Meet Our Physicians & Staff

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Designated AIDS Center Clinic
Physicians' Office Building
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Suite 211
725 Irving Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315 464-5533
Fax: 315 464-5579

Donald C Blair, MD

Donald C Blair, MD
Appointed 06/28/74
311 Physicians' Office Building
725 Irving Ave
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-5533

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Medicine: Infectious Disease

Research Programs and Affiliations

  • Medicine


Education & Fellowships

  • Residency: University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, 1971
  • Residency: University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, 1966
  • MD: Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1965

Clinical Interests

  • HIV care. Infectious Diseases consultation. Tuberculosis control: Onondaga County Health Department.

Research Interests

  • Renal function in HIV disease. Tachycardia in HIV infected patients. Antibiotic Pharmacokinetic. Antibiotic stewardship.

Specialties & Certification

  • Infectious Diseases

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea
  • Antibiotic-Resistant Infections
  • Bacterial Meningitis in Adults
  • Bladder Infection
  • Bone Infection
  • Brain Abscess
  • Breast Infection
  • Cellulitis
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Dengue Fever and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Drug Allergy
  • E. Coli Infection
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Endocarditis
  • Enlarged Lymph Nodes
  • Fever
  • Flu or Influenza
  • Group A Strep Invasive Diseases
  • Heart Infection
  • Infections of Bones and Joints
  • Infectious Mononucleosis
  • Infective Endocarditis
  • Kidney Infection
  • Listeriosis
  • Lyme Disease
  • Septic Arthritis
  • Septic Shock
  • Shingles
  • Skin or Soft Tissue Abscess
  • Skin/Soft Tissue Infections
  • Viral Meningitis in Adults
  • West Nile Virus
  • Wound Infections
  • Yeast Infection or Candidiasis


  • Adults


  • HIV Testing
  • Outpatient Therapy and Medication Management

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital
  • Crouse Hospital
  • VA Medical Center


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Research Abstract

Selected References

Guharoy, R., Shankar, A., Khan, H. and Blair, D.:  2004 National surgical infection advisory statement: antimicrobial use of compliance in a tertiary care teaching hospital. Pharmacotherapy, 25:480 [November 3, 2005]

Vanable, P.A., Carey, M.P. and Blair, D.C.:  Impact of HIV-related stigma on health behaviors and psychological adjustment among HIV-positive men and women. AIDS & Behavior, 10:473-482, 2006

Choudhary, M., Ramirez, L., Long, R., Simmons, K.B., Blair, D.C., Forbes, B.A., Same, K., Ploutz-Snyder, R., Rose, F.B.:  A university hospital's 10-year experience with tuberculin testing: Value of the 2-step tuberculin skin test.  Am J Infect Control. 34:358-361, 2006

Webb, M., Vanable, P.A., Carey, M.P., & Blair, D. Cigarette Smoking among HIV+ Men and Women: Examining Health, Substance Use, and Psychosocial Correlates across the Smoking Spectum.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 30:371-383, 2007

Zapata, H.J., Bose, A., Javaid, W., Blair, D.C.  Listeria rhomboencephalitis: Not just for the weakened immune system. Clinical Microbiology Newsletter (accepted March 2009)


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Support Staff

A team of qualified support staff assist our physicians in all aspects of a patient's medical care including scheduling, assisting with diagnostic testing, education and teaching, assisting with direct patient care, assisting with billing, and being available to answer generalized questions and concerns.

DAC Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

A nurse practitioner functions both independently and in conjunction with the physicians in our outpatient location in order to perform evaluation and management services for patients referred for the diagnosis and treatment of HIV/ AIDS.

Theresa Feola
Theresa Feola, RN, FNP-C
Lewis Briot
Lewis Briot, RPA-C, MPAS
Linda Bartlett
Linda Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, NP

DAC Clinic Nursing Staff

Our registered nurses assist primarily with the care of patients in the outpatient setting. The nurses are available to respond to specific patient questions, provide ongoing patient education, and provide support to the physicians.

Shannon Huggins
Shannon Huggins, CMA

DAC Social Workers

The DAC social workers have both inpatient and outpatient responsibilities. The LMSW's complete psychosocial assessments and annual updates on each patient. The social workers assist patients with identifying problems that impact their daily lives and help them come up with strategies to resolve those issues. The social workers are an integral part of each patient's treatment team; they work closely with the nurse practitioners and physicians.

Kelley Flood
Kelley Flood, LMSW,
DAC Assistant Program Director
Lois Needham
Lois Needham, LMSW
Patricia Woodruff
Patricia Woodruff, LMSW

Ryan White Grant Staff

Brian Amidon
Brian Amidon, LMSW
Marilyn Brown-Shakir
Marilyn Brown-Shakir, MSW, CASAC
Cheryl Palmer
Cheryl Palmer, LMSW
Terry Podolak
Terry Podolak, RD
Melissa Napierkowski
Melissa Napierkowski, BS,
DAC Program Assistant
Martha Rodriguez
Martha Rodriguez, Human Services Associate,
Mental Health Case Manager

Licensed Practical Nurses

Our LPN works in the Treatment Adherence Program. The role of the TAP LPN is to provide patient education and assistance to overcome barriers that impact participation in medical care and treatment. The primary focus of TAP services is to help patients understand the importance of the medications they are taking. The LPN will address any concerns or limitations that may prevent patients from taking medications as prescribed.

Alza Johnson
Alza Johnson, LPN
Treatment Adherence Program Staff

Administrative and Secretarial Staff

Our Secretarial staff, function as schedulers and receptionists.

Michael Cutillo
Michael Cutillo