Gary C. Butts, MD, Promoted to Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy, and Community Affairs
Monday, December 14, 2015
Posted by: Andrew Law
We are happy to congratulate Gary C. Butts, MD, on his promotion to Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy, and Community Affairs at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). Dr. Butts is a critical leader in Mount Sinai’s efforts to create an environment of diversity and inclusion, fostering effective recruitment and advancement of students, residents, post-doctoral fellows and faculty from diverse groups. As a Dean, Dr. Butts will further facilitate and integrate policies, programs, initiatives and assessment. He will expand his efforts in the School, including in the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs (CMCA), and will continue as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Director for the Office for Diversity and Inclusion in the Health System.
A member of the ISMMS faculty since 1991, Dr. Butts is currently a Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Education, and Preventive Medicine. His career has touched on many facets of academic medicine and public health, including organizing and directing an academic medical center pediatric clinic; developing and administering innovative, cutting-edge community-based clinical services for both a medical center and local government; and directing diversity and outreach initiatives for the medical school.
For over three decades, he has provided health care services to the East and Central Harlem communities, and has dedicated over 15 years to developing and spearheading efforts to improve and sustain racial, ethnic and gender diversity across all levels of education, training, and faculty at ISMMS. Under his leadership, the School’s CMCA has been recognized as a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Center of Excellence for Minority Health. His influence is also evident in our student body, which is among the most diverse of U.S. private medical schools, and in Mount Sinai’s two-fold increase in the percent of Black and Latino faculty and house staff.
During five years as Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Department of Health, the largest local health department in the United States, Dr. Butts directed citywide maternal and child health services for planning, clinical services and program development, evaluation, health policy and national public health research. He has held leadership positions with the Association of American Medical Colleges and Associated Medical Schools of New York, and is a trustee for the Jewish Home Lifecare System. Dr. Butts earned his undergraduate degree at Columbia College and his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medicine, and completed residency training in pediatrics at Mount Sinai.
Dr. Butts has been broadly acknowledged for his contributions, including being named among The Network Journal “Top Black Doctors in New York,” the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association of Minority Medical Educators, the Outstanding Leadership and Service award from the National Medical Association, the Leadership for Improving the Health of Hispanic Communities award from the National Hispanic Health Foundation, recognition from Our Town Thanks You for his local health care work, and the 2015 Corporate and Social Responsibility Award by City & State Reports. In 2015 Dr. Butts was awarded the Jacobi Medallion, one of the highest honors that Mount Sinai bestows.