Program Leadership and Staff

Program Leadership and Staff

New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute

The Office of the Medical Director oversees the program.

  • Charles J. Gonzalez, MD, Medical Director
  • Lyn Stevens, MS, NP, ACRN, Deputy Director
  • Laura Duggan Russell, MPH, AI Guidelines Program Manager

The AIDS Institute OMD consists of public health professionals dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for persons with HIV by improving prevention and health care services through performance measurement and science-based initiatives. The Office of the Medical Director oversees numerous programs and initiatives including:

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Clinical Guidelines Program

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, has collaborated with the NYSDOH AIDS Institute since 1999 to develop and disseminate HIV clinical guidelines and related quality-of-care information.

 Christopher J. Hoffmann, MD, MPH, Director, JHU-NYSDOH AI Guidelines Program,  provides leadership and strategy to the program and lends extensive experience in both HIV clinical care and guidelines development, as well as a resolute commitment to training for HIV care providers.

The JHU team manages all aspects of guidelines development and dissemination and program administration through the efforts of the following program staff:

  • Mary Beth Hansen, MA, Project Director
  • Jennifer R Ham, MPH, Medical Editor
  • Johanna L Gribble, MA, Medical Editor
  • Rachel Lastra, Medical Editor
  • Jesse M Ciekot, Program Coordinator

Contact Information

JHU: This website is managed and maintained by the staff of the JHU Clinical Guidelines Program. If you have questions about the website or about the JHU Clinical Guidelines program, please send an email to

Mailing address: JHU Clinical Guidelines Program, 2700 Lighthouse Point East, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD, 21224

NYSDOH AIDS Institute: If you have questions about the NYSDOH AIDS Institute Clinical Guidelines Program, please contact the Guidelines Program Coordinator, Laura Russell:

Mailing address: New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, Office of the Medical Director, 90 Church Street, 13th Floor, New York, New York 10007-2919

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Remembering Dr. John G. Bartlett

Dr. John G. Bartlett

Christopher J. Hoffmann, MD, MPH; January 25, 2021

Dr. John G. Bartlett (fondly referred to as “JB”), a giant in the worlds of medicine, infectious diseases, and HIV, passed away on January 19, 2021. JB discovered, innovated, and taught at every opportunity. He shared his love of medicine and his compassion in many ways, and HIV care was just one of JB’s innumerable and remarkable contributions.

JB’s work in HIV started soon after he came to Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1980 as chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases. Once the HIV epidemic took hold, it ravaged the urban neighborhoods around Johns Hopkins, as it did in so many other metropolitan areas. In response, JB wanted to offer outpatient care for the generally poor, Black, and uninsured people contracting this new, fatal, and highly stigmatized disease, so he surreptitiously started a clinic in an unused space in the basement of Johns Hopkins Hospital. A year later, as JB recalled, the Department of Medicine Chairman asked whether he had heard of AIDS and suggested that Hopkins do something about it. JB then revealed his secret clinic and built support from the administration for both the clinic and an inpatient HIV service.

At the time, those caring for people with HIV shared the limited knowledge of what could work to palliate this disease however they could—at conferences and through journal publications. In the face of a devastating disease with quickly evolving knowledge, peer-reviewed publication moved way too slowly for JB, who sought ways to update clinicians around the world as quickly as possible. In 1994, he began writing his book Medical Management of HIV Infection, which he updated annually for close to 20 years. He started a local newsletter for the National Institutes of Health AIDS Clinical Trial Group that grew into the international Hopkins HIV Report, and under his leadership, the Johns Hopkins AIDS Service website was launched to deliver rich, up-to-date content globally in 1997. In 1996, JB and Dr. Anthony Fauci began their work as co-chairs of the Department of Health and Human Services Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents to develop and disseminate national treatment guidance.

In 1999, JB was granted the contract for developing and disseminating the guidelines of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute clinical guidelines program, which was launched in the mid-1980s as the first HIV guidelines program in the world. JB brought his prestige, insight, and collegiality to this fledgling operation and helped shape it into a respected and trusted source of practical and effective HIV clinical guidance. In 2014, the AIDS Institute presented the Linda Laubenstein Award to the guidelines program to recognize its development of clinical guidelines that address the care and treatment of people with HIV in New York State and provide a framework for excellence in the clinical care of people living with HIV. This program, which has grown and thrived for more than 20 years in the Johns Hopkins University Division of Infectious Diseases, was just one of the innumerable initiatives and projects that JB wholeheartedly embraced.

To all of his work, JB brought an encyclopedic and up-to-the-minute knowledge of medicine, joy in sharing his knowledge, seemingly boundless energy (he was famous for starting his workday at 3 AM), and a nurturing spirit that all around him appreciated.

I sought to and completed my medicine and infectious diseases training at Johns Hopkins University because of the stellar program built by JB and specifically because of his eminence in the world of HIV. I had the privilege of providing care on the HIV service when JB was attending, first in 2003, and always treasured his immense knowledge and infectious joie de vivre. I sought his guidance throughout the time I worked with him at Johns Hopkins and even after he retired. In 2014, when JB asked me to carry on the work he started with the AIDS Institute’s HIV clinical guidelines program, I felt honored and remain glad to lead this important project at Hopkins and make contributions that extend Dr. John Bartlett’s legacy of ensuring that people with HIV receive informed and compassionate care.

Remembering Humberto Cruz

April 25, 2019

It is with great sadness that we share that our colleague, leader and friend, Humberto Cruz, has passed away.  This is indeed a tremendous loss for so many of us. Humberto will be greatly missed.

The AIDS Institute would like to take this time to remember Humberto’s contributions to improving health outcomes for persons living with HIV.  For more than 30 years, he served in management positions in New York State government and community-based organizations–with 23 of those spent serving with the AIDS Institute and more than five years as Director.   He was pivotal in the development of virtually every major HIV/AIDS policy and program in New York State for more than 20 years and instrumental in the development of a comprehensive continuum of care for people with HIV and AIDS.  Among his major accomplishments was the development of enhanced Medicaid rates for HIV care, the implementation of client-centered programs that reimburse providers for the delivery of care to the uninsured, the development of managed care for persons with HIV, the initiation of programs that facilitate the participation of persons living with HIV/AIDS in program planning, and the development of initiatives to address the aging of the epidemic. He was also instrumental in expanding the role of the AIDS Institute to be inclusive of Hepatitis C, STDs, and Epidemiology.

His involvement in HIV/AIDS policy has extended well beyond New York State. As an executive committee member and one of the founders of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), he deliberated HIV/AIDS policy at the national level. In 2010, Humberto appointed to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), providing recommendations on national and global issues and contributing to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

Through his work, he earned the respect and admiration of staff and many community partners. He had a keen ability to reach out to people with respect and understanding and to embrace multiple perspectives. He was truly an exceptional leader, powerful teacher, and valued mentor.

Further information will be shared once it is available.

Peace to all.

Johanne E. Morne, MS

Director, AIDS Institute