Diversity Leadership

Diversity & Inclusion Diversity Leadership
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@nyulangone.org.

Richard E. Greene, MD, Director of Health Disparities 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@nyulangone.org.

Uché Blackstock, MD, Director, Recruitment, Retention, and Inclusion

Dr. Blackstock oversees recruitment and retention efforts in the Office of Diversity Affairs and leads efforts to promote the advancement and inclusion of women faculty at NYU Langone. She is also an assistant professor in the Ronald O. Perelmen Department of Emergency Medicine, where she’s been a faculty member since 2010, the co-founder and co-director of the Ultrasound Fellowship, as well as founder and director of the Ultrasound Curriculum for medical students.

Dr. Blackstock received both her undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University. After serving as chief resident in emergency medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center | Kings County Hospital Center in 2009, she completed an emergency ultrasound fellowship at St. Luke's–Roosevelt Hospital in 2010.

In 2011, Dr. Blackstock was awarded a Program for Medical Education Innovations and Research (PrMEIR) grant to support a study to develop, implement, and assess a point-of-care ultrasound curriculum for medical students. She has been actively involved in and committed to the Office of Diversity Affairs’ activities and programs, including the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, also known as SURP, and the SEED Mentoring Program. Contact her at uche.blackstock@nyulangone.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@nyulangone.org.

Megan Aebi, MPH, Program Manager of the Science and Technology Entry Program

Megan is the program manager for the Science and Technology Entry Program. She administers the program grant, supervises contracts, and ensures the design, implementation, and completion of program deliverables.

As an educator and a youth mentor, Megan advocates for cross-sectoral collaboration. She also has eight years of experience working in community health and provides care for women who are pregnant as a full-spectrum doula. She believes that increasing diversity in healthcare will help reduce health disparities and inequities. Contact her at megan.aebi@nyulangone.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@nyulangone.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@nyulangone.org.

Massielle Pimentel, BA, Administrative Assistant

Massielle provides administrative support for the Office of Diversity Affairs. Her background is in finance and education, particularly working with communities of color and adult learners.

Before joining our team, she worked for JP Morgan Chase and NYC Department of Education’s Office of Adult and Continuing Education. She is passionate about developing and motivating communities and is excited to be a part of the Office of Diversity Affairs. Contact her at massielle.pimentel@nyulangone.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@nyulangone.org.