Diversity and Faculty

Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Nerys C. Benfield, M.D.
Nerys C. Benfield, M.D.

Nerys Benfield M.D. M.P.H. is an Associate Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She is the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Benfield is the Director of Family Planning and the Fellowship in Family Planning within the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health. She also directs the Global Women’s Health and Social Obstetrics and Gynecology Program. Dr. Benfield serves on the board of the Society of Family Planning and co-chairs their Diversity Equity and Inclusion working group.

Contact Information

Nerys C. Benfield, M.D.
718.405.8260

Montefiore Medical Park
1695 Eastchester Road, Room 306
Bronx, NY 10461

Grand Rounds Presentation

In June, 2020 Dr. Nerys Benfield presented at the Black Voices in Academic Medicine Grand Rounds Presentation, “Transforming an Inequitable System.” This presentation touched on the history of racism in medicine, lack of diversity in the medical field due to the admissions process, and methods to create a more diverse medical school population. See this presentation below.

Dr. Nerys Benfield discussing “Black Voices in Academic Medicine: Transforming an Inequitable System.

Faculty Diversity Action Plan Committee

The enhancement of the diversity and inclusivity of Einstein faculty, leadership and students requires a focused effort and action plan. Einstein has established a committee of senior faculty, and graduate students who along with the Dean, will establish a roadmap, suggest initiatives and provide oversight of the recruitment processes for faculty and students underrepresented in medicine and biomedical sciences. This committee would be advisory to the Dean and reports regularly to the Diversity Council.

The committee members, are also members of the Diversity Council, and includes:

Rhonda G. Acholonu, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Vice Chair for Education, Department of Pediatrics
Co-Director, Leadership, Engagement & Diversity Program (L.E.A.D.)
Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine

Julia H. Arnsten, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Department of Medicine General Internal Medicine
Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine
Director, Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research

Judy Aschner, M.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Neonatology)
Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health
Michael I. Cohen, M.D., University Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Nerys Benfield, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor,Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health
Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Montefiore Medical Center
Fellowship Program Director, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health Family Planning
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dianne Cox, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Anatomy & Structural Biology
Professor, Department of Developmental & Molecular Biology

Kamran Khodakhah, Ph. D.
Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology
Chair, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience
Florence and Irving Rubinstein Chair in Neuroscience

Jose L. Pena, M.D., Ph. D.
Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Yvonne M Ramirez, M.B.A. (ex-officio)
Vice President for Human Resources

Caryn R. R. Rodgers, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Academic General Pediatrics)
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Victor L. Schuster, M.D.
Professor, Department of Medicine (Nephrology)
Professor, Department of Physiology & Biophysics
Senior Vice-Dean
Ted and Florence Baumritter Chair in Medicine

Graduate Student Members

Hayden Hatch, M.D., Ph.D. candidate
Secombe Lab

Victoria Sedwick, Ph.D. candidate
Autry Lab

Taylor Thompson, MSTP candidate
Greally Lab