Karla Thornton, MD, MPH is a Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico and currently serves as a Senior Associate Director of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). Her clinical expertise is in the treatment of viral hepatitis and she oversees all of the Viral Hepatitis Programs run out of the ECHO Institute including the Community, Corrections and Indian Country HCV TeleECHO programs. Through these programs, she trains primary care providers and their teams how to comprehensively care for patients with chronic HCV. In addition, she started the New Mexico Peer Education Project: Prisoner Health is Community Health in 2009, which trains New Mexico state prisoners to be peer educators and experts in HCV, other infectious diseases and addiction. She currently serves as the co-chair of the World Health Organization’s Guidelines Development Group for the treatment of persons with hepatitis C virus infection.