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Joseph J. DeRose, MD

Professor

Department of Family Medicine

  • About

Except for two years of active military duty (1967-1969) serving as Deputy Chief of the U.S. Public Health Service Outpatient Department in Washington, D.C., Dr. Joseph DeRose has had a continuous relationship with SUNY Downstate since he attended this institution as a medical student, earning the M.D. degree in 1963. Upon graduation, he embarked upon an internship and residency in Medicine at Kings County Hospital, and he served as Chief Resident in his third year. The following year, he became the first Chief Resident in Medicine at SUNY Downstate. From 1969 to 1975, Dr. DeRose was Medical Director of University Hospital's Outpatient Department, and he also had appointments to Kings County Hospital (Visiting Physician) and Swedish Hospital (Medical Consultant) during this time. In 1976, Dr. DeRose transferred from Internal Medicine to the Department of Family Practice, where he has continued as an internist and assumed a significant role in teaching Family Practice residents and medical students. All clinicians in the Department of Family Practice, including his faculty colleagues, seek advice and counsel from Dr. DeRose concerning difficult or complex medical problems affecting their patients.

Dr. DeRose has conducted significant research and has written numerous articles for publication. One significant contribution was as a primary investigator developing the outpatient treatment of Paget's Disease of the Bone. Dr. DeRose was instrumental in establishing the National Paget's Disease Foundation, which is headquartered in Brooklyn. Since 1990, he has been involved in non-invasive cardiology, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension, and he has lectured on each of these topics with the Department of Cardiology. He has also served as adjunct lecturer to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition, Dr. DeRose wrote a chapter on cardiovascular disease for the textbook Primary Care (edited by Singleton, Sandowski, et. al.).

Dr. DeRose has also served SUNY Downstate in many institution-wide roles, including long service on the School of Medicine's Admissions Committee, Secretary of University Hospital's Medical Board, and President of the Medical Staff. He has served on numerous other committees throughout his long tenure at SUNY Downstate. Dr. DeRose continues as a most beloved mentor to faculty and residents in the Department of Family Medicine.