David Heller

Assistant Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Arnhold Institute for Global Health

David Heller is a practicing internist and clinician-investigator who studies how to adapt primary care health systems in low-resource settings for the prevention and control of multiple chronic conditions.As an assistant professor in the Department of Health System Design and Global Health, and the Division of General Internal Medicine, both at Mount Sinai, Dr. Heller focuses his work on integrated care models for hypertension, depression, and other non-communicable diseases. These strategies include both peer-led behavior change counseling and nurse-led medical care -in settings such as Ghana, Uganda, and East Harlem.

As a Fogarty fellow in Mbale, Uganda, Dr. Heller conducted an evaluation of hypertension control programs associated with the SEARCH study, a randomized controlled trial of universal test-and-treat programs for HIV prevention and control. As a primary care research fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Heller studied the impact of university-policymaker partnerships on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and the comparative effectiveness of statin use guidelines for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.In addition to peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Heller’s writings have appeared in The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Lancet editorial series.