Dr. Jonathan Giftos is a physician and activist working at the intersection of addiction, incarceration and public health.
He is currently the Clinical Director of Substance Use Treatment for Correctional Health Services at Rikers Island, where he oversees all diversion, harm reduction, treatment and reentry services for incarcerated patients with substance use disorder. He is also the medical director for the opioid treatment program in the NYC jail system, in which he also provides clinical care -- including the provision of methadone and buprenorphine maintenance -- to incarcerated patients with opioid use disorders. He is on faculty at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and volunteers as an attending the the Bronx Transitions Clinic at Montefiore in the Bronx.
Prior to medical school, Dr. Giftos lived and taught first-grade in Honduras, served as an immigration social worker in Camden, NJ and worked at Abraham House, an alternative to incarceration residence in the South Bronx. A long-time photographer, he continues to see the camera as both a creative outlet and as a powerful tool for social change. He lives with his wife and son in Brooklyn.