The first African American woman to be appointed professor of surgery at NYU Langone/NYU Grossman School of Medicine is Jamaica-born Dr Kathie-Ann Joseph.
She also assumes the rank of Professor in Population Health where she holds a dual appointment.
Robert Montgomery, the NYU Langone Health Director, said that “With the achievement of this long-overdue milestone, Dr. Joseph sets the stage for a more inclusive and equitable future for our faculty while underscoring the importance of careful and thoughtful attention to faculty development and mentoring.”
Her parents are Jamaicans who migrated to the United States in 1967. Joseph said that although her parents had settled in the United States, they wanted all their children to be born on the island.
The youngest of three children, Joseph was born at the Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine. She was educated in the United States, graduating from both Harvard and Columbia universities.
She was the first black woman to be appointed to the faculty of the Department of Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center (NYPH/Columbia).
Dr. Kathie Ann Joseph was recently named NYC Health and Hospitals’ Physician of the Year. In 2016, she was also named one of the top 10 Caribbean-born female doctors in the US by News Americas.