Dr. Steven Nicholas: 1989
Many of our Distinguished Alumni honorees are hard to distill into a paragraph, Dr. Stephen Nichols is one of those extraordinary people. He began his academic career at Casper College, graduation with an A.S. in zoology, thinking his life’s work would be working with animals. However, he changed species and obtained his medical degree from the University of Colorado. His pediatric training was in Harlem, New York with Columbia University. It was during his time in Harlem that he found his calling working with HIV infected children. When he began his journey the death rate of infected children was one per month. Due to his pioneering work with antiviral drugs the rate would change to one or two per year. He is currently a Professor at Columbia University and continues to work to improve outcomes for children in the United States, Dominican Republic and South Africa. He was listed in Best Doctors in America, 1992-93, again in 1994-95; Best Doctors in the Northeast, 1996-97 and Best Doctors in New York City 1996. He was also recognized as the Outstanding Alumni of the American Association of Community Colleges in 2005. Read more about Nicholas on the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health website.