Richard Kaplan received his medical degree from the University of Amsterdam in 1993. He has over 10 years of experience in managing patients on antiretroviral treatment. From 2002 to 2007, he worked for the Department of Health at the Hannan Crusaid Treatment Centre, a dedicated community based antiretroviral clinic which was established by the DTHF and the Western Cape Department of Health.
In 2007 he joined the DTHF and has worked as a principal investigator on four and as a sub-investigator on 22 HIV treatment studies. While working at the DTHF CTU he has maintained his interest in primary care medicine with a focus on the integration of TB and antiretroviral services in the primary care services.
He has worked closely with the Cape Town City Health Directorate in piloting and evaluating integrated TB/HIV service delivery models. He also manages a distance learning course, the Adult HIV Education Programme for nurses and doctors working in the HIV and TB services.