OUR TEAM 


FACULTY LEADERSHIP:

ELIZABETH SINGER, MD, MPH is the Director of the Mount Sinai Human Rights Program, an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medical Education and Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine, and faculty in the Emergency Medicine Global Health Division at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s/West.  Her background in health and human rights includes work over the past 20 years as a healthcare provider for asylum seekers, a national trainer of clinicians, and a contributor to policy agenda with organizations such as Physicians for Human Rights, the ACLU’s National Prison Project, the NYU/ Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture, HEAL Trafficking, and HealthRight International. She is especially interested in the impact of U.S. immigration detention on the health of asylum seekers and is dedicated to working to advance improved polices in this area. 

Dr. Singer’s background in human rights frequently informs her work in global and public health.  At the community level, she has served in several capacities: as a consultant with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Ministry of Health in Cambodia to aid women with reproductive health rights and decisions; as a member of the board of directors and an expert medical advisor for Make a Difference, a non-governmental organization that addresses education and health disparities in vulnerable children in rural Tanzania; as a clinician working to improve access to healthcare in remote areas of Peru, India, East Africa, and Eastern Europe.  In addition to a medical degree, Dr. Singer received a Masters of Public Health in Forced Migration and Public Health and Humanitarian Assistance from Columbia’s Mailman School.

 

KIM BARANOWSKI, PhD is the Faculty Director of Research of the Mount Sinai Human Rights Program. Through the program she mentors students, supports research endeavors, and provides psychological evaluations of asylum seekers that document the psychological impact of ill treatment, torture, and other human rights violations. As a contributor to the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West Hospitals’ psychology post-doctoral fellowship, psychology pre-doctoral internship, and psychiatry resident training programs, she offers clinical supervision, case consultation, and didactic seminars that emphasize empirically supported treatment provision. Dr. Baranowski also teaches in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she provides clinical supervision, research mentorship, and a variety of graduate courses to a diverse cohort of masters and doctoral students. She conducts research on multicultural psychology and social justice; the mental health correlates of discrimination, poverty, and classism; and the impact of immigration status on psychological functioning.

Dr. Baranowski is dedicated to collaborating with other mental health professionals to provide culturally responsive services to communities experiencing a wide range of socio-political stressors, as well as working across disciplines to address systemic forces of oppression. She completed her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University and her postdoctoral fellowship at the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai West Hospital.

 

CRAIG KATZ, MD is the Faculty Director for Advocacy of the Mount Sinai Human Rights Program. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Medical Education, and Global Health and System Design at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, where he has served in various clinical, educational and administrative roles since joining the faculty in 2000. He currently works with medical students in a number of roles, including as a Faculty Advisor, the Director of Professional Development, the founding faculty director for the mental health program within the student run primary care clinic, and the co-director for global health electives.

Dr. Katz founded and directs Mount Sinai’s Program in Global Mental Health, which seeks to improve access to mental health care in low resource settings around the world.  This interest grew out of his experience in organizing and providing psychiatric services to disaster affected communities since 1998 through an organization Dr. Katz co-founded and led, Disaster Psychiatry Outreach. Those efforts included organizing the psychiatric response to 9/11 in New York City, including starting and for many years directing the World Trade Center Mental Health Screening and Treatment Program for 9/11 responders. Dr. Katz has also more recently served as the National Trauma Consultant to Advanced Recovery System and developed the clinical program for the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery for firefighters with trauma-related mental health problems. Dr. Katz  has written and co-edited a number of books and papers in the fields of disaster psychiatry and global psychiatry, including A Guide to Global Mental Health Practice: Seeing the Unseen (Routledge), and has been fortunate enough that his expertise has enabled him to also become more involved in human rights evaluations and advocacy for asylum seekers.

A native of Long Island, New York, Dr. Katz attended Harvard College and went on to Columbia University where he obtained his medical degree and completed his psychiatric residency training and served as chief resident. He subsequently completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at NYU.  Dr. Katz has a private practice in general and forensic psychiatry in Manhattan and is a former President of the New York County District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association as well as a Distinguished Fellow of the APA.  He is married to Linda, a pediatrician and a child psychiatrist, and is the proud father of fifteen year old-Maya and eleven-year old Lev.


STUDENT LEADERSHIP: 

2018-19: SARAH MACLEAN, REBECCA RINEHART, ALEX SAROSI, VARSHA SUBRAMANIAM, EILEEN WANG


FACULTY EVALUATORS:

MEDICAL

OMARA AFZAL, DO, MPH

CHERYL CHANG, MD, MPH

KUMATHI COOPER, MD

MARIA DUENAS, MD

JAMIE EDELSTEIN, MD

MIRIAM FORD, NP

TATIANA HAVRYLIUK, MD

EMMA KAPLAN-LEWIS, MD

MINAL KALE, MD

BEN KLIGLER, MD

DEBORAH OTTENHEIMER, MD

TREVOR POUR, MD

ROBIN REISTER, MD

PRYANKA RELAN, MD, MPH

JANET SHAPIRO, MD

ELIZABETH SINGER, MD, MPH

SIRE SOW, MD

JAMES STEWART, DO

MAUREEN SUTER, MD

MATTHEW SWAN, MD

JOE TRUGLIO, MD

RAMONA SUNDERWIRTH, MD, MPH

LINDA WANG, MD

JEN WEINTRAUB, MD

MARY WHITE, MD

LAUREN ZAJAC, MD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MENTAL HEALTH

KIM BARANOWSKI, PhD.

SUZZANE BAUMGARTEN, Psy.D

SARAH BERKSON, MD

JONATHAN DEPIERRO, PhD

ZACHARY FRIED, LCSW

CYNTHIA GRGURIC

SARAH GUNDLE, PhD.

ALICIA HURTADO, MD

CRAIG KATZ, MD

CHRISTEN KIDD, MD

ALLA PROKHOVNIK, PhD

PAUL ROSENFIELD, MD

DIANA SAMUEL, MD

JAN SCHUETZ-MUELLER, MD

DAPHNE SIMEON, MD

CASEY SMITH, MD

YASIN TAHA, MD           

HIWOT WOLDU, MD