Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP, is a Scholar-in-Residence at The New York Academy of Medicine as of January 14, 2019. She is the Past President of SUNY Upstate Medical University and is currently on study leave, during which time her research will focus on remediation of healthcare disparities and the development of a framework of equity for institutions and communities.
Dr. Laraque-Arena completed her medical studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, earning a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She received full academic support as the Roy Markus Scholar (1977-1981) for her medical studies. Her internship and residency were completed at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania where she was also a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow in General Academic Pediatrics (1984-86). Her fellowship research focused on lead poisoning and calcium status in black pre-schoolers. Driven to address the health needs of disadvantaged communities, she accepted her first academic position at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University and Harlem Hospital Center where she rose to the rank of Associate Professor of Pediatrics (1986-2000). She then accepted a position as Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. During that period (2000-2010) she was promoted to the position of tenured Professor of Pediatrics and also received the endowed chair as the Debra & Leon Black Professor of Pediatrics and became Vice-Chair for Public Policy and Advocacy. Subsequently, she accepted the position of Chair and Vice President of the Maimonides Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn—the first woman and first African-American to do so in 100 years—and Professor of Pediatrics (Investigator Track) at Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY.
Dr. Laraque-Arena is board certified in Pediatrics and in Child Abuse Pediatrics. Her scholarly work has focused on adolescent health risk behaviors, injury prevention—especially related to penetrating trauma, mental health integration in primary care settings, and global child health and has resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, multiple chapters and media resource and educational materials. Most recently she has edited the book Principles of Global Child Health: Education and Research. She was appointed the seventh President of SUNY Upstate Medical University on September 10, 2015 and began her tenure on January 14, 2016. She is the tenured Professor of Pediatrics with additional appointments in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Public Health & Preventive Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She is the first woman to hold the position of President.