CMCA Faculty and Staff

The Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs is comprised of a diverse team of faculty and staff members with formal training and experiences ranging from medicine, public health, business education and strategic planning, community health advocacy and organizing, and youth education.  Together, we create a learning and teaching environment for our students and faculty to support workforce diversity, develop into social justice minded physicians and scientist, and become leaders through service.

Gary C. Butts, MD
Dr. Butts is a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medical Education, and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy, and Community Affairs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of the Mount Sinai Health System. Dr. Butts is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, and has authored a number of articles in professional journals. Dr. Butts has had several notable accomplishments in his career, some of which originate from his term as a Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Department of Health (1993-1998). In this capacity, he developed and implemented the Mayoral primary care expansion Communicare program for the New York City Department of Health, opening two community clinics to support improved primary care capacity for children and adults seeking health care in the public sector. He was also responsible for providing oversight to broker resources through the "Healthy Start NYC" Infant Mortality Initiative to support community-based partnerships to reduce barriers to early prenatal care, which was successful in reducing infant mortality rates in targeted communities. Dr. Butts received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and his postdoctoral training from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Ray Cornbill, MBA
A retired ISMMS faculty member, Mr. Cornbill is a consultant for the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, and provides career and research development coaching and mentoring to our Faculty Scholars, students and trainees, in addition to supporting access to the tools and resources necessary to be successful in academic medicine.

Ann-Gel S. Palermo, DrPH, MPH
Associate Director of Operations
Ann-Gel S. Palermo has worked at the intersection of medical education, workforce diversity, and diversity affairs since 2002. Dr. Palermo is as Associate Director of Operations for the Center for Multicultural & Community Affairs (CMCA) at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. In this role, she oversees a portfolio of programming and activities that aims to foster a diverse and inclusive learning environment in four major areas within the School of Medicine: Curriculum, Student Affairs, Admissions, and Research; as well as co-leading a longstanding highly individualized career development program for minority junior faculty. Dr. Palermo’s specific contributions within the School include developing curricula addressing cultural competency, race and health, and LGBT Health in medical education; advancing a diversity affairs perspective in student affairs practices and policies, and serving as the faculty advisor to over 15 medical and graduate student-led organizations and initiatives focused on community engagement, service and advocacy, and for various affinity groups including LGBT, URM, and Spirituality & Faith. Additionally, Dr. Palermo serves as the Chief Program Officer of the Office for Diversity & Inclusion of the Mount Sinai Health System. In this role, Dr. Palermo is primarily responsible program design, implementation, and integration of ODI priority areas guided by best practices in diversity and inclusion across the health system.  Dr. Palermo is an Assistant Professor in Medical Education and Pediatrics. Dr. Palermo earned a Masters of Public Health degree (majoring in Health Policy) in 1999 from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate of Public Health in 2012 from the CUNY Graduate Center School of Public Health at Hunter College.

Edward Poliandro, PhD
Associate Director, Diversity in Medicine Program; Culture and Health Work Group

Dr. Poliandro is responsible for the coordination and integration of Culture and Medicine initiatives, and the implementation of new initiatives for high school/collegiate programs, medical students, residents and faculty. Dr. Poliandro is also the Chair of the Northeast Regional Consortium for Cross Cultural Medical Education.

Barbara E. Warren, PsyD
CMCA Teaching Faculty
Director, LGBT Programs and Policies
Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Mount Sinai Health System
Dr. Warren has over 30 years of experience in LGBT Health and is responsible for providing content expertise in this areas to develop, coordinate and integrate in education and training to effectively address the comprehensive health care needs of ethnically and culturally diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients, their families and their communities; through LGBT relevant and affirmative health services, in undergraduate and graduate medical education and faculty development  and in LGBT health research. Dr. Warren received her Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology and her Master of Education in Human Services/Counseling from Antioch College.

Sharon Washington, MPH (EdD Candidate)
Lecturer, Department of Medical Education
CMCA Teaching Faculty Member
Ms. Washington provides instruction on the complex intersections of race, sexuality, social justice and health disparities. Ms. Washington delivers lectures, presentations, and seminars to ISMMS graduate and medical students and pre-med collegiate students in CMCA/CEYE sponsored programs. Ms. Washington received her MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and is currently working on her Doctorate in Education from Teacher’s College at Columbia University.

Michelle L. Sainte
Associate Dean for Academic Administration, Department of Medical Education

Ms. Sainte has worked with the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs since its inception and serves as the administrative partner between CMCA and the Department of Medical Education in her role as Associate Dean for Academic Administration for all educational activities in the School of Medicine.

Carmen A. Duran-Santos
Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Ms. Duran-Santos has been with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 1998. She manages the office environment of  CMCA and is the executive assistant to CMCA Director Gary Butts, MD.

Sherria P. McDowell, MPH
Program Manager

Ms. McDowell is a Program Manager with primary responsibilities in managing our HRSA funded Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Northeast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep program and our Visiting Electives Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine (VEPSUM). Ms McDowell also works on other related special projects related to the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. She earned her MPH from NYU School of Education in Community Health.

Alyson Davis, MSW
Program Manager
Center for Excellence in Youth Education
Ms. Davis oversees CEYE programming, supports the CEYE Advisory Council, and works with other related education pipeline efforts throughout ISMMS. Ms. Davis has worked in the research field studying determinants of public health in the East and Central Harlem prior to her arrival to ISMMS. She received her Master's degree in Social Work with a concentration in policy and research from Columbia University. Ms. Davis is committed to enhancing the quality of life for these communities through education and medicine.

Erin Page, MPH
Program Assistant
Center for Excellence in Youth Education
Ms. Page provides program assistance to CEYE programs with a specific focus on the Lloyd Sherman Scholars Biotech Preparation Program. Ms. Page received her Master of Public Health in Community Health Education from Hunter College.

Contact Us

Gary Butts, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy, and Community Affairs
Director, Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs
Tel: 212-241-8276
Fax: 212-241-3594
Send e-mail

Mailing Address:

Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
One Gustave L. Levy Place
Box 1035
New York, NY 10029

Office Location:

Annenberg Building
21st Floor, Room 21-70
1468 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10029


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