Phati Gabunia MD. PhD.

Infectionist

Place of Work

  1. GGRC Georgian-German Center for Reproductive Medicine
  2. 4a Tamarashvili str., Tbilisi, Georgia
  3. +995 322 83 34 43

Specialty

Infectious Diseases

Scientific Rank

Doctor of Medicine, Professor

Professional Interests

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Viral Diseases
Professional Skills
Health Care 100%
Patient Relationship 100%
Professional Development 100%

Date of Birth: 26.06.1971

Specialty: Physician-Infectionist

Place of work/ Position: GGRC Georgian-German Center for Reproductive Medicine, Doctor Physician-Infectionist

Work Experience:

2019-present-Georgian-German Reproductive Center-Infectiologist
2006 – present: The head of N2 inpatient department at the Infectious Diseases, AIDS and Clinical Immunology Center
2000–2006: Infectious Diseases, AIDS and Clinical Immunology Center, AIDS Dispensary Unit, Physician-Infectionist
1997–2000: G. Mukhadze Institute of Hematology and Transfusiology, Inpatient Unit, Physician-Aspirant
1995–1996: N1 Clinical Hospital, General Reanimation Unit, Physician-Intern
1993–1995: Burn Center, Reanimation Unit, Nurse on duty

Teaching Experience :

2016 – present: David Aghmashenebeli University of Georgia, Faculty of Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Invited Lecturer
2014 – present: Ivane Javakhishvili State University, Faculty of Medicine, Residency in Infectious Diseases, HIV/AIDS module teacher
2006 – present: Grigol Robakidze University, Faculty of Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Associate Professor
2001–2006: Medical School “Panatsea”, teacher of Hematology and Transfusiology
2000–2001: N2 Medical Technical School, teacher of Physiotherapy course
1998–1999: Medical School “Aieti” – teacher of Hematology and Transfusiology

Published Papers :
Books / Monographs
1. “Consolidated Guideline of using antiretroviral medicaments in HIV/AIDS treatment and prophylaxis”. National recommendation of clinical practice (guideline), 2017. http://moh.gov.ge/ka/guidelines/
2. Management of opportunistic infections in HIV infected patients. National recommendation of clinical practice (guideline), 2017. http://moh.gov.ge/ka/guidelines/
3. “показания тестирования на вич инфекцию”, национальная рекомендация-гаидлаин клинической практики для внедрения рутинного тестирования на вич антитела в заведениях здравохранения, 2015, Sokhumi
4. Online course: “Improving the implementation of early diagnosis of HIV in Healthcare Institutions”, 2014. http://aidscenter.ge/online_geo.html
5. “Indications of testing for HIV infection”, National recommendation of clinical practice – guideline for implementation of testing of HIV antibodies in healthcare institutions and improvement of HIV/AIDS detection and diagnosis in Georgia, 2013, Tbilisi
6. “Management of Tuberculosis and HIV co infection”, Clinical Protocol for WHO European Region. 2013 revision. http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/78124/E90840_Chapter_4.pdf
7. “Patient Evaluation and Antiretroviral Treatment for Adults and Adolescents”, Clinical Protocol for WHO European Region. 2012 revision. http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0012/152013/e95794.pdf
8. “Management of Hepatitis B and HIV co infection”, Clinical Protocol for WHO European Region. 2011 revision. http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/152012/e95792.pdf
9. “Prophylaxis and management of non-infectious accompanying diseases in HIV infected patients” – guiding recommendation, 2010, first version, Tbilisi
10. “Prophylaxis of transmitting HIV/AIDS from mother to child” – based on WHO, DHHS and EACS guidelines of the years 2009-2010, adapted for Georgia, 2010, first version, Tbilisi
11. Regional consultation on revision of the clinical protocols “HIV/AIDS treatment and care” for the WHO European Region. Technical report. 7 October 2010 Kiev, Ukraine WHO Regional Office for Europe United Nations Children’s Fund. http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/131132/e94674.pdf
12. “Treatment and care of HIV/AIDS infected patients”. National recommendation of clinical practice (guideline). 2008 http://moh.gov.ge/ka/guidelines/
13. Management of co infection of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. National recommendation of clinical practice (guideline). 2008 http://moh.gov.ge/ka/guidelines/

Scientific Articles:

1. Immune thrombocytopenia in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. 2017. Research and Practice in Thrombosis and Haemostasis,1(S1): 1364-1365. PB 2381 // Special Issue: Abstracts of the XXVI Congress of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, July 8–13, 2017. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/rth2.2017.1.issue-S1/issuetoc#content
1. “A Study Evaluating the Rates of Sustained Virologic Response (SVR) Among Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Treatment Experienced Dually (HIV/HCV Co-Infected) Infected Patients”.2017 EACS. http://adisinsight.springer.com/trials/700291084
2. “Late presentation of HIV infection in the country of Georgia: 2012-2015”. 2017 Research Article. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320723242_
3. “HIV/AIDS situational overview in Georgia – 2014 data“. Experimental and Clinical Medicine, #1, 2015
4. “HIV/HCV and HIV/HBV co-infections in Georgia”, N. Bolokadze, L. Sharvadze, P. Gabunia, M. Svanidze, T. Tsertsvadze. US-Georgia Program-Development Workshop on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis, 16-18 June 2014, Tbilisi, Georgia
5. « TB/HIV coinfection in Georgia » P. Gabunia US-Georgia Program-Development Workshop on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis, 16-18 June 2014, Tbilisi, Georgia
6. Long-term Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) in the Republic of Georgia”. Chkhartishvili N. Sharvadze L, Chokoshvili O, Gabunia P, Tsertsvadze T. Paper #582. 20thConference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2013), March 3-6, 2013, Atlanta, GA, USA
7. “The first kidney transplant in HIV infected patient in Georgia” A Chkhotua · P Gabunia · A Tataradze · N Nibladze · T Tsertsvadze· L Managadze · Georgian medical news 11/2013;
8. “ Poor agreement between interferon-gamma release assays and the tuberculin skin test among HIV-infected individuals in the country of Georgia” Nikoloz Chkhartishvili · Russell R Kempker · Natia Dvali · Lela Abashidze · Lali Sharavdze · Pati Gabunia · Henry M Blumberg ·Carlos Del Rio · Tengiz Tsertsvadze ·BMC Infectious Diseases 11/2013; 13(1):513. DOI:10.1186/1471-2334-13-513 · 2.61 Impact Factor
9. “TB/HIV Co-infection in Georgia”, N. Bolokadze, P. Gabunia, K. Mshvidobadze, N. Lanchava, T. Tsertsvadze. 14th European AIDS Conference, October 16-19 2013, Brussels, Belgium.
10. “ Factors associated with late HIV diagnosis in Georgia”. Chkahrtishvili N, Rukhadze N, Sharvadze L, Gabunia P, Gamkrelidze A, Tsertsvadze T. HIV in Europe 2012 Copenhagen Conference. Abstract no. PS5/03.
11. HIV/AIDS associated visceral leishmaniasis in Georgia”, N. Bolokadze*, P. Gabunia, L. Sharvadze, L. Gatserelia, T. Tsertsvadze, 22nd ECCMID, 31 March-3 April, 2012, London, United Kingdom
12. “HV/AIDS-associated visceral leishmaniasis in Georgia”. ECCMID 2012. https://www.escmid.org/escmid_publications/escmid_elibrary
13. “ Outcomes of Universal Access to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) in Georgia “ Tengiz Tsertsvadze · Nikoloz Chkhartishvili · Lali Sharvadze · Natia Dvali · Otar Chokoshvili · Pati Gabunia · Akaki Abutidze · Kenrad Nelson · Jack Dehovitz · Carlos Del Rio · AIDS research and treatment 02/2011; 2011:621078. DOI:10.1155/2011/621078
14. “Neurological Disorders in HIV/AIDS patients in Georgia”. Bolokadze N., Sharvadze L., Gabunia P., Gatserelia L., Tsertsvadze T. 25th IUSTI-Europe Conference, Sept. 23-25, 2010, Tbilisi, Georgia.
15. “Overview of HIV epidemiological situation in Georgia” 2009. Georgian Medical News. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/23759966
16. TB/HIV Co Infection In Georgia” “Georgian Medical News, 2008, N12 (165), p.7-10 (Salakaia A. Kiria N. Kandelaki G. Tsertvadze T.)
17. “Antiretroviral Treatment in Georgia” Georgian Medical News, 2008, N12 (165), p.11-16 ( Tsertvadze T. Bolokadze N.Sharvadze L. Dvali N .)
18. ”Neurological Complications in Patients with HIV/AIDS” Georgian Medical News, 2008, N12 (165), p.34-38 (Bolokadze N. Ezugbaia M. Gatserelia L. Khechiashvili G.)

Works Presented on Conference:

  1. Immune thrombocytopenia in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. 2017. Research and Practice in Thrombosis and Haemostasis,1(S1): 1364-1365. PB 2381 // Special Issue: Abstracts of the XXVI Congress of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, July 8–13, 2017. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/rth2.2017.1.issue-S1/issuetoc#content
  2. “A Study Evaluating the Rates of Sustained Virologic Response (SVR) Among Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Treatment Experienced Dually (HIV/HCV Co-Infected) Infected Patients”.2017 EACS. http://adisinsight.springer.com/trials/700291084
  3. “Late presentation of HIV infection in the country of Georgia: 2012-2015”. 2017 Research Article. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320723242
  4.  September 30- October 3, 2015, Tbilisi, Georgia, The 7th Eurasia Congress of Infectious Diseases “Clinical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Immunology and Epidemiology” , Oral Presentation: “HIV/AIDS and Co-infection with HIV/AIDS”
  5. June 16-18, 2014, Tbilisi, Georgia, US-Georgia Partnership in Science, U.S.-Georgia Program-Development Workshop on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Hepatitis, Oral Presentation: ”HIV/TB Co-infection in Georgia”
  6. October 16-19, 2013 Brussels , Belgium, 14th European AIDS Conference, Poster Presentation: “TB/HIV Co-infection in Georgia”
  7. 31 March-3 April 2012, London, United Kingdom, The 22th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Poster Presentation “ Late HIV Diagnosis in Georgia: reasons and consequences”
  8. 31 March-3 April 2012, London, United Kingdom, The 22th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Poster Presentation “HIV/AIDS -Associated Visceral Leishmaniasis in Georgia”
  9. “Factor associated with late HIV diagnosis in Georgia” Nikoloz Chkhartishvili , N Rukhadze , L Sharavdze, P Gabunia1, A Gamkrelidze , T Tsertsvadze. HIV in Europe. Conference 18 – 20 March 2012. University of Copenhagen.
  10. “Neurological Disorders in HIV/AIDS patients in Georgia”. Bolokadze N., Sharvadze L., Gabunia P., Gatserelia L., Tsertsvadze T. 25th IUSTI-Europe Conference, Sept. 23-25, 2010, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Current Scientific-Research Interests (Researches / Projects/Grants):

  • 2017 – present: Expert on the pilot project of Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti’s diseases control center: “Early detection of Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis in primary healthcare system”
  • 2016: Infectionist-researcher in medical grant of Infectious Diseases, AIDS and Clinicl Immunology Center and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (NIAID/NIH/HHS) and International Science and Technology Center (ISTC), on the topic: „Studying prevalence of bartonellosis among HIV/AIDS infected patients in Georgia“
  • 11. 2015–2016: Infectionist-researcher in medical grant of Infectious Diseases, AIDS and Clinicl Immunology Center and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (NIAID/NIH/HHS) and International Science and Technology Center (ISTC), on the topic: „Assessment of HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis incidence forecast markers in Georgia“
  • 12. 2013–2015: Infectionist-researcher in medical grant of Infectious Diseases, AIDS and Clinicl Immunology Center and EUROSIDA, on the topic: „Co infection of Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS in Georgia“

General/ Scientific Research Skills:

  • Identification of infectious diseases’ causing agents
  • Assessment of transmission ways of infectious diseases’ causes
  • Using modern methods of diagnosis
  • Using modern and evidence-based methods for choosing treatment tactics

Professional Development:

  • 2017 – present: Primary healthcare system expert in implementation of pilot projects
  • 2016 – present: Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, national recommendation – review board member of guidelines
  • 2011 – present: WHO, panel member of clinical protocol developers’ team for European Region
  • 2008 – present: Global Fund of fighting against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, main expert of the project implemented in conflict region
  • 2008 – present: Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, expert of the field (HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases)
  • 02.05.2007: Ministry of Education and Science, Academic Degree of Doctor
  • 25.05.2001: State certificate: Series I a08 N 011013, Permitted specialty – Infectious Diseases
  • 1999–2000: Tbilisi State Medical Academy, Qualification “Infectious Diseases”

Leading the Dissertation Topic / Being Reviewer / Being Opponent:

Leading the dissertation topic:

  1. Doctorate degree candidate – Physician-infectionist Shota Rainauli, city of Telavi, Dissertation topic: „Endoscopic peculiarities of diarrheic microflora among HIV/AIDS infected patients in Georgia” (in process of working)

Being Reviewer/Opponent (Consultant):

  1. Doctorate degree candidate – Ekaterine Dolmazashvili, Georgian-French Hepatological Clinic “Hepa”, dissertation topic „comparative description of other assessment methods of liver elastography and liver fibrosis“. It was successfully conducted on February 2, 2017 at morphology institute auditorium in Ivane Javakhishvili State University
  2. Doctorate degree candidate – Nikoloz Chkhartishvili, deputy director at infectious diseases, AIDS and clinical immunology center, dissertation topic: “Disease solutions and their outcomes among HIV/AIDS infected patients in Georgia”. It was successfully conducted on October 30, 2016 at morphology institute auditorium in Ivane Javakhishvili State University
  3. Doctorate degree candidate – Natia Dvali, Virusology lab physician at infectious diseases, AIDS and clinical immunology center, dissertation topic: “Spreading of HIV genetic types and resistant stamps in Georgia”. It was successfully conducted on October 30, 2016 at morphology institute auditorium in Ivane Javakhishvili State University
  4. Doctorate degree candidate – Marine Karchava, Virusology lab physician at infectious diseases, AIDS and clinical immunology center, dissertation topic: “importance of Hepatitis C virus and host factors in forecasting disease solution”. It was successfully conducted on October 22, 2016 at morphology institute auditorium in Ivane Javakhishvili State University

Editor / Reviewer:

  • 03.2017 – Review of dissertation of doctorate degree candidate N. Badridze at Ivane Javakhishvili Satet university, on the topic: „HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C co infection epidemiology, treatment solutions and forecasts in Georgia“
  • 11. 2015 – Review of article of doctorate degree candidate I. Ignatieva at DAUG, on the topic: „Assessing awareness of dentists regarding HIV/AIDS“
  • 05. 2015 – Review of article of doctorate degree candidate I. Ignatieva at DAUG, on the topic: „Assessing HIV/AIDS epidemiological situation, 2014“

Participating in governmental and non-governmental commissions:

  • 29.04.2015 – present: state program of Hepatitis C elimination, member of medical documentation reviewers’ team
  • 2017 – present: Primary healthcare system expert in implementation of pilot projects
  • 2016 – present: Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, national recommendation – review board member of guidelines
  • 2011 – present: WHO, panel member of clinical protocol developers’ team for European Region
  • 2008 – present: Global Fund of fighting against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, main expert of the project implemented in conflict region
  • 2008 – present: Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, expert of the field (HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases)

Participating in International Forums and Presenting Works:

1. Immune thrombocytopenia in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. 2017. Research and Practice in Thrombosis and Haemostasis,1(S1): 1364-1365. PB 2381 // Special Issue: Abstracts of the XXVI Congress of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, July 8–13, 2017. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/rth2.2017.1.issue-S1/issuetoc#content
2. “A Study Evaluating the Rates of Sustained Virologic Response (SVR) Among Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Treatment Experienced Dually (HIV/HCV Co-Infected) Infected Patients”.2017 EACS. http://adisinsight.springer.com/trials/700291084
3. “Late presentation of HIV infection in the country of Georgia: 2012-2015”. 2017 Research Article. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320723242_
4. September 30- October 3, 2015, Tbilisi, Georgia, The 7th Eurasia Congress of Infectious Diseases “Clinical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, Immunology and Epidemiology” , Oral Presentation: “HIV/AIDS and Co-infection with HIV/AIDS”
5. June 16-18, 2014, Tbilisi, Georgia, US-Georgia Partnership in Science, U.S.-Georgia Program-Development Workshop on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Hepatitis, Oral Presentation: ”HIV/TB Co-infection in Georgia”
6. October 16-19, 2013 Brussels , Belgium, 14th European AIDS Conference, Poster Presentation: “TB/HIV Co-infection in Georgia”
7. 31 March-3 April 2012, London, United Kingdom, The 22th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Poster Presentation “ Late HIV Diagnosis in Georgia: reasons and consequences”
8. 31 March-3 April 2012, London, United Kingdom, The 22th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Poster Presentation “HIV/AIDS -Associated Visceral Leishmaniasis in Georgia”
9. “Factor associated with late HIV diagnosis in Georgia” Nikoloz Chkhartishvili , N Rukhadze , L Sharavdze, P Gabunia1, A Gamkrelidze , T Tsertsvadze. HIV in Europe. Conference 18 – 20 March 2012. University of Copenhagen.
10. “Neurological Disorders in HIV/AIDS patients in Georgia”. Bolokadze N., Sharvadze L., Gabunia P., Gatserelia L., Tsertsvadze T. 25th IUSTI-Europe Conference, Sept. 23-25, 2010, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Stipends, Medical trips ( fellowships):

  • 11.07.2017–16.07.2017: The 10th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, ABBVIE , Scientific trip
  • 29.09.205–30.09.2015: Medical trip to the conflict region of Sokhumi financed by the Global Fund of fighting against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – for implementing the following guideline “показания тестирования на вич инфекцию”, национальная рекомендация-гаидлаин клинической практики для внедрения рутинного тестирования на вич антитела в заведениях здравохранения
  • 19.07.2015–22.07.2015: The 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, ABBVIE , Medical trip

Membership of Academic/Community Organizations :

  • 2017 – present: Member of AIDS Association of Georgia
  • 2014 – present: Member of IAS – International AIDS Society
  • 2008 – present: Member of EASL –European Association of the Study of the Liver
  • 2007 – present: Member of the Association of Georgian Infectionists, Parasitologists, Hepatologists, Epidemiologists and Microbiologists

Computer Skills:
Windows, MS Office, Internet, Email – skilled user.

Languages:
Georgian – Native
Russian – Fluent
English, French – Intermediate