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Nina Bickell

  • PROFESSOR Population Health Science and Policy
  • PROFESSOR Medicine, General Internal Medicine
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  • American Board of Internal Medicine

Clinical Focus

  • Internal Medicine


  • MD, New York Medical College

  • Residency, Internal Medicine
    Montefiore Medical Center

  • Fellowship, Internal Medicine
    North Carolina Memorial Hospital


    Dr. Bickell is Director of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s NIMHD-funded Center to Achieve and Sustain Improved Health in Harlem designed to improve care in minority communities and Co-Director of the Center for Health Equity & Community Engaged Research. She currently is Principal Investigator of NCI and DoD-funded studies to assess and reduce disparities in breast, ovarian and prostate cancer treatment.

    A practicing primary care general internist in the Mount Sinai Diagnostic & Treatment Center, she completed a primary care internal medicine residency at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, a preventive medicine residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her MPH in epidemiology, and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars fellowship at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to academic appointments, Dr. Bickell served as a senior clinical research scientist at the NYS Department of Health in the Office of Quality Improvement.

    Dr. Bickell's research includes: assessing causes of and creating interventions to reduce racial & ethnic disparities in care; improving the quality of care; implementation research; continuity and coordination of care; community engaged research, comparative effectiveness research and social determinants of health.



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    NYC Mayor's Certificate of Appreciation


Research interests include:

Quality of care, racial disparities in care, approaches to improve quality, access to care for vulnerable populations, coordination of care, continuity of care


Bickell NA, Neuman J, Franco R, Fei K, Joseph KA. Breast cancer Quality of Care: Perception vs Practice. J Clin Oncol 2012; Apr 9.([Epub ahead of print]).

Bickell NA, McAlearney AS, Wellner J, Fei K, Franco R. Understanding the Challenges of Adjuvant Treatment Measurement and Reporting in Breast Cancer. Med Care 2011; Dec 30.: [Epub ahead of print].

Adler R, Vasiliadis A, Bickell NA. The relationship between continuity and patient satisfaction: a Systematic Review. Family Practice 2010; doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmp099.

Cohen A, Shastri K, Geduld A, Bickell NA. Are Patient Assistance Programs Able to Meet the Needs of New York City Women With Breast Cancer? Women's Perspectives . Eur J Cancer Care 2009; 18: 50–56.

Bickell NA, Weidmann J, Fei K, Lin JJ, Leventhal H. Underuse of Breast Cancer Adjuvant Treatment: Patients’ Knowledge, Beliefs and Medical Mistrust. J Clin Onc 2009; 27(31): 5160-7.

Bickell NA, Shastri K, Fei K, Oluwole S, Godfrey H, Hiotis K, Srinivasan A, Guth AA. A Tracking and Feedback Registry to Reduce Disparities in Breast Cancer Care. J Natl Cancer Inst 2008; 100: 1-7.

Bickell NA, Hwang U, Anderson RM, Rojas M, Barsky CL. What Affects Time to Care in Emergency Room Appendicitis Patients?. Med Care 2008; 46(4): 1-5.

Bickell NA, Cohen A. Understanding reasons for underuse: An approach to improve quality and reduce disparities in breast cancer treatment. Mt Sinai J Med 2008; 75(1): 23-30.

Bickell NA, LePar F, Leventhal H. Lost Opportunities: Physician Reasons for & Disparities in Breast Cancer Treatment. J Clin Onc 2007; 25: 2516–2521.

Bickell NA, Aufses AH, Rojas M, Bodian C. How Time affects the risk of rupture in appendicitis. J Am Coll Surg 2006;.

Bickell NA, Wang JJ, Oluwole S, Schrag D, Godfrey H, Hiotis K, Mendez J, Guth AA. Missed Opportunities: Racial Disparities in Adjuvant Breast Cancer Treatment. J Clin Onc 2006; 24(9): 1357-62.

Kalet AL, Fletcher KE, Ferdman D, Bickell NA. Defining, navigating and negotiating success: what mid-career RWJ Clinical Scholar women say. J Gen Intern Med 2006; 21: 920–925.

Bickell NA, Federman AD, Aufses AH. Influence of time on risk of bowel resection among patients with complete intestinal obstruction. J Am Coll Surg 2005; 201(6).

Horowitz CR, Arniella A, James S, Bickell NA. Developing and implementing strategies to reduce health disparities in Harlem: Community-based participatory research in action. Mt Sinai J Med 2004; 71: 368-74.

Bickell NA, Bodian C, Anderson RM, Kase N. Time and the Risk of Ruptured Tubal Pregnancy. Obstetrics & Gynecology 2004; 104: 789-794.

Bickell NA, McEvoy MD. Physicians' Reasons for Failing to Deliver Effective Breast Cancer Care: A Framework for Underuse. Med Care 2003; 41: 442-6.

Horowitz CR, Williams L, Bickell NA. A Community-Centered Approach to Diabetes Care. J Gen Intern Med 2003; 18: 542-548.

Bickell NA. Race, ethnicity and disparities in breast cancer: victories and challenges. Womens Health Issues 2002; 12: 238-51.

Bickell NA, Young GJ. Coordination of care for early-stage breast cancer patients. J Gen Intern Med 2001; 16: 737-742.

Bickell NA, McEvoy MD, Chassin MR. Reasons for Underuse: The Case of Breast Cancer. JGIM 2000; 15.

Bickell NA, Aufses AH, Chassin MR. The Quality of Early-Stage Breast Cancer Care. Annals of Surgery 2000; 232.

Bickell NA, Chassin MR. Measuring the Quality of Bresat Cancer Care: Do Tumor Registries Measure Up?. Annals of Internal Medicine 2000; 132: 705-710.

Bickell NA, Aufses AH, Chassin MR. Engaging Clinicians In a QI Strategy For Early-Stage Breast Cancer Treatment. QMHC 1998; 6.

Roohan PJ, Bickell NA, Baptiste MS, Therriault GD, Ferrara EP, Siu AL. Hospital Volume Differences And Breast Cancer Five Year Survival. Am J Public Health 1998; 88.

Bickell NA, Zdeb MS, Applegate MS, Roohan PJ, Siu AL. Effect of External Peer Review on Cesarean Delivery Rates: A Statewide Program. Obstet Gynecol 1996; 87.

Bickell NA, Evans AT, Earp JA, Bernstein SJ. Experts' and Practicing Community Gynecologists' Ratings of Hysterectomy Appropriateness: A Matter of Opinion. American Journal of Public Health 1995; 85.

Bickell NA. Drug Companies and CME. Journal of General Internal Medicine 1995; 10.

Woloshin S, Bickell NA, Gany F, Welch HG. Language Barriers In Medicine in the United States. JAMA 1995; 273.

Bickell NA. Gynecologists' Gender, Clinical Beliefs and Hysterectomy Rates. American Journal of Public Health 1994; 84.

Bickell NA, Pieper KS, Lee KL, Mark DB, Glower DD, Pryor DB, Califf RM. Referral patterns for coronary artery disease treatment: Gender bias or good clinical judgment?. Ann Intern Med 1992; 116.

Livaudais JC, Franco R, Fei K, Bickell NA. Breast Cancer Treatment Decision-Making: Are We Asking Too Much of Patients?. JGIM - in press;.

McAlearney AS, Bickell NA. Improving Breast Cancer Care Measurement and Reporting in a Complex, Urban Hospital Setting. J Healthcare Management - in press;.

James S, Bickell NA, Walker W, Arniella G, Horowitz C. Community ACTION Boards: An innovative model for effective community-academic research partnerships. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action - in press;.

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Dr. Bickell 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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