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Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Yale Faculty Representative (elected), Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS); Co-Chair, Steering Committee on Community Projects; Medical Student Academic Advisor, Yale School of Medicine; Founding Director, Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC), Yale School of Medicine; Director, Center for Research Engagement (CRE); Deputy Director for Health Equity Research and Workforce Development, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI); Director, Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership

Contact Information

Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS

Mailing Address

  • Internal Medicine

    PO Box 208093

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8093

    United States

Appointments

Biography

Dr. Nunez-Smith is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Public Health, and Management; Founding Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC); Director of the Center for Research Engagement (CRE); Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation; Core Faculty in the National Clinician Scholars Program; Research Faculty in the Global Health Leadership Initiative; Director of the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership; and Co-Director of the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship.

Dr. Nunez-Smith’s research focuses on promoting health and healthcare equity for structurally marginalized populations with an emphasis on supporting healthcare workforce diversity and development, developing patient reported measurements of healthcare quality, and identifying regional strategies to reduce the global burden of non-communicable diseases.

She is the principal investigator on several NIH and foundation-funded research projects, including an NIH/NCI-funded project to develop a tool to assess patient reported experiences of discrimination in healthcare. She has conducted an investigation of the promotion and retention of diversity in academic medical school faculty and has published numerous articles on the experiences of minority students and faculty. Funded by NIH/NIMHD, she established the Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN), a research collaborative across four Eastern Caribbean islands, supporting several chronic disease research projects and enhancing health outcomes research and leadership capacity in the region; the flagship ECHORN Cohort Study recruited and is following a community-dwelling adult cohort (n=3000) to examine novel chronic disease risk and protective factors. She recently received NIH/NHLBI funding to build upon this work by recruiting children into an expanded intergenerational ECHORN cohort, inclusive of a biorepository. She is also PI on one of five NIH/NIMHD-funded Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers on Health Disparities focused on Precision Medicine, which leverages the ECHORN infrastructure to conduct collaborative research on hypertension and diabetes. In addition to this extensive experience in primary data collection, management, and analysis, ERIC has institutional expertise in qualitative and mixed methods, population health, and medical informatics.

Dr. Nunez-Smith has mentored dozens of trainees since completing fellowship and has received numerous awards for teaching and mentoring. She is board certified in internal medicine, having completed residency training at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowship at the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, where she also received a Masters in Health Sciences. Originally from the US Virgin Islands, she attended Jefferson Medical College, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and she earned a BA in Biological Anthropology and Psychology at Swarthmore College.

Education & Training

  • MHS
    Yale University (2006)
  • MD
    Jefferson Medical College (2001)
  • BA
    Swarthmore College (1996)
  • Post-doctoral Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine
  • Chief Resident
    Veteran Affairs Medical Center, West Roxbury
  • Resident
    Brigham & Women's Hospital
  • Intern
    Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2004, recertified: 2015)

Activities

  • Invited Workshop
    Washington, United States 2020
  • Social Determinants of Health Summit Keynote Address
    New Haven, United States 2020
  • Invited Visiting Professorship
    San Juan, Puerto Rico 2020
  • Invited Keynote
    Chicago, United States 2020
  • Invited Talk
    Bethesda, United States 2020
  • Invited Speaker
    Hamden, United States 2020
  • Invited Talk
    Bethesda, United States 2019
  • Invited Talk
    Baltimore, United States 2019
  • Invited Talk
    Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago 2019
  • Words Matter: Uncovering Hidden Bias in Performance Evaluations and Letters of Recommendation
    Washington, United States 2019
  • Invited Talk
    New York, United States 2018
  • Invited Speaker
    San Francisco, United States 2018
  • Invited Speaker
    New York, United States 2018
  • Invited Lecture
    Chicago, United States 2018
  • Invited Talk
    Baltimore, United States 2018
  • Invited Talk
    Pittsburgh, United States 2018
  • Invited Talk
    Charlotte, United States 2018
  • Invited Talk
    Bethesda, United States 2018
  • Invited Talk
    Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis 2018
  • Invited Talk
    Boston, United States 2017
  • Precision Engagement: Approaches to Involving Diverse Populations in Precision Medicine
    Washington, United States 2017
  • The Effects of Race Relations on Physician’s Professional Resiliency
    Washington, United States 2017
  • Invited Talk
    Philadelphia, United States 2017
  • Resiliency & Grit: Handling Microaggressions from Patients
    Middletown, United States 2017
  • Invited Talk
    Bethesda, United States 2017
  • Invited Talk
    Danbury, United States 2017
  • Invited Talk
    New Haven, United States 2017
  • Invited Talk
    Springfield, United States 2017
  • Invited Talk
    Georgetown, Guyana 2017
  • Invited Talk
    San Francisco, United States 2017
  • The Effects of Race Relations on Physician’s Professional Resiliency
    Washington, United States 2017
  • Parenting in Medicine Mentoring Panel
    Washington, United States 2017
  • Fostering Physician Resilience While Coping with National and Personal Acts of Discrimination and Violence
    Washington, United States 2017
  • Invited Talk
    Aspen, United States 2016
  • Invited Talk
    Aspen, United States 2016
  • Invited Talk
    San Juan, Puerto Rico 2016
  • Invited Talk
    New York, United States 2016
  • Using Healthcare Communication as a Tool to Advance Health Equity for Disparity Populations
    New Haven, United States 2016
  • Using Community Based Participatory Research Principles to Shape a Local and Global Health Equity Research Portfolio
    Providence, United States 2016
  • Measuring the patient care experience to close gaps in healthcare equity
    New Haven, United States 2016
  • Are All Faculty Equal? On the current state of the environment, system and structure
    Washington, United States 2016
  • Reproductive History as an Indicator for Health in Later Life
    Boston, United States 2016
  • Contribution of self-reported social class among measures of socioeconomic status
    Boston, United States 2016
  • Sex Differences in the Association between Communication, Discrimination, and Adverse Healthcare Outcomes
    Boston, United States 2016
  • Perceptions of the food environment and diet in the Eastern Caribbean
    Boston, United States 2016
  • Exploring healthcare mobility among vulnerable populations
    Boston, United States 2016
  • Gender Differences in Patient Reported Hospital Experiences and Information Sharing
    Hollywood, United States 2016
  • Examining Patient Reported Experiences of Discrimination and Risk for Hospital Readmission
    Hollywood, United States 2016
  • Self-Reported or Socially Assigned Social Class: Which Matters More in Experiences of Discrimination
    Hollywood, United States 2016
  • Beyond the themes: Best practices in qualitative and mixed methods
    New Haven, United States 2016
  • Addressing Unconscious Bias in Academic Medicine
    Washington, United States 2014
  • Mentoring Advocate Faculty
    Boston, United States 2014
  • The Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Network
    Washington, United States 2014
  • Establishing a Biorepository in the Eastern Caribbean
    Washington, United States 2014
  • Patient-Reported Experiences of Discrimination: A Taxonomy
    Washington, United States 2014
  • Virtual Reality: Research Capacity & Non-communicable Disease
    Washington, United States 2014
  • Language Services in US Hospitals in Areas of Linguistic Need
    Washington, United States 2014
  • Predicting Immigrant Health: Does Type of Language Measure Matter?
    Washington, United States 2014
  • Diversity Issues in Medical Regulation (DIMeR): Demographic Representation of US Medical Boards
    Boston, United States 2014
  • Invited Talk
    Birmingham, United States 2013
  • Invited Talk
    Boston, United States 2013
  • Time to Promotion: Differences across Diverse Academic Medical Center Faculty
    Boston, United States 2013
  • Cross-cultural measurement development: The case of the Hispanic population
    Boston, United States 2013
  • Invited Talk
    Baltimore, United States 2012
  • Invited Talk
    New York, United States 2012
  • Creating a Research Network to Study Non-communicable Chronic Disease in the Eastern Caribbean
    Springfield, United States 2012
  • Beyond the themes: Applying best practices in qualitative and mixed methods research from grant preparation to meaningful translation
    Orlando, United States 2012
  • Designing a social network recruitment strategy for a prospective 'Framingham' cohort in the Caribbean
    Boston, United States 2011
  • U.S. physician workforce diversity: historic and current perspectives
    San Diego, United States 2011
  • Discrimination and the experiences of racial/ethnic minority healthcare providers during training and beyond
    Bethesda, United States 2011
  • Can increased access to community-based primary care and physician workforce diversity be achieved through support of U.S. international medical students and graduates: The Cuba experience.
    Washington, United States 2011
  • Healthcare disparities and healthcare workforce diversity in the United States
    Havana, Cuba 2010
  • Quality of care in the U.S. territories
    Denver, United States 2010
  • Physician Reports of Witnessed Healthcare Discrimination
    Southington, United States 2010
  • After the career development award: professional trajectories of faculty of color
    Minneapolis, United States 2010
  • Patient Refusal of Physician in Hospital Settings: Hospital Leaders’ Perspectives
    Minneapolis, United States 2010
  • Registered nurses and physicians working with disability
    Alexandria, United States 2010
  • Provision of Language Services and Linguistic Needs: Are Hospitals Speaking to their Communities?
    Alexandria, United States 2010
  • Achieving physician workforce diversity successfully
    New Orleans, United States 2009
  • Workplace discrimination and physician job turnover
    Washington, United States 2009
  • Health and healthcare inequities: does discrimination play a role?
    Philadelphia, United States 2008
  • After the career development award: experiences of minority academic physician faculty
    San Antonio, United States 2008
  • Racial/ethnic discrimination in the workplace: career trajectories of practicing physicians
    San Diego, United States 2008
  • A mixed methods analysis of patient self-management behaviors: patients with diabetes in the US Virgin Islands
    Singapore, Singapore 2008
  • Supporting racial and ethnic diversity in academic medical faculty
    Washington, United States 2008
  • The Impact of Organizational Characteristics on the Translation of the Diabetes Prevention Program in a Community Health Center: A Case Study
    Pittsburgh, United States 2008
  • Self-management among patients with diabetes in the US Virgin Islands
    New York, United States 2008
  • Self-management among patients with diabetes in the US Virgin Islands
    New York, United States 2008
  • Examining diversity in the workplace
    Mansfield, United States 2007
  • Impact of race on physicians
    East Providence, United States 2007
  • Qualitative data analysis: coding and software
    East Providence, United States 2007
  • Patient and provider characteristics associated with inadequate cervical cancer screening in a community health center population
    Atlanta, United States 2007
  • Physician race and experiences of discrimination at work
    Washington, United States 2007
  • Diversity and discrimination in healthcare settings: a national survey of practicing physicians
    Toronto, Canada 2007
  • Diversity and discrimination in healthcare settings
    Vancouver, Canada 2007
  • Physicians of African descent in the workplace
    Boston, United States 2006
  • Race in the workplace: experiences of African Descent physicians
    Washington, United States 2006
  • Increasing diversity in the physician workforce
    Washington, United States 2006
  • Race and the professional lives of physicians of African descent
    Boston, United States 2006
  • Race and the work experiences of physicians of African descent
    Fort Lauderdale, United States 2005

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Team Science AwardAssociation for Clinical and Translational Science2019
100 Years of Women at YSM Featured Distinguished Woman and Symposium SpeakerYale School of Medicine2018
Herbert W. Nickens Minority Health and Representation in Medicine AwardSGIM2017
Medical Student Council Perspectives on Medicine Series SpeakerYale School of Medicine2017
Student-Nominated Speaker for “Inspiring Yale” Speaker SeriesYale School of Medicine2015
Selected Mentor, Working Women’s Network at YaleYale University2015
Featured “Best Example Grant,” Applied Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population SciencesNational Cancer Institute2014
Invited MentorEquityRx Health Equity Scholars Program2014
Award for Excellence as a Clinician-Investigator in General Internal MedicineSGIM New England2013
10th Annual Ralph I. Horwitz Lecture Keynote SpeakerYale School of Medicine2013
Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development SeminarAAMC2012
David E Rogers Jr. Faculty Workshop AwardSGIM2012
White Coat Ceremony Keynote SpeakerYale University2012
Public Voices Thought Leadership FellowYale University2012
Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship AwardAMA Foundation2012
Rogers Award RecipientSociety of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting2012
David E Rogers Jr. Faculty Workshop AwardSociety of General Internal Medicine (Annual Conference)2012
Women Leaders in Medicine National AwardAmerican Medical Student Association2011
Leah Lowenstein Award for Promotion of Humane and Egalitarian Medical EducationYale University2011
Invited MemberSullivan Alliance to Transform America’s Health Professions2011
Delegate to Cuba, Diversity in the Healthcare WorkforceMEDICC (Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba)2010
Featured Member, Kudos Corner (December 2010)Journal of the National Medical Association2010
Alice Bohmfalk Teaching Award in Clinical Science NomineeYale University2010
Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award nominee Association of American Medical Colleges2009
Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award NomineeYale University2009
Alice Bohmfalk Teaching Award in Clinical Science NomineeYale University2009
Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellow Award Association of American Medical Colleges2008
Junior Faculty Scholar AwardYale Center for Clinical Investigator2007
U.S. Delegate10th Annual International Medical Workforce Collaborative, Vancouver, B.C.2007
Milton W. Hamolsky Junior Faculty Award for Scientific Abstract Submission, FinalistSociety of General Internal Medicine2007
Translating Research to Policy Selected ParticipantRWJF Scholarship and Fellowship Programs2007
Alice Bohmfalk Teaching Award in Clinical Science NomineeYale University2007
Kingsley Medical Research FellowshipYale University2006
Class of 2004 Outstanding Resident Teaching AwardHarvard Medical School2004
Support for Excellence Grant RecipientEducational Development2003
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor SocietyJefferson Medical College2000
Award for Leadership and Community ServiceEastern Pennsylvania Medical Society2000
Sigma Xi Honorary Research FraternitySwarthmore College1995
Sigma Xi Honorary Research Fraternity

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
Yale Center for Implementation Science Scholar Selection CommitteeReviewer2019
Tackling Global Challenges through Use-inspired Research, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research – Science for Global DevelopmentReviewer2018
Addressing Disparities Panel, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)Reviewer2018
RCMI Research Coordination Network (RRCN) (U54), National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)Reviewer2018
RCMI Independent Research Project Proposals, Howard UniversityReviewer2017
Specialized Centers of Excellence on Minority Health and Health Disparities (U54), National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)Reviewer2017
Community Impact Reviewer, California Breast Cancer Research Program for Community ImpactReviewer2017
Yale Diabetes Research Center Selection Committee, Yale School of MedicineReviewer2016
Scholar Awards Committee, Yale UniversityReviewer2016 - Present
Yale Center for Clinical Investigation/Clinical and Translational Science Award (YCCI/CTSA) Scholar Selection Committee, Yale School of MedicineReviewer2015
Oak Ridge Associated Universities, SUNY Downstate Medical CenterReviewer2015
(Alternate Chair)/Permanent Member, Health Disparities and Equity Promotion (HDEP) Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of HealthChair2015 - Present
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesReviewer2015 - Present
Health Disparities and Equity Promotion (HDEP) Study Section, National Institutes of HealthAd-hoc Member2014 - 2015
(Invited Phase-II In-Person Reviewer), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)Reviewer2012
Health Research Awards, Health Research Board, Ireland (Irish equivalent of AHRQ)Reviewer2011
(Special Review Group in response to RFA CA-09-001), NIH/NCI - Multi-Component P50 “NIH-Support Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD)”Reviewer2009
Journal of the National Medical AssociationReviewer2005 - Present
Journal of General Internal MedicineReviewer2005 - Present
Academic MedicineReviewer2005 - Present
American Journal of Public HealthReviewer2005 - Present
Diabetes CareReviewer2005 - Present
CirculationReviewer2005 - Present
Health Services ResearchReviewer2005 - Present
Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and UnderservedReviewer2005 - Present
British Medical Journal (BMJ)Reviewer2005 - Present
DuBois ReviewReviewer2005 - Present
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)Reviewer2005 - Present
The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)Reviewer2005 - Present
Health AffairsReviewer2005 - Present
Annals of Internal MedicineReviewer2005 - Present

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