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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


Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Residency: Montefiore Medical Center (Family Medicine)

Professional Activity

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.


Selected Publications

Recent Publications (selected)

  1. Selwyn PS. Skin deep. JAMA, in press, 2015.
  2. Kristal RB, Blank AE, Wylie-Rosett J, Selwyn PA. A Cross-Sectional Study of daily sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) adult patients in Bronx, New York. Am J Prev Med, in press, 2015.
  3. Chambers E, Wong BC, Riley RW, Hollingsworth N, Blank AE, Myers C, Bedell J, Selwyn PA. Combining clinical and population-level data to understand the health of neighborhoods. Am J Public Health, in press, 2015.
  4. Pahuja M, Merlin JS, Selwyn PA. HIV/AIDS. In The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, 5th Edition (Cherny N et al, editors). Oxford University Press, 2015.
  5. Liggett A, Sharma M, Nakamura Y, Villar R, Selwyn PA. Results of a voter registration project at 2 family medicine residency clinics in the Bronx, New York. Ann Fam Med 2014; 12: 466-469.
  6. Merlin J, Tucker RO, Saag MS, Selwyn PA. The role of palliative care in the current HIV treatment era in developed countries. Topics in Antiviral Medicine 2013; 21(1): 20-26.
  7. Chu C, Umanski G, Blank A, Grossberg R, Selwyn PA. HIV-infected patients and treatment outcomes: an equivalence study of community-located, primary care-based HIV treatment vs. hospital-based specialty care in the Bronx, New York. AIDS Care, 2010 Dec;22(12):1522-9
  8. Chu C, Selwyn PA. An epidemic in the evolution: the need for new models of HIV care in the chronic disease era. J Urban Health, 2011; 88(3): 556-566.

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Media Coverage

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