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divya ahuja Divya Ahuja, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine

Dr. Divya Ahuja joined the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine in 2005. A graduate of medical school in New Delhi, India in 1992, he completed parts of his Residency in India and the United Kingdom before ending up at York Hospital in Pennsylvania from 2001 to 2003. After his Residency, Dr. Ahuja completed a Fellowship in Genitourinary Medicine and HIV at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Plymouth Hospital in the United  Kingdom in 2001.  Dr. Ahuja also completed a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Penn State University College of Medicine in 2005. He is  the PI for the TITAN and SC HIV/AIDS Clinical Training Center programs and the Medical Director for the Immunology Center Clinic where he delivers care to over 350 patients.


stephen harrisStephen Harris
Senior Information Resource Consultant

Stephen Harris holds a Bachelor of Science degree Electronic Engineering Technologies from the DeVry Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He began his career in 1984, as an Associate Field Engineer working for aircraft simulator contractor Hughes Training Corporation, now Raytheon Corporation. Stephen held numerous positions including Site Supervisor of helicopter simulation support for the United States Army in Hanau, Germany. In 1991, Hughes Training Corporation established a Telemedicine Department in Augusta, GA where Stephen assumed the duties of Technical Manager. While there, Stephen worked to integrate one of the first telemedicine “turn-key” systems ever produced. Systems subsequently used by organizations such as the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Medical College of Georgia, the University of Alberta, Canada, and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

In 1997 Palmetto Health Alliance Richland tapped him to work in its Information Technology Department in a collaborative telemedicine effort with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

Since officially joining the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 1999 , he has devoted his talents to developing and maintaining equipment within the school which includes the South Carolina Autism Treatment Network (SCATN) and the Tristate Telehealth Advancement Network (TITAN). He utilizes more than 20 years of computer technical support and videoconferencing experience in resolving a wide range of telemedicine and videoconferencing technical issues. Mr. Harris is currently responsible for the 24-hour maintenance of each system within the School of Medicine.


adrena harrisonAdrena Harrison, RN, MSN, ACRN
Project Director

Adrena Harrison is the Project Director for the Tri-State Telehealth Advancement Network (TITAN) and the Director of Education for the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Clinical Training Center, a Local Performance Site (LPS) of the Southeast AIDS Training and Education Center (SEATEC).

Ms. Harrison received her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge, LA, and a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from University of Phoenix, Louisiana Campus. Adrena has 30 years of nursing experience with the last 16 years being devoted to HIV/AIDS care and education. She is an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse.


Kate Hartley, LISW-CP
Mental Health Consultant


lynn hubbardLynn Hubbard
Project Coordinator

Lynn Hubbard has been with the University of South Carolina since 1992. She first worked in the Department of Geological Sciences and then the Dean’s Office in the College of Science and Mathematics. In 1993, she joined the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases at the School of Medicine as the Project Coordinator on the newly funded South Carolina HIV/AIDS Clinical Training Center grant. In addition to being the Project Coordinator for the Clinical Training Center she is the Project Coordinator for the TITAN program. Lynn coordinates the training activities of both programs including the webinars and Preceptorships. She enjoys this type of work, especially getting to meet new people all the time.

tricia phaupTricia Phaup, LMSW, MSW
Medical Case Management Consultant

In Tricia Phaup’s role as Director of Medical Case Management she is responsible for the oversight of staff who provide medical case management for persons who are HIV positive or living with AIDS. Tricia also serves on the South Carolina HIV Planning Council and the SC Ryan White Part B Case Management Workgroup and is a member of the Tri-State Telehealth Advancement Network (TITAN) team.

Before taking the position at the USC Immunology Center in April 2009, Tricia served as Director for sexual health, violence prevention and research at USC for 14 years. In this role she was responsible for the oversight campus-wide sexual health, STD/HIV, relationship violence, and sexual assault educational programs and intervention services.

Ms. Phaup has facilitated numerous presentations and trainings on a state, federal and local level.


steve robertsonSteven Robertson
Information Resource Consultant

Steven Robertson graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree of Technology Support and Training Management in May 2006. Steven has provided support for the Distance Education Project since its inception. With the project, Steven has installed, configured and maintained all of the IT equipment on-site and remotely at the Community Health Center and jail sites.


ralph rynesRalph Rynes, PhD, NCAC
Substance Use Disorder Treatment Consultant

Dr. Ralph Rynes is a board certified addictions treatment Dr. Ralph Rynes is a Board Certified Addictions Treatment Provider with more than 35 years of experience. He has been training both clinicians and lay persons in motivational interviewing for more than 10 years. Dr. Rynes has worked with individuals living with HIV for 28 years. Dr. Rynes earned an undergraduate degree from Clemson University and a Master’s degree at the Universitat Hamburg in Germany before completing his doctoral degrees at I’Universite Denis Diderot and clinical and research residencies in Neurology and Neuroscience at I’Hōpital Pitié Salpȇtnière in Paris, France, followed by post-doctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Rynes specializes in neurobiology of addiction and currently serves as the substance use disorder treatment provider for the Immunology Center at the USC School of Medicine as well as the HIV/AIDS Program Director for LRADAC, the alcohol and drug treatment authority of the Midlands.

Additionally, he provides Latino an gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (including persons living with HIV/AIDS from all groups) cultural sensitivity training as well as training in GLBT specialized treatment issues in addition to HIV/AIDS training for LRADAC, numerous other South Carolina alcohol and drug commissions, South Carolina and other state’s primary health care associations, the National Association of Addictions Counselors, the SC Health Information Management Association, SC DHEC and a host of national organizations.

Special interests include the neurochemical pathways of addiction, prion diseases and currently specialized addictions treatment issues in GLBT and Latino populations.


scott suttonS. Scott Sutton, PharmD, BCPS (AQ ID)
Associate Professor Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Science
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Scott Sutton received his Bachelors of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of South Carolina and completed a Clinical Pharmacy Residency in Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the WJB Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Columbia, SC. Dr. Sutton teaches pharmacotherapy, pharmacokinetics, clinical applications, infectious diseases pharmacotherapy, and clinical research. Dr. Sutton’s practice site is at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the area of infectious diseases and clinical research. He has been awarded teacher and researcher of the year awards from the University of South Carolina. Additionally, he teaches a Pharmacy Board Review Course and has published a book with McGraw Hill. He is an avid Gamecocks fan, golfer, and guitarist and enjoys spending time with his wife and son.


komalether youngKomalether Young, RN, BSN, ACRN

Bio coming soon