Get to Know Konstantinos Deligiannidis, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Medical Director
Northwell Housecalls

Konstantinos "Kosta" Deligiannidis, MD, MPH, FAAFP, is the Medical Director of Northwell Health's House Calls program, a home-based primary and palliative care program in the largest health system in New York, and member of the Independence at Home demonstration program.

18 years ago, Kosta began his career as a full-spectrum family physician in a small-town health center in Central Massachusetts, where he cared for patients in the inpatient setting, on L+D, in nursing homes, and in the outpatient setting. He particularly enjoyed home visits, where care for vulnerable patients was meaningful and comprehensive. At the UMass Medical School, he additionally loved teaching his learners the benefits (and joys!) of doing home visits and saw many "aha!" moments during their rotations with him.

Additionally, he was an inaugural member of UMass’s Quality Scholars program, where he learned the foundations of Quality Improvement, and sparked his passion in QI and system-based improvements.  He took this enthusiasm for QI, and then as Quality Improvement director at his health center, he taught learners and led them in QI projects which were presented at state and national conferences.

Over the years, Kosta has passionately advocated for home-based primary care, especially to his learners and patients. He increased his program's educational footprint at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine as well as at Northwell's IM and FM residency programs, and fellowship programs in geriatrics, palliative care, and geriatric psychiatry. As a member of the National Home-Based Primary Care Learning Network, he also led many quality improvement initiatives, including improving his program’s influenza vaccination outreach, which became the basis of their homebound COVID-19 vaccination program.

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