Joseph Conigliaro, MD, MPH, FACP

Chief, General Internal Medicine, Northwell Health

Professor of Medicine, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Phone: (516) 519-5600

About the Investigator

As the Division Chief of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Northwell Health and Professor of Medicine at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Dr. Conigliaro understands the importance of scholarly research. Prior to coming to Northwell health, he was Director of Practice Based Research and Professor of Medicine at NYU and the NYU-HHC Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Dr. Conigliaro’s research work has centered primarily on the evaluation of provider behavior change, brief interventions to reduce hazardous drinking using computer interfaces, health care disparities, and implementation of best practices. He has a strong history of mentoring junior faculty and fellows who have successfully obtained peer reviewed independent funding and have been promoted at their respective institutions. He has collaborated closely to successfully develop and implement a sustainable SBIRT program throughout Northwell Health in various primary care practices with and without the use of health IT. In addition, his role as Division Chief of General Internal Medicine has provided him with firsthand knowledge of the best methods to explore the integration of evidence-based practices into primary care practices. Finally, Dr. Conigliaro’s previous roles as center director have allowed him to successfully administer multiple projects in collaboration with other researchers and institutions.

Research Focus

Dr. Conigliaro’s research has centered primarily on the evaluation of provider behavior change, brief interventions to reduce hazardous drinking using computer interfaces, health care disparities, and implementation of best practices.

Early on in his career, he used existing data from the VA to assess the degree of racial variation in the use of diagnostic and revascularization procedures. This work resulted in one of the first articles in the literature to highlight these disparities. With funding from the VA he was able to assess some of the determinants of that variation that could be used to develop interventions to improve health equity in African American Veterans in care at the VA.

Dr. Conigliaro was the co-PI of the Early Lifestyle Medication Study, one of the earliest clinical trials evaluating the use of brief advice and motivational interviewing in primary care patients with at risk and problem drinking. This work provided efficacy data that brief interventions, particularly brief advice, were a viable intervention in primary care.

He was also one of the original co-PI’s of the NIAAA funded Veterans Aging Cohort Study, a longitudinal study of veterans aging with HIV and the effect of alcohol and other risk factors on their disease progression and related conditions. This work highlighted the risk of alcohol on HIV related and other outcomes and that lower thresholds of consumption resulted in adverse effects.

Finally, Dr. Conigliaro combined his interest in informatics and implementation science and developed biomedical informatics and implementation research programs at the University of Kentucky that were a corner stone of their successful CTSA and used health IT as a means of delivering behavioral interventions and improving quality.


New York University, NY
Degree: BA

Harvard Medical School, MA
Degree: MD

University of Pittsburgh, PA
Degree: Advanced cancer training fellow

  1. Whittle J, Conigliaro J, Good CB, Lofgren RP. “Racial Differences in the Use of Invasive Cardiovascular Procedures in the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical System.” New England Journal of Medicine. 1993; 329:621-627
  2. Conigliaro J, Whittle J, Good CB, Lofgren RP, R Allman, L Passman, M O’Connor, Hanusa BH, Macpherson DM. “Understanding racial variation in the use of coronary revascularization procedures: the role of clinical factors.” Arch Intern Med. 2000; 160:1329-1335
  3. Ibrahim SA, Whittle J, Bean-Mayberry B, Kelley M, Good CB, Conigliaro J. “Racial/ethnic variations in physician recommendations for cardiac revascularization.” Am J Public Health 2003 93: 1689-1693
  4. Maisto SA, Conigliaro J, McNeil M, Kraemer K, Conigliaro R, Kelly ME. “Effects of Two Types of Brief Intervention and Readiness to Change on Alcohol Use in Hazardous Drinkers.” J Stud Alcohol 2001; 62:605-614
  5. Gordon AJ, Maisto SA, McNeil M, Kraemer K, Conigliaro R, Kelly ME, Conigliaro J. “Comparisons of abbreviated instruments to detect hazardous drinking in a large primary care sample.” J Fam Pract 2001; 50:313-320
  6. Conigliaro J, Madenwald T, Bryant K, Braithwaite S, Gordon A, Fultz S, Maisto S, Samet J, Kraemer K, Cook R, Day N, Roach D, Richey S, Justice A. “Observational Studies of alcohol use, abuse and outcomes among HIV infected veterans.” Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 2004:28;313-321
  7. Conigliaro J, Justice AC, Gordon AJ, McGinnis KA, Rabeneck L, for the VACS 3 Project Team. “How Harmful is Hazardous Alcohol Use and Abuse in HIV Infection: Do Providers Know Who is At Risk?”  JAIDS 2003:33; 521-525
  8. Conigliaro J, Justice AC, Gordon AJ, Bryant K. “Role of alcohol in determining HIV relevant outcomes:  a conceptual model to guide the implementation of evidence based interventions into practice.” Medical Care 2006; 44:S1-S6
  9. Braithwaite RS, Conigliaro J, McGinnis K, Maisto SA, Bryant K, Justice AC. “Adjusting Alcohol Quantity for Mean Consumption and Intoxication Threshold Improves Prediction of Nonadherence in HIV Patients and HIV-Negative Controls.” Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2008; 32:1645 – 1651
  10. Braithwaite RS, Conigliaro J, Roberts MS, Shechter S, Schaefer A, McGinnis K, Rodriguez MC, Rabenek L, Justice AC. “Estimating the Impact of Alcohol Consumption on Survival for HIV+ Individuals in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study.” AIDS Care. 2007;19:459-6611. Oslin DW, Sayers S, Kane V, Tenhave T, Conigliaro J, Cornelius J.  Disease Management for Depression and At-Risk Drinking Via Telephone in an Older Population of Veterans. Psychosom Med 2003 65: 931-937
  11. Fahy BG, Balke CW, Umberger GH, Talbert J, Canales DN, Steltenkamp C, Conigliaro J. “Crossing the Chasm: Information Technology to Biomedical Informatics.” J Investig Med 2011;59:768-79.
  12. Davenport DL, Holsapple CW, Conigliaro J. “Assessing Surgical Quality Using Administrative and Clinical Datasets: a Direct Comparison of the University HealthSystem Consortium Clinical Database and the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Dataset.” Am J Med Quality 2009 24: 395-402
  13. Block L, Jarlenski M, Wu AW, Feldman L, Conigliaro J, Swann J, Desai SV. “Inpatient safety outcomes following the 2011 residency work-hour reform.” J Hosp Med. 2014 Jun;9(6):347-52. doi: 10.1002/jhm.2171. Epub 2014 Feb 22.
  14. Coletti DJ, Stephanou H, Mazzola N, Conigliaro J, Gottridge J, Kane JM. “Patterns and predictors of medication discrepancies in primary care.” J Eval Clin Pract. 2015 Oct;21(5):831-9. doi: 10.1111/jep.12387. Epub 2015 May 29.
  15. O’Grady, M., Kapoor, S., Auerbach, M., Morley, J., Yu, J., Salvas, V., Neighbors, C., Morgenstern, J., Conigliaro, J., Kwon, N., McGinn, T., & Kane, J. “Building sustainable SBIRT in an integrated hospital system in New York.” Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 201510(Suppl:A44DOI: 10.1186/1940-0640-10-S1-A44© O’Grady et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2015

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