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The Office of Academic Affairs is led by Dr. Pascal James Imperato, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Imperato is responsible for oversight of academic programs in all the schools that make up SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Pascal James Imperato, MD, MPH&TM

Pascal James Imperato, MD, MPH&TM
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer
Office of Academic Affairs

Prior to accepting his current role, Dr. Imperato was Founding Dean and Distinguished Service Professor of the School of Public Health. Before becoming Dean of the newly established School of Public Health in 2008, he was Director of the Master of Public Health Program, the Graduate Program in Public Health and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health in the College of Medicine. He received his MD degree from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, College of Medicine, and then completed a residency in internal medicine at Long Island College Hospital. He received his MPH&TM degree at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He holds honorary Doctor of Science degrees from Tulane University and from St. John's University.

After receiving his MPH&TM degree, Dr. Imperato served for six years as a medical epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in West Africa, where he directed mass immunization campaigns against smallpox, measles, yellow fever, cholera, and meningococcal meningitis.

Dr. Imperato spent six-years at the New York City Department of Health, during which he successively served as Director of the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control and Principal Epidemiologist, First Deputy Commissioner of Health and Director of the department’s Residency Training Program in Public Health, and as Commissioner of Health and Chair of the Board of Directors of the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation.

On leaving the New York City Department of Health, he became Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health in the College of Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He was later appointed Distinguished Service Professor. In 2001, Dr. Imperato assumed the additional responsibility of Director of the Master of Public Health Program. With the steady expansion of the program, he became Dean of the Graduate Program in Public Health and the School of Public Health Initiative, and in 2008 Founding Dean and Dean of the School of Public Health.

From 1980 until 2017, Dr. Imperato served as course director for the Global Health elective, “Health Care in Developing Countries.” His research in recent years has focused on clinical outcomes and health care quality improvement. In 1999, Dr. Imperato received the New York City Department of Health’s Public Health Achievement Award, and in 2008, the Haven Emerson Award of the Public Health Association of New York City for distinguished contributions to public health in New York City.

Office of Academic Affairs
(718) 270-3814


The Office of Academic Affairs and all its reporting departments are administered by Leslie Schechter, MA, Assistant Vice President for Operations.

Leslie Schechter, MA

Leslie Schechter, MA
Assistant Vice President of Operations
Office of Academic Affairs

leslie.schechter@downstate.edu
(718) 270-1766

Ms. Leslie Schechter oversees all the operational aspects of the Office of Academic Affairs and its reporting departments. Prior to serving as Assistant Vice President of Operations, Ms. Schechter held the position of Associate Dean for Administration in the School of Public Health. In this capacity, she was responsible for all accreditation activities and operational functions for the School of Public Health and the former Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health in which the preceding Master of Public Health Program was originally housed.

Before coming to SUNY Downstate, Ms. Schechter was Operations Manager for the Department of Managed Care at IPRO, a healthcare Quality Improvement Program (QIO). Ms. Schechter was also a certified HEDIS (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) Auditor, trained by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), conducting quality improvement audits for New York State Managed Care Organizations.

Ms. Schechter received her Master of Arts in Development Administration from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom and her Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Simon’s Rock Early College (of Bard) in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.


Ann Marie Cullen, BA
Administrator
Office of Academic Affairs

annmarie.cullen@downstate.edu
(718) 270-7454


Lois Hahn
Secretary II
Office of Academic Affairs

lois.hahn@downstate.edu
(718) 221-6503