Meet the Team
The leaders of Mount Sinai Global Health are world-renowned medical professionals, who draw on many years of experience to forge new programs in global health.
Dean for Global Health
Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, the Ethel H. Wise Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics, and Director of Mount Sinai’s Children’s Environmental Health Center, is Mount Sinai’s Dean for Global Health. Dr. Landrigan is an internationally recognized pediatrician, epidemiologist, and expert in public health and preventive medicine. He has devoted his career to protecting children against environmental threats to health. He leads the New York/Northern New Jersey Study center of National Children’s Study, the largest study of children’s health and the environment ever launched in the United States.
Associate Dean for Global Health
Jagat Narula, MD, PhD; Philip J. and Harriet L. Goodhart Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), and Associate Dean for Global Health at MSSM is also the Director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Program in the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health. Dr. Narula is a nationally and internationally renowned physician-scientist who has contributed immensely to the development of imaging strategies for the identification of patients likely to get heart attacks and those likely to develop symptomatic heart failure, with a focus on prevention.
Paolo Boffetta, MD, MPH, a distinguished epidemiologist and deputy director of Icahn School of Medicine’s Tisch Cancer Institute, will spearhead efforts to study and combat cancer, which, like cardiovascular disease, has sharply increased in the developing world.
Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, is Director of Mount Sinai Heart and is a former president of the American Heart Association and the World Heart Federation. Dr. Fuster will expand upon his pioneering efforts at Mount Sinai Heart to curb the spread of cardiovascular and related illnesses in developing countries, which are on the rise as Western eating habits supplant traditional fish-and-vegetable-based diets.
Environmental and Occupational Disease, Children’s Environmental Health
Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc. In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Landrigan and Dr. Luz Claudio will continue the work begun by Mount Sinai’s Department of Preventive Medicine to train leaders in occupational and environmental medicine in several Latin American nations. Dr. Landrigan will also expand upon his work with the World Health Organization to provide training in children’s environmental health and to develop major epidemiologic studies of children’s health, similar to the US National Children’s Study.
Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Medicine (in Infectious Diseases) and the Fischberg Chair in Medicine at Mount Sinai, will undertake a concerted effort to fight infectious diseases. His work focuses on three major areas:
- Emerging infectious diseases. Dr. Garcia-Sastre is the Director of Mount Sinai’s Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute (GHEPI), which studies and combats infectious diseases, and the pathogens that cause them.
- HIV/AIDS. Dr. Garcia-Sastre currently directs a program that is training future leaders in infectious disease in Argentina.
- Tropical medicine. Dr. Garcia-Sastre works with alongside Drs. Natasha Anandaraja, Ramin Asgary, Daniel Caplivski, and Nils Hennig to teach and mentor both medical students and residents in global health within Mount Sinai’s Department of Medical Education.
Global Education Programs
Natasha Anandaraja, MBBS, MPH, Ramin Asgary, MD, Luz Claudio, PhD, Sigrid Hahn, MD, Nils Hennig, MD, Dorothy Indyk, MD, Mary M. McKay, MD, and Jonathan Ripp, MD, direct the global education program of Mount Sinai Global Health. With support from the Mulago Foundation, Mount Sinai’s Global Health Training Center has been educating medical students, residents, faculty, and fellows in global health since 2005. The Global Health Training Center has sent trainees of all levels to work with partners around the world on public health and research projects. Projects have spanned malaria control in Tanzania, the heath impact of water privatization in Bolivia, and the creation of community health curricula for Native American students in North Dakota. The projects have sparked interest in global health throughout the medical school and medical center.
Human Rights Directors
Holly Atkinson, MD, FACP, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine as well as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine, where she co-directs the Advancing Idealism in Medicine Program along with Dr. Jon Ripp at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. While working in Indonesia during her medical internship at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital, Dr. Atkinson became deeply interested in global health and the social determinants of disease. She subsequently became involved with PHR, the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization, serving on its board for more than 16 years, including four years as its president. Today, her research focuses on documenting the linkages between the social determinants of disease and health outcomes, especially as it applies to the well-being of women and girls. She has conducted research in several countries around the world, including most recently Bahrain and Burma. Dr. Atkinson has an MD from the University of Rochester and an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the AOA Honor Medical Society, the American Public Health Association, and the American Medical Women’s Association, where she co-chairs AMWA’s Task Force on Human Sex Trafficking. Dr. Atkinson is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Annie Sparrow, MBBS, MRCP, FRACP, MPH, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health. An Australian, Dr. Sparrow spent her first ten postgraduate years practicing pediatric intensive care and retrieval medicine in Britain and her native Perth, with research focused on the resuscitation of children with septic shock. A brief stint in in Afghanistan under Taliban rule in 1999 led to an engagement in refugees and global health; such that the next few years were divided between providing urgent care in pediatric and adult tertiary institutions, clinical services to refugees in Australian holding facilities, and mobile primary health care for Aboriginals in remote communities (a collision of first and third world health). A Masters in Public Health at Harvard (2004) was followed by field work in Haiti, health education and training of community leaders in northern Afghanistan, clinical work in Darfur and surveillance in infectious disease following Hurricane Katrina with other volunteers from HHI for the ARC. Most recently she spent several years with Catholic Relief Services working on various natural disasters and complex humanitarian crises (East Timor, Sudan, Chad, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Somalia) for their Emergency Response Team, covering a range of concerns (from cholera, malnutrition and mental health and MCH to HIV, leishmaniasis, and first aid for field workers); and a further year as director of UNICEF’s malaria program in Somalia for the Global Fund against Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, engaged in comprehensive LLIN delivery, case management, BCC, and health systems strengthening with other international and national partners. Since moving to NYC in 2011, in addition to relicensing as a pediatrician she teaches humanitarian aid in complex emergencies and is engaged in research of proximal and distal health outcomes of refugees.
Patient Care Directors
Andy S. Jagoda, MD, FACEP, Director of Mount Sinai Health System’s Emergency Medicine Department, and Professor and Chair in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine, is nationally recognized for his involvement in emergency medicine education and for his work in the areas of neurologic emergencies. He will be extending his department’s efforts in places such as Liberia, where he has been involved in a collaborative research and education project offering much-needed clinical service and health worker training in a country with minimal health resources. Mount Sinai Global Health will also continue the Medical Center’s emergency medical relief work in Haiti.
Maternal and Child Health
Ramon J.C. Murphy, MD has years of experience in pediatric medicine directed towards underserved communities in the United States and overseas. Among his many initiatives, he has been involved in international research and public health projects dealing with pediatric lead poisoning in Uganda, pediatric nutrition in Sri Lanka, adolescent anemia and newborn mortality in India, HIV education in Tanzania, and neonatal care, malnutrition and pediatric HIV, and pediatric clinical training in Liberia.
Craig L. Katz, MD is a specialist in international mental health, focusing on post-trauma care for survivors of natural disaster and conflict, torture survivors, and refugees. Under their direction, Mount Sinai Global Health will treat patients and train health care providers in these areas.
Celia M. Divino, MD, FACS and Michael Marin, MD, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai, are strong supporters of global surgical service. Under their leadership, all senior surgical residents have participated in a month-long surgical rotation in the Dominican Republic and a number of Mount Sinai surgeons and anesthesiologists have traveled to underserved communities overseas to perform surgeries that would not have otherwise been available. Drs. Marin and Divino plan to continue their global surgical efforts under the auspices of Mount Sinai Global Health.
Michael Brodman, MD, Director of Gynecology at Mount Sinai, will continue his vitally important work in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa, where his medical teams have corrected fistulas and other disabling and disfiguring gynecologic conditions in women who would otherwise be doomed to lifetimes of exile and ostracism. He and his teams offer obstetric and gynecologic clinical care and training in order to improve women’s health and rates of newborn survival.