About Me

As a physician in Employee Health and Wellness Services (EH&WS), my clinical and scientific interests are focused on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance of occupationally important illnesses and injuries. I am part of a team of clinicians that work together to provide care for more than 15,000 employees and volunteers. My frequently encountered clinical problems include work-related injuries, influenza, latent tuberculosis work-up, blood-borne pathogen exposures, rashes, environmental exposures (such as chemical splashes), and ergonomic concerns. EH&WS clinical work also comprises pre-placement physical exams, OSHA-mandated exams, medical surveillance, and evaluation for return to work with or without workplace accommodations after medical leave.

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Since joining the faculty in 2008, I have worked under the mentorship of EH&WS Chief Arthur Brown to develop, maintain, and assess a rich array of health-improvement programs for employees and their covered dependents (e.g., nutrition and weight management, physical activity, tobacco cessation, health risk assessment, biometric screenings). MSK Employee Wellness is designed for the primary or secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer, mental health concerns, and other medical problems that are prevalent and costly in the United States, including among our staff. As director of the Building Resilience program, I work to enhance leadership-supported programs that encourage stress management and morale among healthcare staff. In addition to Wellness Operations and the Care Board, I serve on the Emergency Management Committee and EAPC Policy Committee, and I am co-leader of ABLE, an employee resource network that supports employees with health challenges and disabilities. 

I have a particular academic interest in the tension that exists between a workplace culture of productivity and the needs of employee self-care and organizational safety. My research in this area has involved identification of modifiable factors associated with well-being versus distress among physician faculty. I take pride in being part of an interdisciplinary team dedicated to optimizing the environmental and cultural milieu for employee well-being.  

  • Clinical Expertise: Occupational Medicine; Workplace Wellness; Emergency Preparedness
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, Weill Cornell Medical College; MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Residencies: Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University
  • Board Certifications: Emergency Medicine

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