Mount Sinai Center for Asian Equity and Professional Development

Who We Are

CAEPD's Vision Statement: "Unite and elevate Asian identities and our communities."

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) created the Committee to Address Anti-Asian Bias and Racism to address the growing concerns and fears about the racism experienced by our Asian and Asian American colleagues at the Mount Sinai Health System. The work of this group is now formalized into the Center for Asian Equity and Professional Development (CAEPD) and includes education, events, and strategies to address and combat anti-Asian bias and racism.

Our mission is to understand bias and racism, and address the equity and professional development challenges faced by Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in collaboration with organizations working to address discrimination against anyone based upon their identity.

CAEPD is creating positive change in the advancement of professional development and equity through promoting education, enabling candid conversations, and taking tangible action.

We focus on the Asian and Asian American community and collaborate with the system-wide effort to address bias and racism led by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. We have a responsibility to address bias, racism, and general discrimination for all our colleagues and patients.

CAEPD Executive Board


Dennis Charney, MD
Dean of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai




Amanda Rhee, MD, MS
Inaugural Center Director




James Tsai, MD, MBA
Executive Advisor




Michael DeGuzman, MPH, FACHE
Executive Secretary / Administrative Director



Astrid Cepeda headshot

Astrid Pineda, MPA
Operations Manager




As the Core Leadership Team, the following committee chairs will lead the arms of CAEPD.

  • Professional Development—led by Hamel Vyas, Esquire, Wayland Chiu, MD Candidate Class of 2026, and Sangyoon Jason Shin, DO
  • Education and Research—led by Alison Lee, MD MS, Christina Wang, MD, and Diana Yan, MD.
  • Safety—led by Richard Tea, PA-C, MBA and Nolan Kagetsu, MD, FACR.
  • Communications: —led by Daniel Leinweber, Wenqi Yue, MBA, MEng, and Timothy Hoang, MD Candidate Class of 2026.

CAEPD Subcommittees

Professional Development
This committee aims to address anti-Asian bias and racism in recruitment and career development, establish a mentorship program, increase Asian American leadership representation, and ensure diversity and inclusion in all campaigns.

  • Active Projects
    • Mentorship Program
    • Personal Stories

Education and Research
This committee aims to educate the Mount Sinai community on AAPI history and anti-Asian racism, while promoting the need for more research on AAPI populations.

  • Active Projects
    • Data Disaggregation
    • Data Dashboard
    • Incorporation AAPI patient perspectives into the medical school curriculum
    • Translation Services/Asian Services for patients

This committee aims to educate the Mount Sinai community on personal safety and ways to protect oneself from verbal and physical threats.

  • Active Projects
    • Safety pamphlet with safety devices

This committee aims to support communicating the work happening in CAEPD, starting with an internal first approach that will then create external understanding.