Current Independent Day School parent and Yale School of Medicine professor, Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, has been named to President-Elect Joe Biden’s newly formed COVID-19 Advisory Board.
The Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board aims to provide guidance on the response to the COVID-19 crisis, including consulting with state and local officials to stem the rising rates of infection, ensuring the approval of safe vaccines, addressing racial and ethnic disparities, and protecting those who are at higher risk.
Dr. Nunez-Smith is the Associate Dean of Health Equity Research at Yale School of Medicine; Associate Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Management; and Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) in the Office for Health Equity Research.
She is also Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at the Yale Cancer Center; Chief Health Equity Officer at Smilow Cancer Hospital; Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation; and Director of the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership. She earned a BA from Swarthmore College, an MD from Jefferson Medical College, and an MHS from Yale University.
“Our country is facing an unprecedented time with COVID-19 cases accelerating nationwide,” said Dr. Nunez-Smith. “Everyone is affected by this pandemic, yet the burden is disproportionate. We know communities of color are grieving at high rates and are facing substantial economic impact. The transition advisory board is setting a course for everyone in our country to experience recovery. I’m honored to help lead on that work and thank President-elect Joe Biden for the opportunity to serve.”
Congratulations on this incredible recognition Dr. Nunez-Smith; we are fortunate to have you be part of our IDS community!