Honorees Ray Cornbill, Dr. Marc Nivet, Dr. Lynne Richardson, Lloyd Sherman, CMCA’s executive director Dr. Gary C. Butts, and event committee chair Denise Ellison

*The Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA) held its second annual Signature Event on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York City with event proceeds benefitting CMCA.

After a networking cocktail reception and silent auction, emcee DeMarco Morgan, anchor/reporter, WNBC4, presided over an amazingly uplifting program in which CMCA presented its annual awards to outstanding medical colleagues.  The Jose Conde Quartet entertained black tie guests throughout the sparkling evening.

This year’s illustrious honoree included Ray Cornbill, MBA, former senior vice president, Mount Sinai and North General Hospitals and faculty, department of preventive medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (distinguished community service award); Lynne D. Richardson, MD, vice chair for research, department of emergency medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (outstanding healthcare leadership award);

Event doctors’ committee chair Dr. Reginald Miller, honoree Dr Marc Nivet, CMCA’s executive director Dr Gary C. Butt

Other highlights of the medically correct event included the presentation of special recognition awards for distinguished diversity leadership to Dr. Marc Nivet, EdD, chief diversity officer, Association of American Medical Colleges;  and Lloyd Sherman, EdD, director, Center for Excellence for youth Education, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

This celebratory fundraising event supports the Center’s efforts to promote diversity in the healthcare workforce while eliminating heath disparities in order to meet the needs of the diverse community which Mount Sinai serves.

CMCA also sponsors educational pipeline programs which introduce science to thousands of inner city youth, institution-wide diversity initiatives for medical and graduate students, faculty and trainees, and facilitates health disparities research within the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Honorary event chair was New York State’s Former First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson.  Denise Ellison and Diane Fogg served as dinner committee chairs.  Mark Babyatsky, MD and Reginald Miller, DVM served as doctors’ committee chairs.  Alicia Hurtado, MD and Jacques Jospitre, MD served as alumni committee chairs.  Sarah Ann Anderson, MD/PhD candidate served as student committee chair.

“The Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs provides an environment which nurtures students, faculty, and trainees from groups underrepresented in the medical and biomedical research workforces at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine,” explained CMCA’s director Gary C. Butts, MD.

Student and faculty alike see CMCA as a haven where camaraderie and education go hand in hand. In the classroom, the laboratory, and within the Center, each is encouraged to succeed and given tools to succeed.  The high school experience in the summer science programs has opened the way for many who consider medicine as a career option.

Those who select to study medicine at Mount Sinai are embraced by the faculty of CMCA and guided through their medical school and residency experiences.  Faculty are able to serve as much needed mentors while, they themselves are given protected time to embark on research that impacts health care disparities.  The testimonials from students and physicians alike confirm what is unique about this program.   (Photo Credit: Gregory Partanio)

Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.