Mount Sinai Health System: No. 6 in The DiversityInc Top10 Hospitals and Health Systems


Mount Sinai Health System was formed by the merger of two large, New York Citybased hospital systems: Continuum Health Partners and Mount Sinai Medical Center. The new system is the largest non-government employer in New York.

Dr. Gary Butts, who had led diversity efforts at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is now the health system’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Programs, Policies and Community Affairs at the medical school. Pamela Abner is the Chief Administrative Officer for the System’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

The system has several mentoring programs designed to provide professional development and growth opportunities to medical-school faculty and hospital managerial staff. The Faculty Scholars Program, operated through the Icahn School of Medicine’s Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, is a highly individualized, career-mentoring program for junior faculty. Participants are Black or Latino physicians, physician-scientists and biomedical researchers. Since its inception, the program has yielded results including advancement in rank, successful submission of research, career-development awards, and retention of faculty and in academic medicine.


Dr. Kenneth L. Davis

CEO and President

“A diverse, culturally competent workforce of physicians and medical staff delivering the highest quality care for all communitiesthis should be a core value of all healthcare delivery systems across the country. Here at Mount Sinai, our efforts to strengthen multicultural and diversity initiatives have been led by my friend and colleague, Dr. Gary Butts. He has played a critically important role in making sure our medical and graduate students, faculty and staff reflect the diversity of our patient population and the communities we serve. This is particularly important in an era of health reform, when health disparities disproportionately affect one ethnic or racial group more than others. I’m proud of the work that Gary and his team have done in his more than 15 years here at Mount Sinai, and we look forward to his continued leadership in this role.”

Dr. Gary C. Butts

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

“There is a clear, evidence-based connection between ensuring racial, ethnic and gender diversity among health care providers and producing better health outcomes among patients. As an academic medical institution that sits astride the border of the most affluent and least affluent neighborhoods in New York City, and one that serves a socioeconomically diverse population, Mount Sinai has long recognized this. In fact, members of racial and ethnic minority groups comprise about 60 percent of our workforceand our recent merger with the former Continuum network will allow us further opportunities to identify and implement best practices in for expanding diversity and inclusion. I am pleased that DiversityInc has chosen to honor the work we do here at Mount Sinai and look forward to helping educate others about this critically important aspect for optimal healthcare.”


U.S. Headquarters: New York City

U.S. Employees: 36,523

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