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Leadership

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Cindy Crusto, PhD

Co-Chair

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Director, Program and Service System Evaluation at The Consultation Center

Biography

Cindy A. Crusto, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology Section), Yale University School of Medicine, is the Director of Program and Service System Evaluation at The Consultation Center. Dr. Crusto has more than 15 years of experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating preventive interventions in schools and community agencies. She also has extensive experience providing training and technical assistance to schools and to community-based organizations on the evaluation of...

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Research Interests

Family; Mental Health; Minority Groups; Social Conditions; Social Problems; Violence; Global Health; Domestic Violence; Cultural Diversity; Substance-Related Disorders; Risk Reduction Behavior; Psychiatry and Psychology; Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena

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Gary Desir, MD

Co-Chair

Professor of Medicine and of Forestry And Environmental Studies

Interim Chair, Department of Medicine

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Lisa Walke, MD

Co-Chair

Associate Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics)

Associate Chief for Clinical Affairs (Geriatrics)

Biography

Dr. Walke is the Associate Chief for Clinical Affairs for the Section of Geriatrics; in this capacity she oversees all of the clinical programs for the section across both campuses and throughout the community. Dr. Walke is a graduate of the Yale Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology. She has been the recipient of the John A. Hartford/American Federation for Aging Research Academic Geriatric Fellowship, the Merck/American Geriatrics Society New Investigator Award, a R01...

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Members

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Anton Bennett, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology and of Comparative Medicine

Co-Director, Program in Integrative Cell Signaling and Neurobiology of Metabolism

Director, BBS Minority Affairs

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Linda Bockenstedt, MD

Harold W. Jockers Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology)

Associate Dean, Faculty Development and Diversity

Biography

Dr. Linda Bockenstedt is the Harold W. Jockers Professor of Medicine, Section of Rheumatology, and Director for Professional Development & Equity at Yale School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry and physics from Harvard College and is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Medicine. After completing residency training in medicine and serving as Chief Resident in Medicine at Yale, Dr. Bockenstedt obtained rheumatology clinical and research fellowship...

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Clinical Interests

Adult

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Carmen Booth, DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor of Comparative Medicine

Co-director, Mouse Phenotyping Service

Biography

My undergraduate work was in animal science pre vet followed by veterinary school where my emphasis was centered on clinical laboratory animal medicine and research. My interest in mouse pathology started while in veterinary school and continued while working as an oncology scientist and attending veterinarian for a biotech company before leaving to study veterinary pathology full time. Training in comparative pathology followed by a graduate study pathology in intercellular signaling preceded...

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James Comer, MD, MPH

Maurice Falk Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Psychiatry

Associate Dean for Student Affairs, School of Medicine

Biography

Dr. James P. Comer is the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine's Child Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut. He is known nationally and internationally for his creation of the Comer School Development Program in 1968. This teamwork concept promotes the collaboration of parents, educators and community to improve student development that, in turn, helps them achieve greater academic and overall school success.

Dr. Comer's pioneering work in school...

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Enrique De La Cruz, PhD

Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Biography

is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. He is a first generation Cuban-American who was raised in Newark, NJ. Dr. De La Cruz received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Rutgers University where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Beta Beta Honor Societies. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology (BCMB) with Dr. Thomas D. Pollard at Johns Hopkins University School of...

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Americo Esquibies, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Respiratory)

Clinical Interests

Asthma; Lung Diseases

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Inginia Genao, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine)

Medical Director, Adult Primary Care Center

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Rosana Gonzalez-Colaso, PharmD, MPH

Assistant Professor in the Physician Associate Program, Department of Medicine

Research Interests

Health Services Research; Hispanic Americans

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Derrick Gordon, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Director, Research, Policy and Program on Male Development, The Consultation Center

Biography

Derrick Gordon, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology Section) at Yale University School of Medicine, is the Director of the Program on Male Development in the Division of Prevention and Community Research of the Department of Psychiatry, and is a Core scientist in the Community Research Core of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA). Dr. Gordon has considerable experience in intervention and prevention development having served as an investigator on...

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Research Interests

Men; Parents; Primary Prevention; Prisoners; Students; Vulnerable Populations; Secondary Prevention

Clinical Interests

Family Relations; Mental Health; Men's Health

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Ezra Griffith, MD

Professor Emeritus of and Senior Research Scientist in Psychiatry

Deputy Chair for Diversity and Organizational Ethics, Department of Psychiatry

Research Interests

Ethics

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Dirk Johnson, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Trauma)

Biography

Dr. Johnson has certifications from the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and in Surgical Critical Care. He also has certifications for Advanced Trauma Life Support Provider, Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor, and Advanced Trauma Operative Management.

Dr. Johnson earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta and his medical degree from Yale School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in general surgery from the University of Texas Medical Branch,...

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Michele Johnson, MD

Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and of Neurosurgery and Associate Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Director of Interventional Neuroradiology

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Forrester Lee, MD

Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs

Clinical Interests

Cardiac Surgical Procedures; Heart Transplantation

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Peter Marshall, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary)

Medical Director, Medical Step-Down Unit YSC Yale-New Haven Hospital

Medical Director, Respiratory Care - Yale-New Haven Hospital

Biography

I attended Yale College from 1987 - 1991 and then completed medical school at the University of Connecticut in 1995. I returned to New Haven in 1995 to begin an internship in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and completed residency training in 1998.

After leaving Yale-New Haven Hospital I spent four years at the Hospital of Saint Raphael teaching in the Internal Medicine program as one of the Medical Directors. I returned to Yale in 2002 to begin fellowship training in Pulmonary &...

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Research Interests

Status Asthmaticus; Outcome Assessment (Health Care); Venous Thromboembolism

Clinical Interests

Asthma; Pulmonary Embolism; Respiratory System

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Carolyn Mazure, PhD

Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology

Director, Women's Health Research at Yale

Biography

Carolyn M. Mazure is the Norma Weinberg Spungen and Joan Lebson Bildner Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology. She created and directs Yale’s interdisciplinary research center on health and gender - Women’s Health Research at Yale.

Dr. Mazure’s contributions in women’s health began with her own internationally recognized research in the field of depression. Focusing on the prominent gender differences in this disorder, Dr. Mazure developed new approaches for examining risk factors for...

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Research Interests

Depressive Disorder; Sex Differentiation; Stress, Psychological; Women's Health; Tobacco Use Cessation

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Frank Minja, MD

Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Radiology

Clinical Interests

Radiology

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Kisha Mitchell, MD

Associate Professor of Pathology

Director, Autopsy Services

Biography

Dr. Mitchell is an autopsy, gastrointestinal and liver pathologist with particular interest in hepatobiliary neoplasia as well as a board certified forensic pathologist with special interest in medical autopsies. Dr. Mitchell received her medical degree from the University of the West Indies in Kingston Jamaica, following which she trained in anatomic and clinical pathology at George Washington University followed by a fellowship in forensic pathology at the Hillsborough County Medical...

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Marcella Nunez Smith, MD, MHS

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Core Faculty, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

Faculty, Global Health Leadership Institute

Deputy Director of Health Equity Research and Workforce Development, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

Biography

Dr. Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, is an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Associate Professor at the Yale School of Public Health, Core Faculty in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, and Research Faculty at Yale’s Global Health Leadership Institute. Dr. Nunez-Smith’s research focuses on promoting healthcare equity for vulnerable populations with an emphasis on healthcare workforce development, patient assessment of healthcare experiences, and healthcare...

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Research Interests

Healthcare Disparities

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Charles Walker, MD

Assistant Professor of Urology

Biography

Dr. Charles N. Walker has dedicated his career to advocating for men’s health and improving quality of life for men who suffer from erectile dysfunction, prostate problems, and other male-related health issues.

“Both erectile dysfunction and benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH, or enlargement of the prostate) are non-life-threatening diseases. They can be effectively treated if diagnosed early and treated with the appropriate therapy,” Dr. Walker says.

Dr. Walker balances a busy clinical and...

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Nadia Ward, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Biography

Nadia L. Ward M.Ed., Ph.D. is the Deputy Director for Public Affairs at The Consultation Center as well as the Director of Urban Education & Prevention Research and Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

Her extensive work in the area of academic achievement for African American and Latino youth has spanned 18 years and has included training and consultation to universities, public school systems and private organizations, curriculum development, program...

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