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Nadia A. Sam-Agudu M.D.

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Primary Appointment: Pediatrics
Additional Title(s): Senior Technical Advisor, Pediatric HIV, IHV-Nigeria
Location: IHV, 454N
Phone: 410-706-1941
Fax: 410-706-1944

Personal History:

Nadia Sam-Agudu is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Senior Technical Advisor, Pediatric HIV for the Institute of Human Virology-Nigeria. Dr. Sam-Agudu graduated from Mayo Medical School and completed her Pediatrics residency and Pediatric Infectious Disease fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She is  Board Certified in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Sam-Agudu was born and raised in West Africa, and she is committed to establishing and preserving excellent health for African children. Dr. Sam-Agudu is the Senior Technical Advisor, Pediatric HIV at the Institute of Human Virology in Nigeria where she is involved in implementing effective and sustainable systems of healthcare delivery for the prevention and treatment of pediatric HIV. She continues to provide mentoring and technical support to local physicians in the care and treatment of over 8,000  HIV-infected Nigerian children.

Research Interests:

Dr. Sam-Agudu is Principal Investigator on a PMTCT implementation research grant entitled: "The Impact of Mentor Mother Programs on PMTCT Service Uptake and Retention at Primary Healthcare Facilities in Nigeria (MoMent Nigeria)" funded by the Canadian Government and supported by the World Health Organization.

The MoMent study is evaluating the impact of Mentor Mothers on prevention services, disease outcomes, and feasibility of this community-based model for PMTCT service delivery. Her research goals in implementation science include studying effective systems to transition HIV-infected adolescents into adult care; effectiveness of Option B+ for the Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and effective delivery systems for the Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.


  1. John CC, Park GS, Sam-Agudu NA, Opoka RO, Boivin, MJ. Serum levels of IL-8, MCP-1, G-CSF and IL-1ra in children with malaria: relationship to disease severity and mortality. Cytokine 2008; 41:204- 208.
  2. Sam-Agudu NA, Greene J, Opoka RO, Kazura JW, Boivin MJ, Zimmerman PA, Riedesel MA, Schimmenti LA, John CC. TLR9 polymorphisms are associated with altered IFN-¿ levels in children with cerebral malaria. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2010; 82(4): 548-555.
  3. Greene JA, Sam-Agudu NA, John CC, Opoka RO, Zimmerman PA, Kazura JW. Toll-like receptor  polymorphisms and cerebral malaria: TLR2 Delta22 polymorphism is associated with protection from cerebral malaria in a case-control study. Malaria Journal 2012 11: 47. doi:10.1186/1475-2875-11-47.
  4. Sam-Agudu NA, Cornelius LJ, Okundaye JN, Adeyemi OA, Isah HO, Wiwa OM, Adejuyigbe E,Galadanci H, Afe AJ, Jolaoso I, Bassey E, Charurat ME. The impact of mentor mother programs on PMTCT service uptake and retention-in-care at primary health care facilities in Nigeria: a prospective cohort study (MoMent Nigeria). J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2014 Nov 1;67 Suppl 2:S132-8. doi:10.1097/QAI.0000000000000331.