Message from Dean Charney, MD

Diversity among faculty, students, and staff is critical to overall excellence at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Our campus is located at the intersection of New York City's most and least affluent zip codes, and our patient population is among the most ethnically diverse in the United States. With this foundation, we are committed to—and uniquely positioned for—promoting diversity and inclusion in research, clinical care, and education. Indeed, our groundbreaking discoveries in biomedical science and our clinical innovation stem from the diversity and talent of our world-class research and medical faculty.

Our institution's diversity efforts and resources are both broad and detailed with sustained and committed leadership from a cross section of these individuals and groups:

  • The Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, directed by Gary C. Butts, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy, and Community Affairs and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, fosters a diverse and inclusive learning environment for all students through its active involvement in four major areas within the School of Medicine: curriculum, student affairs, admissions, and research.
  • The Office for Women's Careers, directed by Sandra K. Masur, PhD, Professor and Title IX Coordinator, gives women faculty the tools and information needed for successful careers in science and medicine.
  • The Diversity in Biomedical Research Council is charged with improving diversity within the Basic Sciences and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences via pipeline development, recruitment, and retention/promotion among groups underrepresented in science to drive excellence in biomedical, translation, clinical, and health disparities research.
  • The Office of Academic Enhancement and Development, led by Lakshmi Devi, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Development and Enrichment, creates and supports system-wide mentoring efforts by working in partnership with our diversity resources.

I am proud to work with such committed and creative individuals. Their efforts, and the others you will read about on this site, are necessary to advancing our diversity mission, demonstrating the breadth of our commitment to diversity, and supporting excellence in all areas at Mount Sinai.