Brian Harper, M.D., is Medical Director and Associate Professor at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM). In addition to overseeing NYIT’s Academic Health Care Centers in Old Westbury and Central Islip, and educating future physicians on the tenets of clinical medicine, Harper serves as co-chair of NYIT's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force. In this role, Harper leads a team of faculty, students, and staff in evaluating the DEI landscape at NYIT, establishing projects and activities that promote DEI, and creating a roadmap for continued success in these areas.

Prior to becoming a physician, Harper attended Brown University for his undergraduate education where he received a B.A. in Biology and in Afro-American Studies. He went on to receive his medical degree from the State University of New York, Health Science Center at Syracuse, and a master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University. He then trained at Harlem Hospital Center and the State University of New York, Health Science Center at Stony Brook. Harper is board certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.

Harper has worked as a physician at the Rikers Island Medical Unit, served as the first Director of the Bureau of HIV Services at the Nassau County Department of Health, and as the Senior Vice President of Community Affairs at the Nassau University Medical Center. In this role, Harper also served as the medical director for a network of seven community health centers, where he remodeled medical services to conform to hospital standards and successfully passed two JCAHO (Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations) surveys.

Harper was then appointed as the first African American Commissioner of Health for Suffolk County, N.Y. During his tenure, he successfully managed a department of 1,500 employees with a budget of approximately $450 million. Harper also created innovative programs including a HIV Commission and an Office of Minority Health to address health inequities. Harper then served as the Chief Operating Officer and Medical Director of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention. This center was a partnership between Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and North General Hospital that was initially designed to provide quality cancer care to the residents of Harlem and surrounding areas, irrespective of a patient’s ability to pay.


  • Cohn, J., Blazey, W., Tegay, D., Harper, B., Koehler, S., Laurent, B., Chan, V., Jung, M.-K. and Krishnamachari, B. (2014), Physician Knowledge of Ethnicity Specific Differences in BRCA Genetic Testing. The Breast Journal, 20: 669–670. doi: 10.1111/tbj.12345
  • Jason Cohn, William Blazey, David Tegay, Brian Harper, Sharon Koehler, Brookshield Laurent, Vivian Chan, Min-Kyung Jung, Bhuma Krishnamachari (2014) Physician Risk Assessment Knowledge Regarding BRCA Genetics Testing. The Journal of Cancer Education, doi: 10.1007/s13187-014-0724-9

Courses I Teach/Have Taught at NYIT

  • Course Director - Integumentary
  • Course Director - Hematology/ Immunology/Dermatology
  • Doctor Patient Relationship, Case Based Learning Facilitator

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