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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, Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership

Contact Information

Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS

Mailing Address

  • Internal Medicine

    PO Box 208093

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8093

    United States



Dr. Nunez-Smith is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Public Health, and Management; Founding Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC); Director of the Center for Research Engagement (CRE); Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation; Core Faculty in the National Clinician Scholars Program; Research Faculty in the Global Health Leadership Initiative; Director of the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership; and Co-Director of the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship.

Dr. Nunez-Smith’s research focuses on promoting health and healthcare equity for structurally marginalized populations with an emphasis on supporting healthcare workforce diversity and development, developing patient reported measurements of healthcare quality, and identifying regional strategies to reduce the global burden of non-communicable diseases.

She is the principal investigator on several NIH and foundation-funded research projects, including an NIH/NCI-funded project to develop a tool to assess patient reported experiences of discrimination in healthcare. She has conducted an investigation of the promotion and retention of diversity in academic medical school faculty and has published numerous articles on the experiences of minority students and faculty. Funded by NIH/NIMHD, she established the Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN), a research collaborative across four Eastern Caribbean islands, supporting several chronic disease research projects and enhancing health outcomes research and leadership capacity in the region; the flagship ECHORN Cohort Study recruited and is following a community-dwelling adult cohort (n=3000) to examine novel chronic disease risk and protective factors. She recently received NIH/NHLBI funding to build upon this work by recruiting children into an expanded intergenerational ECHORN cohort, inclusive of a biorepository. She is also PI on one of five NIH/NIMHD-funded Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers on Health Disparities focused on Precision Medicine, which leverages the ECHORN infrastructure to conduct collaborative research on hypertension and diabetes. In addition to this extensive experience in primary data collection, management, and analysis, ERIC has institutional expertise in qualitative and mixed methods, population health, and medical informatics.

Dr. Nunez-Smith has mentored dozens of trainees since completing fellowship and has received numerous awards for teaching and mentoring. She is board certified in internal medicine, having completed residency training at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowship at the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, where she also received a Masters in Health Sciences. Originally from the US 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.

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
Team Science AwardAssociation for Clinical and Translational Science2019
Herbert W. Nickens Minority Health and Representation in Medicine AwardSGIM2017
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 Society2001
Sigma Xi Honorary Research Fraternity

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