As the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Assistant Commissioner for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, Dr. Monica Sweeney oversees a comprehensive effort to improve HIV Prevention, Diagnosis, Care, Treatment, and Case Management. Since joining the agency in 2007, she has managed the expansion of the NYC Condom campaign and the launch of the Bronx Knows HIV Testing Initiative. She has also overseen the first effort to estimate HIV incidence – the annual number of new infections in New York City.
Before coming to the Health Department, Dr. Sweeney served as medical director and then vice president of medical affairs at the Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center in Brooklyn, where she provided primary care for 18 years. Dr. Sweeney also served as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS as president of the Kings County Medical Society, and as co-chair of the Physician Prevention Advisory Council, a project of the New York State Health Department’s AIDS Institute. She is also an assistant professor at SUNY Downstate’s School of Public Health and adjunct professor at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.
Dr. Sweeney is the author of Condom Sense: A Guide to Sexual Survival in the New Millennium. She holds a medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center and a master’s degree from the Mailman School of Public Health, at Columbia University.