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Interview: Dr. Madelon Finkel, Foundation Board, and Dr. Rita Isaac, RUHSA

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In this conversation, Dr. Madelon Finkel and Dr. Rita Isaac (Batch ’76) explore their 15 years of partnership and friendship in establishing models of care for non-communicable diseases in low-resource settings in India.

ABOUT DR. MADELON FINKEL

Dr. Madelon Finkel is a professor of Population Health Sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is also Director of the Office of Global Health Education, which oversees global educational activities at the medical college. She earned a Ph.D. in epidemiology from New York University, and her research has focused on a variety of public health issues, including women’s health and environmental health. Dr. Finkel is a Foundation Board member, having served for nine years as secretary of the Board, and is secretary of the Board of PSE Healthy Energy, a multidisciplinary research and policy institute focused on the adoption of evidence-based energy policy. Dr. Finkel established The Madelon Global Health Foundation, which provides funding to worthy projects focused on women’s health in LMICs.

ABOUT DR. RITA ISAAC

Dr. Rita Isaac is the former head of the Rural Unit for Health and Social Affairs (RUHSA) at CMC. She has been leading the healthcare team at RUHSA since 2009 and is devoted to establishing models of care in low resource settings for non-communicable diseases, including cervical & oral cancer, diabetes, and recently chronic respiratory diseases through translational research in collaboration with international universities. She is a recipient of several awards, and is widely published nationally and internationally.

Left to right: Dr. Rita Isaac, Dr. Madelon Finkel