About Us


For more than 20 years, the Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities (IHCD) Service has worked to identify and eliminate disparities in health and cancer treatment among immigrants and minorities. Housed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center since 2011, the IHCD Service offers a wide range of programs for patients, healthcare professionals, and patient advocates.

Our team uses a multidisciplinary approach to address gaps in healthcare at the local, national, and global levels. Our community-based programs provide a gateway to health education and services for immigrants and other medically underserved minorities in New York City and beyond.

Through our research initiatives, we continually assess the impact of our programs and seek to identify disparities in cancer treatment and healthcare. We are also working to increase the representation of minorities in clinical trials.

In addition, our team offers medical translation and cultural competency training for healthcare professionals and patient advocates at Memorial Sloan Kettering and at other medical centers throughout the United States.

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Career Opportunities
Internship Opportunities

If you are multilingual, enjoy working with patients, and have an interest in public health, consider an internship with the IHCD Service.

Program Overview

The Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service Internship Program sponsors students to work as interns under the direct supervision of a faculty member or senior staff member. Interns contribute to the service’s work, enrich their understanding of data, learn about community outreach and research administration, and perform specific tasks and present their results. Interns learn about the wider MSK community at seminars and other events offered throughout the institution.

Intern Requirements and Selection Criteria

Candidates should:

  • be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program with an affiliation agreement in place 
  • have a strong academic record
  • be interested or have experience working in a research and/or community outreach team environment
  • be interested in health disparities and community-based research


The IHCD Service Internship Program accepts students throughout the year on a rolling basis. The minimum duration of the internship is six weeks. All internships will be remote until further notice.

Application Requirements

Candidates must submit:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • completed application including list of references
  • enrollment verification which confirms the intern is currently a matriculated student at his/her institution; examples include a letter from the school’s registrar/bursar’s office or a transcript (scanned copies are acceptable)

To receive an application and discuss next steps, contact Leeza Menon at menonl1@mskcc.org.

Our Experts
Francesca M. Gany
Francesca M. Gany

Chief, Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service

Abraham Aragones, MD
Abraham Aragones
Victoria S. Blinder, MD
Victoria S. Blinder
Lisa Diamond, MD, MPH
Lisa Diamond
Jennifer C. Leng
Jennifer C. Leng
Rosario Costas Muniz, PhD
Rosario Costas Muniz

Assistant Attending

Our Managers
Claudia Ayash, MPH
Claudia Ayash

Co-Director, Arab Health Initiative; Program Manager, IHCD

Javier Gonzalez, MFA
Javier Gonzalez

Program Manager, Language Initiatives

Bharat Narang
Bharat Narang

Clinical Research Manager

Luke Paolantonio
Luke Paolantonio

Community Outreach and Health Access Supervisor

Josana Tonda
Josana Tonda

Community Outreach Manager

IHCD Newsletter

The IHCD Newsletter was relaunched in the Summer of 2020 and featured COVID-19 resources for the community as well as highlights of IHCD’s initiatives that were carried out during the pandemic.

You can find that edition here: https://c.mskinfo.org/ihcdaugust2020

January 2021 marks the 10 year anniversary of IHCD at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Stay tuned for an anniversary edition of the newsletter to come out soon.

Please contact Leeza Menon at menonl1@mskcc.org with any questions or to sign up for our mailing list.

IHCD Health Equity Seminar Series

The IHCD’s Health Equity Seminar Series features prominent experts in their field to educate the MSK community to current social determinants of health, health equity, racial justice, disparities in healthcare, and COVID-19 disparities.

“The Health Equity seminar series is part of our commitment to serve the diverse communities of New York City and the surrounding areas, and to help to ensure health equity and social justice,” says Francesca Gany, MD, MS, Chief of the IHCD. “We would like to express the great admiration, respect, and gratitude we have for the community members that we serve, and for our dedicated partner organizations. The response has been overwhelming and we thank our superb presenters.”

All seminars are held virtually via Zoom. The 2021 Spring Season focused on topics including digital language access; racial and socioeconomic inequality in healthcare; disparities in COVID-19 and future pandemics; and vaccine hesitancy in minority communities. For more info, contact Leeza Menon at menonl1@mskcc.org.

Stay tuned for the Fall 2021 seminar series schedule: coming soon!