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Luz Claudio, PhD

    • Position
    • PROFESSOR | Preventive Medicine
    • Language
    • English


Dr. Luz Claudio balances a research focus on environmental medicine with leadership in community outreach, education, and health policy development in New York City urban communities and in developing countries in Latin America.

As Associate Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she works closely with local community-based organizations that serve neighborhoods with environmental health needs. Since 1995 she directs the Community Outreach and Education Program that connects community organizations with medical researchers to combat local health problems.

She recently engaged students in a project to document and map asthma hospitalization rates in New York City. That report had a significant role in bringing attention to disadvantaged communities that have been most heavily impacted by this disease. The investigation showed that asthma hospitalization rates were 21 times higher in low-income neighborhoods with high concentrations of minorities as compared to more affluent neighborhoods. This information provided communities with evidence to support implementation of preventive strategies focused on the neighborhoods that need them most. Dr. Claudio regularly speaks to community organizations, students and policy makers about the effects of environmental pollution on health, providing the scientific expertise that communities need to protect themselves against toxics.

Dr. Claudio is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico and holds a Ph.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her research investigations focus on determining how environmental and socioeconomic factors can cause or aggravate disease, especially in minority populations. Dr. Claudio devotes her personal time and resources to providing fellowships for scientifically gifted youngsters from inner-city and disadvantaged neighborhoods to work under her tutelage at Mount Sinai. Her dedication to underserved populations extends to designing community-based environmental health education programs. She has received a number of prestigious awards for her achievements in science education for underprivileged students:

  • 1998: National Environmental Education Achievement Award
  • 1999: American Association for the Advancement of Science Mentor Award
  • 2001: Excellence in the Academy Award, National Education Association
  • 2004: Equity Champion, United Nations Educational Equity Concepts

Her work on environmental health and education extends to Latin America, where she directs the International Training Program in Environmental and Occupational Health. On the basis of her work with communities in the United States and Latin America, Dr. Claudio serves in several national committees. Included in these are the Board of Scientific Counselors of the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the Council of Public Representatives for the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Claudio??s work on community outreach, education and international health is currently supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health. Her work on asthma is supported by New York City and State funds.


PhD, Albert Einstien College of Medicine
BS, Universidad de Puerto Rico
MS, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency