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Luz Claudio

  • PROFESSOR Preventive Medicine
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  • Ph.D, Albert Einstien College of Medicine

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  • M.S., Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  • B.S., Universidad de Puerto Rico


    Dr. Luz Claudio balances a research focus on environmental medicine with leadership in community outreach, education, and health policy development in New York City urban communities and in developing countries in Latin America.

    As Associate Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she works closely with local community-based organizations that serve neighborhoods with environmental health needs. Since 1995 she directs the Community Outreach and Education Program that connects community organizations with medical researchers to combat local health problems.

    She recently engaged students in a project to document and map asthma hospitalization rates in New York City. That report had a significant role in bringing attention to disadvantaged communities that have been most heavily impacted by this disease. The investigation showed that asthma hospitalization rates were 21 times higher in low-income neighborhoods with high concentrations of minorities as compared to more affluent neighborhoods. This information provided communities with evidence to support implementation of preventive strategies focused on the neighborhoods that need them most. Dr. Claudio regularly speaks to community organizations, students and policy makers about the effects of environmental pollution on health, providing the scientific expertise that communities need to protect themselves against toxics.

    Dr. Claudio is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico and holds a Ph.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her research investigations focus on determining how environmental and socioeconomic factors can cause or aggravate disease, especially in minority populations. Dr. Claudio devotes her personal time and resources to providing fellowships for scientifically gifted youngsters from inner-city and disadvantaged neighborhoods to work under her tutelage at Mount Sinai. Her dedication to underserved populations extends to designing community-based environmental health education programs. She has received a number of prestigious awards for her achievements in science education for underprivileged students:

    • 1998: National Environmental Education Achievement Award
    • 1999: American Association for the Advancement of Science Mentor Award
    • 2001: Excellence in the Academy Award, National Education Association
    • 2004: Equity Champion, United Nations Educational Equity Concepts

    Her work on environmental health and education extends to Latin America, where she directs the International Training Program in Environmental and Occupational Health. On the basis of her work with communities in the United States and Latin America, Dr. Claudio serves in several national committees. Included in these are the Board of Scientific Counselors of the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the Council of Public Representatives for the National Institutes of Health.

    Dr. Claudio??s work on community outreach, education and international health is currently supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health. Her work on asthma is supported by New York City and State funds.


  • 2004 -
    Equity Champion
    United Nations and Educational Equity Concepts

  • 2003 -
    Distinguished Visiting Scholar
    Education Development Center

  • 2001 -
    Excellence in the Academy Award
    National Education Association

  • 1999 -
    Mentor Award
    American Association for the Advancement of Science

  • 1999 -
    Outstanding Woman Scientist Award
    New York Academy of Sciences

  • 1998 -
    National Environmental Education Achievement Award
    National Environmental Education and Training Foundation

  • 1997 -
    Outstanding Research in Health and Safety Award
    New York Laborer??s Research Foundation

  • 1996 -
    Dean's Travel Award to Junior Women Faculty
    American Association of Medical Colleges

  • 1990 -
    Robert C. Barnard Award
    Environmental Protection Agency

  • 1990 -
    Environmental Science and Engineering Fellowship
    American Association for the Advancement of Science


  • Outreach to Underserved Communities
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  • Health Disparities
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  • Epidemiology of Asthma
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  • Science Education
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  • Children??s Environmental Health
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  • International Environmental and Occupational Health
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  • Environmental Justice


Claudio L, Tulton L, Doucette J, Landrigan PJ. Socioeconomic factors and asthma hospitalization rates in New York City. J Asthma 1999 Jun; 36(4): 343-50.

Claudio L, Bearer CF, Wallinga D. Assessment of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency methods for identification of hazards to developing organisms, Part II: The developmental toxicity testing guideline. Am J Ind Med 1999 Jun; 35(6): 554-63.

Landrigan PJ, Claudio L, Markowitz SB, Berkowitz GS, Brenner BL, Romero H, Wetmur JG, Matte TD, Gore AC, Godbold JH, Wolff MS. Pesticides and Inner-City Children: Exposures, Risks and Prevention. Environ Health Perspect 1999 Jun; 107(3): 431-37.

Onalaja AO, Claudio L. Genetic susceptibility to lead poisoning [review]. Environ Health Perspect 2000 Mar; 108(Suppl 1): 23-8.

Claudio L, Kwa WC, Russell AL, Wallinga D. Testing methods for developmental neurotoxicity of environmental chemicals. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 2000 Apr 1; 164(1): 1-14.

Claudio L. Environmental aftermath. Environ Health Perspect 2001 Nov; 109(11): A528-36.

Flores G, Fuentes-Affick E, Barbot O, Carter-Pokras O, Claudio L, Lara M, Mc Laurin JA, Patcher L, Ramos-Gomez FJ, Mendoza F, Valdez RB, Villarruel AM, Zambrana RE, Greenberg R, Weitzman M. The health of Latino children: Urgent priorities, unanswered questions, and a research agenda. JAMA 2002 Jul 3; 288(1): 82-90.

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Dr. Claudio did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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