Prof Lee Fairlie is the Director of Maternal and Child Health at Wits RHI. Prof Fairlie has obtained a medical degree (MBChB) from the University of Cape Town in 1997 and a Paediatric Specialist qualification (FCPaeds SA) from the University of Witwatersrand in 2005. She has worked as a paediatrician in the HIV and infectious diseases (specifically TB) field since 2006. Prof Fairlie conducts clinical trials, implementation science research and clinical work, as well as providing technical assistance and programmatic work aimed at strengthening health care for women, children, and adolescents living with HIV or accessing HIV prevention. The clinical and research work that she leads focuses on HIV treatment and prevention, TB, and other vaccine-preventable diseases particularly in maternal populations, children, and adolescents. More recently she has been involved in COVID-19 work, including vaccines, in these and adult populations.
Prof Lee Fairlie is a member of the IMPAACT Treatment Scientific Committee, and several IMPAACT protocol teams, as well as the co-chair of MTN 042/DELIVER. She has been invited to present at international conferences, published over 50 peer-reviewed publications in the field, and received an award from the Wits Faculty of Health Sciences in recognition of her dedication and achievement in Research.