Stephen Nicholas

Stephen Nicholas

Stephen Nicholas

Population and Family Health and Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center


60 Haven Avenue, HDPFH B2
New York NY USA 10032


Dr. Nicholas, an academic general pediatrician, is a pioneer in the care of HIV-infected children and an advocate for the medically underserved in Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Dominican Republic, where his work has primarily taken place over the past 25 years. He has created innovative community-based educational experiences for medical and public health students and resident physicians. He was director of pediatrics at Harlem Hospital Center from 2000-2006, during which time he started the Harlem Children's Zone Asthma Initiative, funded by the Robin Hood Foundation. In 1999, Dr. Nicholas founded the Columbia University International Family AIDS Program, which introduced the first AIDS treatment for pregnant women (1999) and long-term AIDS care and treatment for families (2004) in the Dominican Republic. Today, its program in the province of La Romana has lowered the rate of mother-to-child HIV transmission to a rate comparable with New York's, and its clinic is one of the largest providers of care and treatment for children and adults in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Nicholas teaches "The Elimination of Pediatrics AIDS: A Global Approach" for graduate students at Mailman. He also participates in the organization of the summer practicum program for public health students in La Romana, Dominican Republic, and serves as a faculty mentor for the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health.


MD, 1981, University of Colorado School of Medicine
BS, 1975, University of Wyoming

Columbia Affiliations

Director, Columbia University International Family AIDS Program

Other Affiliations

Admissions Committee, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons (2001-present)
International Advisory Group, Trans-Caribbean HIV/AIDS Research Initiative (2009-present)
Senior Advisor, Pediatric HIV Training and Technical Assistance, Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative in the Dominican Republic, 2004-2005
Appointee, Mayor's HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council of NYC (1993-2000)
Chairman (1994-95) and Member (1988-1995), Committee for the Care of HIV-infected Children and Adolescents, AIDS Institute, New York State Department of Health

Honors & Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha, 1981
Commendation for public service to HIV-infected children, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1989
Claire Lucille-Pace Humanitarian Award, Columbia University, 1998
New York State Governor's Award for "Outstanding Service on Behalf of Children with AIDS," 1999
Fulbright Scholar Learning/Research Award, Dominican Republic, 2006-7

Select Urban Health Activities

Harlem Children's Zone Asthma Initiative : Initial project designer and director of, now an advisor to, this longitudinal service project that aims to reduce asthma-related hospitalizations, emergency room visits, school absenteeism and daily/night-time symptoms through home- and community-based interventions in lower-income children <12 years of age in central Harlem.

Select Global Activities

Columbia University International Family AIDS Program : Founder and current director. This program provides support for health services for families with AIDS; education and training for professionals and students in the health sciences; and AIDS-related research in La Romana, Dominican Republic (1999-present) and Johannesburg, South Africa (2002-present); and previously in Haiti (2000-2008); and St. Petersburg, Russia (2005-2007).

Select Publications

Nicholas SW, Sondheimer D, Willoughby AD, Yaffe S, Katz SL. Human immunodeficiency virus infection in childhood, adolescence and pregnancy: a status report and national research agenda. Pediatrics 83 293-308 1989
Nicholas SW, Bateman DA, Ng SKC, Dedyo T, Heagarty MC. Maternal-newborn HIV-1 infection in Harlem. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 148 813-819 1994
Yogev R and Connor E Management of HIV Infection in Infants and Children Mosby-Year Book St. Louis, Missouri, USA 23-33 1992

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