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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; Director, Yale-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship

Contact Information

Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS

Mailing Address

  • Internal Medicine

    PO Box 208093

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8093

    United States



Dr. Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, is an Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Associate Professor at the Yale School of Public Health, Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center, Director of the Center for Research Engagement, Core Faculty in the National Clinician Scholars Program, and Deputy Director at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. 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 system strengthening to address chronic disease in low and middle resource settings. She is the principal investigator on several NIH and foundation-funded research projects, including an NIH-fund project to develop a tool to assess patient reported experiences of discrimination in healthcare. In 2011 she received NIH funding to establish the Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes and Research Network (ECHORN), a research collaborative across four Eastern Caribbean islands that will recruit and follow a community-dwelling adult cohort to examine chronic disease burden and to enhance health outcomes research and leadership capacity in the region. Dr. Nunez-Smith has received numerous awards including the Association of American Medical College’s Herbert W. Nicken’s Faculty Fellowship in 2008 in recognition of her contributions to healthcare workforce diversity and healthcare equity research and a 2011 American Medical Student Association’s Women Leaders in Medicine award. Dr. Nunez-Smith has a BA from Swarthmore College, an MD from Jefferson Medical College, and an MHS from Yale University.

YCCI Scholar 2006

Project: 03/01/07 - 08/31/08

Development of an instrument to measure self-reported experiences of discrimination in health care systems

Education & Training

  • MHS
    Yale University (2006)
  • MD
    Jefferson Medical College (2001)
  • BA
    Swarthmore College (1996)
  • Fellow
  • Resident
    Brigham & Women's Hospital

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Award for Excellence as a Clinician-Investigator in General Internal MedicineSGIM New England2013
Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development SeminarAAMC2012
David E Rogers Jr. Faculty Workshop AwardSGIM2012
White Coat Ceremony Keynote SpeakerYale University2012
Public Voices Thought Leadership FellowYale University2012
Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship AwardAMA Foundation2012
Women Leaders in Medicine National AwardAmerican Medical Student Association2011
Leah Lowenstein AwardYale University2011
Women Leaders in MedicineAmerican Medical Student Association2011
Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award nominee Association of American Medical Colleges2009
Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellow Award Association of American Medical Colleges2008
Junior Faculty Scholar AwardYale Center for Clinical Investigator2007
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
Sigma Xi Honorary Research Fraternity

Departments & Organizations