Dr. Marcus Conant, an early pioneer in HIV patient care during the 1980s, ran the inpatient dermatology service at the University of California San Francisco. Recognizing the impending global epidemic, he founded the Kaposi’s Sarcoma Research & Education Foundation in 1982, later evolving into the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Despite staggering early mortality rates, he conducted crucial clinical trials. Beyond clinical care, Marcus’s holistic approach extended to education, research, and advocacy. He is now a clinical professor emeritus at the University of California Medical Center and a prolific author, testifying before Congress and advocating for the LGBTQ community.