Carla Boutin-Foster, MD ’94, Appointed Downstate Associate Dean

Carla Boutin-Foster, MD

Carla Boutin-Foster, MD is new associate dean for the SUNY Downstate Office of Diversity Education and Research, formerly known as the Office of Minority Affairs in the College of Medicine. Dr. Boutin-Foster will implement, sustain and evaluate structured programs to attract and retain students, trainees, and faculty from diverse backgrounds, traditionally underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research.

Dr. Boutin-Foster, a ’94 graduate of SUNY Downstate’s College of Medicine, completed her residency in Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She earned a master’s degree from the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University in Health Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology.  

Dr. Boutin-Foster served as the director and principal investigator of the Comprehensive Center of Excellence in Disparities Research and Community Engagement (CEDREC), which was funded by an $8,000,000 P60 award from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the NIH. The mission of CEDREC was to conduct innovative health disparities research, engage community partners, and increase the diversity in the biomedical research pipeline.

She is an alumna of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a Nanette Laitman Clinical Scholar in Community Health.  Most recently she served as an associate professor of medicine, associate professor of healthcare policy and research, and as the associate dean for diversity and inclusion at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is currently a member of the Health Disparities and Equity Promotion Study Section of the NIH. She has written numerous peer-reviewed publications in the area of cardiovascular disease disparities and behavioral science research.

Dr. Boutin-Foster was chair of the Minority Health Council of the New York State Department of Health and was a member of the Public Health and Health Planning Council.

Dr. Boutin-Foster will be joining the faculty in the Department of Medicine and will work closely with the faculty in the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center under the leadership of Dr. Moro Salifu to continue her research in the areas of health disparities and community engagement.

Carlos Pato, MD
Dean, College of Medicine, SUNY Downstate


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