Professor of Medicine, Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice


Dr. Flanigan is a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Miriam and Rhode Island Hospitals and Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

He came to Brown Medical School in 1991 to help establish a network of primary care for individuals living with HIV, with a particular focus on women, people who inject drugs and anyone leaving prison.
Dr. Flanigan developed the HIV Care Program at the State Prison to provide care for people living with HIV and link them to community based resources upon release. Over 70% of individuals in Rhode Island who have HIV link with primary medical care at The Immunology Center.

Dr. Flanigan has been the PI on two special projects of national significance funded by HRSA to develop combined therapy for people who inject drugs and have HIV, as well as a model program of linkage to care for HIV person's leaving jail. 

He was the recipient of a community health leadership award from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the development of outstanding primary care for underserved individuals living with HIV.  In 2005, he received an honorary doctorate from Salve Regina University for his support of educational opportunities for children of incarcerated parents.  Dr. Flanigan helped develop scholarship programs for children of incarcerated persons (RISE - Rhode Island Sponnsored Education and Starkids of Newport and New Bedford).  In 2014 he spent 2 months in Liberia training health care workers to maintain safety in the face of the Ebola epidemic and to reopen St. Joseph’s Hospital.  More recently, he has initiated research projects in the area of Lyme Disease and Tickborne Illnesses.

He is the PI for NIH training programs to train investigators in the area of HIV and other infectious diseases both globally and domestically, particularly related to substance use disorders.     

Dr. Flanigan is a permanent deacon in the Catholic Disoese of Providence.

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