Dr. J. Emilio Carrillo Appointed Vice President of Community Health Development at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Feb 23, 2005


J. Emilio Carrillo, MD, MPH, a leading healthcare administrator and expert in community health, has been named Vice President of Community Health Development at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He is also an associate professor of clinical public health and medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Carrillo will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategic hospital program for community health development. The program will address health disparities and the special health needs of minority and immigrant communities, and partner with local health care providers, community-based organizations, government agencies, foundations and philanthropic entities.

"Dr. Carrillo has dedicated his career to teaching and leading the medical community in cultural competency and improving community health," says Dr. Herbert Pardes, President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "His expertise will be critical as we continue and enhance our efforts to provide the highest quality care to patients and families in our community."

Dr. William A. Polf, senior vice president of External Relations says, "The health of the communities we serve is a critical concern of NewYork-Presbyterian. Helping to improve community health is an important measure of our success in providing health care of the highest quality. No one in the country is better equipped by experience, education, and knowledge than Dr. Carrillo."

"I am eager to accept this challenge and help make our Hospital a national leader in community health, says Dr. Carrillo. We will become the best in the nation by strengthening our ties with the communities we serve and deepening our Hospital's cultural competence capabilities," says Dr. Carrillo.

Dr. Carrillo joined NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 1995 as medical director of the Community Health Plan. He was most recently president and chief medical officer of the NewYork-Presbyterian Community Health Plan and was responsible for the development of a patient-based cross-cultural training program for medical residents, one of the first such programs created to address the uniquely diverse patient population that NewYork-Presbyterian serves. Healthcare professionals are trained to appreciate, understand and negotiate treatment options with patients of different backgrounds.

Dr. Carrillo was president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation from 1990 to late 1991. He was responsible for fostering cultural competency and strengthening primary care services citywide. He was principal investigator for the National Cancer Institute's first community-based intervention program designed to reduce smoking in the Latino community.

Dr. Carrillo received his undergraduate degree from Columbia College in 1972, his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1976, and his masters of public health degree from Harvard School of Public Health in 1981. His commitment to community health began early in his career at Harvard Medical School, when he studied the impact of cultural and social factors on patient care.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital – based in New York City – is the largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital in the country, with 2,397 beds. It provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory, and preventive care in all areas of medicine at five major centers: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian, The Allen Pavilion, and The Westchester Division. One of the largest and most comprehensive healthcare institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education, and community service. It consistently ranks as one of the top hospitals in the country in U.S.News & World Report's guide to 15 major teaching hospitals, and in many other leading surveys. The Hospital has academic affiliations with two of the country's leading medical colleges: Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Columbia University College of Physicians Surgeons.

The NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System – which includes acute-care and community hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory sites, and specialty institutes – is committed to providing high-quality, cost-effective, and conveniently accessible care to communities throughout the tri-state metropolitan region. The System serves one in four patients in the New York metropolitan area.