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SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Special Treatment and Research (STAR) Health Center

STAR Health Center (SHC)


Darryl Thomas, RN

Mr. Thomas is the Clinic Manager for the STAR Health Center. He oversees day to day patient care activities to ensure a therapeutic patient experience. Mr. Thomas has been in the medical field since 2006 as a Registered Nurse. In 2010 Mr. Thomas began his administrative journey supporting operations by supervising staff; planning, organizing, and implementing administrative systems. He is also dedicated to supporting the optimal growth of the Brooklyn community and beyond via the STAR Health Center by addressing the challenges they face and helping them to improve their access to public resources.

Mary Crymes, RN, ACRN

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Ms. Crymes has been involved in HIV/AIDS care since 1993 and has been the Charge Nurse at STAR Health Center since November 2003. She has an extensive and diverse background in ambulatory care nursing including correctional health, substance abuse and family planning. Ms. Crymes has a certification in HIV/AIDS nursing and has been an active member of The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) since 1998. She serves on the national board as a member of the Chapters Committee and currently holds the position as Treasurer of the Greater New York Chapter of ANAC.


Tracey Griffith, MHA

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Ms. Griffith is the Hepatitis C Program Manager. She has been involved in health care since 1999. In 2004 she joined the STAR Health Center (SHC) as a medical assistant where she provided a wide range of patient services and education. Currently, Ms. Griffith manages the NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute funded Hepatitis C Program, which links patients to care and treatment for hepatitis C. Ms. Griffith also provides HIV counseling and testing on-site in the SHC and in the community. Ms. Griffith holds a Master's degree in Healthcare Administration and is certified in phlebotomy.

Margarita Morales

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Ms. Morales has been involved in the care and research of HIV since 2006. Prior to working at the STAR Health Center she had the opportunity to work in the Patient Relations Department. Ms Morales was the Patient Liaison for some of the vital and critical areas of the hospital including Labor & Delivery, ICU & CCU. Ms. Morales is also very active in outreach activities which involve the SHC and the community.