The International Society for Urban Health is a program of the New York Academy of Medicine, whose mission is to advance the health and well-being of people living in cities.  The Academy serves as the ISUH Secretariat, providing leadership, program management and administrative support to advance knowledge sharing and collaboration for ISUH.

Yonette F. Thomas, PhD - Executive Director

Dr. Yonette F. Thomas is Executive Director of the International Society for Urban Health, science advisor for urban health to the New York Academy of Medicine, and a senior research advisor to the Association of American Geographers.  She is a faculty affiliate of the Maryland Population Research Center at the University of Maryland College Park, and a voluntary associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she teaches social epidemiology. She was formerly the associate vice president for research compliance at Howard University. Previously she served as the chief of the Epidemiology Research Branch and program director for the social epidemiology program at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health. She has held faculty appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and in the School of Pharmacy at Howard University. She is a member of the
Consortium of Social Science Associations Advisory Committee and the Steering Committee of the National Hispanic Science Network.  She served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences.  Her primary research and publications have focused on the social epidemiology of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS and the link with geography, including edited volumes: Geography and Drug Addiction, Crime, HIV, and Health: intersections of Criminal Justice and Public Health Concerns.
She has a Ph.D. in medical sociology and demography, with post graduate training in epidemiology.

Gerard P. Lebeda - Program Director

Gerard Lebeda has rejoined the Academy as Program Director of the International Society for Urban Health. Previously, Gerard was Deputy Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars, a program he led for 13 years. Mr. Lebeda served on the founding Board of Directors for the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS), a DC-based organization aimed at improving the health of populations through science and innovation. Prior to his work on the Health & Society Scholars program, Gerard worked as a Convention/Meeting Planner for Medical World Communications in Jamesburg, NJ and as an Office Coordinator at the Medical Center at Princeton in Princeton, NJ.


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