We are thrilled to share that our director Angela Diaz, MD, PhD, MPH has been appointed as the first Dean for Global Health, Social Justice, and Human Rights at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Diaz will continue to serve as Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center and Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine.

In her new role as Dean, Dr. Diaz will partner with governmental and nongovernmental organizations, civil societies, and donor agencies to advance social justice and human rights globally through research, training, advocacy, policy, and technical assistance.

Through these partnerships and with Dr. Diaz’s guidance, Icahn Mount Sinai will develop innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to address the power imbalances and social determinants that lead to persistent health inequities and interpersonal violence, including the human trafficking of women, children, and youth. Dr. Diaz will help build equitable and sustainable solutions to help these populations.

Equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice have been central to Dr. Diaz’s work since the beginning of her impressive career.

Dr. Diaz, who was once herself a patient at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, is widely recognized as one of the world’s most influential advocates for adolescent and young adult health, particularly for the health and safety of youth who have experienced violence such as childhood maltreatment and human trafficking.

She worked with Ramon Murphy, MD, MPH—a beloved, long-time Mount Sinai pediatrician, teacher, and global health expert—to conceptualize and design Mount Sinai’s original global health program while traveling in the Dominican Republic. Once back in the United States, the pair continued to further refine and implement their plans and develop other global partnerships. Dr. Diaz will build on this work in her new role.

Read the full press release here.