Joseph R Masci, MD
- PROFESSOR | Environmental Medicine & Public Health
- PROFESSOR | Medicine, Infectious Diseases
Clinical Expertise/Special Skills
HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment; general infectious diseases, tropical medicine, emergency preparedness
Professional Organizations/Positions Held (Current)
American College of Physicians (fellow); American College of Chest Physicians (fellow); New York Academy of Medicine (fellow); Royal Society of Medicine (fellow); Infectious Disease Society of America; American Society for Microbiology; International AIDS Society; American Society for Tropical Medicine; Federation of American Scientists
Dr. Masci is the Director of the Department of Medicine at Elmhurst Hospital Center. After completing his internship and residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and fellowship in infectious diseases at Mount Sinai, Dr. Masci joined the Mount Sinai School of Medicine faculty at Elmhurst Hospital. In collaboration with a team of physicians, nurses and social workers he founded the multidisciplinary HIV/AIDS clinic and program at Elmhurst in 1985 and has served as medical director of HIV services for Elmhurst and, subsequently, the Queens Health Network since that time. He has written extensively about HIV infection and its complications and has conducted a number of clinical research projects related to HIV. His book Outpatient Management of HIV Infection was published in its fourth edition in 2011. He has served in a variety of planning and leadership roles with the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute and the New York City HIV Planning Council and has spoken frequently to professional and lay groups about AIDS. For his work in HIV care he has received the Human Services Award from the Office of the Mayor of New York and the Dr. Linda Laubenstein HIV Clinical Excellence Award from the New York State Department of Health.
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Dr. Masci became involved in emergency preparedness at the hospital, city and state level. He served on a variety of planning bodies and was the chairman of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation emergency preparedness council from 2002 through 2010. He received the President's Award from the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation for this work and co-authored a textbook, Bioterrorism. A Guide for Hospital Preparedness in 2005.
Dr. Masci currently directs two federally-funded international projects, one in Russia and one in Ethiopia. In these projects, teams of physicians, nurses, social workers and other staff from Elmhurst Hospital have conducted technical assistance exchange visits focused on HIV care and hospital management. For this work, Dr. Masci received the President's Volunteer Service Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development as well as the Ruth Abramson Idealism in Medicine Award from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Dr. Masci has been involved in teaching and curriculum development at the medical school, residency and fellowship level since joining the faculty and has received a number of awards from the medical housestaff, the medical school, the department of medicine and the Mount Sinai Institute for Medical Education.
BA, Cornell University
MD, New York University School of Medicine
Boston City Hospital
Mount Sinai Medical Center
HIV Clinical Guidelines Program
Alpha Omega Alpha (faculty)
Faculty Council Award for Academic Excellence
Presidential Volunteer Service Award, gold level
Excellence in Teaching Award
Ruth Abramson Idealism in Medicine Award
President's Award for Outstanding Medical Leadership
Dr. Linda Laubenstein HIV Clinical Excellence Award
Human Services Award for Service to the HIV/AIDS Community
Housestaff Elective Teaching Award
Distinguished Educator Award
Housestaff Teaching Award
Solomon A. Berson Award
Treatment of HIV infection and its complications
Diagnosis of malaria
Risk factors for HIV transmission
Obstacles to care
Howland HC, Masci JR. The functional allometry of semicircular canals, fins and body dimensions in the juvenile centrarchid fish Lepomis gibbosus. J Embryol Exp Morphol 1973; 29: 721-43.
Howland HC, Masci JR. The phylogenetic allometry of the semicircular canals of small fishes. Zoomorphology 1973; 75(4): 283-96.
Meyers BR, Jacobson J, Masci JR, Srulevitch E, Hirschman SZ. Pharmacokinetics of amdinocillin in healthy adults. Antimicrob Ag Chemo 1983; 23: 827-32.
Masci JR, Nicholas P. Precautions recommended in treating patients with AIDS. N Engl J Med 1983; 308: 156.
Nicholas P, Masci JR, DeCatalogne J, Solomon S, Bekesi JG, Selikoff IJ. Immune competence of Haitians living in New York. New England Journal of Medicine 1983; 309: 1187-1188.
Masci JR, Nicholas P, Jayamanne DS, Berger HW. Pulmonary complications of AIDS. New England Journal of Medicine 1984; 311: 1182.
Tawney S, Masci JR, Berger HW, Subietas A. Pulmonary toxoplasmosis: an unusual nodular radiographic pattern in a patient with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine 1986; 53: 683-685.
Masci JR. Clinical aspects of cryptococcosis in AIDS. In: AIDS and Other Manifestations of HIV Infection. Noyes, 1987;.
Masci JR. New approaches and techniques for detecting antibody to the human immuodeficiency virus. Labmedica 1989; 6: 15-18.
Behrman R, Masci JR, Nicholas P. Cryptococcal skeletal infections: case report and review. Reviews of Infectious Disease 1990; 12: 181-190.
Glezerov V, Masci JR. Disseminated strongyloides and other selected unusual infections in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Prog AIDS Pathol 1990; 2: 137-42.
Reitano MP, Masci JR, Bottone EJ. Amebiasis: clinical and laboratory perspectives. Crit Rev Clin Lab Sci 1991; 28: 357-85.
Masci JR, Poon M, Wormser GP, Bottone EJ. Cryptococcus neoformans infections in the era of AIDS. In: AIDS and Other Manifestations of HIV Infection, second edition. Raven, 1992;.
Masci JR. Primary and Ambulatory Care of the HIV-Infected Adult, 1992. Mosby Yearbook;.
Masci JR. Primary care for patients with HIV. Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine 1992; 59: 253-262.
Casale L, Gold H, Schechter C, Naficy A, Masci JR. Decreased efficacy of inhaled pentamidine in the prevention of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia among HIV-infected patients with severe immunodeficiency. Chest 1993; 103: 342-344.
Brook JS, Brook DW, Whiteman M, Roberto J, Masci JR, DeCatalogne J, Amundsen F. Psychosocial risk factors for HIV transmission in male drug abusers. Genet Soc Gen Psychol Monogr 1993; 119: 369-387.
Brook JS, Brook DW, Whiteman M, Wynn PS, Masci JR, Roberto J, DeCatalogne J, Amundsen F. Coping with AIDS and the threat in intravenous drug abusers. J Genet Psychol 1994; 155: 147-159.
Masci JR. Outpatient Management of HIV Infection, 2nd edition, 1996. St. Louis, Mosby-Yearbook;.
Shapiro D, Masci JR. Treatment of HIV-associated psoriatic arthritis with oral gold. J Rheumatology 1996; 10: 1818-1820.
Masci JR. Outpatient Management of HIV Infection (Japanese), 2nd edition, 1996. Tokyo, Igaku-Shoin MYW;.
Brook DW, Brook JS, Whiteman M, Roberto J, Masci JR, Amundsen F, DeCatalogne J. Coping among HIV negative and HIV positive female injection drug users. AIDS Educ Prev 1999; 11: 262-273.
Masci J. Complete response of severe, refractory oral candidiasis to mouthwash containing lactoferrin and lysozyme. AIDS 2000; 14(15): 2403-2404.
Brook DW, Book JS, Richter L, Masci JR, Roberto J. Needlesharing: a longitudinal study of female injection drug users. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse 2000; 26: 263-281.
Masci JR. Book Review: Armstrong D, Cohan Infectious Diseases and Mandell GL, Bennet JE, Dolin R Principles and Prarctice of Infectious Diseases, fith edition and Gilbert DN, Moellering RC, Sande M. Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy [review]. Clin Infect Dis 2000; 31(5): 1281-82.
Masci JR. Outpatient Management of HIV Infection, 3rd edition. 3rd Boca Raton Fl, CRC Press, 2001; 2001.
Brook DW, Brook JS, Richter L, Whiteman M, Masci JR. Marijuana use among the adolescent children of high-risk drug-abusing fathers. Am J Addict 2002; 11(2): 95-110.
Palmer CJ, Bonilla A, Bruckner DA, Barnett E, Miller NS, Haseeb MA, Masci J, Stauffer W. A multicenter study to increase detection of malaria in U.S. hospitals. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 2003; 41(11): 5178-5182.
Dowshen S, Izenberg N, Masci JR, Eppes S. Infectious Diseases. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003;.
Masci JR, Bass ER. Bioterrorism: A Guide for Hospital Preparedness, 2004. Boca Raton, CRC Press;.
Masci JR. Book Review: Mandell GL, Bennet JE, Dolin R. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, sixth edition [review]. Clin Infect Dis 2005; 41(2): 277.
Masci JR, Roberto J, Brenner J, Stith J, Fabbri M, Arumugam V, Landreville N, Garcia J, Higgins K. A partnership model between a New York City AIDS center and an AIDS center in the Russian Federation [abstract]. XVI International AIDS Conference. 2006;.
Ripp J, Masci JR. Developing a program and considering the impact of global health elective experiences for internal medicine residents [editorial]. Academic Internal Medicine Insight 2006; 4(3).
Masci JR. Outpatient Management of HIV Infection, 4th edition, 2011. New York, Informa;.
Masci JR. The value of twinning partnerships to the U.S. partner [abstract]. 16th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually-Transmitted Diseases in Africa (ICASA). 2011;.
Masci JR. Tuberculosis. In: Essentials of Hospital Medicine: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, 2013. World Scientific; pp683-690.
Masci JR. Bioterrorism and the critical care specialist. Chest Physician 2013 December:1, 12-13.
Global, regional and national incidence and death for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria during 1990-2013: A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. Lancet 2014 July;.
Global, regional and national levles of age-sex specific all-cause and cause-specific mortality for 240 causes of death, 1990-2013: A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. Lancet 2014 December;.