Rosalind J Wright, MD, MPH
- DEAN FOR TRANSLATIONAL BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH
- PROFESSOR | Pediatrics, Pulmonary and Critical Care
- PROFESSOR | Environmental Medicine & Public Health
- PROFESSOR | Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Dr. Wright holds the Horace W. Goldsmith Professorship in Children’s Health Research and is Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Dean for Translational Biomedical Sciences. She received a bachelor of science in Human Genetics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and she obtained her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1989, graduating Cum Laude.
During medical school, she was selected to spend a year as a Howard Hughes Research Scholar at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland further pursuing research in molecular biology. Following medical school, Dr. Wright completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She then moved to Chicago, Illinois to complete her residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University where she also served as Chief Medical Resident. She then returned to Boston to complete fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Harvard Medical School. As part of this training she obtained a Masters in Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. In 1997, she joined the clinical faculty at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the research faculty at the Channing Laboratory, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health where she remained on the faculty until she was recruited to Mount Sinai as Vice Chair of Clinical & Translational Research in the Department of Pediatrics in August 2012.
Dr. Wright is a developmental epidemiologist with transdisciplinary training in environmental health and stress mechanisms. She has a primary interest in early life (prenatal and early childhood) predictors of developmental diseases including asthma, obesity, neurobehavioral development, and lung growth and development. A particular focus is on the implementation of studies considering the role of both social (e.g., psychosocial stress, other socioeconomic risk factors) and physical (e.g., air pollution, chemicals, dietary factors, allergens) environmental factors in explaining health disparities among lower-SES urban populations. Dr. Wright is the PI and Director of the Asthma Coalition on Community, Environment, and Social Stress (ACCESS) project as well as the Programming of Intergenerational Stress Mechanisms (PRISM) study funded by the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI). This research program explores underlying mechanisms by incorporating biomarkers of physiological pathways through which psychological stress as well as chemical stressors may influence health (e.g., altered hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis functioning, altered maturation of the immune system, disruption of the autonomic nervous system, and epigenetics).