March 13, 2015

AlphaBetterCare New York Office Moving!

166 5th Avenue is our new home

We are pleased to announce that we are moving our New York office location.

As of March 31, 2015, AlphaBetterCare will be located at 166 5th Ave, 2nd Floor (between 21st and 22nd Streets). We will be seeing patients at our current location until March 26th.

Our hours will be changing slightly as well. Our new hours will be:
Tuesdays 9am to 7pm
Wednesdays 8am to 12pm
Thursdays 10am to 6pm
Fridays 9am to 7pm
Saturdays 10am to 6pm

Please contact us if you have any questions!



June 12, 2014

AlphaBetterCare expands insurance acceptance

New York and New Jersey offices have new patient options

Effective immediately, the terrific care at AlphaBetterCare is available to patients with insurance purchased on the New York and New Jersey exchanges! In New York, we are accepting Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans, and in New Jersey we are accepting Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. In addition, our New Jersey office is now part of the Oxford Liberty Network.

Exchange plans and most Liberty plans do require patients to select a primary care physician before receiving care. Please make sure to select and confirm Dr. Grossman as your primary care physician before making an appointment with us.

Please contact us with any questions, or to make an appointment.


March 18, 2014

Physician Assistant Joins AlphaBetterCare

Larry Yip is full-time provider in New York City

AlphaBetterCare is pleased to announce that Larry Yip, a Licensed Physician Assistant, has joined our practice in our New York office. Larry comes to us from New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, where he worked in the Department of Medicine. He was educated at the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program, and received his undergraduate degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Physician Assistants (PAs), here is a short explanation of the profession:

A physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who works as part of a team with a doctor. A PA is a graduate of an accredited PA educational program who is nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician. PAs perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, assist in surgery, and provide patient education and counseling. PAs are authorized to prescribe medications.

The PA educational program is modeled on the medical school curriculum, a combination of classroom and clinical instruction. PA education includes instruction in core sciences: anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, physical diagnosis, pathophysiology, microbiology, clinical laboratory science, behavioral science and medical ethics. PAs also complete more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations, with an emphasis on primary care in ambulatory clinics, physician offices and acute or long-term care facilities.

Dr. Grossman and Mr. Yip share responsibility for the care of all our patients. When you make an appointment, you can expect to be seen by both of them. Once you get to know Larry, you will be able to make appointments to see him, just as you can make appointments to see Dr. Grossman.

Larry Yip is a native New Yorker and a resident of Astoria. He speaks Cantonese fluently. Although he doesn’t currently have a dog, he is thinking about getting one. He loves running and biking and enjoys participating in the Brooklyn Half Marathon.

Patients will be able to book appointments with Dr. Grossman or Mr. Yip, subject to scheduling availability. Please contact us with any questions, or to make an appointment.


May 13, 2013

New Jersey Office is Open!

AlphaBetterCare quality care available now in Millburn and in New York City

AlphaBetterCare announces that its new office in Millburn, New Jersey is open and ready for your visits. Dr. Howard Grossman will be seeing patients in Millburn and in our original office in Manhattan
Existing and new patients are welcome to make appointments in either office, whichever is more convenient. Beginning in June, the Millburn office will be open every day, with patient visits scheduled for Mondays, Wednesday afternoons, and every other Saturday.
Our Millburn office will be staffed by Jonathan Kertis, who is a New Jersey native with many years of experience working in medical practices. If you have questions or would like to make an appointment, please contact us!
Our New Jersey contact information is:
425 Essex Street
Millburn, New Jersey 07041
973.355.6620 phone
973.355.6621 fax

May 13, 2013

Welcome Dr. Paul Chambliss

Another doctor joins AlphaBetterCare

A veteran clinician in the LGBT community, Dr. Paul Chambliss trained with and worked with Dr. Grossman at his old practice for many years. We’re thrilled to have him back.
Dr. Chambliss is board certified in Internal Medicine, and has had a distinguished career caring for patients in the LGBT community. In addition to his work with Dr. Grossman, he was a resident at Roosevelt Hospital, had a private practice, and worked at the Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center. He is currently working toward a Masters Degree in Public Health at Columbia University.

Patients will be able to book appointments with Dr. Grossman or Dr. Chambliss, subject to scheduling availability. Please contact us with any questions, or to make an appointment.

May 18, 2011

2011 Summer Hours

AlphaBetterCare will now be open Thursday evenings!

We are pleased to announce our summer office hours for 2011, which will begin on June 21st. Our new schedule is as follows: Tuesdays from 9am to 6pm; Wednesdays from 9am to 6pm; Thursdays from noon to 8pm; Fridays from 10am to 6pm; and some Saturdays from 10am to 6pm. We are planning to be open two Saturdays a month; please check with us for the exact dates. Note that we will be closed for lunch from 1 to 2pm, except on Thursdays when we will be closed from 4 to 5pm.

We will be closing for summer vacation on Friday, July 8th and reopening Tuesday, July 19th.

As always, we are available to existing patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our patient portal or directly to the doctor’s mobile phone in case of an urgent need.


250 West 57th Street Suite 1430
New York, NY 10019

Telephone and e-mail

212.247.8262 fax

March 10, 2011

Dr. Grossman teaching at Columbia University

Clinical Appointment Awarded

We are proud to announce that Howard A. Grossman, MD of AlphaBetterCare is now Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, effective March 1, 2011. He is teaching Foundations of Clinical Medicine on Thursday afternoons.


250 West 57th Street Suite 1430
New York, NY 10019

Telephone and e-mail

212.247.8262 fax

March 1, 2011

New Office Hours for Spring 2011

AlphaBetterCare now open five days a week!

We are pleased to announce new office hours effective immediately. Our new schedule is as follows. Tuesdays from 9am to 5pm. Wednesday from 10am to 6pm. Thursdays from 9am to 1pm. Fridays from 10am to 6pm. Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. As always, we are available to existing patients 24 hours a day through our patient portal or directly to the doctor’s mobile phone in case of an urgent need.


250 West 57th Street Suite 1430
New York, NY 10019

Telephone and e-mail

212.247.8262 fax

January 3, 2011

Dr. Grossman quoted in The New York Times

City’s Graphic Ad on the Dangers of H.I.V. Is Dividing Activists

The advertisement opens like a French film noir, showing portraits of melancholy-looking men standing against a shadowy black-and-white backdrop of menacing New York City streets. “When you get H.I.V.,” the narrator intones, “it’s never just H.I.V.”

To music that telegraphs calamity, the advertisement warns of osteoporosis, “a disease that dissolves your bones,” flashes a gory picture of anal cancer and delivers a punch line about the importance of using condoms.

The New York City Health and Mental Hygiene Department released the advertisement on YouTube and television in early December, intending to show that even though an H.I.V. diagnosis is no longer a death sentence, neither do H.I.V. drugs guarantee good health. But since then, several mainstream gay groups have organized against it, calling it stigmatizing and sensationalistic, and demanding that the city pull it from circulation. And in response, other gay activists have rushed to the health department’s defense.

“It’s about time,” Larry Kramer, the writer and a founder of Act Up, wrote in an e-mail to friends and fellow activists after seeing the spot. “This ad is honest and true and scary, all of which it should be. H.I.V. is scary, and all attempts to curtail it via lily-livered nicey-nicey ‘prevention’ tactics have failed.”

For New York, the H.I.V. advertisement is just the latest in a series of graphic YouTube public service ads tackling health issues like smoking, obesity and childhood poisoning, created to reach young people through a medium they understand.

The H.I.V. public service ad falls into a tradition of attention-grabbing messages going back to the high school driver’s education films of car crashes on rain-slicked highways, and the graphic films about syphilis shown to Army recruits. A more recent model might be the “Truth” antismoking campaign, which tapped into young people’s suspicions of the adult world, sponsored by the American Legacy Foundation, as part of the 1998 tobacco settlement.

Health officials said the spot had also appeared on television and would continue to run through mid-January on TimeWarner, Cablevision and FiOS cable networks, WNYW (Channel 5) and WPIX (Channel 11).

Some gay organizations are not happy.

“We know from our longstanding H.I.V. prevention work that portraying gay and bisexual men as dispensing diseases is counterproductive,” said Marjorie Hill, chief executive of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. “Studies have shown that scare tactics are not effective.”

Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, known as Glaad, said the advertisement “misses the mark in fairly and accurately representing what it’s like to live with H.I.V./AIDS.”

But city health officials say the advertisement was tested on focus groups of the target audience — primarily Latino and black men between ages 18 and 30 — and also reflected the city’s experience of what worked in its past antismoking campaigns, which included stomach-turning images of amputated fingers, tracheotomies and what was depicted as a dead smoker’s aorta.

“One of the points they kept making is you need to hit hard and do something to counteract the pharmaceutical ads that say having H.I.V. is a walk in the park,” Dr. Monica Sweeney, assistant commissioner of the city’s bureau of H.I.V. prevention and control, said recently.

Dr. Sweeney said the city stood by the advertisement and was pleased that it was getting attention, even if through controversy.

The campaign, which cost $726,000, was produced by DCF Advertising and financed by a federal grant, officials said.

In the last few days, the National Association of People with AIDS and the H.I.V. Health and Human Services Planning Council of New York have added their voices to the opposition. Another group, Housing Works, also opposes the spot, a spokesman said.

In a Dec. 17 letter to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the planning council, which includes service providers and people living with H.I.V./AIDS, said that while it was true that older adults with H.I.V. might be at greater risk of developing cancer, dementia and osteoporosis, the ad “implies that young adults living with H.I.V. suffer from these conditions, too — and that is false.”

The letter said that getting more advice from gay men into how to promote H.I.V. prevention, and “acknowledging their resilience in the face of this epidemic, will be far more successful than perpetuating outdated images of sickness, dying and death.”

The advertisement’s critics cited research by Peter Salovey, a psychology professor at Yale, and colleagues, who found that threatening messages did not necessarily lead people to adopting healthier behaviors and could be counterproductive. The researchers also found that many preventive health behaviors, like using sunscreen, could be better promoted through positive than negative messages. In a 2002 paper, Dr. Salovey and his colleagues said, “One could hypothesize that condom use, because it is a preventive behavior, would be better promoted by stressing its benefits.”

But Dr. Salovey said he had also published research showing that negative-consequence ads did work better for some health campaigns, including one in which low-income minority women were urged to undergo H.I.V. testing.

He added that he could not pass judgment on New York’s condom advertisement. “As our research shows,” he said in an e-mail, “there are situations when messages stressing benefits are more persuasive and other situations when messages stressing the risks of not taking action are more persuasive.”

Dr. Howard Grossman, a Manhattan internist and H.I.V. specialist, said the city’s approach was worth trying.

“Younger gay men are not making some kind of rational choice to have unprotected sex the way many activists are maintaining in this disagreement,” Dr. Grossman said. “These younger people are, like most young people having sex, living in the moment and making split-second, uninformed choices about unprotected sex.

“The point is that there’s a whole new generation out there who needs to learn that H.I.V. is a disease to stay away from, and so a fear-based ad directed at them is a whole new thing.”

Mr. Kramer, the author of “The Normal Heart,” an autobiographical play about AIDS in 1980s New York City, said H.I.V. treatment had bred complacency and a false sense of safety to gay men too young to remember a generation of gay men dying.

“Everybody thinks all you need to take is one pill, which is just malarkey,” said Mr. Kramer, who is H.I.V.-positive. “Nobody takes one pill. I mean, I take like 10.”

Link to the original story on The New York Times web site.

May 1, 2010

Announcing new services. Botox, Radiesse and Juvederm treatments now available!

AlphaBetterCare Aesthetic

As a holistic center for well being, we care about your self-esteem and happiness with the way you look. We offer Botox as well as facial fillers Juvederm and Radiesse to help you achieve the appearance you want and increase your satisfaction with your life. Our goal is to make you look refreshed and natural, not over-corrected. Especially beneficial for people with premature aging, our aesthetic services are offered to all our patients as a discreet way to improve your looks. A better life starts with better care.

Experienced medical professional

At AlphaBetterCare, you will be seen only by our physician, Howard A. Grossman, MD. Experienced in treatments with injectables, Dr. Grossman has recently completed new training in the latest injection techniques and new procedures. Using the best products available, he will discuss your desired outcome in detail and work with you to create the appearance you want. We can relax wrinkles, fill hollow areas and deep lines and creases, volumize and contour the lips, cheeks and jawline, and even lift areas of sagging skin.

Hyperhidrosis and lipoatrophy correction

Dr. Grossman is an expert at correcting the signs of lipoatrophy that can result from taking anti-HIV medications. These treatments may be covered by Medicare or a manufacturer assistance program. In addition, we can use Botox to treat severe sweating.

Introductory pricing

For a limited time, we are pleased to offer a special discount off our regular prices on all aesthetic services. Visit our Aesthetic Services page for more information about the treatments available.


250 West 57th Street Suite 1430
New York, NY 10019

AlphaBetterCare Aesthetic

Telephone and e-mail

212.247.8262 fax

Thursday, April 22, 2010
6:30 to 8:00pm at The LGBT Center

Hot Sex!

Sex, Men, and Sexually-Transmitted Infections.

First in a new series of GLBT Health presentations and panel discussions moderated by Howard A. Grossman, MD.

Other than HIV, what Sexually Transmitted Infections should I be concerned about? How do I know if I might have an STI? What can I do to protect myself? These questions and more will be answered in this lively presentation and panel discussion featuring two well-known researchers and a doctor with over twenty years of experience treating gay men. A question-and-answer period will let audience members ask specific questions and get vivid answers from the panel. No question is too simple or too advanced—or too sexual—for this group. Adults only!

Panelists and Presentations:

Jeffrey T. Parsons, PhD. Professor and Chair, Dept of Psychology, Hunter College, CUNY. Dr. Parsons, the Director of the Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST) will speak about the Center’s findings on sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men in New York City. These community level data will show prevalence of various STIs across different groups of MSM, as well as their trends over the past 6 years. Dr. Parsons will touch on research methodology, age differences and the association between substance use and STIs.

Demetre Daskalakis, MD. Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Daskalakis, Founder and Medical Director of the Men’s Sexual Health Project (M*SHP) , will talk about the project’s mission to promote sexual health among people living with HIV and highly sexually active men who have sex with. M*SHP, recognized by Mayor Bloomberg, continues to provide state of the art HIV and STI Testing in NYC to men attending sex clubs, parties and events. Dr. Daskalakis will discuss STI trends among sexually active men he tests at commercial sex venues with specific emphasis on areas where prevention is not adequately serving this population.

Howard Grossman, MD. Physician at AlphaBetterCare with over twenty years of experience treating gay men. Dr. Grossman will moderate the panel and will also speak about the personal health implications of the information presented. Specifics like: what symptoms you should look out for; what tests to make sure you get; what risks are associated with the sexual practices you enjoy—and what kind of care and treatment to get if you suspect you might have an infection. Keeping yourself healthy is a partnership between you and your doctor, and Dr. Grossman will discuss what you need to tell your doctor and how to make that relationship work so you have the healthiest and happiest life possible.

LGBT Community Services Center
208 West 13th Street, New York City

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March 30, 2010

Announcing Flu Vaccine Reservations!

Influenza vaccines now recommended for all adults

The New York City Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control recently recommended that all adults receive annual influenza vaccinations. This change will mean that in the upcoming 2010-2011 flu season there will be even more shortages and long waits to get vaccinated. The new vaccine will include H1N1 and the other predominant strains that are circulating.

Get your flu vaccine quickly and easily at AlphaBetterCare by making an advance reservation now. We will notify you in the fall when the vaccines arrive and you’ll be able to make an appointment or visit us during one of our drop-in vaccination times. We also offer the option of coming to you. If you have a group of 10 or more people we’ll schedule a time to come to your office—or wherever you are.

Reserve a vaccine or make an appointment now!

The reservation is free. AlphaBetterCare patients with participating health insurance will pay only their regular visit co-pay at the time of vaccination. If you do not have participating health insurance or are not one of our patients, the cost of the vaccination will be $50. This fee may be submitted for insurance reimbursement.

Call us at 212-247-8260 or email us at to reserve your vaccine and to receive more information about the services we offer—and the benefits of being an AlphaBetterCare patient. We look forward to getting to know you better!