Kathie-Ann Patrice Joseph ’95VP&S is Professor of Surgery and Population Health and Vice Chair of Diversity and Health Equity for the Department of Surgery and Transplant Institute at NYU Langone Health. Joseph’s relationship with the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons began before she enrolled in medical school. As a student at Stuyvesant High School, she participated in Columbia’s PREP program for underrepresented minority high school students and would take the train every Saturday from Flatbush, Brooklyn to take classes in Washington Heights from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. These classes, taught by Columbia VP&S students, inspired Joseph as she continued to Harvard University, graduating cum laude in sociology. She returned to Columbia to study medicine and public health at VP&S and the Mailman School of Public Health and to teach in Columbia’s PREP program. Dr. Kenneth Forde, himself an active VP&S alumnus, was her surgery preceptor and mentor. Joseph has been an active member of the VP&S Alumni Association, serving as corresponding secretary from 2012-2014, Vice President 2014-2016, and President from 2016-2018. In 2019, she started the VP&S Women in Medicine Collaborative to further engage VP&S alumnae with our medical students. Joseph is married to David Joseph, ’95VP&S, and they have two sons, Devon and Justin.
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