Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Director, Equity Research and Innovation Center; Director, Center for Research Engagement; Core Faculty, National Clinician Scholars Program; Deputy Director of Health Equity Research and Workforce Development, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

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Years active at Yale: 2006 -present

Dr. Nunez-Smith is being recognized for excellence and leadership in clinical research as well as leadership at YSM as an academic advisor. In addition to her teaching roles, she is deputy director of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, and core faculty for the National Clinician Scholars Program at the Yale School of Medicine. An associate professor in general internal medicine and in chronic disease epidemiology and social behavioral sciences at the School of Public Health, she is also the founding director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC). 

Research at ERIC focuses on promoting health and healthcare equity for disparity populations with an emphasis on developing healthcare workforce diversity, developing patient reported measurements of healthcare quality, and identifying regional strategies to reduce the global burden of non-communicable diseases. A core mission of ERIC is to lead and support community engaged research and promote innovative mixed methods approaches. Dr. Nunez-Smith is the lead principal investigator on several NIH and foundation-funded grants and serves as a standing member and alternate chair of the Health Disparities and Equity Promotion study section for NIH. 

Originally from the United States Virgin Islands, she attended Jefferson Medical College, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and she earned a BA in biological anthropology and psychology at Swarthmore College.