The Center for Refugee Health

222 Alexander Street
4th floor
Rochester, NY 14607
Driving Directions
Office Phone: (585) 922-8070
Appointment Phone: (585) 922-8070

Office Hours

  • Today's Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Services Offered

  • Primary Care
  • Refugee Healthcare Program

The Center for Refugee Health

The Center for Refugee Health is a Rochester Regional Health primary care practice located at the corner of Alexander Street and Monroe Avenue. The clinic has a small staff of 15 people including physicians, a care manager, a social worker, and patient navigators. Since opening in August of 2014 the clinic has provided medical care to over 4,000 refugee patients. As the only clinic for Refugee Health in Monroe County, we work closely with the Office of Community Medicine to identify health disparities and address the needs of the patients coming to the clinic. The overarching goal of both departments is to improve health outcomes within the Rochester refugee community. 

The Rochester New York Reception and Placement program resettles approximately 800 refugees per year. Individuals arrive from all over the world. Countries of origin include Bhutan, Burma, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Haiti, Somalia, and Ukraine. Obtaining appropriate medical care is one of the highest priorities during the resettlement process.

We work closely with the local resettlement agency, Catholic Family Center and facilitate an initial health screening and subsequent entrance into primary care for all newly-arriving refugees. The program addresses the multiple barriers refugees face upon arrival in Rochester and helps patients navigate the healthcare system.



Our Providers

  • Anthony Petruso, MD

    Dr. Petruso received his medical degree from Ohio State University and completed his combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and is the lead physician at Rochester Regional Health’s Center for Refugee Health. Dr. Petruso supervises advanced practice providers, medical students and residents, and he focuses exclusively on caring for patients who are refugees, especially those who are new to the U.S.

  • David Hough

    David Hough, MD

    Dr. Hough earned his medical degree from Pennsylvania State College and did his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where he was named Practice Chief and received the Barbara Simms Primary Care Award. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and has worked with several health outreach programs, including one in Nepal. He is currently a primary care physician at Rochester Regional Health’s Center for Refugee Health.

  • James Azurin

    Jessica Speares, PA

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