CCC Welcomes New Medical Director
(NORWALK, CT – NOVEMBER 29, 2016) – CIRCLE CARE Center (www.CIRCLECARECenter.org), welcomes its new Medical Director and clinician David S. Rubin, MD, FACP, AAHIVS, since the departure of Dr. Gary Blick. He comes to the non-profit practice from New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital with specialties in general medicine, infectious diseases, HIV and LGBTQ healthcare.
A medical practitioner for more than 28 years, Dr. Rubin was instrumental in the starting of the New York State Department of Health AIDS-Designated Center at the Salvation Army’s Booth Memorial Hospital back in 1991. When the hospital was acquired by New York Hospital and renamed similarly in 1993, Dr. Rubin helped to set up a clinic there while simultaneously running his private practice, helping a combined number of 1,100 patients.
Dr. Rubin brings a wealth of experience to CIRCLE CARE Center, including a Board Certification in Infectious Diseases. He received his MD degree from Cornell University Medical College, completed his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center and completed a fellowship at New York University Medical Center. As the new Medical Director of CIRCLE CARE Center, he will maintain a specialty in the field of HIV along with practicing general medicine and infectious diseases.
“I’m passionate about HIV care and developing relationships with my patients,” said Dr. Rubin. “Dr. Gary Blick and I share a similar ethos about how we take care of patients, and we both believe it’s important to gain a patient’s trust, which allows for the development of a beneficial, long-term and therapeutic relationship between the patient and me as their provider. But no matter what, I am clear with my patients that no diagnosis is going to be your life, it’s simply going to be part of your life.”
Dr. Rubin’s medical career also includes competency in meeting the needs of the LGBTQ community, which is CIRCLE CARE Center’s predominant focus. He is a staunch advocate of ending HIV, and has worked with the office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health to develop the 2020 Ending the Epidemic Initiative (ETE) through aggressive Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) access for those individuals highly at-risk for contracting HIV.
ETE is a three-point plan that identifies undiagnosed HIV-positive persons and links them to care, links and retains HIV-positive individuals to proper healthcare services to ensure viral suppression and it facilitates access to Truvada as PrEP for HIV-negative individuals.
“I look forward to working within the context of the ETE model here in Norwalk and greater Fairfield County,” said Dr. Rubin. “CIRCLE CARE Center offers a similar approach in that it utilizes rapid HIV tests provided by the State. If a patient tests positive, we can then immediately get them into care here and develop a long-term relationship with the patient to ensure viral suppression. If the client requires further services such as housing, social services or psycho-social support, we can call upon the two other organizations, Triangle Community Center and MFAP, which are located within our building here at 618 West Avenue.
“What worked great in New York State was through aggressive issuing of Truvada as PrEP, and by replicating San Francisco’s model of rapid HIV testing, diagnosis and on-the-spot treatment, we can strike the iron while it’s hot, so to speak, and stem the spread of HIV. Again, we help clients understand that, like most chronic illnesses, treatment is only going to be part of their life. We also get to work with minority communities that don’t have immediate access to treatment or PrEP, and we help them break down the barriers of stigma, homophobia and poor support systems.”
Dr. David Rubin has already begun seeing patients at CIRCLE CARE Center and is currently taking new appointments. To schedule an appointment, please call CIRCLE CARE Center at 203.852.9525 or visit www.CIRCLECARECenter.org for more information. CIRCLE CARE Center is a division of World Health Clinicians (www.whcccc.org).
About World Health Clinicians (WHC)
World Health Clinicians, Inc. (WHC) is a U.S.-based non-profit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization founded in January 2011 to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections in the developed and developing worlds. www.whcccc.org
About CIRCLE CARE Center (CCC)
CIRCLE CARE Center (CCC), a division of WHC, has been serving the needs of Connecticut’s LGBTQ Community and specializes in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections. www.CIRCLECARECenter.org