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Health Disparities Symposium Presenters

NYU Langone’s 2022 Health Disparities Symposium featured Lisa Bowleg, PhD, MA, as the keynote speaker and other esteemed presenters.

Keynote Speaker

Lisa Bowleg, PhD, MA, is a professor in the Applied Social Psychology Program of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the DC Center for AIDS Research at George Washington University. An HIV prevention and critical health equity researcher, Dr. Bowleg has more than 20 years of experience and expertise applying intersectionality to health equity research with Black heterosexual men, and Black lesbian, gay, and bisexual men and women.

She is the principal investigator (PI) of three current National Institutes of Health (NIH)–funded intersectionality-focused projects: Strengths and Stressors, PRISM, and D(Seeing); and PI of the WK Kellogg Foundation–funded Intersectionality Toolkit Project. In May 2021, George Washington University awarded her its Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Scholarship (Research).

Dr. Bowleg has authored numerous frequently cited articles on intersectionality published in high-impact journals such as the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) and Sex Roles. She is also an associate editor at AJPH and editor of AJPH’s “Perspectives from the Social Sciences” section. She has taught graduate courses on intersectionality and public health, and qualitative research and analysis, and has developed and led workshops on mixed methods research.


Haydée C. Brown, MD is a nationally recognized orthopedic surgeon, social justice advocate, and former semi-professional dancer who practices in New York City. Dr. Brown is a graduate of Wellesley College and NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She currently serves as an attending orthopedic surgeon at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem and as an associate clinical professor in orthopedic surgery at Mount Sinai Health System. In 2021, Dr. Brown took the helm of the orthopedic surgery service at Harlem Hospital. During her tenure, Dr. Brown reconstructed the service, recruiting six Black and Brown orthopedic surgeons to provide comprehensive musculoskeletal care to the Harlem community. These fellowship-trained surgeons formed one of the largest Black and Brown orthopedic groups in the United States. In 2020, she volunteered in a South Bronx emergency department, assisting patients with COVID-19. In the same year, she founded Black Women Orthopaedic Surgeons, an organization dedicated to empowering Black women in the field. A proud mom to a young son, Dr. Brown resides in Harlem. When she’s not caring for patients or working to make the world a better place, she enjoys dancing, her Peloton+, family time, and running. Dr. Brown is committed to her church’s motto “Live. Love. Serve.”

Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, is currently the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics and founding head of NYU Langone’s Division of Medical Ethics in New York City. Before joining NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Dr. Caplan was the Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he created the Center for Bioethics and the Department of Medical Ethics. Dr. Caplan has also taught at the University of Minnesota, where he founded the Center for Biomedical Ethics, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. He received his PhD from Columbia University.

Dr. Luz Claudio is a tenured professor of environmental medicine and public health at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She is also chief of the Division of International Health. Dr. Claudio has a doctorate degree in neuroscience from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her area of research focuses on how environmental factors affect health in underserved populations such as children and those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. She is best known for studies on health disparities in children and for her work in global health. Dr. Claudio also directs several training programs through which she mentors aspiring scientists and medical professionals. Dr. Claudio is the author of the book How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper: The Step-by-Step Guide and a TED Talk, “Why Science Needs Community Engagement.”

Adolfo G. Cuevas, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at NYU School of Global Public Health and Center for Anti-Racism, Social Justice, and Public Health. As a community psychologist, he employs epidemiological, psychological, and biological approaches to investigate the interrelationship between race and ethnicity, discrimination, and health inequities. His work has been published in scientific journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and American Journal of Public Health and featured in HuffPost and NPR’s Code Switch.

Grace Detrevarah is the LGBT liaison and reentry/health educator at The Osborne Association, a social justice organization that provides services for individuals, families, and communities affected by the criminal justice system. Grace is also a regionally and nationally recognized motivational and outreach speaker on topics including health (PrEP, HIV, hepatitis C, and COVID-19), transgender visibility, and liberation in all things “human.” Grace has been featured on Hulu’s docuseries PRIDE (episode 4) and in Trans New York by Peter Bussian. Grace is a member of several New York State, New York City, and national initiatives on incarceration, mental health, and trans inclusion. In February 2022, Grace was the featured and cover story for a&u magazine.

Maia Dillane is the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC). After joining the agency in 2019, Ms. Dillane oversaw the design and construction of an agency-wide data system, the implementation of nine new program evaluation tools, and the roll-out of the AAFSC Research Institute. She oversees all ongoing measurement and evaluation activities, ensures that AAFSC is leveraging research insights, monitoring program outcomes and centering data in their strategic work to expand and maximize its impact.

George Friedman-Jimenez, MD, DrPH, is an occupational medicine physician and epidemiologist. After his first publication in 1989, “Occupational disease among minority workers,” he founded the Bellevue/NYU Occupational Environmental Medicine Clinic for workers who use the New York City public hospital system for medical care, which he still directs. His career has always included clinical, public health, research, education, and the intersections of those disciplines. At the First People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, in 1991 he co-authored Environmental Justice Principle #8, “Environmental Justice affirms the right of all workers to a safe and healthy work environment without being forced to choose between an unsafe livelihood and unemployment,” and is still working to make that right a reality. Work-related diseases and injuries, and workplace exposures to the hazardous conditions that can cause them, remain disproportionately prevalent and impactful among workers who are Black, Latina/o/x, Asian American, low-income, immigrant, female, or, especially, the intersection of two or more of these factors. Dr. Friedman-Jimenez is descended from a multiracial family (White German Jewish and Black Cuban), and his nuclear and extended family are multiracial. Outside of medicine and public health, he is also a musician (congas) and is the seventh generation in the Jimenez family line of AfroCuban classical, chamber, and popular musicians.

Christina Green, program director for Marcus Garvey Supportive Housing, begun working as a community health worker at The Osborne Association for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s New York City Health Justice Network (NYC HJN) and was promoted to community health worker supervisor and then director for the program. NYC HJN is an innovative reentry program that supports individuals returning to the community from incarceration with health and social services. Formally incarcerated herself, Christina is an avid speaker and advocate for people who are justice impacted, specifically those in elder reentry, substance use recovery, and survivors of trauma and trafficking. Christina is a member of several advisory boards including Mt. Sinai, Community Health Worker Consortium, and Exodus Transitional Services. She attended Hobe College and is a graduate of The Navigator Program for Human Services and Community Justice at John Jay College and is a certified peer support advocate and recovery coach.

Dr. Iffath Abbasi Hoskins is Professor and Vice Chair, Faculty Development, Recruitment & Retention; Chief Safety Officer; Director Labor & Delivery in the Department of ObGyn at Montefiore Medical Center & Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a Maternal Fetal Medicine subspecialist. Dr. Hoskins served 29 years with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Captain/Colonel and holding numerous leadership positions. She completed a Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) Fellowship at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD. Following that, she was an MFM Attending at USUHS and Co-Director of the Medical Genetics Fellowship at National Institutes of Health. After relocating to New York City, she held several leadership positions at Bellevue Hospital, and also had an MFM practice at New York University. Dr. Hoskins has been Chair and Residency Program Director in 2 New York City Ob/Gyn Departments. She has served as Executive Director, Women’s Health Institute in Memorial Health Hospital, Savannah, GA. While in GA, she served as Member and Secretary in the Department of Human Resources, overseeing all public health care in GA. As an ACOG Fellow, Dr. Hoskins has held several leadership positions at the National level, including on the Board of Directors, and in Committees and Task Forces. She has represented ACOG in the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Pediatrics.

Sue A. Kaplan, JD, is a research professor in the Department of Population Health and director of NYU Langone’s Community Service Plan (CSP), which focuses on preventing chronic disease and promoting healthy families. CSP also develops resources to address the intersection of health and housing and to support community health worker initiatives. Professor Kaplan is a founding member of Bronx Health REACH. Before joining NYU Langone, Professor Kaplan was vice president for planning at NYC Health + Hospitals. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Wesleyan University, Professor Kaplan is a board member of JustLeadershipUSA and the Roosevelt House of Hunter College.

Maria R. Khan, PhD, MPH, is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Dr. Khan trained in infectious disease epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in drug dependence epidemiology at the National Development and Research Institutes in New York City. Her National Institutes of Health (NIH)– and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)–funded studies have focused on measurement of the influence of policing and incarceration on network structure, social support, and disease risk, as well as how best to mitigate disease risk among populations with a history of criminal justice involvement. She is contact MPI for the core research project of the NYU–CUNY Prevention Research Center, which is focused on evaluating the effectiveness of the Health Justice Network, a program implemented by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to improve the health and wellbeing of people with a recent history of incarceration. Her lab also is involved in NIH-funded secondary data analysis research that aims to provide guidance on policies and practices needed to improve the health of people living in communities with historically high rates of incarceration. Dr. Khan is associate director for the Dissemination and Implementation Core of the NIH and National Institute on Drug Abuse–funded Center for Drug Use and HIV Research and core faculty of NYU Langone’s Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy. She serves as a standing member of the NIH Psychosocial Development, Risk, and Prevention study section. In the Department of Population Health, she serves as director of the Population Health PhD Training Program and director of the Comparative Effectiveness and Implementation Research Training Program.

Sara Soonsik Kim, MPH, is program director for the Public Health and Research Center at Korean Community Services (KCS) of Metropolitan New York, leading community health workers in partnership with diverse, multilevel partners. At KCS, she contributed to expanding programs and services to include the Korean community in healthcare and hepatitis B, and Latinx communities in nutrition, diabetes, and COVID-19–related disparities. She launched the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. KCS is recognized in delivering the program and is certified to provide the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program. Kim holds master’s degrees in public health from Hunter College and in management information systems at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in South Korea.

Allie Linton, MD, MPH, completed her undergraduate education at NYU. She subsequently completed medical school, an obstetrics and gynecology residency, a Complex Family Planning Fellowship, and an MPH program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Currently, she is a generalist obstetrician–gynecologist in Milwaukee, where she is an assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin and associate medical director of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. In addition to her clinical work, her areas of research focus on expanding access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare in low access areas.
Laura Louison is assistant commissioner of the Bureau of Maternal, Infant, and Reproductive Health at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Louison directs a $30 million portfolio of social and reproductive justice–informed programs, including New York City’s new abortion navigation hub. With 20 years of experience in public health, she has a long record of demonstrated expertise in program implementation and management. Before her current role, Louison held leadership roles at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the North Carolina Division of Public Health. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of North Carolina.

For more than 30 years, Jevon Martin has been a mentor, educator, advocate, and father in the house/ballroom community. One of his strong focuses is homelessness within the TLGBQI+ population. Martin presently serves as the executive director of Princess Janae Place, which he founded in 2015. Princess Janae Place is a referral organization for TLGBQI+ services with emphasis on the homeless population. Those services include medical, legal, mental health, and recreational services. Martin is a proud brother of the first transmen fraternity Theta Beta Chi and has helped change legislation for marriage equality and the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) in New York. Martin is a peer educator, HIV test counselor, and a resounding voice in the community. He has helped build brotherhood among Black transmen in New York City and around the country. Martin facilitates workshops, seminars, and keynote speaker and is unapologetically speaking out on issues that affect the TLGBQI+ community with emphasis on the transgender population.

Kevin Moore, BSN, RN, is assistant director for LGBTQ+ clinical services at NYU Langone Health. He is a resource expert in gender-affirming care before, during, and after gender-affirming surgeries. He has been a nurse for more than 11 years in multiple capacities such as emergency and trauma care, critical care, and post-anesthesia care. He educates all new nursing staff at all campuses and conducts in-services at NYU Langone’s ambulatory sites. Moore is a clinical and cultural resource for doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physical therapists, and ancillary non-clinical staff regarding LGBTQ+ cultural and clinical sensitivity. He advocated for significant changes to NYU Langone benefits packages to make them more LGBTQ+ inclusive, especially regarding domestic partners, fertility, and gender-affirming benefits. He is also responsible for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Health Equality Index (HRC HEI) certifications received by NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island, the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone, and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. Moore is also responsible for HRC HEI recertification’s of NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, Kimmel Pavilion, and NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn. In addition, he is the clinical coordinator and patient navigator for LGBTQ+ patients searching for proficient providers and has built a network of proficient and affirming providers inside and outside of NYU Langone. Moore has been featured in Johnson & Johnson’s Nursing Innovator and Leader series and in 2022 was named a Notable LGBTQ+ Leader by Crain’s New York Business.

Priya Nair (they/them) currently serves as the deputy chief diversity officer for New York State Governor Kathy Hochul. Previously, Nair served in several roles in New York City and New York State government, including as the associate director of gender equity for NYC Health + Hospitals; as the governor’s inaugural Edie Windsor, Marsha P. Johnson, and Sylvia Rivera New York State LGBTQ Fellow; and as the LGBTQ liaison for former New York City Council Speakers Melissa Mark-Viverito and Corey Johnson. Nair was named on City & State’s “Pride Power 100” list in 2019, 2020, and 2022, and is a lifelong New Yorker with a BA from Vassar College.

Siripanth Nippita, MD, is a gynecologist and leads the Division of Family Planning in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone. She completed her residency, a Complex Family Planning Fellowship, and an MS in biostatistics at Columbia University. She is actively involved in clinical teaching of residents and medical students in contraception and abortion. Her research interests include contraceptive decision-making and access to care among underserved populations.

JiSoo Park is a researcher at Korean Community Services. She received a master's degree in counseling at Yonsei University and worked as a student counselor at several Korean universities. She participated in multiple research projects, including her thesis on the relationship between adult attachment and social media addiction, mediated by basic psychological needs satisfaction and fear of missing out. She is currently a PhD student in counseling psychology at the University of Utah.

Since March 2021, Walter P. Parrish III, MSEd, has served as director of diversity and inclusion, overseeing the administration and management of the Office of Diversity Affairs at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. With 15 years of experience in higher education, Parrish came to NYU Grossman School of Medicine from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine where he spent four years in an equivalent role. He is concurrently completing his PhD in educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and working on his dissertation, a mixed-methods study that will examine the relationship between faculty self-efficacy and bullying among faculty. Overall, his research and diversity, equity, and inclusion practice are centered on higher and post-secondary education workforce diversity, workplace and labors experiences, and organizational science and behavior.

Robert A. Pitts, MD, obtained his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and completed internal medicine training at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine. In 2016, he joined NYU Langone Health as an infectious disease fellow and is now medical director for the LGTBQ Pride Center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. Dr. Pitts’s research is largely focused on equity and HIV prevention. He is also a current Bloomberg Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where he is earning his master’s degree in public health and working with national leaders on LGBTQ+ health–related issues.

Gwendolyn P. Quinn, PhD (she/her), is the Livia S. Wan, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and vice chair of research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She is a health psychologist with a research focus on patient–provider communication, ethics, and quality of life, primarily reproductive health issues among adolescents and young adults with cancer; access to care issues for sexual and gender minorities; uptake of genetic services; and decision-making around the use of assisted reproductive technology. She is on the editorial board of the journals Fertility and Sterility, Cancer Survivorship, and Human Reproduction. She is on the board of directors of the Alliance for Fertility Preservation, a nonprofit of professionals who come together to advance the field of fertility preservation.

Asa E. Radix, MD, PhD, is the senior director of research and education and a clinical associate professor at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He has more than 20 years of experience providing care to transgender and gender diverse people and has contributed to multiple national and international guidelines in transgender health. Dr. Radix is currently co-chair of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health Standards of Care version 8 working group. Dr. Radix’s research focuses on sexually transmitted infections and HIV risk, HIV prevention, and LGBTQ+ health.

Katherine Rivlin, MD (she/her/hers), is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Ohio State University and a subspecialist in complex family planning. She completed her residency training at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and her fellowship at Columbia University. She will soon be relocating to Chicago, where she will be section chief of family planning at the University of Chicago. Her clinical interests include contraception and abortion care, gynecologic surgery, and gender-affirming care. Her research examines how policies affect access to reproductive healthcare.

Danylle Rudin, MSW, is the executive director of the Florence V. Burden Foundation where she launched Elders in Prison Programming and services for grandparents raising grandchildren. She also served as assistant vice president of The Brookdale Foundation Group, where she developed a national network of respite programs for the cognitively impaired and a Geriatric Fellowship. In collaboration with others, she started a program to assist grandparents as primary caregivers. For the past 26 years, she has been a consultant to aging service providers ranging from research facilities, senior centers, after-school programs, hospitals, and nursing homes.

Hanna Sheikh is a research assistant at the Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) and received her BA in anthropology at Dartmouth College and her MA in migration and diaspora studies at SOAS University of London. Her research interests broadly include Muslim immigrant and refugee experiences as they relate to migration, health, and criminalization. Since joining AAFSC, Sheikh has supported research and communication activities while telling the story of immigrant and refugee communities through data and research. Projects include the Halal Food Access Study funded through the NYU Community–Led Grant and the 2022 AAFSC Community Health Needs Assessment Report.

Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker is a proud, Black, transgender woman. She is HIV-positive. She is also a U.S. Army Veteran and a co-founder of the New York Transgender Advocacy Group, known as NYTAG. Walker has also worked on behalf of SAGE, the world’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to LGBTQ+ elders, and Housing Works, an organization dedicated to ending the dual crisis of homelessness and AIDS. She has been an LGBTQ+ rights advocate for more than 27 years and has been focused on fighting for TGNCNB (transgender, gender nonconforming and nonbinary) rights—and for herself to be treated with basic human dignity and respect—for 18 years.

Dr. Deshira Wallace (she/her) is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Department of Health Behavior. Her research focus is in three broad areas: chronic disease prevention and management, Latinx and Latin American and Caribbean health, and scale development. Her chronic disease prevention and management work has primarily focused on type 2 diabetes, but now she’s expanding into cardiovascular health. The populations of interest for this work have been U.S. Latinxs and communities in the Dominican Republic. Even within the scope of Latinx and Latin American health, Dr. Wallace is interested in the intersectional experiences of Black people across the Americas. In the United States, she has launched a K01 study to explore how racialized experiences manifest for Black Latinxs in the U.S. South, and untangle how racialization presents across Latinxs thereby affecting exposure to risk and protective factors. How psychosocial stress plays a role in diabetes and cardiovascular health is a significant portion of Dr. Wallace’s research portfolio. In current work she continues to explore how different types and sources of stress manifest for Latinx adults self-managing prediabetes. Dr. Wallace received her PhD in health behavior from UNC Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences and policy from Duke University.

Mary Eustace Valmont, PhD, is the associate executive director for health science education at the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, responsible for the development, implementation, and management its Health Science Academy (HSA) at SUNY Downstate. HSA is a health science pipeline afterschool program annually serving more than 350 students of color, grades 6 through 12, and its alumni. Since 1994, HSA has served more than 2,800 students. Dr. Valmont is strongly committed to providing quality education in urban communities and using HSA as a vehicle to train the next generation of health science healthcare providers of color.