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Miriam T. Vincent, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair

Department of Family Medicine

  • About

Dr. Miriam T. Vincent began her career at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center as a medical student in 1981. From her first week in medical school, she began caring for patients in the Family Practice Student Model. She followed her panel of patients in the Student Model for her four years of medical school. Although Dr. Vincent's role in the Medical Center has evolved and grown over the years, she still sees patients with students every Wednesday afternoon as a preceptor in the College of Medicine's Doctoring Experience.

Dr. Vincent graduated cum laude from the College of Medicine as an AOA honor student in 1985. Dr. Vincent has been an integral member of the Downstate community ever since, serving as Chief Resident in Family Practice and joining the faculty of the Department as an Assistant Professor shortly after completing her residency.

Since then, Dr. Vincent has gone from strength to strength, distinguishing herself as a skilled and trusted clinician and as a charismatic and innovative educator. She has been an articulate advocate for the discipline of primary care, serving on the College of Medicine's Primary Care Education and Training Task Force in 1990-1992, which proposed significant changes in the role of primary care in the medical school curriculum. She is strongly identified with the task of faculty development and has taken a leading role in this regard in both her department and her discipline, and has twice been awarded grant funds from HRSA to support outstanding Faculty Development Programs in Family Medicine. Dr. Vincent recently expanded her role in Faculty Development at the institutional level: working with Dean Ian Taylor, MD, PhD, fellow chairs and program directors, she designed and implemented workshops for residents in nine disciplines, aimed at developing Downstate's residents as excellent teachers of our medical students. In 2011, she led the effort to establish Downstate's Faculty Development Lab (a discussion of the Faculty Development Lab is included in the section entitled, "The Department Of Family Medicine: Vanguard For Effective Primary Care Medical Education, Patient Care, And Clinical Research.") She continues to reach out to our Family Medicine affiliate clerkship sites, drawing upon 18 different workshops/lectures which she designed to enhance teaching and learning in medical education.

Dr. Vincent was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994, in recognition of her numerous accomplishments as a teacher, physician, and scholar. Dr. Vincent has served since 1988 as the President of the Kings County Academy of Family Physicians, she is Chair of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians Education Commission and she is an active member on the NYS Governor's Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME).

Dr. Vincent has been the recipient of many honors and awards. Since 2010, she has been one of only ten family physicians in all of New York City to be designated a "Super Doc" by Castle and Connolly. Dr. Vincent also received the Dr. Hugh J. Carroll 2007 Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, the Doc's Tee Time, Inc. 2007 Academic Leadership and Empowerment Award, Dr. George Elliot Liberman Master Teacher in Family Medicine Award, the Caribbean Women's Health Association Award for Leadership, Excellence and Commitment in Community Health, the Humanism in Medicine Award of the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, the Aesclepius Medical Society Special Recognition Award, and the Alumni Association College of Medicine-SUNY Downstate Medical Center Presidential Recognition and Service Award. Dr. Vincent was honored in 2007 by SUNY Downstate Medical Center for Advocacy in Patient Safety and Quality during National Healthcare Quality Week. In 2006, Dr. Vincent was the recipient of a Proclamation from the Council of the City of New York in recognition of providing outstanding health care and education in New York City.

While continuing her dedicated full-time service as Department Chair, Dr. Vincent has successfully completed two doctoral programs of study. From 1998 to 2004, she pursued studies in Molecular Cell Biology at Downstate's own School of Graduate Studies. The Ph.D. degree was awarded to Dr. Vincent on May 24, 2004. Her basic science research efforts focus on molecular mechanisms underlying Diabetes and the effect of islet cell hormones (insulin and glucagon) in islet cell growth and differentiation. In 2008, Dr. Vincent enrolled in Hofstra University's School of Law as a full-time evening law student. In May 2012, Dr. Vincent was awarded the Juris Doctor degree by Hofstra University, with certification in Health Law.

Despite her demanding workload, Dr. Vincent has also found the time to publish in clinical and basic science research literature. Her current and recent clinical research efforts include Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Urinary Incontinence, Chest Pain after the Snow Storm of the Century, Evaluation and Treatment of patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and, most recently, Health Law Policy and Finance.

Dr. Vincent's administrative abilities have long been recognized by both University Hospital of Brooklyn and the College of Medicine. She served as Chair of the Hospital's Executive Performance Improvement Council and as Chair of the Executive Ambulatory Care Committee. In 1995, Dr. Vincent was appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Family Practice, and she was promoted in 2001 to the position of Professor and Chair. As Chair, she seeks always to inspire the faculty and staff to clinical, teaching, and scholarly excellence. Dr. Vincent leads a department in which patients are first in the hospital, students rank first in the medical school, and residents and their education are of primary importance in our department.