Dr. Steven Safyer is a public health leader with a national reputation for developing community-based health initiatives, including one of the first Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) Tuberculosis programs in the state, a coordinated network of AIDS care, and the Rikers Island Correctional Health program. On the strength of these and other programs, Montefiore won the 1996 Outstanding Community Service Award, one of the most prestigious awards that the AAMC bestows.
Beginning in the mid-1980s, at the start of the AIDS epidemic, Dr. Safyer led the medical and mental health program at Rikers Island, where he was a leader in New York City’s effort to stem the emergence of tuberculosis and to address the devastating impact of rising rates of HIV/AIDS. While Director of the Montefiore Rikers program, he was co-PI on grants whose awards totaled close to $7 Million dollars of extra mural research support by such prestigious foundations and agencies as Robert Wood Johnson, National Institute of Drug Addiction, and American Foundation for AIDS Research.
In 1993, he became Medical Director at Montefiore and was thereafter rapidly promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. In January, 2008, following a national search, he was appointed Montefiore's CEO and President, which he has led through a comprehensive strategic planning process, integration of the newly acquired Montefiore North Division, and the signing of an unprecedented ten year affiliation agreement with Einstein, among other initiatives.
Dr. Safyer has been has been a regular lecturer to, and an appointed member of numerous panels and committees for regional and national organizations, including Health and Human Services, Association of American Medical Colleges, American Public Health Association, Aetna, Hospital Association of New York State, the Greater New York Hospital Association, and others.
Dr. Safyer has been active on health care reform in the press, in the debates and discussions, and with the political process, both at a state and national level.
Dr. Safyer received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University. He is a 1982 graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore in the Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine program. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
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