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

Departments & Organizations

Internal Medicine: Diversity Committee | General Internal Medicine: Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC); Yale TCC; Yale-New Haven Hospital Primary Care Center

School of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology

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Obesity Research Working Group

Yale Cancer Center: Cancer Prevention and Control

Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI)

Yale Center for Implementation Science (YCIS)

Yale Institute for Global Health

Yale Medicine

Global Health Studies

Office of Cooperative Research


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)
Resident Brigham & Women's Hospital

Honors & Recognition

  • Award for Excellence as a Clinician-Investigator in General Internal MedicineSGIM New England (2013)

  • Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development SeminarAAMC (2012)

  • David E Rogers Jr. Faculty Workshop AwardSGIM (2012)

  • White Coat Ceremony Keynote SpeakerYale University (2012)

  • Public Voices Thought Leadership FellowYale University (2012)

  • Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship AwardAMA Foundation (2012)

  • Women Leaders in Medicine National AwardAmerican Medical Student Association (2011)

  • Leah Lowenstein AwardYale University (2011)

  • Women Leaders in MedicineAmerican Medical Student Association (2011)

  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award nominee Association of American Medical Colleges (2009)

  • Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellow Award Association of American Medical Colleges (2008)

  • Junior Faculty Scholar AwardYale Center for Clinical Investigator (2007)

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

  • Sigma Xi Honorary Research Fraternity

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