Zandraetta Tims-Cook, MD, MPH, AAHIVS
Zandraetta Tims-Cook, MD, MPH, AAHIVS is a board-certified infectious diseases specialist in Atlanta, GA. She attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and majored in pre-med/ biology. She grew interested in the health concerns of women while studying Public Health/ Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University in New York, NY. She became especially concerned about HIV health disparities involving African-American women in the late 1990s and decided on a career in medicine in the field of infectious diseases. She is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and completed internal medicine residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. She returned to her home state of Georgia for infectious diseases fellowship training at Emory University in Atlanta.
Dr. Tims-Cook maintains an interest in HIV health disparities, particularly disparities seen amongst women. She has published research with the HIV Prevention Trials Network. She is involved in community outreach efforts in HIV education and founded The Heather Ivy Society, Inc. a non-profit support group for women who are living with HIV. Dr. Tims-Cook is, also, active in the Health Careers Program at Spelman College, which supports the pre-medical education of young women at the institution.
She is currently an associate professor of medicine at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and has recently embarked upon establishing an infectious diseases practice for the hospital.
Dr. Tims-Cook is the proud mother of two teenaged daughters, who share her love of learning, music and humanity. They are members of the Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta, GA.
Hermeyone Bell, APRN, BC, AAHIVS
Hermeyone Bell has been practicing as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care and as a HIV Specialist for more than 24 years. A graduate of Georgia State University’s undergraduate and graduate nursing programs in Atlanta, GA, Ms. Bell has followed her passion in caring for people living with and at risk for HIV. She has furthered her experience and education in the field of HIV as a healthcare provider, researcher, advocate, educator and community volunteer to bring HIV awareness to the community.
Ms. Bell’s healthcare journey began as an EKG Technician/Candy Striper in her hometown of Washington, DC. She joined the U.S. Army after graduating from high school and served as a Medic. During her tour in Germany in the early 80s, she finally found her calling. Caring for people influenced by HIV.
Ms. Bell currently has her own practice, Bell Primary Care, LLC., which provides primary care services via telemedicine and house calls with limited in-person office visits. This model of care will assist patients in being more participatory in their care by having visit options that meet their needs. Her motto, “I educate so that patients can participate in their care.” She describes herself as a facilitator of care, helping the patient to be as successful in their care as they can be when given the tools and resources to do so.
Ms. Bell lives in metro Atlanta, GA and enjoys family, arts and crafts, movies, reading and professional football.
Andrea Jefferson-Saboor, FNP-C
Andrea is a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in HIV/AIDS care. She completed her undergraduate studies at Florida A&M University. She earned her Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate at Florida International University and her Masters of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner at Kennesaw State University. She is board certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She is currently at Faebris Medical and Community Education where she is responsible for managing the care of individuals presenting for PrEP, STI screening and treatment and HIV primary care.
She has extensive nursing experience with the majority of her career being in HIV/AIDS, which is her ABSOLUTE passion. She has worked as a provider, educator, preceptor, mentor, speaker and panelist. She began her career at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL in Medical/Surgical. She moved to Atlanta and has worked in various areas of nursing that included Home health, Emergency Medicine, HIV/AIDS, Urgent Care, and Urogynecology. Her passion for HIV/AIDS led her to co-author an HIV curriculum on “Adverse Drug Interactions of Antiretrovirals in the Emergency Department for Emergency Care Nurses and a poster presentation entitled Use of the Emergency Department by the HIV Infected Patient: Assessment, Education, Testing, and Prevention at the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 17th Annual Conference. She also served as a nurse mentor in the capacity building program “Strengthening Our AIDS Response” (SOAR) in Kwazulu-Natal South Africa.
She has served on many pharmaceutical speaker bureau and advisory boards. She is a member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), and American Academy of HIV Medicine(AAHIVM), the American Nurses Association(ANA) and the Georgia Nurses Association(GNA). She has received honors from Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, Who’s Who Among Nurses and Grady Great 100. She received the Chi Eta Phi Sorority Nursing Achievement award numerous other community service awards.
She is very active in the community and spends a lot of her time as a guest speaker, panelist and volunteer at many HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention programs at AIDS service organizations, schools, churches, clinics and anywhere else that someone will listen.