Meet the Team
Andrea brings ethnographic research methods and a human-centered design process to the Institute’s work in strengthening community health systems. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Andrea worked as a designer in the public health realm: first as a Data and Communications Designer at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and then as a Service Designer in a collaborative, multi-stakeholder effort to understand and address the health needs of people struggling with opioid use disorder in the South Bronx. Andrea also has six years’ experience on Madison Avenue as an Art Director where she directed multiple, global healthcare brands through successful product launches, including the development and execution of brand identities, campaign stories, data visualizations, as well as digital UI and print design.
Andrea received her Masters of Fine Arts in Design for Social Innovation from the School of Visual Arts where she worked on applying the creative process to the improvement of complex social systems. She received her Bachelors of Business Administration and Graphic Design from the University of Notre Dame.
Assistant Professor and Director of the Community Health Impact Coalition
Dr. Ballard studies the effects of interventions to improve the performance of community health workers in low-income countries and conducts research on methodological issues related to the evaluation of complex social interventions. Her research on the community health worker program optimization practice was recently included in the World Health Organization’s first guideline on community health workers.
Dr. Ballard conducted one of the earliest syntheses of existing guidance concerning the practice of overviews of reviews practice and led the development of a proposed methodological checklist to minimize risk of bias in overviews. This proposed checklist is now being employed by overviews in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and is recommended by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council in their draft guidance on assessing risk of bias.
At Mount Sinai, Dr. Ballard is conducting research and developing knowledge products that will catalyze the adoption of high-impact community health systems design across the community health ecosystem and create an enabling environment for quality. Dr. Ballard is the Director of the Community Health Impact Coalition, a quality of care initiative by practitioners in 15+ countries who are working together to build, test, and scale community health delivery models that serve high-risk populations. Leveraging implementation research, health technology, and model health systems, the Coalition will advocate for and support actionable, evidence-based policy change.
Research Program Manager
Ashley Chory is the Pediatric HIV Research Program Manager at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health. Under the leadership of Dr. Rachel Vreeman, Ashley manages a research program that focuses on improving the care of children and adolescents living with HIV through a collaboration with the Academic Model for Providing Access to Health (AMPATH) Research Network in Kenya. The AMPATH partnership provides HIV treatment for over 150,000 patients, over 6,000 of which are adolescents.
Ashley joined the Pediatric HIV Research Program given her interest in the mental and sexual and reproductive health of adolescents. She has previous experience working with marginalized groups living with HIV and is passionate about identifying and improving health care disparities for this population. Ashley’s research interest is in the differences in health care acquisition and the long term health trajectories of adolescents across gender, socio-economic status, and racial and national identity. She is committed to global-local partnerships and opportunities for reciprocal innovation toward promoting health equity for adolescents around the world.
Ashley received a Bachelor of Science from Sacred Heart University and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Global Health from the State University at Albany School of Public Health.
Aaron Baum, PhD is an Assistant Professor and Economist at the Arnhold Institute of Global Health, the Department of Health System Design & Global Health. He is also a research affiliate at the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Primary Care at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Baum studies the organization and delivery of health services, the social determinants of health, and global health using methods from economics and statistical learning. His research mostly involves the analysis of claims and electronic health records datasets in collaboration with clinicians, epidemiologists, and health services researchers. He has also led a community intervention trial of a microfinance-based community health worker program in Haiti and now leads the evaluation of its national scale-up. His research has been published in JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, Health Affairs, and other leading clinical and policy journals.
Dr. Baum's research is supported by a K01 award from the National Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, internal award from the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and subawards from the Centers for Disease Control, United States Agency for International Development, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Archstone Foundation.
Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Baum was part of the founding team at City Health Works in Harlem NY, a non-profit organization that employs community health workers to deliver home health coaching and care coordination services to Medicaid beneficiaries. In partnership with Fonkoze, the largest microfinance institution in Haiti, he was part of the team that started a community health entrepreneur program that has been scaled up to reach millions of rural, low-income women and children and received a Canada Grand Challenges Rising Stars in Global Health Award, a Canada Grand Challenges Transition to Scale Award, and a 5-year $18 million award from USAID Haiti. Previously, he was a technologist in residence at Cornell Tech's Small Data Lab, under Dr. Deborah Estrin. He graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics (honors) from the University of Chicago and received his PhD from Columbia University.
In her role at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health, Nandini works on implementation research studies that develop and test scalable, integrated healthcare delivery systems in rural Nepal in collaboration with a non-profit, Possible. Possible works in partnership with the Government of Nepal to strengthen public health systems to ensure timely and integrated quality healthcare for underserved communities from home to facility.
Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Nandini worked as an Implementation Research Analyst at Possible for three years, and with the Public Health Foundation of Indiaon research projects on the social determinants of health and human resources for health. Previously, she has also worked with Maitri India, a non-profit in her hometown, New Delhi. Nandini completed her Master’s in Public Health in Global Health and Epidemiology at Boston University, and her undergraduate studies at Soka University of America, where she concentrated in Environmental Studies.
Martine Faustin is the Executive Coordinator at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health. With over seven years of operational management experience, Martine is responsible for the overall administrative support for the Department Chair and the department’s core operations team.
Prior to joining the Arnhold Institute, she worked as an Administrative Coordinator at Catholic Charities Behavioral Health Clinic in Far Rockaway and Jamaica, Queens. While there, she assisted with the daily activities of the clinics as well as provided administrative support for the clinicians. Martine has also engaged in research as an Associate Researcher at the Nestler Lab at the Icahn School of Medicine, here at Mount Sinai.
Martine received her Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Biology from Marymount Manhattan College. Because of her profound interest in access to quality healthcare in low-income communities and the inequities in health policies, she is currently pursuing a Masters in Health Administration at the Robert Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.
Emma Gillette is a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine. In this role, she supports the coordination of global research studies on pediatric and adolescent HIV through collaboration with the AMPATH research network in Kenya. Her current projects focus on medication adherence and HIV drug resistance in pediatric and adolescent populations in Kenya. Emma’s research interests include health equity, maternal and child health, infectious disease, and epidemiology.
Prior to joining the Arnhold Institute, Emma completed her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Edinburgh Usher Institute and her undergraduate studies at UCLA, where she studied Neuroscience and the Study of Religion. Her previous roles included supporting trauma research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and research on adolescent health in international refugee populations through the University of Edinburgh School of Social and Political Science.
David Heller is an assistant professor and a practicing internist and clinician-investigator developing programs for the integrated screening, prevention, and care of multiple chronic conditions worldwide.
Dr. Heller focuses his work on integrated care models for hypertension, depression, and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). With Dr. Raymond Aborigo, Dr. Heller co-directs the Arnhold Institute’s partnership with the Navrongo Health Research Centre in Ghana. This team is leveraging a nurse-led primary care platform - the Community-Based Health Planning and Services initiative - to provide front-line care for hypertension and depression in rural Ghana.
Dr. Heller also directs the PeakHealth Wellness Program, which provides online and in-person peer coaching to Mount Sinai patients struggling with multiple chronic conditions via the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) workshop program. He serves on the steering committee of the Coalition for Access to NCD Medications and Products, and is collaborating to improve hypertension control through nurse-led “adherence clubs” in Kampala, Uganda.
Dr. Heller’s work and publications have appeared in The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Lancet, JAMA, BMJ and Circulation journals among others.
MD, University of California, San Francisco
MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Residency, Internal Medicine, Osler Training Program, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Fellowship, Primary Care Research, University of California, San Francisco
Grants and Contract Manager
Shurnette Henry is the Grants and Contracts Manager at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Within her role, she actively assists investigators with all aspects of pre-award proposal development, as well as post award grants management. Additionally, she supports the research faculty with oversite and adherence to compliance, programmatic and financial management of the department’s research projects.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Shurnette has over 19 years of experience in finance, business development and project management. She began her career in grants management at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center before joining Mount Sinai in 2018 and working within Global Health to support the department’s objectives and scientific impact through sponsored projects.
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
Khadija Jones is the Senior Clinical Research Coordinator at the Chronic Disease Action Center at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health. She is responsible for finding new ways for health systems and their patients to manage multiple chronic conditions with the purpose of improving adherence to medication, increasing healthcare access and improving patient outcomes.
Prior to joining the Arnhold Institute, she worked as a Care Coordinator within the Accountable Care Department at ProHEALTH Care. While there, she care-managed patient’s health to help them receive preventive and disease management care through the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) delivery model. Additionally, she engaged in research and the development of case management policies and processes and supported clinical data sharing initiatives to close gaps in care.
Khadija’s interest includes combining research methods and public health initiatives to combat pressing health disparities affecting low socioeconomic communities worldwide as well as improving access to quality healthcare services.
Khadija earned her Masters in Public Health from Hofstra University and received her Bachelors of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Sociology from Binghamton University.
Director of Global Health Education
As the Director of Global Health Education, Dr. Lee leads and expand opportunities for bilateral education exchanges within Mount Sinai’s strategic global health partnerships in Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, and New York. She partners with departments and programs across Mount Sinai to ensure the success of global health medical education. Dr. Lee also serves as the MPH Global Health Track Advisor, mentoring and supporting MPH students engaging in global health programs. Aligned with the Department Institute’s strategic goals, she will support our efforts to promote justice and equity in our global health education programs and partnerships and advance the larger goal of decolonizing global health.
Diana Lee, MD joined Mount Sinai in 2018 as a pediatric hospitalist at Kravis Children’s Hospital. She is committed to providing quality care to children both locally and globally through clinical care, education, quality improvement, research, and informatics. She has a joint appointment in the Departments of Pediatrics and Global Health. In addition to her global health roles and her clinical responsibilities, she holds an informatics role in the Department of Pediatrics.
Dr. Lee graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, and completed her pediatric residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Prior to coming to Mount Sinai, she was a pediatric hospitalist at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and held leadership roles in global health, quality improvement, and informatics. She was a founder and associate program director of the Montefiore Pediatric Global Health Program, which included pediatric residency global health electives, integration of global health education into the main pediatric residency curriculum, local and global partnership development, and establishment of a pediatric residency global health track. In partnership with others in this program, she contributed to quality improvement work around pediatric sepsis in Ghana and tuberculosis screening and diagnosis of children living with HIV in Togo. In addition, she has participated in clinical work in Mali and Ethiopia.
At Mount Sinai, Dr. Lee continues to participate in clinical, quality improvement, informatics, and global health efforts. She led the development of Mount Sinai’s clinical guidelines for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19 and is the pediatric hospital medicine representative on the American Academy of Pediatrics MIS-C Interim Guidance Working Group. As an Epic Physician Builder for the Department of Pediatrics, she has contributed to implementation of electronic medical record changes to standardize documentation and increase adherence to quality and safety efforts. She is a faculty member for the pediatric residency global health track and is a member of the AMPATH Kenya Adolescent Health Working Group. She has also served as a facilitator for the global health-focused InFocus 2 course and served on selection committees for the Global Health Scholarly Year and Distinction in Global Health awards for the Icahn School of Medicine.
Dr. Lee’s scholarship includes clinical research on addressing obesity in the pediatric inpatient setting and the impact of obesity on hospitalized children, as well as quality improvement around transitions of care and in global health.
Clinical Research Coordinator II
Roxanne Martin is the Clinical Research Coordinator at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health. She supports the coordination of multiple global pediatric and adolescent HIV research studies through the collaboration with the AMPATH Research Network in Kenya. She also coordinates Dr. Rachel Vreeman’s work as the chair of the Global Pediatric Working Group for the International Epidemiologic Databases Evaluating AIDS (IeDEA) consortium, a global consortium of HIV care programs that compiles data from seven international regional data centers.
Prior to joining the Arnhold Institute, she worked at Gynuity Health Projects. At Gynuity, she supported over 15 international and domestic research projects on maternal and reproductive health. She completed a practicum at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of Maternal, Infant, and Reproductive Health. She helped coordinate the launch of the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee. The Committee reviews cases of pregnancy-related deaths and complications in order to identify potential causes of racial disparities in poor maternal outcomes.
Roxanne received her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health.
Duncan Maru, MD, PHD is an epidemiologist and physician trained in internal medicine and pediatrics who conducts implementation science research on strategies to improve the equity of healthcare delivery systems. Duncan is an Associate Professor at the Arnhold Institute of Global Health and the Departments of Global Health, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He teaches and practices clinically at NYC H&H / Elmhurst Hospital Center, a long-standing partner of the medical school.
Duncan works on solutions that support frontline providers' abilities to improve equity and access with their communities. In work in Nepal, with an organization he co-founded fifteen years ago, Possible, he has conducted research around community health workers, primary care improvement, digital health, and motivational interviewing. In work in NYC, with the CURE-19 partnership, Duncan is collaborating on efforts to improve equity in COVID vaccination through community health workers.
Prior to joining Mount Sinai, he served on the faculties of Brigham and Women's Hospital Division of Global Health Equity, Boston Children's Hospital Complex Care Service, and Harvard Medical School's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. Duncan graduated from Harvard College, received his MD/PhD from Yale University, and completed the Harvard Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Program and the Brigham and Women's Global Health Equity Residence Program. Duncan's work as a physician researcher and epidemiologist has generated over 60 peer-reviewed articles. He is a recipient of the NIH's High Risk, High Reward Early Independence DP5 Award, an NIH R34 award, a Canada Grand Challenges Stars in Global Health Award, a Canada Grand Challenges Transition to Scale Award, a USAID PEER award, and a World Economic Forum and Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
In his advocacy work, he works with students and trainees around improving more equitable financing in New York, particularly in support of financing for marginalized populations and for safety net healthcare delivery systems. He also works on advocacy around the threats posed by misinformation to the health of our communities, and for holding social media platforms accountable to mitigating those threats.
He and his partner Dr. Sheela Maru, also on faculty at the Department of Global Health and Elmhurst Hospital Center, live in Jackson Heights with their sons Anand and Umed and parents Hansraj and Usha. He was a distance runner and triathlete growing up, and continues to swim, bike and run wherever he can.
Assistant Professor for Global Health and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, and Advisor for Possible
Dr. Maru is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Health Systems Design and Global Health and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science. Dr. Maru is an Advisor for the organization Possible, supporting health systems strengthening and implementation science work in rural Nepal. Her research is focused on improving healthcare access and quality for women and children in rural South Asia.
Additionally, she is an attending physician at Elmhurst Hospital where she practices as a generalist ObGyn and is exploring collaborations in global and community health.
Dr. Maru joined Mount Sinai in 2018. She previously worked at Boston Medical Center where she was an attending ObGyn, Director of Global Health, and Director of the Refugee Women’s Health clinic in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Assistant Director of Operations and Global Partnerships
Amanda Misiti is the Assistant Director of Operations and Global Partnerships at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health. She helps to lead the development of the institute’s global care, education and research programs for global partnerships. She manages internal and external communication strategies and coordinates the department’s fund development efforts. She previously managed grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund focused on applying best practices from low- and middle-income country contexts to the United States.
Before joining the institute, Amanda worked for the BRAC Social Innovation Lab as a Knowledge Management and Communications Officer where she led a mobile money innovation fund supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a learning initiative focused on scaling social initiatives in South Asia funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Prior to BRAC, Amanda was a Program Officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with the Beacon Community Program. She served as a Health Education Specialist at the U.S. Peace Corps in Mali. Amanda holds a joint Executive Masters in Global Public Policy and Management from New York University and University College London, and graduated from McGill University with a Bachelors in International Development with minors in Economics and Political Science. She is originally from Medina, New York
Director of Operations and Global Partnerships
David Plater is the Director of Operations and Global Site Development for the Department of Health Systems Design and the Arnhold Institute for Global Health. In this role, David is focused on expanding and strengthening Sinai’s network of global health partners along with the infrastructure and operational supports needed for effective care, research, and education programs in global health. David helps lead core operations for the Department and Institute.
David has nearly 20 years of experience managing international development and global health research programs. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, David served as the Associate Director of Research at Indiana University’s Center for Global Health where he helped build IU’s global health research partnerships and programs with a special emphasis on strengthening the IU-led Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare’s (AMPATH) research program at Moi University and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Western Kenya. Over the last decade, he has focused on the development and strengthening of effective local institutions and their administrative systems, policies and procedures, training programs, human subjects protections programs, financial administration, laboratory and biobanking infrastructure, and other core infrastructure and facilities to support international research collaborations focused on improving the health of people in resource limited settings. This research infrastructure has supported the development of a broad research network involving partners from more than 20 institutions in North America, Europe, and Africa with more than US$150 million in cumulative research and training awards from the NIH, CDC, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other major sponsors, as well as, more than 800 publications in peer reviewed journals.
David is passionate about building highly effective international partnerships that contribute to improving people’s health in the most challenging settings around the world. His focus on partner development and empowerment began while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa and South Asia. Working in these resource-limited environments, David has focused on developing enduring counterpart relationships focused on expanding the capacity of local partner institutions and administrative systems that deliver aid, healthcare, and other services to clients in underserved areas of the world. After returning from the Peace Corps, David coordinated and evaluated major international initiatives and strategic partnerships focused on health, hunger, water and sanitation, and education for Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. In these roles, David sought to bridge the gap between research and the strategies used by international development organizations to implement effective programs.
Payal Ram is the Research Program Coordinator for the COVID-19 Unit for Research at Elmhurst (CURE-19) at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Global Health Institute at Elmhurst Hospital Center.
Payal built her research foundation as a Research Technician at Weill Cornell Medical College. Her projects investigated effects of aryl hydrocarbon receptor activation by the environmental toxin dioxin (2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin, TCDD) on energy pathways and post translational modifications.
After years of experimental based research, Payal shifted her focus to patient centered research to align with her interests in healthcare. As a Research Coordinator for Mount Sinai Services at Elmhurst Hospital Center, she has worked on various Trauma and Pulmonary/Critical Care studies including investigating traumatic brain injuries in undocumented immigrants, massive transfusion protocol activation in non-trauma patients and development of acute respiratory distress syndrome and acute kidney injury in COVID-19 patients.
Payal graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science with a minor concentration in History.
Nepal Informatics Lead
Anant Raut has joined Arnhold Institute for Global Health as the Nepal Informatics Lead. For the last five years, he has served as the Healthcare System Engineer and Director of Informatics at Possible, where his responsibility was to lead the design, advocacy and policy-building of NepalEHR as an integrated population-based care delivery and learning platform that can serve as the model for public healthcare systems globally. With Possible, he led the rollout of NepalEHR, an OpenMRS-based EHR system at Possible’s district-level hospital hubs in Nepal. NepalEHR not only integrates the various hospital functions from supply chain to frontline care with insurance claims submissions and automated regulatory reporting, but also pioneered integration of hospital and community-based digital systems to provide evidence-based longitudinal care without the need for advanced computer skills. He helps improve health outcomes and patient experience through innovative digital systems design and quality improvement. Prior to Possible, Anant led various projects innovating user-centered solutions for companies like Hospira, P&G and Samsung. He is from Nepal, where he completed high school. He completed his MS in Engineering Design & Innovation from Northwestern University, and has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College in Connecticut.
Lead Experience Designer
Since joining the Department of Health System Design and Global Health as its lead visual interaction designer, David Rojas-Leon has continuously developed and refined advanced technical skillsets in his area of expertise, visual interaction design.
David has acquired his skills by working on a range of projects involving different design techniques, such as digital and print design, branding, communication, and strategic design over the last 12 years. In addition to his breadth of experience, David incorporates interdisciplinary research skills for human-centered design, systems thinking and analyses of user interaction/user experience (UI/UX). This skillset is essential in collaborating with data scientists, engineers, and health workers to translate and articulate abstract thought models into product solutions for end-users by utilizing visual design tools for verbal and nonverbal communications.
Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, David’s first job was at Casa Editorial El Tiempo, Colombia’s largest daily newspaper. In 2010, he began work with the Bogota government for the Housing Authority of Bogota and remained in the public sector working with the Urban Studies Institute at the National University of Colombia as a designer and visual communicator.
David believes that designers have an important role to play in social, economic, and political transformation. His experience in New York City includes serving as a Visual Design Fellow for the United Nations Foundation where he worked on the Foundation’s Mashable Social Good Summit 2015 and the Earth to Paris Summit 2015. David also co-produced the Priya’s Shakti Augmented Reality Art Exhibition.
MFA, Design for Social Innovation, School of Visual Arts, New York
BFA, Graphic Design, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogota
Anya Romanoff is a Breast Surgical Oncologist who focuses on improving breast cancer care in resource-limited settings. Dr. Romanoff earned her medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and completed General Surgery Residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. During residency, she was awarded a Fulbright-Fogarty Postdoctoral Research Award in Public Health, which she used to investigate access to breast cancer care in Peru. She then went on to pursue a fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she became involved in the African Research Group for Oncology, a National Cancer Institute recognized consortium dedicated to improving cancer care in Nigeria.
Dr. Romanoff is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health and Health System Design at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She also is a Global Cancer Disparities Researcher in the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Romanoff collaborates with clinician-researchers in Nigeria and other low- and middle-income countries to implement strategies promoting the early detection of breast cancer and access to effective treatment, with the ultimate goal of improving breast cancer outcomes globally.
Associate Director of Finance
Ky-Shana Urie is the Associate Director of Finance for the Arnhold Institute for Global Health and the Department of Health System Design and Global Health. In this capacity, she provides leadership and administrative direction for faculty and staff in the department, which includes strategic planning of both grant activities and delivery system-based initiatives as well as oversight of grants and non-grants financial accounts, and serving as the primary financial officer overseeing the grants and finance team and human resource needs. She supports global operations through the development and management of critical finance and administrative infrastructure development with our partners in Kenya, Nepal, Ghana and New York.
Before her current role, she was a Practice Improvement Facilitator at NYU Langone Health. She was responsible for preparing staff and providers on value-based healthcare by improving workflows, optimizing skillsets, and training staff and providers. Ky-Shana previously managed the daily operations as a Business Manager at NYU Langone Health and as a Practice Manager at NYU College of Dentistry. Before her career in healthcare, she was a Human Resources Manager in the hospitality industry.
Ky-Shana’s extensive experience in human resources and in improving operational efficiency, program development, and strategic planning helps provide exceptional care to patients and foster an environment for staff to grow.
Director and Chair
Dr. Rachel Vreeman is the Chair of the Department of Health System Design and Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health. She is also a Professor of Pediatrics. A pediatrician and health services researcher, Dr. Vreeman has extensive history of leadership building Global Health research programs to generate the evidence needed to improve care systems worldwide. Her own research focuses on improving the care of children and adolescents living with HIV within resource-limited settings.
Dr. Vreeman chairs the Global Pediatric Working Group for the International Epidemiologic Databases Evaluating AIDS (IeDEA) consortium, a global consortium of HIV care programs funded by the National Institutes of Health that compiles data for more than one million people living with HIV. She is also a standing member of the NIH Scientific Review Group on HIV/AIDS Intra- and Inter-personal Determinants and Behavioral Interventions and on the scientific advisory committee for the International AIDS Society’s Collaborative Initiative for Pediatric HIV Education and Research (CIPHER).
Dr. Vreeman is an international expert on children’s adherence to HIV therapy, supporting disclosure of HIV status, HIV-related stigma, and mental health and other behavioral challenges for adolescents living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. She is the immediate past Director of Research for the AMPATH Research Network in Kenya. The AMPATH partnership provides HIV treatment for over 150,000 patients in Kenya and is building a comprehensive healthcare model in Kenya in partnership with the Kenya Ministry of Health. Dr. Vreeman now leads Mount Sinai’s participation in the AMPATH Consortium.
Dr. Vreeman graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University. She received her MD from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and completed her internship, residency, and a chief residency in Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She also completed a fellowship in Children’s Health Services Research and a master's degree in clinical research at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Vreeman served as the Director of Research for the Indiana University Center for Global Health from 2014-2019.
In addition to her academic research pursuits, Dr. Vreeman is the co-author of three popular books debunking medical myths and applying evidence to the (often false) ideas people hold about their bodies and health. These best-selling books, Don’t Swallow Your Gum: Myths, Half-truths, and Outright Lies about your Body and Health, Don’t Cross Your Eyes… They’ll Get Stuck Like That! And 75 Other Health Myths Debunked, and Don’t Put THAT in THERE! And 69 Other Sex Myths Debunked, provide light-hearted reviews of the science that explains why so many of those weird and worrisome things we think about our bodies are mistaken. Dr. Vreeman’s myth-busting research has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, Newsweek, and many other publications. She has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, CNN, Dr. Oz, BBC News Hour and many other national and international television and radio shows.
Director of Global Health Informatics
Dr. Weisman directs the Design and Informatics Core teams at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health. The Cores bring unique methods, tools, technologies, and multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives to the Institute's researchers, faculty, staff, and students.
As a faculty member, Dr. Weisman's work centers on novel applications of available technologies to address health information challenges and disparities on a global scale. His long-standing research and applied interests include informatics-mediated frameworks to support information inoculation theory and the psychology of judgement and decision, information systems to support mass prophylaxis and disaster response, accident theory's application to public health and health system design, and scaling information technology solutions for public and precision health interventions.
Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Weisman spent three decades working in primary health care and disaster preparedness and response. As a UNIX/Linux systems administrator, non-profit CIO and CTO, and Strategic Technologies Director, he has supported clinicians, medically underserved and immigrant populations, and disaster response. In these capacities he co-developed the first mobile clinic electronic patient record system for homeless children and families, data tools and warehouses to improve quality and continuity of care for marginalized populations, implemented health technologies for mobile primary clinics, and developed mobile telecommunication and information systems to support responders to natural and human-made disasters and humanitarian crises. He holds a doctorate in anthropology, focusing on computer-mediated culture, and has been a practicing archaeologist and forensic anthropologist.
In addition to his work at the Icahn School of Medicine, Dr. Weisman is a researcher and doctoral supervisor at SMARTlab, University College, Dublin and OCADU, Toronto. He lectures, builds tools, and advises on ethics in technology, disaster preparedness and response, and unanticipated uses of information technologies.