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Helena Brett-Smith

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Helena Brett-Smith


Department: Internal Medicine

Years active at Yale: Late 1980's-2001

Dr. Brett-Smith is being recognized because of her excellence in clinical work, specifically in HIV/AIDS. After completion of her residency and infectious disease fellowship at Yale, Dr. Brett-Smith specialized in the care of HIV patients and became a passionate advocate for these patients. She was the first medical director of the HIV clinic at the Hospital of St.Raphael, called the Haelen Center Infectious Disease. She worked tirelessly to care for patients with AIDS early in the epidemic when many others were avoiding these patients. In addition to her devotion to clinical care, Dr. Brett-Smith was also an outspoken advocate for all issues relating to women and women’s rights.