David Alajajian, M.D.
David Alajajian was born in Southern California and grew up in the San Francisco Bay. There he attended University of California at Berkeley where he earned his undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis on Immunology. After completing his undergraduate studies, he spent 2 year at University of California San Francisco conducting immune therapy research for the treatment of prostate cancer. Later, he obtained his doctorate in medicine at New York Medical College. During his time in medical school, he was involved in research with the Department of Infectious Diseases studying long term outcomes of Lyme disease.
Dr. Alajajian completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine in Long Island, New York. There, he worked with a diverse patient population and gained experience in diagnosing and treating a broad scope of medical conditions. His interests include wellness, high value care, quality improvement and clinical research. His patients have taken a liking towards him for his distinguished kind demeanor and compassionate attitude.
When not in the office, Dr. Alajajian enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, learning foreign languages, tasting new cuisines, and running.
As a gay man I found it difficult to be honest and open with my physician about important aspects of my health. While my doctor was supposed to be my strongest supporter and advocate, I felt there was a knowledge gap between my reality and what my doctor would perceive my reality to be. It wasn’t until I completed my residency that I discovered the emerging field of Gay Men’s Health and an exciting career where I could practice my passion for preventative health while bringing to the table my life experiences, rich collateral knowledge and commitment toward serving and bettering my community. LGBT people face very unique health related issues and are met with an enormous disparity in healthcare. Our needs are complex and encompass mood disorders, sexual health and wellness; yet we are in direct danger of misdiagnosis, inappropriate care, discrimination, lack of access and loss to follow-up. My goal and passion is to bridge this gap, to advance access and to improve the quality of care brought to our community with compassion, care and understanding free of judgement or bias.