Faculty Profile

Dr. Matthew R. Anderson, M.D.

Matthew R. Anderson, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine

Areas of Research: Social Determinants HIV in Guatemala Mass Incarceration

Professional Interests


Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Family Medicine)

Professional Activity

Much of my current activity (2016) involves managing the Social Medicine Curriculum for the Department of Family and Social Medicine. In this position I help organize our fall Orientation course (http://www.montepcsm.com/social-medicine-orientation-2015) and our spring Health Systems course (http://www.montepcsm.com/health-systems-2015)

Please visit our on-line journal Social Medicine (www.socialmedicine.info); published in Spanish as Medicina Social (www.medicinasocial.info). We are proud to be publishing a bilingual journal in close collaboration with ALAMES, the Latin American Social Medicine Association. A small Arabic supplement is anticipated for 2016.

To answer the question "What is Social Medicine?" please visit our Social Medicine Portal (www.socialmedicine.org). This is a very active blog presenting an alternative to corporate medicine.

For a list of our Rounds, see www.socialmedicinerounds.org.

My research activities can be seen in my list of publications. I sponsor a small number of students to do research at the Clinica Familiar Luis Angel Garcia, an AIDS specialty clinic in Guatemala City. This is one of my favorite activities and AECOM students have been very received at the clinic. Write to me at BronxDoc@gmail.com. 10/09/2006. I also maintain an active clincal practice as a hospitalist.

Finally, I do historical research on German Social Medicine from roughly 1880 to 1934.

Selected Publications


  1. Liggett, A.,Medina, N., Samayoa, B., Mercado, D., Arathoon, E., Anderson, M., Anderson, M. Is Expanded HIV Testing Associated With Earlier HIV Diagnosis?  Results from an HIV Clinic in Guatemala City. JIAPAC, (in press).
  2. Bachhuber, M. A., Tschannerl, A., Lechuga, C., & Anderson, M. (2014). Racial Discrimination in Health Care Settings: Does Insurance Matter? Am J Public Health, 104(3), e10-e11. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301777
  3. Fox, A. D., Anderson, M. R., Bartlett, G., Valverde, J., Macdonald, R. F., Shapiro, L. I.,& Cunningham, C. O. (2014). A description of an urban transitions clinic serving formerly incarcerated people. J Health Care Poor Underserved, 25(1), 376-382. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2014.0039
  4. Gervits, M., & Anderson, M. (2014). Community-oriented primary care (COPC) in Barcelona, Spain: an urban COPC experience. Int J Health Serv, 44(2), 383-398.
  5. Valera, P., Anderson, M., Cook, S. H., Wylie-Rosett, J., Rucker, J., & Reid, A. E. (2014). The Smoking Behaviors and Cancer-Related Disparities Among Urban Middle Aged and Older Men Involved in the Criminal Justice System. J Cancer Educ. doi: 10.1007/s13187-014-0668-0
  6. Fox AD, Anderson MR, Bartlett G, Valverde J, Macdonald RF, Shapiro LI, et al. A description of an urban transitions clinic serving formerly incarcerated people. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved. 2014;25(1):376-82. Epub 2014/02/11.
  7. Anderson, M. (2014). Turning Doctors Into Employees. Radical Teacher, 99, 19-26.
  8. Min I, Schonberg D, Anderson M. A Review of Primary Care Training Programs in Correctional Health for Physicians. Teach Learn Med. 2012;24(1):81-9.
  9. Karnik A, Foster BA, Mayer V, Pratomo V, McKee D, Maher S, et al. Food insecurity and Obesity in new york city primary care clinics. Med Care 2011 Jul;49(7):658-61.
  10. Fornari A, Anderson M, Simon S, Korin E, Swiderski D, Strelnick AH. Learning Social Medicine in the Bronx: An Orientation for Primary Care Residents. Teach Learn Med. 2011 Jan;23(1):85-9.
  11. Samayoa B, Pacheco KP, Shapiro M, Mednick A, Arathoon E, Anderson M. Use of patient-delivered coupons as a vehicle for HIV partner notification: results of a pilot study in Guatemala. Prev Med 2010 Nov;51(5):443-4.
  12. Samayoa B, Anderson MR, O'Sullivan LF, Patricia K, Pacheco A, Matos A, et al. Does HIV VCT reduce risk behaviors? An observational study in Guatemala City. Curr HIV Res 2010 Mar 1;8(2):121-6.
  13. Samayoa B, Anderson MR, Alonso Pacheco KP, Lee C, Pittard A, Soltren A, et al. Seroprevalence of HIV, Hepatitis B, and Syphilis Among Pregnant Women at the General Hospital, Guatemala City, 2005-2009. J Int Assoc Physicians AIDS Care (Chic Ill ) 2010 Sep;9(5):313-7
  14. Cohrssen A, Aslam U, Karasz A, Anderson MR. Are unexplained vaginal symptoms associated with psychosocial distress?  A pilot investigation. Journal of Primary Care 2010 Jun;2(2):150-4.
  15. Samayoa B. Anderson M, O’Sullivan LF, Alonso Pacheco KP, Matos A, Alabart Reyes D, Setru S, Arathoon EA. Does HIV VCT reduce risk behaviors? An observational study in Guatemala City. Current HIV Research. 2010. 8(2):121-126.
  16. Shah M. Edmonds-Myles S, Anderson M, Chu C, Shapiro M. The Impact of Mass Incarceration on Outpatients in the Bronx: A Card Study. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2009 Nov;20(11):1049-1059.
  17. Anderson M, Cohrssen A, Brahver D, Klink K. "Are a speculum examination and wet mount always necessary for patients with vaginal symptoms? A pilot randomized controlled trial in primary care" JABFM 2009. Nov/Dec;22(6):617-624.
  18. Samayoa B, Anderson MR, Carlos Grazioso C, Rivera BE, Harrison M, O’Brien W, Arathoon E. Experience of a pediatric HIV clinic in Guatemala City. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2009;25(1):51–5.
  19. Anderson M, Samayoa B, O’Sullivan L, Fletcher J, Arathoon E. Can a clinical prediction tool guide HIV testing decisions? Experience at a national hospital in Guatemala, International Journal of STD/AIDS. Int J STD AIDS. 2009 Jan;20(1):30-4.
  20. Lefr T, Anderson M, Fornari A, Lambert A, Fletcher J, Baquero M. Using Google Earth as an innovative tool for Community Mapping, Public Health Reports. 2008; 123:474-80.
  21. Anderson M, McKee D, Yukes J, Alvarez A, Karasz A. An investigation of douching practices in the botánicas of the Bronx, Culture, Health and Sexuality, 2008; 10:1-11
  22. Samayoa B, Anderson M, Arathoon E, Hernandez C, Bourque D, Vela  C.  “Occupational exposures to potentially infectious material among Guatemalan Health Care Workers” Einstein Journal of Biology and Medicine 2006; 22:49-52
  23. Cohrssen A, Anderson M, Merrill A, McKee D. “Reliability of the Whiff Test in Clinical Practice” JABFP 2005; 18:561-562
  24. Anderson M, Karasz A. How do Clinicians Manage Vaginal Complaints: An Internet Survey.”  Medscape General Medicine, June 21,2005 7(2).
  25. Anderson M, Karasz A, Friedland S. Are Vaginal Symptoms Ever Normal? A Review of the Literature. Medscape General Medicine November 22, 2004, 6(4).
  26. Anderson M, Klink K, Cohrssen A. “The Rational Clinical Examination: The Evaluation of Vaginal Complaints” JAMA 2004; 291(11):1368-1379
  27. Samayoa B, Arathoon E, Anderson M, Rodriguez J, Quattrini E et. al.  “The Emergence of AIDS in Guatemala: Inpatient Experience at Hospital General San Juan de Dios” International Journal of STD’s and AIDS 2003;14;810-813.
  28. Moscou, S., Anderson, M. R., Kaplan, J. B., & Valencia, L. (2003). Validity of Racial/Ethnic Classifications in Medical Records Data: An Exploratory Study. Am.J Public Health, 93:1084-1086.
  29. Karasz A, Anderson M. The vaginitis monologues: women's experiences of vaginal complaints in a primary care setting. Social Science and Medicine 2003; 56(5):1013-1021.
  30. Anderson M, Moscou S, Fulchon C, Neuspeil D. “The role of race in the clinical presentation.” Family Medicine, 2001,33(6):430-4.
  31. Lurio JGM, Anderson M. “Parasitic Diseases.” in Manual of Family Practice, Taylor R. (ed.), Little Brown and Company, Boston, 2001.
  32. Anderson M. “Prostatic Disease.” in Primary Care, Singleton J. et. al. (eds.) Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 1999.
  33. Anderson M, Moscou S. “Race and Ethnicity in Research on Infant Mortality” Family Medicine, 1998;30(3):224-7.
  34. Gold M, Luks D, Anderson M. “Mifepristone (RU-486): A promising alternative to surgical abortions.” Pharmacy & Therapeutics, 1997:22:18.
  35. Gold M, Luks D, Anderson M. “Medical Abortion: New options for pregnancy termination.” American Family Physician, 1997:56(2):533-538.
  36. Luks D, Anderson M. “Antihistamines and the common cold: A review and critique of the literature.” Journal of General Internal Medicine, 1996:11:240-244.
  37. Lopez Cruz, S, Salazar L, Urroz L, Anderson M. “Certeza diagnostica de amebiasis intestinal en Managua.” Revista Cubana de Medicina Tropical, 1991;43(2):80-84.

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