Demetre C. Daskalakis, MD, MPH

Demetre C. Daskalakis, MD, MPH

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Associate Professor of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York

Assistant Commissioner
Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control
New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
New York, New York

Institutional Website


Topics of Professional Interest

  • Biologic prevention of HIV
  • HIV testing technologies
  • Men who have sex with men
  • HIV exposed seronegative individuals
  • Commercial sex venues
  • Implementation science
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • HIV therapeutics
  • HIV prevention and testing
  • Risk-taking behaviors

Current Professional Summary

Dr Daskalakis is an assistant clinical professor of medicine who serves as the medical residency director of resident research and as the infectious diseases program director. In addition to caring for people with HIV at the Bellevue Hospital Center, he is the founding director of the Men’s Sexual Health Project (M*SHP), a clinical and translational research program extending clinical and research services to commercial sex venues catering to men who have sex with men in New York City.

Committees and Organizations

  • Member, Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Member, HIV Medicine Association
  • NYU Infectious Diseases Executive Committee
  • New York State AIDS Institute Quality Committee

Honors and Awards

  • New York City “Do-Gooder,” PAPER Magazine, recognized for starting Men’s Sexual Health Program in New York City bathhouses (2008)
  • Teacher of the Year Award, Department of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine (2008)
  • Faculty of the Year Award, Division of Infectious Diseases, NYU School of Medicine (2008)
  • New York City World AIDS Day Commemoration Recognition (2007)
  • Kass Award, Massachusetts Infectious Diseases Society (2005)


  • Harvard School of Public Health, MPH (2012)
  • New York University School of Medicine, MD (1999)
  • Columbia College of Columbia University, Biology and Religion (1995)

Selected Publications

  1. El Hed A, Khaitan A, Kozhaya L, et al. Susceptibility of human Th17 cells to human immunodeficiency virus and their perturbation during infection. J Infect Dis. 2010;201:843-854.
  2. Lederman MM, Alter G, Daskalakis DC, et al. Determinants of protection among HIV-exposed seronegative persons: an overview. J Infect Dis. 2010;202:S333-S338.
  3. Silvera R, Stein D, Hutt R, et al. The development and implementation of an outreach program to identify acute and recent HIV infections in New York City. Open AIDS J. 2010;4:76-83.
  4. Daskalakis D, Silvera R, Bernstein K, et al. Implementation of HIV testing at 2 New York City bathhouses: from pilot to clinical service. Clin Infect Dis. 2009;48:1609-1616.
  5. Streeck H, Li B, Poon AF, et al. Immune-driven recombination and loss of control after HIV superinfection. J Exp Med. 2008;205:1789-1796.
  6. Daskalakis D, Landovitz R, Cespedes M. Sexual health. In: Makadon H, Mayer K, Potter J, Goldhammer H, eds. Fenway Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health. Ingram Books; 2007:271-330
  7. Daskalakis DC, Bernstein K. Rapid HIV testing at gay venues, a view from the front line: Real benefits, little trouble. Sex Transm Infect. 2007. Published April 11, 2007. Accessed December 13, 2010.
  8. Daskalakis DC, Blaser MJ. Another perfect storm: Shigella, men who have sex with men, and HIV. Clin Infect Dis. 2007;44:335-337.
  9. Rychert J, Saindon S, Placek S, Daskalakis D, Rosenberg E. Sequence variation occurs in CD4 epitopes during early HIV infection. JAIDS. 2007;46:261-267.
  10. Daskalakis D, Rosenberg ES. Impairment of HIV-specific immune effector cell function. In: Badley AD, ed. Cell Death During HIV Infection. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis; 2006:185-206.