Our Mission

Our mission is to promote cultural diversity among the faculty and house staff of the Department of Medicine; to foster research in minority health and health policy; to educate physicians on the sociocultural influences affecting patient's health, beliefs and behaviors; and to expand the relationship of the Department and the larger institution with the community.

Our Commitment to Diversity

The patients at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are a true reflection of New York City in all its magnificent ethnic, racial, religious and socio-economic diversity. They come to us from all over the city and its surrounding areas. In fact, the plurality of our patients comes from the neighborhoods of west Queens, just across the East River from Manhattan. These neighborhoods - Long Island City, Astoria, Woodside, Sunnyside, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, among others - are the most diverse neighborhoods in the city. Other large catchment areas include Manhattan on the east, from the Lower East Side, in the south, to Spanish Harlem to the north, and on the west side from Greenwich Village to the Upper West Side. We are also a referral center for the Greater New York area and the world.

In order to do the best for our patients, the doctors caring for them should reflect this diversity. This is especially true of our house staff who interact closely with patients on a day-to-day basis.

The agenda of the Center for Multicultural and Minority Health (CMMH) will be carried out through four major initiatives:

  • Minority faculty and housestaff recruitment
  • Multicultural health and health policy research
  • Cross-cultural education
  • Community outreach

The CMMH also provides guidance and technical support to the Minority House Staff Committee, a resident-run group involved in minority recruitment, mentoring and community outreach. Residents will be able to participate in any and all of these initiatives during different parts of their training, and especially during the research block in their senior year.

Augustine M.K. Choi, MD
Sanford I. Weill Chairman,
Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center


Dr. Susana Morales
Tel: (212) 746-1358
[email protected]

Dr. Carol Boutin-Foster
[email protected]

For more information, please visit, the Office of Faculty Diversity in Medicine and Science.

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