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Amneris Esther Luque, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of its Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine. She serves as Medical Director of the HIV Program for the Parkland Health and Hospital System and as Director of the Community Prevention and Intervention Unit in UT Southwestern’s School of Health Professions. She specializes in HIV and other infectious diseases.

Originally from Venezuela, Dr. Luque earned her medical degree at the University of Carabobo in Valencia. She then completed a residency in internal medicine at the Central University of Venezuela, followed by advanced training in infectious diseases through separate fellowships at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the State University of New York at Stony Brook Health Sciences Center.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Luque joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2016. Previously, she served for 22 years at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), where she was the Director of the HIV Program and a key contributor in the development of clinical guidelines and HIV education initiatives for New York State; during that time she also was an investigator for the National Institutes of Health-sponsored AIDS Clinical Trials Group, and she led the effort to obtain NCQA certification as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. 

The author of numerous research articles and invited national and international lectures, Dr. Luque focuses her current clinical studies on community-based participatory research and implementation trials for HIV disease and general infectious diseases.

She is a member of the American Academy of HIV Medicine, the American Society for Microbiology, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the National Hispanic Medical Association, and the Venezuelan Society of Infectious Diseases.

Personal Note

Dr. Luque is passionate about many causes, including providing care and empowering underserved and minority populations to take an active role in their health care and providing education to clinicians in developing countries. She enjoys traveling, attending the theater, watching independent films, playing tennis, and spending time with her family.


Medical School
Universidad De Carabobo (1976)
Universidad Central De Venezuela Luis Razetti (1981), Internal Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center (1983), Infectious Diseases
SUNY at Stony Brook Health Sciences Center (1985), Infectious Diseases

Research Interest

  • Hearing in HIV Infection
  • HIV in Women
  • Human Papillomavitus Infection and Disease in Individuals Living with HIV
  • Use of Technology for Patient Activation


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Effect of Depot Medoxyprogesterone Acetate on Immune Functions and Inflammatory Markers of HIV-Infected Women.
Weinberg A, Park JG, Bosch R, Cho A, Livingston E, Aweeka F, Cramer Y, Watts DH, Luque AE, Cohn SE J. Acquir. Immune Defic. Syndr. 2016 Feb 71 2 137-45
Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate in combination with a twice-daily lopinavir-ritonavir-based regimen in HIV-infected women showed effective contraception and a lack of clinically significant interactions, with good safety and tolerability: results of the ACTG 5283 study.
Luque AE, Cohn SE, Park JG, Cramer Y, Weinberg A, Livingston E, Klingman KL, Aweeka F, Watts DH Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 2015 Apr 59 4 2094-101
Identifying Effective Approaches for Dissemination of Clinical Evidence--Correlation Analyses on Promotional Activities and Usage of a Guideline-Driven Interactive Case Simulation Tool in a Statewide HIV-HCV-STD Clinical Education Program.
Wang D, Le XH, Luque AE Stud Health Technol Inform 2015 216 515-9
Activation of persons living with HIV for treatment, the great study.
Fiscella K, Boyd M, Brown J, Carroll J, Cassells A, Corales R, Cross W, El'Daher N, Farah S, Fine S, Fowler R, Hann A, Luque A, Rodriquez J, Sanders M, Tobin J BMC Public Health 2015 15 1 1056
Hearing function in patients living with HIV/AIDS.
Luque AE, Orlando MS, Leong UC, Allen PD, Guido JJ, Yang H, Wu H Ear Hear 2014 Nov-Dec 35 6 e282-90
Evaluation of an Enhanced Role-Based Access Control model to manage information access in collaborative processes for a statewide clinical education program.
Le XH, Doll T, Barbosu M, Luque A, Wang D J Biomed Inform 2014 Aug 50 184-95
Mycobacterium avium-complex pericarditis: a case of unmasking immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome.
Babu TM, Laguio M, Luque AE, Larppanichpoonphol P Int J STD AIDS 2014 Feb 25 2 148-51
The impact of age on the prognostic capacity of CD8+ T-cell activation during suppressive antiretroviral therapy.
Lok JJ, Hunt PW, Collier AC, Benson CA, Witt MD, Luque AE, Deeks SG, Bosch RJ AIDS 2013 Aug 27 13 2101-10
Bridging the digital divide in HIV care: a pilot study of an iPod personal health record.
Luque AE, Corales R, Fowler RJ, DiMarco J, van Keken A, Winters P, Keefer MC, Fiscella K J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care 2013 Mar-Apr 12 2 117-21
Associations between genital tract infections, genital tract inflammation, and cervical cytobrush HIV-1 DNA in US versus Kenyan women.
Mitchell C, Balkus JE, McKernan-Mullin J, Cohn SE, Luque AE, Mwachari C, Cohen CR, Coombs R, Frenkel LM, Hitti J J. Acquir. Immune Defic. Syndr. 2013 Feb 62 2 143-8


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Honors & Awards

  • CIMA Award on Education
    Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2018)
  • Bridging Fellowship in Neuroimaging
    University of Rochester's Provost Office (2015)
  • NHMA Leadership Award
    National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) (2008)
  • Linda Laubestein Clinical Excellence Award
    New York State DOH AIDS Institute (2002)
  • NHMA Fellowship at New York University
    National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) (2000)
  • Distinguished Physician of the Year
    Visiting Nurse Services (1995)
  • Overseas Study Scholarship (for Infectious Diseases Fellowship)
    Fundacion Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho (Venezuelan Government Program) (1982-1985)
  • Fellowship Award to attend Magister Scientiarum Program
    Universidad Central de Venezuela (1979-1981)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of HIV Medicine (2002)
  • American Society for Microbiology (1992)
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America (1998)
  • National Hispanic Medical Association (2000)
  • Venezuelan Society of Infectious Diseases (1986)