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New York’s Progress in the Elimination of Pediatric AIDS

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

New York’s Progress in the Elimination of Pediatric AIDS


On October 29, 2015, the Colin Powell School will launch the third season of our Conversations with City breakfast series. This event, the first of six events to be held in the 2015-2016 academic year, will feature Dr. Stephen W. Nicholas, a professor of pediatrics and public health at Columbia University, in a conversation moderated by Vince Boudreau, dean of the Colin Powell School. 

Dr. Nicholas is a pioneer in the care of HIV-infected children and their families 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 30 years. He has created innovative community-based educational experiences for medical, public health, dental and nursing students.  

In 1999, Dr. Nicholas founded the Columbia University IFAP Global Health 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. The program played a central role in the creation of the D.R.’s national AIDS program and the dramatic decrease in the country’s rate of mother-to-child HIV transmission.  

Dr. Nicholas is currently the Associate Dean for Admissions and Chairman of the Admissions Committee at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  In addition, he is a founding member of the Colin Powell School’s Development Committee, a sub-committee of our Board of Visitors. 

The Conversations with Breakfast series began in 2013 and was specifically designed to bring the work of our faculty and partner colleagues to a greater New York audience. Our previous events have included such diverse topics as debt relief in foreign markets, the study of masculinity in south Asia, policing issues affected New Yorkers and Middle East peace initiatives. Our series was founded, in part, through the generosity of the Dalio Family Foundation. To RSVP for this event, please visit:

To learn how to support the annual series, please email

For more information on Dr. Nicholas’ work, please visit a recent essay published on The Conversation.