Demetre C. Daskalakis, MD, MPH is the Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Disease Control at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Daskalakis directs the public health laboratory and all infectious disease control programs for NYC, including HIV, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections, vaccine-preventable diseases, and general communicable diseases. His division is among the largest in the Department, employing more than 1,100 staff, managing >$350 million, and operating 14 clinical facilities.
He received his medical education from the NYU School of Medicine and completed his residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Daskalakis also completed clinical infectious disease fellowships at the Brigham and Women’s | Massachusetts General Hospital combined program and received a Master of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Daskalakis has focused much of his career on the treatment and prevention of HIV and other STIs as an activist physician with a focus on LGBTQIA+ communities. He was integral in designing and leading NYC’s Ending the Epidemic program, credited with decreasing HIV incidence to a historic low. In addition to his contributions to sexual health, Dr. Daskalakis has served as the Health Department’s incident commander during the measles outbreak of 2018-2019 as well as the current COVID-19 public health emergency.