Dr. Jay Adlersberg is an award-winning photographer, doctor and journalist. As an internist and rheumatologist, he has forty years of experience treating the most severe forms of arthritis and joint disease. He is affiliated with several of the premiere teaching and clinical medical centers of Manhattan. He is at present the chief rheumatologist at New York Health in Manhattan. He is an attending physician at The Hospital for Joint Diseases, NYU Langone Medical Center and Lenox Hill Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at NYU Langone in New York. His main interests are rheumatoid arthritis, the arthritis of psoriasis, back pain and sports injuries. He serves on the Board of the New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.
Dr. Adlersberg is recognized by millions of viewers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as the Health and Medical Reporter for WABC-TV's award-winning Eyewitness News, the top television station in the country. For thirty years, he has reported nightly on advances in the art and science of medicine. His long experience as a basic science laboratory researcher has given him a profound understanding of how scientific research relates to the lives of his audience and patients.
With others at ABC News, Dr. Adlersberg won the prestigious international George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2001 for his role in the "ABC News Special Report on September 11, 2001." In addition to describing the physical and emotional consequences of the attack immediately and over the following months, his was the first reporter’s voice heard around the world, via a CNN partnership, as an eyewitness to the impact of the second plane on the South WTC tower.
In November 2002, he broke the story of the first case of Bubonic Plague seen in New York City for the past century. Dr. Adlersberg was nominated for an Emmy Award for his special report, “AIDS Update”.
Dr. Adlersberg was educated at the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated junior year Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the nation’s oldest medical school and one of its most prestigious. He completed a coveted residency at the country’s most respected city hospital and training ground for clinical medicine, the Bellevue Hospital Center of NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. Dr. Adlersberg did his fellowship in Rheumatology and Immunology as an NIH-Postdoctoral Fellow at the Irvington House Institute of NYU Medical Center under the guidance of the late Edward C. Franklin, M.D., a world-renowned immunologist and member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Adlersberg was recruited by Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1974 and spent the next six years teaching and doing biochemical research on inheritance factors in cancer and arthritis. He is the author of a host of peer-reviewed scientific papers, including several publications that led to groundbreaking discoveries on how human cells make cancer-killing antibodies. He is the recipient of research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society.
In 1980, Dr. Adlersberg left the world of the laboratory and clinical research to practice medicine in Manhattan. He is one of the most experienced physicians in New York in the use of biologic drugs for the treatment of severe rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions involving destructive inflammation.
Dr. Adlersberg has been voted one of the best doctors in New York repeatedly by New York Magazine and the Castle Connelly Guide. On Oct 17th, 2003, he was honored by the Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn NY as Journalist of the Year at a ceremony in Brooklyn attended by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. He was also awarded a New York City Council Citation for his "exemplary service to the City and the community through medical journalism", awarded by Gifford Miller, then Speaker of the New York City Council.
Dr. Adlersberg is an Elected Member of the New York Academy of Science. He is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and an Elected Member of the New York Rheumatism Association.
In December 2004, Dr. Adlersberg was elected to the Board of Governors of the Arthritis Foundation, New York Chapter, where he continues to serve. He was selected to appear in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who’s Who in the World. In 2018, he received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in Medicine.
Dr. Adlersberg has also been a still photographer for many years. He is a contracted contributor to Getty Images which has licensed over three hundred of his photos. Getty has sold his work to Microsoft Corporation, Saatchi and Saatchi Worldwide Advertising, Macmillan Publishing and The New York Times.
In October 2013, Welcome Books originally published Ireland in Word and Image, a 300-page coffee-table art book of his photographs of Ireland. It is currently published by Rizzoli and distributed world-wide by Random House. It was chosen to appear in the Rizzoli Bookstore Catalogue, the listing of one of the premier art book stores in the world. Other photographers in the Catalogue include Ansel Adams.
Ireland was well-reviewed by Publisher's Weekly and appears in the Los Angeles Times Holiday Gift Guide of 2013. In three different competitions this year, the book has won as the Best Travel Book of 2013, the Best Coffee Table Book of 2013 and was a Finalist for the Best Photography Book of 2013. It sold out at New York City's Union League Club's Annual Christmas Book Fair in 2015. Republication of the book with Rizzoli Publishers is planned for Spring 2022.
In 2014, Dr. Adlersberg left Eyewitness News to continue medical reporting in other media, to continue to practice medicine, and to devote more time to photography. Thirteen of Jay Ben's photos appear in the First Annual International UNESCO Calendar for 2016, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It was commissioned by US-UNESCO. Dr. Adlersberg is currently involved in two other international photography projects.