About Us

Message from the Director

The STAR Program’s director and founder, Jack DeHovitz, MD, MPH, MHCDS, speaks about STAR’s commitment to the provision of quality care, research that explores issues relevant to our community, and education that prepares the next generation of health care professionals to meet the country’s evolving health needs.

History and Milestones

SUNY Downstate Medical Center has been at the forefront of HIV care and research since the disease was first identified in the early 80s. See how the scope of the STAR Program has transformed over the past 30+ years to address multiple issues such as mental health, drug use, hepatitis C, and the needs of LGBT and gender non-conforming communities.

Faculty and Leadership

The STAR Program’s senior staff are committed to making a difference in the future of health care. Take a look at the qualifications, experience as well as specific care and research interests of our faculty and leadership.


The STAR Program has grown through diverse funding streams, including federal, state, local and foundation sources, as well as significant institutional resources from SUNY Downstate Medical Center and University Hospital of Brooklyn.