Meet Our Team

The Children’s Health and Socioeconomic Implications Project of Mount Sinai Heart is made up of a multidisciplinary team of leading physician-scientists, researchers, educators, and staff carrying out the pioneering early childhood heart health intervention programs in elementary schools for children and their teachers and caregivers. Our team includes:

Leadership Team

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD
Principal Investigator, CHSEI Project
Director of Mount Sinai Heart
Physician-in-Chief, The Mount Sinai Hospital
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Carlos Peyra, BA, MBA
Senior Director of Operations at Cardiology
The Mount Sinai Hospital
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Maria Gloria Santos-Beneit, PhD
Research Coordinator, CHSEI Project
Postdoctoral Fellow, The Mount Sinai Hospital
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Maribel Santana, BSA
Project Coordinator II, CHSEI Project
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Alexa Schulman, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator II, CHSEI Project
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Alexandra Turco, BS
Research Assistant III, CHSEI Project
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Andrea Clarke-Littman, BSBM
Administrative Assistant II, CHSEI Project
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Risa Jaslow, MS, RDN
Educator Advisor, CHSEI Project
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Emilia Bagiella, PhD
Co-Investigator, CHSEI Project
Professor, Department of Population Health Science and Policy
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Gabrielle Legaspi, BS, MS
Data Manager, CHSEI Project
Department of Population Health Science and Policy
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Study Team Members/ Contributors

Rita Prats, BA, MA
Education Consultant