Doctor Luisa N. Borrell named Distinguished Professor

Dr. Luisa BorrellWe are delighted to announce that on Monday, October 29, the CUNY Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of the appointment of Dr. Luisa N. Borrell as Distinguished Professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy. Dr. Borrell is among three faculty at CUNY SPH who have received this significant recognition by the university.

Dr. Borrell is an internationally recognized leader in the social determinants of health and the role of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic indicators and neighborhood conditions as factors that shape disease and health in populations. Her experience as a dentist, coupled with her training as an epidemiologist, have paved the way for truly novel work in the area of oral health and health disparities.

Through her excellence in research and outstanding academic leadership, Dr. Borrell has been raising the national profile of the school and CUNY. In addition to over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, many in top journals in the fields of epidemiology and public health, and significant recognition by her peers as measured by the thousands of citations her work has received, Professor Borrell has received over $7 million in external grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson and R.W. Kellogg foundations.

As a faculty member and as chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Dr. Borrell has mentored many graduate students and sponsored six doctoral students including the first DPH graduate from CUNY SPH. She also works very closely with junior faculty throughout their non-tenured years to help them develop the portfolio needed for a successful tenure application.

Dr. Borrell is an asset to our school, the university, and the field of public health. We congratulate her on achieving this distinct honor.