SUNY Downstate Receives Insight into Diversity 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

Nov 2, 2016

Brooklyn, NY – SUNY Downstate Medical Center has received the 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the Health Professions HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — SUNY Downstate will be featured, along with 30 other recipients, in the December 2016 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversitymagazine.

Michael Lucchesi, MD, officer in charge of SUNY Downstate, said, “We are delighted to be recognized with this honor. SUNY Downstate is historically one of the most diverse campuses in the country in terms of faculty, staff, and student body, and we are always looking for innovative ways to further our diverse legacy.”

Mark Stewart, MD, PhD, interim provost, noted, “In addition to promoting diversity on campus, Downstate is a leader in providing medical education and science research diversity pipeline programs in the multi-ethnic community we serve. These initiatives foster an interest in STEM subjects that benefits young people as they contemplate college and careers.”

Kevin Antoine, JD, assistant vice president and chief diversity officer at SUNY Downstate, said, "This is a tremendous national honor. For years Downstate has quietly gone about the business of providing health care to an underserved urban patient population and educating underserved  student populations. As a recipient of the 2016 Health Professions HEED Award our quiet work is now known throughout the nation."
 “The Health Professions HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion. We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

For more information about the 2016 Health Professions HEED Award, and a complete list of the institutions being honored, visit



About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

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, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.