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Luz Claudio

  • PROFESSOR Preventive Medicine
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Education

  • Ph.D, Albert Einstien College of Medicine

  • Research Fellowship, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  • Fellowship, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • M.S., Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  • B.S., Universidad de Puerto Rico

Biography

    Dr. Luz Claudio is a tenured professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Chief of its Division of International Health. She is a research scientist specializing in the study of how environmental factors affect the health of people who are most vulnerable such as children and minority populations. Her main activities as a faculty member are:

    Multidisciplinary Research: Dr. Claudio has a unique background that encompasses both basic science and clinical research. Her doctoral and postdoctoral training in neurobiology provided her a strong understanding of the requirements of laboratory-based research. Current research is more clinical in nature, focusing on population-based studies on children’s health and health disparities. Highlights of this work are:

  • Use of big data sources to study how environmental and sociodemographic factors contribute to disparities in children’s health, resulting in numerous publications and research studies
  • Translation of research studies in public health into actionable information for lay audiences resulting in many publications in different media and formats

    Highlights of this work include her induction into the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine, membership to numerous other national and international committees and the publication of over 75 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters.

    Training and Mentoring: Dr. Claudio is a dedicated mentor and educator. She is director of several, long-standing training programs such as the International Exchange Program for Minority Students and the Short-Term Training Program in Environmental and Occupational Health, which has been continuously funded since 1995. Through this grant and other methods of support, she has trained or directly mentored over 170 students and junior faculty, many of whom are now in faculty positions. She brings an innovative approach to mentoring and training. For instance, she uses distance learning tools to keep a consistent, long-term contact with mentees, both from the US and from abroad. Highlights of this work include:

  • Equity Champion Award; presented at the United Nations by Educational Equity Concepts
  • Faculty Council Award for Academic Excellence

    In addition, she is dedicated to helping aspiring scientists publish their work. To that end, she recently published a book titled: How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper: The Step-by-Step Guide.

    Global Health and International Collaboration: Through her training and mentoring programs supported by NIH, Dr. Claudio has mentored 52 mid-career scientists from Latin America, 60 junior clinical faculty from Latin America and 110 minority students from the US in global health. These programs have a long-term mentoring component in which faculty and trainees continue to receive mentoring from Dr. Claudio after they have completed the program.Because of that continuity of the mentoring relationship, many of her trainees are in research positions in academia and have become collaborators in other research projects. In recognition of her international work, Dr. Claudio has been named to prestigious organizations such as:

  • Advisory Board of the Fogarty International Center, NIH
  • Collegium Ramazzini

    Languages: English, Spanish

Awards

  • 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 Laborers 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

Research

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

Publications

Claudio L, Rivera GA, Ramirez OF. Association Between Markers of Classroom Environmental Conditions and Teachers' Respiratory Health. J School Health 2016 Jun; 86(6): 444-451.

Stingone JA, McVeigh KH, Claudio L. Association between prenatal exposure to ambient diesel particulate matter and perchloroethylene with children's 3rd grade standardized test scores. Environmental Res 2016 Apr; 148: 144-153.

Deierlein AL, Peat K, Claudio L. Comparison of the nutrient content of children's menu items at US restaurant chains, 2010-2014. Nutrition J 2015; 14.

Peres F, Rodrigues KM, da Silva Peixoto Belo MS, Moreira JC, Claudio L. Design of risk communication strategies based on risk perception among farmers exposed to pesticides in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. American J of Industrial Medicine 2013 Jan; 56(1): 77-89.

Peres F, Claudio L. Fifteen years of occupational and environmental health projects support in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico: a report from Mount Sinai School of Medicine ITREOH program, 1995-2010. American J of Industrial Medicine 2013 Jan; 56(1): 29-37.

Correia-Deur JE, Claudio L, Imazawa AT, Eluf-Neto J. Variations in peak expiratory flow measurements associated to air pollution and allergic sensitization in children in Sao Paulo, Brazil. American J Ind Med 2012 Dec; 55(12).

Svensson K, Ramírez OF, Peres F, Barnett M, Claudio L. Socioeconomic determinants associated with willingness to participate in medical research among a diverse population. Contemporary Clinical Trials 2012 Nov; 33(6): 1197-1205.

Ortega-García JA, Gutierrez-Churango JE, Sánchez-Sauco MF, Martínez-Aroca M, Delgado-Marín JL, Sánchez-Solis M, Parrilla-Paricio JJ, Claudio L, Martínez-Lage JF. Head circumference at birth and exposure to tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs during early pregnancy. Child's Nervous System: ChNS: official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery 2012 Mar; 28(3): 433-439.

Arnold RJ, Stingone JA, Claudio L. Computer-assisted school-based asthma management: a pilot study. JMIR Research Protocols 2012; 1(2).

Garced S, Torres-Sánchez L, Cebrián ME, Claudio L, López-Carrillo L. Prenatal dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) exposure and child growth during the first year of life. Environmental Res 2012 Feb; 113: 58-62.

Stingone JA, Ramirez OF, Svensson K, Claudio L. Prevalence, demographics, and health outcomes of comorbid asthma and overweight in urban children. J Asthma 2011 Nov; 48(9): 876-885.

Bartolomei-Díaz JA, Amill-Rosario A, Claudio L, Hernández W. Asthma mortality in Puerto Rico: 1980-2007. J Asthma 2011 Mar; 48(2): 202-209.

Landrigan PJ, Ripp J, Murphy RJ, Claudio L, Jao J, Hexom B, Bloom HG, Shirazian T, Elahi E, Koplan JP. New academic partnerships in global health: innovations at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The Mount Sinai J Medicine, New York 2011; 78(3): 470-482.

Svensson K, Hernández-Ramírez RU, Burguete-García A, Cebrián ME, Calafat AM, Needham LL, Claudio L, López-Carrillo L. Phthalate exposure associated with self-reported diabetes among Mexican women. Environmental Res 2011 Aug; 111(6).

Ortega García JA, Angulo MG, Sobrino-Najul EJ, Soldin OP, Mira AP, Martínez-Salcedo E, Claudio L. Prenatal exposure of a girl with autism spectrum disorder to 'horsetail' (Equisetum arvense) herbal remedy and alcohol: a case report. J Medical Case Reports 2011; 5: 129-134.

Claudio L, Stingone JA. Primary household language and asthma care among Latino children. J Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 2009 Aug; 20(3): 766-779.

Stingone JA, Claudio L. Components of recommended asthma care and the use of long-term control medication among urban children with asthma. Medical Care 2009 Sep; 47(9).

Ortega-García JA, Ferrís-Tortajada J, Claudio L, Soldin OP, Sanchez-Sauco MF, Fuster-Soler JL, Martínez-Lage JF. Case control study of periconceptional folic acid intake and nervous system tumors in children. Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery 2010 Dec; 26(12).

Ortega-García JA, Martin M, López-Fernández MT, Fuster-Soler JL, Donat-Colomer J, López-Ibor B, Claudio L, Ferrís-Tortajada J. Transgenerational tobacco smoke exposure and childhood cancer: an observational study. J Paediatrics & Child Health 2010 Jun; 46(6): 291-295.

Claudio L, Stingone JA. Improving sampling and response rates in children's health research through participatory methods. J School Health 2008 Aug; 78(8): 445-451.

Stingone JA, Claudio L. Disparities in allergy testing and health outcomes among urban children with asthma. J allergy and Clinical Immunology 2008 Oct; 122(4).

Stingone JA, Claudio L. Disparities in the use of urgent health care services among asthmatic children. Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology 2006 Aug; 97(2): 244-250.

Stingone JA, Claudio L. Asthma and enrollment in special education among urban schoolchildren. American J Public Health 2006 Sep; 96(9).

Claudio L, Stingone JA, Godbold J. Prevalence of childhood asthma in urban communities: the impact of ethnicity and income. Annals Epidemiology 2006 May; 16(5).

Azeredo A, Torres JP, de Freitas Fonseca M, Britto JL, Bastos WR, Azevedo E Silva CE, Cavalcanti G, Meire RO, Sarcinelli PN, Claudio L, Markowitz S, Malm O. DDT and its metabolites in breast milk from the Madeira River basin in the Amazon, Brazil. Chemosphere 2008 Aug; 73(1 Suppl).

Rauh VA, Landrigan PJ, Claudio L. Housing and health: intersection of poverty and environmental exposures. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 2008; 1136.

Sánchez-Román FR, Juárez-Pérez CA, Aguilar Madrid G, Haro-García L, Borja-Aburto VH, Claudio L. Occupational health in Mexico. Int J Occ Env Health 2006; 12(4): 346-354.

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.

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

Northridge J, Ramirez OF, Stingone JA, Claudio L. The role of housing type and housing quality in urban children with asthma. J Urban Health 2010 Mar; 87(2): 211-224.

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.

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

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.

Peres F, Moreira JC, Rodrigues KM, Claudio L. Risk perception and communication regarding pesticide use in rural work: a case study in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. Int J of Occ Env Health 2006; 12(4).

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.

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.

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

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.

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

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