Department of Medicine


Dr. John Leonard

The Diversity Department of the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department of Medicine is dedicated to ensuring diversity and inclusion throughout all of our endeavors. Our longstanding commitment to diversity has attracted faculty, residents, fellows and students from all corners of the world for many years. The remarkably talented faculty in our department participate in a distinguished and wide array of diversity initiatives. These include multicultural health and health policy research, cross-cultural education, the recruitment of minority faculty and house staff, and community outreach programs. A vibrant and multicultural mecca like no other, New York City is the ideal setting in which to ensure diversity initiatives as we carry out our tripartite mission of patient care, health disparities research and education.

John P. Leonard, M.D.

Interim Chair, Weill Department of Medicine
The Richard T. Silver Distinguished Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Weill Cornell Medical College
Attending Physician, New York Presbyterian Hospital

Dr. Susana Morales

Minorities remain underrepresented in health professions, as medical researchers, and in academic medicine. The Institute of Medicine in its 2001 report stated: "The right thing to do, the smart thing to do: enhancing diversity in the health profession promoted enhanced diversity in medical education for several reasons: the enhancement of educational and civic outcomes; building social capital and trust, and enhancing cultural competence in health care." The Center for Multicultural and Minority Health strives to be a focal point of efforts to enhance medical education, minority faculty development, community involvement, advocacy, and research to enhance the quality of health care of the underserved.

Susana Morales, M.D.

Co-Director, The Center for Multicultural and Minority Health
Associate Chair for Educational Affairs
Associate Residency Program Director
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Associate Attending Physician, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center