SUNY Downstate School Of Public Health Appoints Dr. Michael A. Joseph As New Vice Dean Of Academic And Student Affairs

Jan 4, 2019

portraitBROOKLYN, NY—SUNY Downstate Medical Center today announced that Michael A. Joseph, PhD, MPH was appointed Vice Dean of Academic and Student Affairs of the School of Public Health (SPH). The announcement was made by new School of Public Health Dean Kitaw Demissie, MD, PhD.

As a member of Downstate’s faculty since 2004, Dr. Joseph has served in several key SPH leadership roles, including as Vice Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Interim Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. He is also part of the leadership of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, where he serves as the Director of the Education and Training Core and Co-Director of the Community Engagement and Outreach Core.

“I’m excited to work with Dr. Joseph as I begin my tenure here at SUNY Downstate,” said Dean Demissie. “He has a wealth of knowledge about our campus culture that will inform collaborative decision making for students and faculty, and will help us move the School of Public Health forward with the support of his colleagues and the Downstate community.

“Because the School of Public Health holds a special place in my heart, I am honored to have this opportunity to serve a prominent role in its continued development,”said Dr. Joseph.

Dr. Joseph earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Brooklyn College, his Master of Public Health in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University, and his doctorate in Epidemiologic Science from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  He completed his postdoctoral training in Cancer Prevention and Control at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

In addition to being an exemplary academician, Dr. Joseph brings to the position enthusiasm, great energy, and is passionate about the mentorship and career development of students; his work was acknowledged in 2013 when he received the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.


About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn is one of four academic health centers (AMCs) in The State University of New York (SUNY) 64-campus system and the only SUNY AMC in New York City dedicated to health education, research, and patient care for the borough’s 2.7 million residents. Its flagship hospital, University Hospital at Downstate (UHD), is a teaching hospital and benefits from the expertise of Downstate’s exceptional medical school and world-class academic center research facilities. With a staff of over 800 physicians representing 53 specialties and subspecialties, Downstate offers comprehensive healthcare services to the community.

UHD provides high-risk neonatal and infant services, pediatric nephrology, and dialysis for kidney diseases and is the only kidney transplantation program in Brooklyn. Beyond its clinical expertise, Downstate houses a range of esteemed educational institutions, including its College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, School of Graduate Studies, and School of Public Health. Downstate fosters innovation through its multifaceted biotechnology initiative, the Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT, which support early-stage and more mature biotech companies.