Diversity Leadership

Diversity & Inclusion Diversity Leadership
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Diversity & Inclusion Diversity Leadership

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

Please contact us to find out more about how you can become involved in our many diversity initiatives.

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 Ravenell, MD, Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs

Dr. Ravenell is associate professor in NYU Langone’s Departments of Population Health and Medicine and the director of mentoring programs in the Office of Diversity Affairs. Dr. Ravenell leads Supporting, Educating, and Enriching Diversity (SEED), a program that matches first-year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine with administrative leaders for professional mentorship. Dr. Ravenell bridges SEED with NYU School of Medicine’s Violet Society mentoring program to ensure holistic mentoring. He is a recipient of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study a physician-level intervention to reduce cardiovascular risk in black men. He also received the American Heart Association Pharmaceutical Roundtable Career Development Award for Implementation Research for his work on improving guideline-concordant hypertension management among physicians. Learn more about Dr. Ravenell. Contact him at joseph.ravenell@nyumc.com.

Richard E. Greene, MD, Director of Gender and Health Education

Dr. Greene is an attending physician at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, where he was named 2016 Physician of the Year. He is also associate director of the primary care residency program at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Greene presents across the country on primary care topics, including LGBTQ+ 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. 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@nyumc.org.

Robert O. Roswell, MD, Director of Recruitment and Retention of Faculty and House Staff

Dr. Roswell graduated from NYU School of Medicine with honors in pathology and became director of the Cardiac Care Unit at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. As a resident at NYU Langone, he directed the Department of Internal Medicine Organization to Nurture Diversity (DIaMOND) program, which addresses the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in internal medicine. Learn more about Dr. Roswell. Contact him at robert.roswell@nyumc.org.

Adetoro Adegbola, MA, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Adetoro promotes the overall mission of equity and inclusion in medical education at NYU Langone. She serves as a liaison, advocate, and educator for students, staff, and faculty. She was previously director of student affairs at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and her experience in higher education administration spans eight years. Adetoro works closely with the Office of Diversity Affairs staff to ensure the efficacy of access, recruitment, retention, and training initiatives. Contact her at adetoro.adegbola@nyumc.org.

Justin Fernando, MA, Director of the Science and Technology Entry Program

Justin oversees the Science and Technology Entry Program grant, manages contracts, and ensures design, implementation, and completion of program deliverables. He also serves as an educator, an advocate with community partners, and a liaison with the New York State and New York City education departments. He cultivates champions of diversity within NYU Langone Health, especially with the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine’s prevention and education partnership; the Neuroscience Outreach Group at the Neuroscience Institute; the Department of Medicine; and the Department of Population Health. Justin has nine years of experience in higher education and student affairs. He has also taught master’s-level courses in postcolonial history and American history and high-school level courses in medical anthropology and gender and technology. Contact him at justin.fernando@nyumc.org.

Mason Patenaude, LMSW, Recruitment and Retention Program Coordinator

Mr. Patenaude helps to develop and implement programs designed to increase the number of people underrepresented in medicine—particularly those in the LGBTQ+ community—through targeted efforts, such as the Liaison Program and Revisit, the recruitment efforts for accepted students. He also focuses on community building initiatives and professional development among students, residents, and faculty at NYU Langone. His work is focused on increasing diversity and inclusion through mentoring programs, dialogue series, and other programming to enhance ways to thrive as medical students and providers. He is passionate about reducing health disparities and inequity within underserved communities. Contact him at mason.patenaude@nyumc.org.

Tiffany E. Cook, Program Coordinator, Training and Professional Development

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 is the Transgender Working Group Chair of the LGBTQ Council. Contact her at tiffany.cook@nyumc.org.

Isis Rancier, Administrative Assistant

Ms. Rancier provides administrative support to the Office of Diversity Affairs. She collaborates with the director of diversity and inclusion and staff coordinators to execute programming and activities aimed at creating a more diverse and inclusive environment at NYU School of Medicine. She works closely with the Science and Technology Entry Program, a pipeline program designed to expose high school and middle school students to careers in medicine and science. She serves as the primary contact for external offices and provides technical and logistical support for multiple projects, meetings, conferences, and workshops. Contact her at isis.rancier@nyumc.org.

Abidur Rahman, Program Associate, Science and Technology Entry Program

Before joining the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) at NYU School of Medicine, Abidur taught high school juniors in the nonprofit sector assisting students in SAT prep, clinical exposure, social justice education, and college-readiness workshops. He also leads and assists in student academic and professional advising, program implementation, and grant reporting. Abidur's interests include law and society, environmental law, sustainable food production, and diversity education. Contact him with any STEP questions at abidur.rahman@nyumc.org.

Carlos Restrepo, MA, Evaluation Assistant, Science and Technology Entry Program

Carlos has taught as faculty in education, English as a second language, and medical Spanish since 1978. Carlos has worked at NYU School of Medicine for 40 years in the Department of Population Health, Office of Student Affairs, and Office of Diversity Affairs. The Association of Program Administrators of CSTEP & STEP, Inc. (APACS) has awarded Carlos with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Carlos studied at New York University Steinhardt School of Education with an MA in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). He also holds certificates from NYU School of Professional Studies in medical interpreting, mentoring supervision, and English to Spanish translation and was a recipient of the King Juan Carlos I Fellowship from the University of Minnesota. Contact him at carlos.restrepo@nyumc.org.