Rita Chow, MD
Dr. Rita Chow is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. She has treated patients living with HIV since 1992. Dr. Chow has been involved in the Asian Pacific Islander community. She also served as director of the Immigrant Program at St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s HIV Center and was involved in the Infectious Disease consult service teaching residents and fellows in the hospital environment. In addition to English, Dr. Chow speaks Mandarin and Cantonese and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine.
Michael Gaisa, MD
Dr. Michael Gaisa has a strong interest in HIV disease. He provides primary and specialized HIV services at the Jack Martin Fund Clinic and Faculty Practice with emphasis on multi-drug resistant HIV. He also established a diagnostic and therapeutic program, unique to The Mount Sinai Hospital that is aimed at prevention and the early detection of anal cancer.
Livette Johnson, MD
Dr. Livette Johnson is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine. She finished her residency at Sinai Hospital/Johns Hopkins and completed her fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She has lectured extensively in fungal and parasitic infections in HIV infected patients. Dr. Johnson was the Director of the HIV Scholars Program at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and was the Principal Investigator of CPCRA studies at St. Vincent’s. She has special interest in infections in immunosuppresed patients. Dr. Johnson joined the faculty of Mount Sinai in May 2010, and works extensively with Hepatitis C/HIV+ co-infected patients through a joint program with Mount Sinai’s main campus.
Oscar Klein, MD
Dr. Oscar Klein is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. He did his fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in 1993. Dr. Klein once served as director of the Inpatient HIV unit at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. He has expertise in the management of tuberculosis in HIV positive individuals and hospital acquired infections. Dr. Klein has worked with third and fourth year medical students from New York Medical College, arranging rotations where they learn everything from HIV dermatology to Hepatitis C to primary care management of HIV. Dr. Klein is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Luz Amarilis Lugo, MD
Dr. Luz Lugo is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. She has experience in tropical infections in immunosuppresed patients and has helped international organizations in developing and sustaining educational programs of primary care providers for patients living with HIV. The English/Spanish-speaking Dr. Lugo has a special interest in HIV in Latino populations. She also has an interest in graduate medical education and served as Assistant Director of the residency program at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. Dr. Lugo is an Assistant Professor of Medicine.
Sapna Palep, MD
Dr. Sapna Palep graduated with honors from New York Medical College and completed her internship at the affiliated Sound Shore Medical Center. She then went on to the Mount Sinai Health System for her specialty training in dermatology. Currently, Dr. Palep maintains a faculty position in the Mount Sinai department of Dermatology, where she donates her time to teach residents. In June 2010 Dr. Palep was presented with the Teacher of the Year award.
David Sivesind, PhD, HSPP
Dr. David Sivesind is a clinical psychologist, faculty member, and coordinator of the Ryan White Mental Health Grant Initiative at the Mount Sinai Comprehensive Health Program-Downtown. Prior to joining MSCHP-Downtown, Dr. Sivesind was on staff at HIV services at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and helped establish outreach services at satellite infectious disease clinics in Brooklyn. Dr. Sivesind received his PhD from the New School for Social Research in New York City. He completed an APA Accredited Doctoral Internship at North Central Bronx Hospital (HHC) with additional training experiences at Beth Israel Hospital, Interfaith Medical Center, and South Beach Psychiatric Center.