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Benjamin Eckhardt
Benjamin Eckhardt, MD, MS
NYU School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology - Assistant Professor Medicine
Bellevue Hospital, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology
Education
MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
MS, Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research, Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences
BS, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
Research Interests
Hepatitis C, HIV, People who inject drugs, Harm reduction
BIO
Benjamin Eckhardt received his MD degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and  Internal Medicine training at NYU within the Primary Care Program. After completing residency, he worked in Rwanda for Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima with a clinical appointment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He returned to New York to complete his fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at Weill Cornell Medical College while concurrently receiving a MS in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research. He joined the faculty at NYU/Bellevue in 2016 with a clinical focus in HIV and hepatitis management.

Dr. Eckhardt’s research interest focuses on evaluating models of care to facilitate access, engagement, and retention of active injection drug users in HCV treatment and care.
Projects
Principal Investigator, HCV – Source Patient Identification and Group Overlap Treatment. Completed
Publications

Recent

Hrycko A, Mateu-Gelabert P, Ciervo C, Linn-Walton R, Eckhardt B (2022).
Severe bacterial infections in people who inject drugs: The role of injection-related tissue damage
Harm Reduction Journal, 19 (1), 41. doi: 10.1186/s12954-022-00624-6. PMCID: PMC9063270.

Eckhardt B, Mateu-Gelabert P, Aponte-Melendez Y, Fong C, Kapadia S, Smith M, Edlin BR, Marks KM (2022).
Accessible hepatitis C care for people who inject drugs: A randomized clinical trial
JAMA Internal Medicine, 182 (5), 494-502. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2022.0170. PMCID: PMC8922207.

Aponte-Melendez Y, Mateu-Gelabert P, Fong C, Eckhardt B, Kapadia S, Marks K (2021).
The impact of COVID-19 on people who inject drugs in New York City: Increased risk and decreased access to services
Harm Reduction Journal, 18 (1), 118. doi: 10.1186/s12954-021-00568-3. PMCID: PMC8611635.

Fong C, Mateu-Gelabert P, Ciervo C, Eckhardt B, Aponte-Melendez Y, Kapadia S, Marks K (2021).
Medical provider stigma experienced by people who use drugs (MPS-PWUD): Development and validation of a scale among people who currently inject drugs in New York City
Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 221, 108589. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108589. PMCID: PMC8029599.

Kapadia SN, Katzman C, Fong C, Eckhardt BJ, Guarino H, Mateu-Gelabert P (2021).
Hepatitis C testing and treatment uptake among young people who use opioids in New York City: A cross-sectional study
Journal of Viral Hepatitis, 28 (2), 326-333. doi: 10.1111/jvh.13437. PMCID: PMC8207521.

Dr. Eckhardt's NYU Langone Profile