Angela Diaz, M.D., Ph.D., MPH

Director

Dr. Angela Diaz has led the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center for more than 25 years, overseeing its growth into the largest center of its kind in the United States.

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Angela Diaz, M.D., Ph.D., MPH

Director

Dr. Angela Diaz has led the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center for more than 25 years, overseeing its growth into the largest center of its kind in the United States.

In directing a pioneering program that delivers high-quality care to more than 12,000 of New York City’s most vulnerable young people, Dr. Diaz has become widely recognized as one of the nation’s most influential advocates for adolescent health.

Dr. Diaz’s passion for adolescents, particularly those whose circumstances deprive them of the care they need, stems from her own experience as a young immigrant from the Dominican Republic. Indeed, she herself was once a patient of the center she now leads, and it was the compassion and care she received that put her on a path to her life’s work.

“When I was a young child, my family was very poor and had no access to health care,” she says. “So my own life informs my understanding of the need for early intervention and for our center to be a place without barriers.”

Dr. Diaz earned her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1981. She completed post-doctoral training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and also earned a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Columbia University. In 1989, Dr. Diaz was named the director of the very center that helped turn her life around when she was a teenager in distress.

Dr. Diaz has long been a leading figure in public health advocacy in New York as well as nationally and internationally, advancing policies that break down the economic and social barriers to high-quality health and wellness care for young people.

On the national level, Dr. Diaz was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2008 (now the National Academy of Medicine), and to its governing council in 2017. She was also appointed in 2013 to the chairmanship of its board on children, youth and families. Dr. Diaz has been a White House Fellow and a member of the Food and Drug Administration Pediatric Advisory Committee. She and her team at the Center have been awarded several major research grants by the National Institutes of Health, most recently a long-term study of vaccination for HPV virus, the most common sexually transmitted infection among young people.

In New York, Dr. Diaz has been a board member of the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and is a past president and board chairman of the Children’s Aid Society. Long an advocate for all adolescents, especially those who feel marginalized or alone, Dr. Diaz was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2009 to the New York City Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Runaway and Homeless Youth.

In directing a pioneering program that delivers high-quality care to more than 12,000 of New York City’s most vulnerable young people, Dr. Diaz has become widely recognized as one of the nation’s most influential advocates for adolescent health.

Dr. Diaz’s passion for adolescents, particularly those whose circumstances deprive them of the care they need, stems from her own experience as a young immigrant from the Dominican Republic. Indeed, she herself was once a patient of the center she now leads, and it was the compassion and care she received that put her on a path to her life’s work.

“When I was a young child, my family was very poor and had no access to health care,” she says. “So my own life informs my understanding of the need for early intervention and for our center to be a place without barriers.”

Dr. Diaz earned her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1981. She completed post-doctoral training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and also earned a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Columbia University. In 1989, Dr. Diaz was named the director of the very center that helped turn her life around when she was a teenager in distress.

Dr. Diaz has long been a leading figure in public health advocacy in New York as well as nationally and internationally, advancing policies that break down the economic and social barriers to high-quality health and wellness care for young people.

On the national level, Dr. Diaz was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2008 (now the National Academy of Medicine), and to its governing council in 2017. She was also appointed in 2013 to the chairmanship of its board on children, youth and families. Dr. Diaz has been a White House Fellow and a member of the Food and Drug Administration Pediatric Advisory Committee. She and her team at the Center have been awarded several major research grants by the National Institutes of Health, most recently a long-term study of vaccination for HPV virus, the most common sexually transmitted infection among young people.

In New York, Dr. Diaz has been a board member of the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and is a past president and board chairman of the Children’s Aid Society. Long an advocate for all adolescents, especially those who feel marginalized or alone, Dr. Diaz was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2009 to the New York City Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Runaway and Homeless Youth.

Anne Nucci-Sack, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Anne.Nucci@mountsinai.org

Ken Peake, DSW

Chief Operating Officer and Assistant Director

Ken.Peake@mountsinai.org

Martha Arden, M.D.

Medical Director, School-Based Health Centers

Martha.Arden@mountsinai.org

Latasha Forbes, LCSW

Director of Mental Health

Latasha.Forbes@mountsinai.org

Anthony Salandy, Ph.D., MSc

Director of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Programs

Anthony.Salandy@mountsinai.org

Ariella Silver, PsyD

Director, Psychology Training Program

Ariella.Silver@mountsinai.org

John B. Steever, M.D.

Director of Special Programs

John.Steever@mountsinai.org

Malva E. Rabinowitz

President
Malva Rabinowitz LLC

Judith Hannan

Past President

Arlene J. Adler

Senior Vice President
Neuberger Berman

Felice Axelrod

Special Projects
Bloomberg

Jerry Bruno

Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner for Family Services
New York City Department of Homeless Services

Joyce Cohen
Lizzy Cole
Jan A. Correa

Advisor, Consultant
KrasnePlows

Lee G. Dunst, Esq.

Partner
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Martin R. Feinman, Esq

Director of Juvenile Justice Training
Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice

Elinor H. Hirschhorn

Entrepreneur in Residence
Progress Partners

Kurt Hirschhorn, MD

Mount Sinai Medical Center

Michael S. Johnson

Vice President
Cerberus Capital Management

Yasmeen Mock

Registered Broker
Kimelman & Baird, LLC

Jenny Morgenthau

Consultant/Mentor
Consulting and Mentoring Executive Directors

Christina Norman

Chief Executive Officer
Media Storm

Diane C. Rosen

Counsel
Sanders Ortoli Vaughn-Flam Rosenstadt LLP

Patty Sacks

Social Worker
Storefront Academy Harlem

Nancy F. Talbot
Mechal Weiss

Senior Director of Communications 
Yeshiva University

The Junior Board is a diverse group of rising professionals, young leaders, and emerging philanthropists who share a deep commitment to improving the lives of New York City’s youth.

As ambassadors for the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center (MSAHC), the members of the Junior Board seek to increase awareness, plan unique and fun fundraising events, and volunteer with young adults and adolescents.

Interested in becoming involved with the Junior Board?

Join Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center’s Adolescent Advocates! This group supports the Junior Board by attending volunteer events, participating in fundraising opportunities, and joining Host Committees for specific events and programs. Like the Junior Board, Adolescent Advocates supports the Center’s mission and the young people that come to us for care.

We encourage all members of the Junior Board and Adolescent Advocates to participate in our monthly giving program at a level that is meaningful to them. If you would like to learn more about any of these opportunities or be added to our mailing list, please email MSAHCJuniorBoard@mountsinai.org.

Jerry Bruno

Co-chair

Yasmeen Mock

Co-chair

Christina Alfonso
Gunjan Amarnani
Daniel Atlas
Ravesa Bajo
Shreeya Bhatia
Ashia Bradley-Mock
Alexis Casaceli
Kelsey Engelman
Caroline Friedman
Sharon Gordon
Ben Guzik
Diana Hong
Joyce Lee
Meriellyn Rose
Maria Skobeleva
Parrish Smith
Hannah Steele
Jonathan Steinway
Kyle Stranahan
Alexander Synkov
Jason Wilson
Wonpyo Yun