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Diversity Leadership

Our Office of Diversity Affairs plays a pivotal role in leading efforts to integrate inclusivity and equity throughout our educational programs and clinical settings.

Please contact us to find out more about our work and how you can become involved.

Contact Us

We are located on First Avenue at 33rd Street in Manhattan:

550 First Avenue
Medical Science Building, Suite MS G62
New York, NY 10016

Our Team

Joseph E. Ravenell, MD, MS, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion (he/him/his)

Dr. Ravenell is an associate professor in NYU Langone’s Departments of Population Health and Medicine. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, completed his internal medicine residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and finished a Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research Fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Ravenell has been a principal investigator of multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant–funded clinical trials to test community-based strategies to improve colon cancer screening and cardiovascular disease prevention among Black men in urban settings. This work has led to a research network of over 200 community-based sites including churches, barbershops, mosques, and social service agencies. Dr. Ravenell’s community-based research was the subject of an invited TED talk he delivered in Vancouver, BC, in February 2016, which has received over 1 million views. Dr. Ravenell is also an established mentor for students, trainees, and junior faculty seeking careers in academic medicine and health disparities research. He continually cultivates a holistic approach to promoting health equity through research, scholarship, and mentorship. Learn more about Dr. Ravenell. Contact him at joseph.ravenell@nyulangone.org.

Terri-Ann M. Bennett, MD, Director of Recruitment and Retention for Diversity Affairs (she/her/hers)

Dr. Bennett is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been a faculty member at NYU Langone since 2017. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and completed both her residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a maternal–fetal medicine fellowship at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. As a core member of our faculty and the clinical team that offers maternal–fetal care services, Dr. Bennett received the Fellows Teaching Award in 2017 and is a noted expert in the areas of health disparities and pregnancy-related maternal mortality. She helps lead efforts to enhance the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty across NYU Langone.

Dr. Bennett is actively involved in and committed to the Office of Diversity Affairs’ activities and programs, including the Supporting Education and Enriching Diversity (SEED) Mentoring Program, and is a lecturer in our speaker series. Learn more about Dr. Bennett. Contact her at terri-ann.bennett@nyulangone.org.

Richard E. Greene, MD, MHPE, Director of Health Disparities Education (he/him/his)

Dr. Greene is an attending physician at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, where he runs the Pride Health Center. He is also associate director of the primary care residency program at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He obtained his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Greene presents across the country on primary care topics, including LGBTQIA+ healthcare disparities. He has been named Outpatient Teacher of the Year for his role in the primary care and categorical residency programs, and he received the Leonard J. Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the medical school class of 2016. He was named 2016 Physician of the Year for NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. Dr. Greene is also the medical director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies. Learn more about Dr. Greene. Contact him at richard.greene@nyulangone.org.

Christian L. Torres, MD, Director of Diversity Training and House Staff Mentoring (he/him/his)

Dr. Torres is an attending physician at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, where he practices both primary care and hospital medicine. He is a recent graduate of NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s internal medicine residency program and was a chief resident for the 2019–20 year. He obtained his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Torres was previously a health and science reporter with publications in The Washington Post, Kaiser Health News, NPR, and Politico. In his new role, Dr. Torres is leading the Office of Diversity Affairs’ efforts for house staff recruitment and mentorship, as well as helping to expand curriculum on diversity, equity, and inclusion at NYU Langone. Learn more about Dr. Torres. Contact him at christian.torres@nyulangone.org.

Mason Patenaude, LMSW, Program Coordinator, Recruitment and Retention (he/him/his)

Mason received his MS in social work degree from Columbia University. He specializes in creating community building programming geared toward increasing the recruitment and retention of students, residents, and faculty who are underrepresented in medicine (URiM). He collaborates with student and faculty leaders to run two identity-based mentoring programs for URiM and LGBTQ+ individuals called Supporting Education and Enriching Diversity (SEED) and QMAP. Mason also oversees the Office of Diversity Affairs’ Liaison Program, which connects prospective and current students, and the Funded Visiting Elective Program for prospective residents. Contact him at mason.patenaude@nyulangone.org.

Tiffany E. Cook, Interim Director of Diversity and Inclusion (she/her/hers)

In addition to her role as interim director, Tiffany is also program manager, training and professional development, for the Office of Diversity Affairs. Tiffany is an educator and advocate specializing in the development and facilitation of curricula for diversity and inclusion, health equity, and LGBTQ+ health for undergraduate and graduate medical education programming, including the Health Disparities and Gender and Health Selectives, as well as Safe Zone: Med training. She works closely with students and faculty on research and quality improvement projects related to LGBTQ+ health and serves on the LGBTQ Council. Contact her at tiffany.cook@nyulangone.org.

Sonille Liburd, Administrative Assistant (she/her/hers)

Sonille supports the Office of Diversity Affairs’ leadership and provides logistical and processing coordination for our programs, events, activities, communications, and bookkeeping.

Camila Solis, Program Associate, Science and Technology Entry Program (she/her/hers)

Camila supports the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) through content and curriculum development, mentoring, program and event coordination, and session facilitation.

Katelyn Diaz, Intern, Science and Technology Entry Program (she/her/hers)