for Pulmonary Infections. Chest. 2020 03; 157(3):540-546. PMID: 31678308; PMCID: PMC7062556; DOI: 10.1016/j.chest.2019.10.012;
  3. Acuña-Villaorduña C, Ayakaka I, Schmidt-Castellani LG, Mumbowa F, Marques-Rodrigues P, Gaeddert M, White LF, Palaci M, Ellner JJ, Dietze R, Joloba M, Fennelly KP, Jones-López EC. Host Determinants of Infectiousness in Smear-Positive Patients With Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2019 Jun; 6(6):ofz184.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31205972; PMCID: PMC6557197; DOI: 10.1093/ofid/ofz184;
  4. Acuña-Villaorduña C, Schmidt-Castellani LG, Marques-Rodrigues P, White LF, Hadad DJ, Gaeddert M, Ellner JJ, Fennelly KP, Palaci M, Dietze R, Jones-López EC. Cough-aerosol cultures of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the prediction of outcomes after exposure. A household contact study in Brazil. PLoS One. 2018; 13(10):e0206384.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30372480; PMCID: PMC6205616; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0206384;
  5. Geadas C, Acuna-Villaorduna C, Mercier G, Kleinman MB, Horsburgh CR, Ellner JJ, Jacobson KR. FDG-PET/CT activity leads to the diagnosis of unsuspected TB: a retrospective study. BMC Res Notes. 2018 Jul 13; 11(1):464.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30001743; PMCID: PMC6044021; DOI: 10.1186/s13104-018-3564-6;
  6. Acuña-Villaorduña C, Jones-López EC, Fregona G, Marques-Rodrigues P, Gaeddert M, Geadas C, Hadad DJ, White LF, Pereira Dutra Molina L, Vinhas S, Ribeiro-Rodrigues R, Salgame P, Palaci M, Alland D, Ellner JJ, Dietze R. Intensity of exposure to pulmonary tuberculosis determines risk of tuberculosis infection and disease. Eur Respir J. 2018 01; 51(1).View Related Profiles. PMID: 29348181; PMCID: PMC6719538; DOI: 10.1183/13993003.01578-2017;
  7. Acuna-Villaorduna C, Branch-Elliman W, Strymish J, Gupta K. Active identification of patients who are methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonized is not associated with longer duration of vancomycin therapy. Am J Infect Control. 2017 Oct 01; 45(10):1081-1085.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28629753
  8. Boum Y, Kim S, Orikiriza P, Acuña-Villaorduña C, Vinhas S, Bonnet M, Nyehangane D, Mwanga-Amumpaire J, Fennelly KP, Jones-López EC. Diagnostic Accuracy of the Small Membrane Filtration Method for Diagnosis of Pulmonary Tuberculosis in a High-HIV-Prevalence Setting. J Clin Microbiol. 2016 06; 54(6):1520-1527. PMID: 27030493; PMCID: PMC4879284; DOI: 10.1128/JCM.00017-16;
  9. Jones-López EC, Acuña-Villaorduña C, Ssebidandi M, Gaeddert M, Kubiak RW, Ayakaka I, White LF, Joloba M, Okwera A, Fennelly KP. Cough Aerosols of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the Prediction of Incident Tuberculosis Disease in Household Contacts. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Jul 01; 63(1):10-20.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27025837; PMCID: PMC5006106; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciw199;
  10. Acuña-Villaorduña C, White L, Fennelly K, Jones-Lopez E. The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Transmission of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis: Sputum versus aerosol. Elsevier. Amsterdam. 2016; 16:771-772. View Publication
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