Member Details

Total members: 395

I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Jemella Raymore, MD

Cornell/NYP
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I would like to offer my time to help develop/support initiatives that support our diverse learners and the diverse clinical staff that already work here.

Expertise/Goals

To help develop DEI initiatives in my division that are effective and long-lasting.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Meghan Reading Turchioe, PhD, MPH, RN

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Currently mobile health (mHealth) is poised to dramatically improve chronic disease management but may also exacerbate existing health disparities due to lack of tailored interventions for underserved populations. My research focuses on developing and implementing mHealth solutions that support self-management for a diverse range of patients living with chronic conditions. I am particularly

Expertise/Goals

I have received public health and informatics training and practiced for several years as a registered nurse in New York City. My goal is to engage in rich discussions surrounding health equity at the Center and collaborate across disciplines. This will advance a major career aim of mine to better understand health equity and develop and implement mobile health solutions that seek to reduce

Community Member

Kerri K. Reda, MPH

CCE Suffolk County
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Child Development and Health

Expertise/Goals

I have many years of experience in parent education and child development. I hope to gain networking opportunities.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice

Ro-Jay R. Reid, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a collaborator passionate about community participatory-based research, I bring expertise in effectively engaging and recruiting individuals, particularly for qualitative research that explores the intricate connections between social determinants of health and cardiovascular outcomes.

Expertise/Goals

In the upcoming years, my focus will be on projects centered around healthy aging and exploring the social determinants of health in individuals with cardiovascular diseases. I am seeking collaborations with those who can contribute novel approaches and implementation research to alleviate the burden of social determinants of health faced by older adults. The aim is not only to extend the lifespan

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Ligia I. Reyes, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research seeks to understand dietary behavior to ultimately improve nutrition and health. My primary research examines food choice for young children children through an analysis of social networks and the food environment in rural settings. In my current role as a Postdoctoral Associate, I work under the mentorship of Associate Professor Laura Bellows to develop a digital intervention to

Expertise/Goals

I am committed to advancing science that better understands drivers of dietary behavior among populations with limited resources, especially among Latin-heritage populations. I value building and maintaining collaborations with diverse stakeholders, including disseminating findings to various audiences. I want to connect and collaborate with peers at various stages of their career who share a

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Nicole C. Rich, MD, MPH

NewYork-Presbyterian
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My experiences as a physician caring for patients from diverse racial, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds has made me acutely aware of how these factors contribute to disparate health outcomes. I am interested in the ways that physicians can use their experiences with individual patients to promote systemic changes that will lead to greater equity in health outcomes. By assessing the needs

Expertise/Goals

I have clinical experience in general and vascular surgery, and have worked in a variety of clinical settings and hospital systems throughout my training. During my general surgery residency, I completed a master’s degree in public health with a thesis in improving access to vascular surgical services at an under-resourced county hospital. I am co-founder of an educational podcast for vascular

Academic Member

Kristy Richards, PhD, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Kristy Richards’ research interests include finding better treatments for lymphoma by using comparative genomics and canine clinical trials to test new therapeutic combinations.

Expertise/Goals

As a physician I have lobbied at both the state and federal level for oral chemotherapy parity laws which is a significant health equity issue facing my patients. I remain interested in issues related to health equity and trying to break down barriers to health care that some of my patients experience. I also am interested in engaging the public in issues related to science and medicine so that

Community Member

Bob Riter, MHSA

Cornell Cooperative Extension
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Cancer, patient engagement.

Expertise/Goals

Very engaged in cancer networks in Tompkins County and nationally. Survivor of both breast and prostate cancer.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m a trainee practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Jamie Robinson

Center for Research on End-of-Life Care
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I’d like to offer my skills as an epidemiologist with a community-focused research background. I have experience in individual- and neighborhood-level assessments, qualitative and quantitative, of basic needs and socioeconomic indicators, and also in designing/implementing cross-sectional and longitudinal outcome analyses.

Expertise/Goals

I’m looking for a collaborator who emphasizes community-focused health equity research and enjoys collaborating with interdisciplinary teams.

Academic Member

Minerva A. Romero Arenas, MD, MPH

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Dr. Minerva A. Romero Arenas is an Endocrine & General Surgeon at NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. She is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Romero Arenas completed a fellowship in Oncologic Surgical Endocrinology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. She completed her General Surgery Residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.

Expertise/Goals

My clinical experience in general and endocrine surgery and my public health background coupled with the personal life experience of being a member of a minority group and immigrant to the US are valuable perspectives for creating practical and effective programs to mitigate disparities. I look forward to collaborating with other researchers and organizations who may help provide unique

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice

Shoshana Rosenberg, ScD, MPH

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My training and research expertise is cross-disciplinary and includes cancer epidemiology, survey design/patient-reported outcomes, qualitative methods, and implementation science.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking to expand my network to include additional collaborators conducting health disparities research focused on cancer.

Academic Member

Russell E. Rosenblatt, MD, MS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interest is in identifying and overcoming inequities for patients with liver disease. Specifically, my interests are in two specific fields: disparities in access to liver transplantation for patients with end-stage liver disease and the relationship of neighborhood socioeconomic characteristics on outcomes in patients with cirrhosis.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking to expand my research and clinical care network. I would like to work with researchers who have more expertise in health equity research. Additionally, I would like advice and support of colleagues to improve my ability to reach and help patient groups who are vulnerable.

Academic Member

Monika Safford, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am working to identify mechanisms leading to health disparities and testing strategies to eliminate them. I have focused my work on the cardio-metabolic diseases and conduct pragmatic trials in real-world settings to test feasibility practical strategies that are effective and well received. I am also focused on patient-centered communication and information to optimize shared decision-making.

Expertise/Goals

I have expertise in cardiovascular epidemiology large database analysis pragmatic trials peer coaching interventions and patient activation through a novel patient education platform the Patient Activated Learning System. I hope to use my research and mentoring experience to build a substantial community engaged research program aimed at achieving health equity at Weill Cornell and Cornell

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Basil A. Safi, BS, MPH

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am interested in learning more about the ways community-engaged learning can impact students, communities, and lead to the institutional change necessary to support long-term sustainability. In addition, work with an established center that brings its own community partnerships, provides a lens through which to test a number of partnership convening and thematic strategies that are embedded

Expertise/Goals

I am interested in supporting the center to advance the health and well-being of residents throughout this region. As background and training is rooted in public health, I would like to support the center is achieving in community engagement objectives. It would be an honor to serve alongside these esteemed individuals and play a small part in guiding this pivotal work throughout the state.

I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education, I’m a community-based leader interested in collaboration to improve health equity, I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Susan Salahshor, PHD, PA-C

NYS Society Of PAs
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Health Equity/Research Interest

The Black Health Provider Perspective. The admission educational landscape for URiM applicants. Mental Health advocacy for patients and family. Mental Health First Aid Facilitator

Expertise/Goals

Support for Black and Brown patients experiencing mental health issues and crises. Support for URiM applying to PA school.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Pauniz P. Salehi, BS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My areas of research primarily involve that of pre-med and nutritional studies. Indeed, this relates to the Center of Health Equity because it is critical that the medical system provides equal care for everyone so as to ensure that our society receives the quality care we deserve. Nevertheless, unfortunately, much inequity prevails in our medical system and remains overlooked. That said, I hope

Expertise/Goals

Besides participating in research, I have been fortunate enough to volunteer at several different hospitals since high school. Indeed, my most recent hands-on experience was shadowing at the Yale University – New Haven hospital for the entirety of summer 2019. Likewise, I took a course this summer called Practicing Medicine that opened my eyes to the inequity that persists in the medical field; by

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education, I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Richard James. Salway

NYC Health + Hospitals
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Health Equity/Research Interest

-I would humbly offer my time, as well as my experience from working in the nation’s largest public municipal health system, which has a stated mission of providing healthcare to all New Yorkers, especially those who traditionally had difficulty accessing care.

Expertise/Goals

-I’m looking for partners who are interested in examining the impact of health disparities in disaster response and preparedness and finding solutions to address said impacts.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m a graduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice

Lauren San Diego

Cornell
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a first-year PhD student in community nutrition and have worked as a registered dietitian with the WIC population, adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and student athletes.

Expertise/Goals

I hope to expand my network within the community to build public-private partnerships to improve food security in marginalized groups.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education

Sharon Sassler, PhD

The Brooks School of Public Policy, Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

A willingness to work across disciplinary boundaries.

Expertise/Goals

People who are interested in multi-disciplinary approaches to understanding health disparities.

Academic Member

David Scales, PhD, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I have two main threads of research. First I work with local partners in the development of a community health worker program for Palestinian refugees which includes broadly understanding the structural determinants of health in the Arab world as well as investigating whether improving continuity of care can improve health outcomes for non-communicable diseases. Second I am interested in

Expertise/Goals

I have experience working with immigrants and refugees within and from the Middle East but particularly with Syrian and Palestinian refugees. I’m interested in collaborating on research focused on understanding and improving health for underserved populations in the US and abroad particularly focused on immigrants and refugees. I’m also interested in education in structural competency so health

Academic Member

Bruce Schackman, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Dr. Schackman is the Saul P. Steinberg Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Policy & Research at Weill Cornell Medicine. He conducts research relating to economic evaluations of the comparative effectiveness of health interventions alongside clinical trials and cohort studies cost-effectiveness and comparative effectiveness simulation modeling and implementation science studies-particularly

Expertise/Goals

My experience conducting health economic and outcomes evaluations for stigmatized conditions including substance use disorders HIV and HCV in vulnerable populations will add to the Center’s breadth of research methods expertise. As a member I look forward to providing my expertise and mentorship to Center investigators and to increase networking opportunities between Center members and the

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Michele M. Schombs, BSN, RN, BCEN

NewYork Presbyterian Queens
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Advancing inclusivity in healthcare research, engagement in communities, enhancing trust, dismantling systems that limit marginalized populations. Research using innovative approaches in collaboration with communities which are influenced by research outcomes.

Expertise/Goals

Registered Nurse, working in NYC Level Trauma System, as Injury Prevention and Outreach Education. Board Certified Emergency Nurse, with experience working with marginalized populations. Strong advocate for health equity. Working with victims of Trauma, deep understanding of intersectionality and Trauma Informed Care. Currently enrolled in Post Graduate Studies. Research focuses involve, equity,

Academic Member

William Schpero, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I study Medicaid and the health care safety net in the United States. I am particularly interested in how provider incentives affect their participation in the safety net, the overall composition of the delivery system, and outcomes for low-income populations. I am also interested in identifying and testing policy levers that can be used to address racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in

Expertise/Goals

I am a health economist. In my research, I use quasi-experimental methods and novel data sources to inform federal and state Medicaid policy, as well as the work of health care providers and organizations that serve vulnerable populations. As a member, I look forward to collaborating with other researchers at Cornell and the broader community.

Academic Member

Rebecca Seguin, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research focuses broadly on nutrition and physical activity as they relate to chronic disease prevention and public health. A key goal is to elucidate factors associated with successful implementation dissemination and maintenance of evidence-based community programs. I use a combination of theory-grounded qualitative and quantitative methods to understand how individual social organizational

Expertise/Goals

I am a community health researcher focused on improving health outcomes for underserved populations. I have facilitated the training of nearly 5,000 rural community health educators over the past 15 years as well as related research with those leaders and participants using a social ecological framework to explore individual- and community-level factors related to program implementation as well as

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Molly C. Sequin, MA

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Working at Weill Cornell Medicine and living in New York City has opened my eyes to much more diversity than I was able to experience growing up in the Midwest. This has come with both heartwarming and heartbreaking realizations about the way our communities function. I’m committed to better understanding my own privileges and using my voice to speak for those who do not have the same resources

Expertise/Goals

I’ve spent my professional career working with diverse groups of people, learning how they have different struggles that I wasn’t even aware of at parts of my life. Working in higher education, at the University of Wisconsin and Weill Cornell Medicine, have directly shown me disparities in health equity. However, this has also given me the chance to work with inclusive and diverse researchers and

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Felicia J. Setiono, MSPH

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I seek to understand how environmental and social factors impact purchasing and dietary behaviors, especially in low-income adolescents. I’m also interested in using spatial data to map food environment in urban areas, using such tools to investigate and inform policies targeting food access and health disparities that exist in the neighborhood or community-level.

Expertise/Goals

I have experience in program implementation and evaluation in low-income communities. I’m hoping to connect with other researchers who are deeply engaged in health disparities research. I’m also looking forward to learning from others relevant skills and methods. I believe knowledge from the various disciplines represented in this center can create meaningful collaborations.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice

Fritz Francois. Sevrain, MBA; Certificate in Business Analytics

Science 37
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Expertise/Goals

Evidence based approach

Affiliate Member

Alyasah Ali. Sewell, PhD

Emory University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I focus on structural racism as a key determinant of ethnoracial inequities in health. In my research, I drawn on administrative data on policing and wealth that are marked by geocoded information. I study the cross sections of race, ethnicity, gender, and class as social conditions undergirding structural racism and its patterned relationship to underlying conditions and psychological distress,

Expertise/Goals

I have expertise in neighborhood effects research and its usage in assessing illness risks of policing in New York City. I have nearly two decades of pursuing methodological training using complex design national surveys. I hope to network and collaborate with similarly minded members of the Center’s community.

Academic Member

Gururaj Shan, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interest lies at the intersection of healthcare administration and policy. I hope to find policy solutions that can help drive change within health systems to increase equitable access to care and outcomes for patients.

Expertise/Goals

I hope to expand my understanding of health policy issues and learn and network from this community. I have previously worked to expand education related to health policy and administration for emergency medicine physicians and hope to continue to share my knowledge and learn from others.

Academic Member

Martin Shapiro, MD, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Studying access to care and health disparities including diffusion of treatments to groups in need.

Expertise/Goals

I have committed substantial research in the area and have mentored many faculty and trainees in these areas.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Arman Sharbatdaran, MS4

St. George’s University School of Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a 4th-year medical student interested in advocating health equity locally, nationally, and globally. I believe there are pressing needs for racial and ethnic disparities to be addressed globally to improve further access to basic treatment across a broad range of health issues. I hope to directly respond to these needs by devoting myself to effective clinical research that generates impactful

Expertise/Goals

I hope to use my clinical knowledge and skills, especially in radiology, to enhance patient care and address the issues in the workflow through research and the expansion of artificial intelligence technology.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Marianne Sharko, MD, MS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am very interested in evaluating ways to identify, and respond, to social determinants of health in our patient population, particularly in the settings of obesity and teenage pregnancy. My clinical experience as a pediatrician and preventive medicine resident in the Health for Life Clinic (pediatric obesity clinic) and the TAPP (Teenage Parenting Program) Clinic have given me an understanding

Expertise/Goals

My clinical experience as a pediatrician, in combination with my master’s in health informatics and my current research and clinical experience in the preventive medicine residency program, gives me a unique perspective and understanding of the complex issues inherent in our health care system in the context of equitable health care. It would be exciting to be a part of this initiative working

Academic Member

Megan Shen, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research focuses on developing social psychological and communication-based interventions to improve engagement in advance care planning (ACP) and end-of-life care and care among minority cancer patients including African American and Latino cancer patients. As a recent recipient of a K07 award I plan to build my research in intervention development to improve engagement in ACP and end-of-life

Expertise/Goals

I am Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine and a formally trained social/experimental psychologist. I have expertise in patient-provider communication and health disparities research study design and qualitative and quantitative methodologies and analytic approaches. My work has been recognized through funding and career awards from the NIH NCI American Academy of Hospice and Palliative

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Peiwen Shi, Undergraduate

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My primary interest centers on working with communities on the ground. In learning the stories and experiences of members of the community, I seek to understand the larger structural factors that contribute to illness and disease and hope to bring attention to addressing the root causes through preventative measures. I am passionate about maternal and child health and issues surrounding nutrition

Expertise/Goals

I will bring my experiences working with the Reproductive and Child Health program at a non-governmental organization and partnering with students and professors on nutrition and food systems in Ghana. Through these experiences, I have gained exposure to qualitative and quantitative research methods and awareness on issues I am highly driven to address in my future career. As a member of the

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Yiwey Shieh, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Research experience in cancer screening & prevention, genetic epidemiology, and risk modeling with attention to equity across diverse populations. Clinical insight as a primary care physician who has cared for diverse patient panels in 3 major U.S. cities.

Expertise/Goals

Interest in cancer disparities. Complementary research expertise in implementation science, qualitative methods. I have a particular interest in working with Chinese-speaking patients given I am a bilingual PCP who spent 6 years as a PCP for a largely Chinese-speaking panel at my prior institution.

I’m an undergraduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice

Wayne Shih

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a collaborator and student, I would like to address health disparities from a social context and help conduct research and data analysis related to the cause. I am open to attending public health events giving related talks and presentations for a health education standpoint to let the world better understand the importance of health equity.

Expertise/Goals

I would love to work with people who share my commitment who might need assistance in collecting and analyzing information. I am also looking for collaborators who are enthusiastic about public education and would be open to exploring innovative ways of communicating our findings and insights to diverse audiences, and overall to foster greater awareness and understanding of health equity.

Academic Member

Joseph Shin, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Dr. Joseph Shin is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Co-Medical Director of the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights. He oversees clinical operations for medical forensic evaluations for asylees and survivors of torture and complex trauma. He also conducts research studying the healthcare experiences of sex trafficking victims examining barriers to victim identification and effective linkage

Expertise/Goals

I hope to connect to other researchers and advocates interested in health disparities in vulnerable populations and victims of human rights abuses. I believe multi-disciplinary collaborations bridging public health medicine human rights law criminal justice policy and social sciences can produce innovative research and insights into complex problems.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Evan Sholle, MS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am an informatics professional and researcher at Weill Cornell Medicine. In my primary, operational role, I work with a team of analysts and software developers to coordinate clinical and translational research informatics efforts at WCM, liaising with investigators directly to determine their requirements and matching them with the appropriate tools and services that best meet their needs. In

Expertise/Goals

My operational role as an informatics professional leaves me uniquely situated to benefit the Center by providing support for Center research initiatives seeking to make use of electronic patient data, both within the administrative and regulatory realm (how do I get data? Whom should I ask for data? What sort of approval do I need?) and within the informatics realm (how do I connect data sets

Academic Member

Maheshwaran Sivarajah, MD, MSc

St. Barnabas Hospital
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Health disparities involving Primary Aldosteronism and uncontrolled hypertension

Expertise/Goals

Endocrine Surgery – current Research Fellow and will be going on to become the Clinical Fellow August 2021 Acute Care Surgery – previously had been working in the Bronx prior to going back to fellowship. Would like the opportunity to understand, study, and hopefully address health inequities in clinical practice.

I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education, I’m a community-based leader interested in collaboration to improve health equity, I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

John Smieska, MPAS, MFA, PA-C

Ithaca College
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a Physician Assistant. I am currently teaching Clinical Assessment and Behavioral/Psychiatric medicine at the Physician Assistant school at Ithaca College. I have practiced Emergency medicine and Psychiatry as a PA for over a decade. I also have an MFA and I believe in the value of the arts.

Expertise/Goals

I would like the skills and opportunities to better serve health equity. The PA profession is based, at its inception, on mobilizing clinicians to address health equity, health disparities and the needs of the underserved. I also believe in scaling these complex aims to address and include broader community, environmental, educational, inclusion, and aesthetic needs, to name a few.

Academic Member

Jessica Spat-Lemus, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a bilingual, Spanish-Speaking neuropsychologist, one of my goals in personal, clinical, and research endeavors is to further the understanding and awareness of cultural and linguistic disparities in neuropsychological assessment and interventions, and overall healthcare. The increasingly diverse cross-cultural landscape of the United States is evolving at a faster rate than current culturally

Expertise/Goals

As a neuropsychologist, I conduct comprehensive Spanish and English-language pre- and post-surgical neuropsychological assessments with patients across the lifespan presenting with varying neurological, medical, and neurodevelopmental disorders. As a complement to neurocognitive assessments, I provide individual cognitive remediation services to assist patients with cognitive difficulties in

Affiliate Member

Tyrel J. Starks, PhD

Hunter College
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Over the past decade, it has become increasingly clear that addressing the HIV epidemic in the U.S. requires attention to relationship factors. Relationship status and the agreements couples form about sex with partners outside their relationship are now components in the guidance for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Couples HIV Testing and

Expertise/Goals

As a research focused clinical psychologist, I am deeply invested in the study of health disparities related to substance use and HIV infection, particularly those impacting sexual minority men. I have substantial expertise in grant writing, study management, and dissemination. I look forward to the opportunity to learn about and engage with the work of colleagues in the New York City area with

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Michelle M. Stefanski-Seymour, BS Biology, RN

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

One Health

Expertise/Goals

I would like to enhance twenty-nine years of working at Cornell’s Veterinary College by expanding networking and horizons with life-long learning and health advocacy for the better good.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Gabriella M. Steinberg, Global and Public Health Sciences

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I seek to integrate my personal experiences and academic understandings of health disparities to work towards researching ways to improve the health outcomes of marginalized groups.

Expertise/Goals

As a Global and Public Health Sciences major, I have focused my academic career on learning about fundamental methods, knowledge systems, and interdisciplinary issues that are essential for properly addressing health disparities. Moreover, I have a background in both the sciences and social/political advocacy that will allow me to contribute unique, informed ideas and perspectives to whatever

Academic Member

Madeline Sterling, MD, MPH

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I’m a general internist and a health services researcher. My overall research goal is to improve outcomes for adults with chronic health conditions. In particular I have been focused on congestive heart failure (CHF). As a fellow at WCM I studied social cognitive and sensory deficits among adults with CHF and the effect of these factors on patients’ health behaviors and outcomes. This work

Expertise/Goals

Over the next few years I will be involved in a series of community-engaged research projects which focus on home care workers a vulnerable group of paraprofessionals. My goal is to design novel interventions which improve the quality of care delivered by home care workers to adults with heart failure and to integrate the home care workers into the overall healthcare team. Ultimately I hope that

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Joan Stilling, MD, MS

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I would like to offer experience in working with the neurorehabilitation population, a group of individuals who have significantly reduced ability to access care due to financial, physical, and cognitive limitations. I have clinical trial design and implementation experience.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking for a collaborator with experience in mixed methods research who can assist in understanding results from device/user studies and how to implement changes based on participant feedback.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education

Patricia Strach, PhD

University at Albany (SUNY)
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a public policy researcher with an emphasis on state and local government, and I look specifically at the opioid epidemic in New York State’s many different communities.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking for partners with an interest in research, experience in government, or lived experience navigating social systems, especially around drug policy.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Shantel M. Stuart

NYC H&H
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a collaborator, I would like to offer my perspective on health disparities. A view I’ve gained working as an obstetric registered nurse with populations from low socioeconomic backgrounds. I can recognize gaps in care and would like to work to reduce health disparities among pregnant women in vulnerable populations.

Expertise/Goals

What I hope to gain from a collaborator is the opportunity to learn and be involved in the research agenda, data collection, and data analysis of health disparities among vulnerable populations.

Academic Member

Faten Taki, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research is focused on applying omics technology and data analytics to advance health equity in forcibly displaced populations. I am interested in understanding the determinants of mental health illness in displaced persons using a multi-level approach. My goal is to identify biomarkers that are specific to this population that can help in high-throughput screening of individuals who are

Expertise/Goals

I am a molecular biologist with advanced training in neurobehavior, data visualization and big data analysis. I have deep interest in global health and human rights. I am looking to collaborate with social scientists, lawyers, digital tools researchers, and physicians to advance the health of displaced populations.

Academic Member

Rulla M. Tamimi, ScD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research focus is to better understand cancer risk and prognosis by incorporating biospecimens and molecular tools in epidemiologic studies. Previously, I led research on cancer in the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) cohort for the last 14 years, including work on lifestyle risk factors, biomarkers, genetics and gene expression. At Weill Cornell Medicine, I am Division Chief of Epidemiology in the

Expertise/Goals

I have extensive experience as a cancer epidemiologist. I am interested in collaborating and/or mentoring others who could benefit from an epidemiologist on their team. As the Division Chief of Epidemiology in the Department of Population Health Sciences education and mentoring are very important to me and as our division grows we aim to play a larger role in education related to training in

Community Member

April Tan, MPH

H2W: HomeHealthWealth
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Science & Society, Technology, Biometrics, Languages, Cultures, Financial, Home, Health & Wealth

Expertise/Goals

I look forward to provide a Cambodian born Chinese ethnic refugee, raised in New York City with public and private funds, experience with public and private schools; which led to a government and non-government career in health and financial services: particularly with major corporations in New York City and Fairfax County, Virginia. I look forward to becoming a Principal Researcher with

Academic Member

Emily Taylor

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Significant interest in health equity for the LGBTQ community. I take care of a lot of PReP patients and have noted that none of my patients are minority in the LGBTQ community. I would like to research barriers to care that fall outside of “access to care.” I think that its possible that physicians are not offering to minority patients.

Expertise/Goals

Goals are to learn more in order to help my patients. I would like to find members to collaborate with on projects as I have limited to no research experience.

Academic Member

Jennifer Sarah. Tiffany, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am excited to work with the CCHEq and will continue to draw on my expertise, experience, and responsibilities as the Executive Director of Cornell University Cooperative Extension’s New York City Programs (CUCE-NYC), Director of Outreach and Community Engagement within Cornell’s Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR), and Core Director of the Weill Cornell CTSC’s Community

Expertise/Goals

I have long experience in NYC and upstate engaging communities in research that contributes to academic understandings and community health.

Academic Member

Jonathan N. Tobin, PhD

Clinical Directors Network & The Rockefeller University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a cardiovascular epidemiologist and my research has focused on health equity and community-academic team science. I specialize in designing and conducting studies of comparative effectiveness, dissemination and implementation of health care interventions. My studies embed basic science questions and use a combination of big data, assessments of social determinants of health status, clinical

Expertise/Goals

In conducting research with diverse clinicians and patient populations, I have developed a national network of practice-based research networks designed to accelerate and disseminate research findings in order to increase therapeutic gains. I have engaged practicing clinicians in research by developing a national distance learning network. My work uses technologies such as telemedicine, health

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Jennifer Tolkoff, JD

Wellforce, Inc
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Education, collaboration, research regarding legal application of ethical, equitable frameworks for allocation of resources.

Expertise/Goals

Network, collaboration Co-chaired the CSC committee Ethics committee member

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Daisy Torres-Baez, BA, MS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My area of interest is community engagement educational equity and inclusion of URM and undocumented students addressing immigrant status as a social determinant of health.

Expertise/Goals

I have worked in the field of equity and inclusion for over eight years mainly in programming and mentoring. I hope to network and collaborate with others.

Academic Member

Alexander Travis, VMD, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My laboratory has several areas of research ranging from advancing point-of-care medical diagnostics that can operate in rural/remote areas to designing and testing environmentally and economically sustainable approaches to improve food security and alleviate poverty.

Expertise/Goals

I am the Director of Cornell’s new Master of Public Health Program which is founded on core principles of sustainability equity and engagement. Our program is a natural partner for the Center both in terms of integrating students into research and service projects and in engaging a wide variety of community partners in efforts that will directly equitably and sustainably promote health and

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Emily Tseng, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research in human-computer interaction (HCI) examines computing systems that aim to increase access to care for marginalized communities, with special interests in mental health and wellbeing, gender-based violence, and at-home caregiving.

Expertise/Goals

My work bridges technology and public health. I design and build systems with health equity goals, deploy them in field and lab experiments, and evaluate their impact. As an early-career academic, I’m looking for mentorship and networking.

I’m an undergraduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice

Taran Tummala, Biology and Society

Cornell Unviersity
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Health Equity/Research Interest

passion for health equity and an eager willingness to learn, with the ultimate goal of alleviating health inequities.

Expertise/Goals

guidance in achieving a comprehensive understanding of health equity, as well as opportunities for an undergraduate to work to promote health equity.

Academic Member

Sri Lekha Tummalapalli, MD, MBA, MAS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a nephrologist and health services researcher studying health policy and care delivery in kidney disease. My research uses quasi-experimental study designs to evaluate the impact of policies and interventions on the quality, utilization, and equity of kidney care. I also assess the relationship between social risk factors and health system quality performance. My work informs the development

Expertise/Goals

My research has demonstrated quality of care gaps across the spectrum of kidney care – spanning disease awareness, optimal medical management, and the transition to kidney replacement therapy. I hope to collaborate with researchers and clinicians studying chronic disease management, health policy, and implementation science.

I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Judy Tung, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Bring clinical perspective

Expertise/Goals

Learn from researchers

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Miguel E. Tusa Lavieri, BS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am passionate about bridging barriers in the care of Black and Latino patients, with a focus on language access and immigration issues in these communities. I am interested in pursuing a career in neurosurgery. I believe that health equity is not a stand-alone area of academic interest, and it is my hope to work at the intersection of these issues within the surgical sphere.

Expertise/Goals

My goal as a medical student and as a future physician is to be an advocate for my patients above all else. I have professional experience as a hospital interpreter, patient advocate, researcher, and medical assistant to contribute to the efforts of the Center for Health Equity. I aspire to be a lifelong student of my community, its history, and its future.

Academic Member

Jessica Tyler

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

We have the capability and equipment to assist with PCR testing for example for COVID-19.

Expertise/Goals

I hope to help to be able to contribute to promote health equity for all.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Akachukwu F. Uba

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Akachukwu is an undergraduate researcher at Schaffer and Nishimura lab where she investigates neural activity in the gastrointestinal tract. She is currently studying irritable bowel syndrome and visceral pain using live mice model. As an aspiring physician, Akachukwu is interested in researching the interplay of nutrition and minority health. She would love to investigate how one’s socioeconomic

Expertise/Goals

I am currently pursuing a minor in inequality Studies- Health Equity where I have learned how public policy has affected minority populations access to quality healthcare. I also have a plethora of experience planning and executing global health projects and I would love to share my knowledge with other members. As a member of the center I would love to network with like minded people to advance

Academic Member

Aditya Vashistha, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research focuses on the design and evaluation of computing technologies that contribute to the socioeconomic development of underserved communities in low-resource environments. ​​I work at the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI), computing for development, and accessible technologies. I actively collaborate with governmental agencies, social enterprises, and grassroots entities

Expertise/Goals

I am an expert in designing, building, and evaluating computing technologies for underserved communities in low-resource environments. I am looking for community partners and collaborators who are driven to achieve health equity in underserved communities worldwide.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

John L. Vaughn, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My area of research is health disparities in hematologic malignancies and hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). HCT is a potentially life-saving therapy for patients with hematologic malignancies including leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. Given the importance of this treatment, it is critical to ensure equal access to treatment for disadvantaged populations including uninsured

Expertise/Goals

I have a strong background in hematology, medical oncology, clinical epidemiology, and health services research. I hope to leverage my prior experience in clinical medicine and research to build new partnerships and collaborations through the Center, with the goal of generating and sharing new knowledge. I am also excited for the opportunity to participate in student education and community

Academic Member

Jonathan Villena-Vargas, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Lung cancer immunotherapy.

Expertise/Goals

Equally involved in both translational research, thoracic surgery and community outreach my goal is to provide collaboration and networking with the center.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Martin Viola, MA

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interests lie in developing and evaluating programs that utilize culturally sensitive evidence-based psychological practices (such as cognitive behavioral therapy or motivational interviewing) to reduce health disparities in acute care settings.

Expertise/Goals

I have experience and education as both a research assistant and clinician applying cognitive behavioral therapy to at-risk or underserved populations. At Weill Cornell my work focuses on investigating health disparities at the end of life as well as serving on a pilot trial of a novel psychological intervention for caregivers in the ICU setting. My long term goals are admission to medical school

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Nabeel Wahid, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am primarily interested in exploring social determinants of health and socioeconomic disparities in Medicine, especially as they relate to alcohol liver disease and liver transplantation. My other research interests include medical education, quality improvement in Medicine, and Gastroenterology.

Expertise/Goals

I am currently an Internal Medicine Resident Physician at NYP/Cornell Medical Center. Prior to pursuing a career in Medicine, I taught high school science at an underserved public school in The Bronx through Teach for America. After residency, I am planning on starting my career as a hospitalist and potentially pursuing a fellowship in Gastroenterology. I plan on splitting my time by working

Community Member

Justine L. Waldman, MD

Reach Medical
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Reach Medical is a low threshold harm reduction in medical practice and non-profit that focuses on health equity. We are primarily located in Ithaca, New York but have patients that we serve in over 25 counties.

Expertise/Goals

We hope to continue to collaborate with the Center on issues of health equity, health disparity. We have a special interest in racism and how the system itself including medicine often worsens the health of the people it aims to serves.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Darryl Ware II, MPH

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Healthcare Administration and Entrepreneurship are my key vehicles for improving health equity across race and class by increasing access to affordable quality products services and information that empower undeserved families with the ability to overcome barriers and improve their quality of life.

Expertise/Goals

My professional expertise in business healthcare and public health can provide benefits to the Center through my national network of healthcare professionals and clinicians from top organizations students from universities and other individuals passionate about health equity. My goal is to meet other professionals and gain more valuable education in order to improve health equity through social

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Emily Webster, MD

Division of Gynecologic Oncology
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a gynecologic oncology fellow working with Dr. Chapman Davis and Dr. Melissa Frey at Weill Cornell Medicine. Cervical cancer is a largely preventable disease, with more than 90% of cervical cancers attributable to human papilloma virus (HPV). Primary prevention of HPV is available through the use of the HPV vaccination, which has been associated with up to a 90% reduction in cervical cancer

Expertise/Goals

Community based leaders who have an interest in cancer prevention.

I’m a graduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice

Hanxue Wei

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I have strong data analysis skills using Python, R, Stata, QGIS, and ArcGIS. I come from urban planning and architecture background and I am good at analyzing the urban built environment factors.

Expertise/Goals

I’m looking for interesting health-related research projects. I’m interested in health equity.

Academic Member

Pamela Weisberg-Shapiro, PhD, RD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am interested in addressing social determinants of health as they relate to nutrition. I am interested in this and have worked in this area within the context of both an urban and rural setting. I am most interested in the issue of time constraints and role overload experienced by low resource populations.

Expertise/Goals

My expertise is in the influence of social factors on nutrition and health and the relationship between nutrition and health. In my current position I work with many community organizations and have established connections in the rural communities upstate. My goal in joining the center is to network and to establish collaborations and contribute to achieving health equity.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education

Nancy M. Wells, PhD

College of Human Ecology, Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Expertise in the environmental psychology and its intersection with public health; experience designing and executing longitudinal, real-world, RCT interventions; interest in the effects of the built and natural environment on health, health behaviors, and health (in)equities; interest in how access to and time in nature may dampen the effect of risk factors/ stressors/ adversity on health

Expertise/Goals

Expertise that complements my own; opportunities to leverage natural experiments; Opportunities for secondary data analysis to examine the questions related to the direct and moderating effects of the natural environment on health. Expertise in autism.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice

Xin Wen

Royal Society of Public Health
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I study and work in a diverse culture, and I hope to provide you with diverse research ideas. I hope to do my best to work with the center and collaborators to promote health and equity

Expertise/Goals

I hope to have a research discussion with collaborators on the challenges and improvements of global health differences

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education

Clifford Whitcomb

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Systems approaches to healthcare

Expertise/Goals

Expertise in healthcare education and delivery of healthcare

Academic Member

Robert S. White, MD, MS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As an anesthesiologist-clinical data scientist with New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) my research activities focus mainly on the application of epidemiology, biostatistics/analytics, and data visualization to identify associations between patients and their perioperative outcomes. I obtained a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Research Methods while studying for my

Expertise/Goals

My long term career objective is to perform a comprehensive examination of the intersectionality of the social and demographic determinants that underlie perioperative healthcare disparities; and to develop advanced statistical regression and applied predictive modeling strategies, and clinical informatics tools to better describe and mitigate such disparities. As a physician scientist with

Community Member

Faith Wiggins

1199SEIU Home Care Industry Education Fund
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Interested in all aspects of the healthcare workforce especially home care workers. This workforce is under valued and their experiences mirror those of the patients they care for. Very interested in socio-economic issues health care access and measures to improve health care outcomes.

Expertise/Goals

Membership in the Center will spark collaboration to improve education programs and collaborate on program design and funding opportunities.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Gary E. Williams, MHA

Syracuse Community Health Center
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am interested in further exploring the concept of psychographics (the why behind consumer behavior), and its impact on healthcare consumption. One key area I have discussed within a TEDx talk, and in a professional capacity, is the rationale for the overuse of emergency room services, compared to primary care. With the cultural movement geared toward quality of care, and punishment for chronic

Expertise/Goals

Experience: Six years of healthcare administration experience, primarily in managed care. Goals: To further my research interests, and help others within my areas of interest. Sharpen my research writing abilities. Publish/co-publish research in the near future. Build relationships with healthcare-centered fellow Cornelians.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education

Charley E. Willison, PhD, MPH, MA

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a political scientist studying the relationships between local politics, and public health political decision-making or policy outcomes. My research seeks to explain public health policy outcomes for the most disadvantaged Americans – persons in deep poverty, often with complex medical and behavioral health needs – who rely on public programs to address these needs, yet in many cases such

Expertise/Goals

I am always excited to connect with communities, policy makers, and scientists, studying and or working to improve policy processes to promote health equity.

I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education, I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Leuk M. Woldeyohannes, MD, MPH

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I would like to offer my passion for patient advocacy, and use my experience as a black physician to address health inequities that are prominent in the community and affect a lot of my family.

Expertise/Goals

I am looking for expertise, experience with addressing health inequities, to share ideas and brain storm action plans. I would like to be involved in community outreach and empowerment to address social determinants of health.

Academic Member

Megan J. Wolff, PhD, MPH

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Megan J. Wolff is a public health historian focused on social medicine and mental health policy. At the DeWitt Wallace Institute of Psychiatry: History, Policy, & the Arts she serves as a policy researcher and seminar coordinator. She regularly produces white papers and editorials addressing the mental health impacts of inequitable practices such as incarceration of the mentally ill, the

Expertise/Goals

Since graduating from the Center for History and Policy of Public Health at Columbia, I have taken a particular interest in social medicine, and the efforts of health care workers, legislators, and others to make medicine more effective by increasing equity and access to resources across society. In many ways, the goal of the revolutionaries of 1848 was self-determination, without which their

Academic Member

Devin T. Worster, MD, MPH

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a clinician and implementation researcher with focus on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in impoverished settings. I have worked primarily in Chiapas, Mexico with Partners in Health. I am additionally interested in health disparities and social determinants of health from research and advocacy perspectives.

Expertise/Goals

My work is primarily focused on NCDs and community health workers in impoverished settings. I look forward to collaborations around these issues as well as health disparities and SDoH.

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education, I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Steffanie Wright, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

Experience in caring for a diverse patient population seeking quality reproductive healthcare while promoting the tenants of patient advocacy, community engagement, and policy.

Expertise/Goals

Assistance in translating patient experience to data which can be used to improve the quality of care we provide and highlights areas of disparity and opportunities for growth.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Wenna Xi, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My research interest lies in the intersection of statistics, mental health, and social and behavioral sciences. My interests in statistics include social network analysis, spatial statistics, longitudinal data analysis, Bayesian modeling, latent variable modeling, mixture models, and methods of integrating and analyzing complex structured data.

Expertise/Goals

My current and past positions, as well as my dissertation research, have provided me with opportunities to collaborate with researchers from many disciplines, including statistics, epidemiology, sociology, the behavioral sciences, computer science, and health informatics. I have worked with various types of data, including insurance claims data, electronic health record data, survey,

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice

Yunyu Xiao, PhD

Weill Cornell Medicine, Population Health Sciences
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I would love to offer my expertise in suicide prevention research and skills of modeling large datasets (EHR, population-based surveys)

Expertise/Goals

Mental health organizations and nonprofit/public health leaders across New York State, suicide prevention community partners, faculty expertise in health promotion and clinical practices

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education, I’m a graduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice

XUEWEN YAN, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I’m a graduate student and sociology researcher from Cornell University who works on the sociology of health and medicine, and health inequality research. I’m trained in quantitative and mixed methods, and I’ve also TAed for two courses related to health and medicine. I’m interested in collaborating on research related to public health policy and the cross-cultural and/or cross-ethnical

Expertise/Goals

I’m hoping to access more research and training opportunities

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice

Jiancheng Ye

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Health Equity/Research Interest

Research scientist.

Expertise/Goals

Community and primary care networks.

Academic Member

Pon-Hsiu Yeh, MD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I have a background in community and global health monitoring and evaluation, project implementation, and policy writing prior to completing medical school. Currently, I work in the emergency department where my patients are often marginalized. I am interested in researching health inequalities based on social economic determinants of health. I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with

Expertise/Goals

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Heather Yeo

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am triply boarded in general surgery, complex general surgical oncology, and colon and rectal surgery. My clinical focus is high quality the management of gastrointestinal cancers. I am an NIH funded investigator, who has been performing health services research since I was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar in 2008.

Expertise/Goals

My current research efforts revolve around surgical education and workforce issues as well as digital health.

I’m an undergraduate student involved with or seeking opportunities for health equity research or practice

Ella B. Yitzhaki

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Health Equity/Research Interest

As someone with experience at the intersection of Government and Health Policy, I provide insight into the previous, current, and future legislative landscape for Health Policy. From SUD treatment to the costs of preventable medical errors, I have gained invaluable knowledge and research experience from my Health Policy internships. These internships have allowed me to polish important skills such

Expertise/Goals

Being such a broad, expansive field, I would hope to expand my knowledge and experience in Health Policy in any way I can. Whether it be conducting research on an entirely new area of Health Policy or measuring the effectiveness of familiar policy proposals under new metrics, I am interested in taking on whatever opportunity would expand my background in this complex field. I hope to someday work

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice, I’m an educator committed to diversity, equity and inclusion education

So-Yeon Yoon, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

My expertise includes Human-Computer Interaction, Interface Design, 3D Virtual environment design/development, usability testing, user experience, as well as physical space design– healthcare/residential/commercial environments. I am a certified metaverse expert, licensed interior designer (Korea/US), and architectural engineer (Korea).

Expertise/Goals

I am interested in using my skills and knowledge to develop innovative Metaverse systems (with an automated/embodied agent) that effectively facilitate/support/monitor emotion/mood regulation and promote mental health and wellness. I am looking for collaborators interested in the topic with expertise in emotion regulation/mental health/health communication and NIH grant writing.

I’m a clinician practicing patient-centered care and advocating for equitable access to care

Cecilia Yoon, MD

Weill Cornell Medicine
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I would like to offer my 20+year clinical experience working with underserved population, my back ground is infectious disease/HIV medicine.

Expertise/Goals

Expand issues community and provider side re; barriers to care, adherence medications, and implementation research

Academic Member

Rana Zadeh, PhD

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I specialize in evidence-based and human-centered healthcare design. I have focused on two areas: the development of non-pharmacological interventions for improving quality of life and quality of care for patients, and the optimization of healthcare work environments for clinicians. My team is working on developing novel, educational, environmental, and technological solutions to manage symptoms

Expertise/Goals

I am a recently tenured associate professor in the Department of Design + Environmental Analysis, a graduate field member of the Department of Systems Engineering, and for this semester housed at the Weill Cornell Medicine’s Division of Geriatrics. As a healthcare design scholar, I aim to fuel innovation to expand access to equitable, high-quality, and affordable healthcare; reduce unnecessary

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Alex Zarska, BS

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I am a pre-med student studying in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations hoping to get involved in research that focuses on health equity. I am working towards an inequality studies minor as well and looking for a way to bridge the gap between my ILR background in policy and social justice and medicine. I was referred by Dr. Madeline Sterling whose research on cardiovascular disease and

Expertise/Goals

The combination of my ILR education and my previous clinical experiences (e.g. shadowing at NYU Perelman Emergency Department last summer) have shaped my view of healthcare and medicine while considering the inequality in the healthcare system. I hope that I can gain more insight into the issues of health equity by joining the Center and that I can benefit from mentorship opportunities as well as

I’m a researcher involved with health equity research or practice

Shuai Zhou, Ph.D.

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

As a demographer by training, I possess extensive familiarity with contextual factors such as income, education, population composition, and various other socioeconomic and demographic indicators at different geographic units. This knowledge is derived from my experience working with census and survey data in both the United States and globally. Additionally, I have expertise in processing and

Expertise/Goals

I am seeking collaboration for paper and grant writing, particularly focusing on mechanisms that link environmental exposures to health outcomes such as mortality.

Student/Trainee/Staff Member

Yvette Zhu

Cornell University
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Health Equity/Research Interest

I conduct research on the cardio-renal interaction using animal models in the Schaffer-Nishimura Lab at Cornell. In the past year, I have designed a stabilization setup using 3D printing to image the mouse kidney in vivo. I am very interested in using technology and engineering approach to improve our understanding of human health and the efficiency of healthcare delivery. As a member of the

Expertise/Goals

My experiences volunteering at hospitals in Shanghai, China, Lima, Peru and the United States have helped me understand how different healthcare systems adjust to the unique needs of their patient populations. When shadowing in flushing, NY, a neighborhood with many Asian American residents, I became more aware of the importance to understand patients’ cultural and social backgrounds to deliver