Chief, Division of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

New York City, New York
Nov 19, 2020
Position Type

The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine seeks a collaborative, inspiring, and visionary Chief of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. In this leadership role, the Chief will report directly to the Department Chair to oversee a Division conceived to reduce social, environmental, demographic, and structural injustice factors to ensure all individuals can achieve optimal health, increase the diversity of the healthcare work force, and engage historically underrepresented populations as active participants in health. We aspire to approach all programs, initiatives, and policies through a health equity lens and transcend the mission areas of clinical operations, research, and education in ameliorating society’s most complex and historically engrained issues.


  • Under the direction of the Department Chair, develop and implement a health and equity mission statement and strategy to position the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine as a leader in re-envisioning healthcare system dynamics to prioritize health equity, diversity, and inclusion. Embed equity into the foundation of all programs and initiatives.
  • Interface with the Vice Chairs and/or their designees within the Clinical, Research, and Education missions to establish priority programs and evaluate existing programs to ensure they incorporate components to address health equity. Example initiatives include establishing a Health Equity Fellowship and working with researchers to submit grants addressing healthcare disparities.
  • Empower all faculty and staff members within the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine to prioritize health equity and design programs and interventions that incorporate a health equity perspective.
  • Build relationships with key internal and external partners to synergize operations and maximize impact.
  • Perform health and social needs assessment of local communities to establish priority areas of focus and inform future programs. Discuss potential solutions with local community partners.
  • Ensure patients and community members have equal access to clinical care, social services, and research participation.
  • Help build healthcare capacity in underserved communities.
  • Develop key metrics to measure the success of the Division and perform regular, thorough evaluations of progress towards targets.
  • Establish committees comprised of departmental, institutional, public health, patient, and community stakeholders to review and provide feedback on programs and initiatives established.
  • Expand required internal trainings on topics related to health equity, diversity, and inclusion, such as reducing bias in medicine.
  • Establish a faculty and administrative structure to successfully execute delineated objectives.
  • Communicate clearly and dynamically to hospital, leadership, patient, organizational, governmental, and community stakeholders through multiple formats.
  • Assist in the recruitment process for residents, faculty, fellows, and staff.
  • Disseminate research findings and program information through peer-reviewed publications, conferences, and community organizations.
  • Oversee the Division’s budget and manage finances appropriately.
  • Integrate social determinants of health as variables in delivering clinical care. Develop predictive models that account for disease and treatment response variations among demographic sub-populations.
  • Foster a work environment that emphasizes incorporating health and equity into all departmental operations and inclusivity to all.


  • Committed and passionate about reducing health inequities and improving diversity/inclusivity with a track record of success.
  • Candidates must possess an MD/DO and be board-certified in Emergency Medicine.
  • Additional advanced degree in a related field, such as Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Policy, Health Services Research, Health Administration, Social Justice preferred.
  • Prior leadership role within a healthcare or community-based organization preferred.
  • Experience serving as primary interface with community, political, patient, executive, and foundational leadership.
  • Ability to collaborate with individuals across levels of the organization.
  • Focus on excellence and ability to innovate and upend existing structures to reduce inequities.
  • Ability to communicate in a multitude of formats and through a variety of channels, including social media, oral presentations, dashboards, and written reports.
  • Performance measurement and management experience and skills.
  • Mentality of continuous quality improvement and forward momentum.
  • Ability to inspire others and drive team members toward success.
  • Demonstrated success working in a complex matrix environment.
  • Experience mentoring medical students, residents or others.


E-mail Dr. Robert Femia,MD, MBA, Chair of the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine at NYU Langone Health at: and apply online via:

NYU Langone Health is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, military and veteran status, genetic information, or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision. We require applications to be completed online.