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Peter A. Selwyn, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Peter A. Selwyn

Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine

Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health

Professor, Department of Medicine

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Chair, Department of Family and Social Medicine

Director, Office of Community Health at Montefiore Medical Center


Professional Interests

Einstein /Montefiore's reputation and history as an innovative leader in education, service, and research regarding the health of urban, underserved populations drew me here for my residency training. Then, starting in 1984 at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, as medical director of Montefiore’s Substance Abuse Treatment Program, I became involved in some of the earliest studies of AIDS and substance abuse (see publications). I wrote about this experience retrospectively in my 1998 book, Surviving the Fall: The Personal Journey of an AIDS Doctor.

I left Einstein/Montefiore in 1992 to join the AIDS Program at Yale School of Medicine, but returned to the Bronx in 1999 to become chair of the department of family and social medicine. I deeply value the environment, the people, and the unique mission and synergies of Einstein/Montefiore, and I am very proud of our department, its dedicated faculty and staff, and its wide array of clinical, educational, research, and community-based programs. I remain actively involved in direct clinical care, program development, and research involving patients with HIV/AIDS. My personal interests now include HIV and chronic disease, palliative and end-of-life care, community health and wellness, and care for caregivers. I welcome contact with students and colleagues in all these areas. Our department has begun to develop and collaborate on a broad array of new initiatives in education, practice-based research, comprehensive primary care, palliative care, and community health. We are committed to promoting health and social justice in the Bronx and beyond, and to improving the health of the many communities we serve.


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Media Coverage

What’s a question your doctor should be asking you according to a Time interview with Dr. Peter Selwyn and Einstein medical student Ross Kristal?

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