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[March 19, 2014]

Barbara Delano, MD, MPH, FACP, Appointed Chair of Community Health Sciences for SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s School of Public Health:

Will Lead Department with Unique Focus on Urban and Immigrant Health

Dr. Barbara Delano, a public health and renal expert with a background in epidemiology, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

“Dr. Delano brings to this position a unique combination of educational and experiential credentials in both public health and clinical medicine,” said Dr. Pascal J. Imperato, Distinguished Service Professor and Dean of the School of  Public Health. “She has long had a strong interest in urban health and healthcare access for underserved populations, especially in the areas of hypertension, diabetes, and renal disease.”

Dr. Delano will lead a department that maintains a unique focus on training public health practitioners in the health of urban and immigrant communities. Locally, the Department of Community Health Sciences collaborates with local organizations, such as the Arthur Ashe Institute and CAMBA, in developing and evaluating interventions for pressing health issues. Internationally, the department sponsors a global public health practical field experience in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, in which students work side-by-side with South African health practitioners providing health and public health services to impoverished communities. 

A graduate of Downstate’s College of Medicine, Dr. Delano did her residency training in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Nephrology at the Downstate Medical Center/Kings County Hospital. She was Director of the Renal Clinic at Downstate and Deputy Director of the Division of Renal Diseases for a number of years. Some of her research has focused on strategies to prevent the development and progression of end stage renal disease.

Dr. Delano received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry/Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, where she concentrated in Epidemiology.  Following this, she joined the faculty of Downstate’s then Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health.

As a faculty member, she taught in a number of the department’s teaching programs, advised students, and became significantly involved in the creation of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program.  She actively taught in the MPH program, served on several committees, and greatly contributed to the transformation of the program into the School of Public Health. 

Dr. Delano is the author of more than eighty articles in the peer-reviewed scientific medical literature.  A nationally respected expert on home dialysis, she implemented the first home dialysis program for inner city populations.

Dr. Delano is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the William Dock Teaching Award in Internal Medicine in 2000.  The Alumni Association of Downstate’s College of Medicine awarded her the Master Teacher Award in Preventive Medicine in 2005, and the Clarence and Mary Dennis Dedicated Service Award in 2010.  Dr. Delano has been listed in the Castle Connolly guide to Top Doctors from 1995 through the present and was selected as an “Extraordinary Woman of Downstate” in 2011.  In 2009, she was inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.
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SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator, in addition to the School of Public Health.