HIV Center Medical Director Honored By State Health Commissioner

MANHASSET, NY – North Shore-LIJ’s medical director for the Center for Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric HIV received the New York State Health Commissioner’s Special Recognition Award during the World AIDS Day ceremony hosted by the health department’s AIDS Institute.

David Rosenthal, DO, PhD, accepted the award at the Dec. 1 ceremony in Albany, NY, after receiving many nominations for his commitment to reducing new HIV infections and to improving the health and wellness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths in Long Island and Queens.

“Under Dr. Rosenthal’s leadership, our Center for Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric HIV continues to demonstrate ways to promote HIV testing and engage young people in care to minimize progression from HIV to AIDS,” said Charles Schleien, chair of pediatrics at North Shore-LIJ’s Cohen Children’s Medical Center. “Dr. Rosenthal has made it his duty to fiercely advocate for these marginalized populations, serving as a leading force in developing Long Island’s first trans-health program.”

The health commissioner’s Special Recognition Award recognizes individuals and organizations for their commitment, contribution and response to improve and promote the health and well-being of all New Yorkers.  Nominations were sought through a public nomination process where a select number of individuals would be recognized for their commitment and contribution in the field of HIV, LGBT, drug user health, sexually transmitted diseases, Hepatitis C and youth sexual health.

Dr. Rosenthal says that with proper education and care techniques the AIDS epidemic could end within 15 years. He speaks regularly and educates about HIV prevention through use of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and has been working closely with the LGBT community in New York City and Long Island forming strategic collaborative partnerships between community based organizations and North Shore-LIJ.

The Center for Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric HIV (CYAAPH) provides comprehensive medical and psychosocial care to young adults, adolescents and children from infancy to age 24, who are HIV infected, and HIV prevention services to patients through age 30. 

About North Shore-LIJ Health System -- North Shore-LIJ is changing its name to Northwell Health in January 2016.
One of the nation's largest health systems, the health system delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. The health system cares for people at every stage of life at 21 hospitals and about 450 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. The health system’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,600 beds, employ more than 15,000 nurses and have affiliations with nearly 13,600 physicians. With a workforce of more than 61,000, the health system is the largest private employer in New York State.  For more information, go to

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