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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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 (seniors in high school may also be considered)
  • have a strong academic record
  • be interested or have experience working in a research and 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. Housing is not provided.

Application Requirements

Candidates must submit:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • references
  • documentation (including the school’s logo and an official’s signature) of enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program, such as a letter from the school’s registrar (a scanned copy is acceptable)

To apply, 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

Julia Ramirez, MA
Julia Ramirez

Community Outreach Manager

Nicole Roberts, MPH
Nicole Roberts

Research Manager