• Press Release

Adolescent-HIV Expert to Lead Research and Network Programs at The Arnhold Institute for Global Health

Appointments Strengthen Institute’s Efforts to Improve Health of People and Communities Locally and Abroad

  • New York, NY
  • (December 21, 2018)

Rachel C. Vreeman, MD, MS, an international expert on adolescents living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, has been named Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Health System Design and Global Health and Director of the Global Sites Network at The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Vreeman joins Mount Sinai from Indiana University School of Medicine, where she was Associate Professor of Pediatrics and the Joe and Sarah Ellen Mamlin Scholar for Global Health Research and Director of Research for the Indiana University Center for Global Health.

“Dr. Vreeman is a talented and highly regarded expert who brings a wealth of experience in global health research and policy, and has led robust research networks and programs that address HIV treatment in African nations,” said Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, Director of The Arnhold Institute for Global Health and Chair of the Department of Health System Design and Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “We are extremely fortunate to welcome her to our team, and excited to build upon her work to improve health care for children and adolescents living with HIV within resource-limited settings.”

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Vreeman to Mount Sinai.,” said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System. “She will play a major role as we continue to strengthen and improve the health of communities abroad and at home. As an accomplished physician and advocate for the most vulnerable patients, she will be a wonderful addition, and a great partner in our mission to change the lives of patients and the health of communities worldwide.”

The mission of The Arnhold Institute for Global Health is tostrengthen community health systems for all people, working in partnership with practitioners. The Institute links large complex systems with the needs of community health practitioners. The Institute’s core research focuses on how technology, care design, and training can best strengthen community health and create tools or other solutions designed around the needs of the person using them.

As Vice Chair of Research and Director of the Global Sites Network, Dr. Vreeman will grow the global health research program to eliminate health disparities and to improve the health of people in resource-limited settings. Her goals include developing collaborative, multidisciplinary research teams and fostering a supportive research infrastructure to conduct Global Health research. She will also continue her highly successful portfolio of research to support the long-term care of children living with HIV. 

She also chairs the Pediatric Working Group for the International Epidemiologic Databases Evaluating AIDS (IeDEA), a global consortium of HIV care programs funded by the National Institutes of Health.  

Dr. Vreeman received her MD from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and completed her internship, residency, and a chief residency in pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She also completed a fellowship in Children’s Health Services Research and a master's degree in clinical research at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

About The Arnhold Institute for Global Health
The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System, envisions a world where vulnerable people in every community have access to health care. The Institute uniquely focuses on bridging the gap between complex health systems and the needs of frontline health practitioners, developing the technologies, training methods, and models of care that build stronger community health systems. Researchers design user-centered tools and programs that can be adapted and scaled by partners in health systems around the world. For more information, visit: www.icahn.mssm.edu/research/arnhold/.


About the Mount Sinai Health System

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Through the integration of its hospitals, labs, and schools, Mount Sinai offers comprehensive health care solutions from birth through geriatrics, leveraging innovative approaches such as artificial intelligence and informatics while keeping patients’ medical and emotional needs at the center of all treatment. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture outpatient surgery centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. We are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, receiving high "Honor Roll" status, and are highly ranked: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Rehabilitation, and Urology. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 12 in Ophthalmology. U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” ranks Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital among the country’s best in several pediatric specialties. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: It is consistently ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools," aligned with a U.S. News & World Report "Honor Roll" Hospital, and top 20 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding and top 5 in the nation for numerous basic and clinical research areas. Newsweek’s “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals” ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital as No. 1 in New York and in the top five globally, and Mount Sinai Morningside in the top 20 globally.

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