NEW YORK CITY – July 3, 2006 – Dr. Scott Kellerman, Assistant Commissioner for HIV/AIDS Prevention & Control at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), announced today that he will be leaving his position to return to his long-time focus on epidemiologic investigations and analysis. He will continue to work on issues related to HIV and other infectious diseases within the Department’s Division of Epidemiology.
DOHMH Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, has appointed Dr. Adam Karpati as Acting Assistant Commissioner of the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Program. Dr. Karpati has been with the DOHMH for 6 years, and is currently Assistant Commissioner for the Brooklyn District Public Health Office. DOHMH has begun a national search for a permanent replacement.
Dr. Frieden said, "Dr. Kellerman has helped to greatly strengthen the HIV/AIDS bureau's programs. During Dr. Kellerman’s tenure, condom distribution increased exponentially, HIV testing initiatives were expanded throughout the City, a substantial portion of the HIV/AIDS programs were competitively re-bid with a focus on evaluation of program outcomes, and the process for contracting for services was shifted to a performance-based model, among other successes. Efforts to prevent and control HIV/AIDS remain a top priority for the Department."
Prior to his current post at the Department, Dr. Kellerman worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, focusing on HIV epidemiology and testing. He is committed to improving the health of all New Yorkers, and will take a new post at the Department focusing on epidemiologic investigation and analysis within the Division of Epidemiology. Drs. Karpati and Kellerman will begin their new posts on July 10, 2006.