Mount Sinai Health System | Icahn School of Medicine
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer | Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy and Community Affairs
Gary C. Butts, MD is Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System and Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy and Community Affairs for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, responsible for oversight, management and integration of all aspects of diversity programs and policies for the Mount Sinai Health System. In these roles, he partners with the most executive health system and medical school leadership. He holds joint appointments as Professor with tenure in the Departments of Pediatrics, Medical Education, and Preventive Medicine. He has spent over 3 decades providing healthcare services to East and Central Harlem residents and almost 2 decades developing and spearheading efforts to improve and advance racial, ethnic and gender diversity and inclusion across all levels of education, training, and faculty for the School of Medicine. Under his leadership, the school has supported and sustained an increase in Mount Sinai medical student matriculants from groups underrepresented in medicine to over 20% and helped double the percent of Black and Latino at Mount Sinai. Dr. Butts has been acknowledged for his local and national leadership and service by a number of organizations including the Network Journal Top Black Doctors in New York Metro Area recognition, the National Association of Minority Medical Educators, the National Medical Association, the National Hispanic Health Foundation, Our Town Thanks You, City and State Reports, National Medical Fellowships, Association of American Medical Colleges, and in 2015 was awarded the Jacobi Medallion, one of the highest honors that Mount Sinai bestows. In 2016, he was elected to the AOA Medical Honors Society. Since 2014, under his tenure, the medical school and health system have been recognized annually by Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED), the Human Rights Campaign for LGBTQ inclusion and quality care – all MSHS hospitals are ranked in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), and by DiversityInc for the Top 10 Hospitals and Health Systems for 4 consecutive years, achieving #1 ranking in 2017 and 2018.
Dr. Butts is a native New Yorker, reared in East New York Brooklyn. He completed his premedical studies at Columbia College before attending Cornell Medical College. Dr. Butts completed his clinical training in pediatrics at Mount Sinai and has been part of Mount Sinai since 1980. Of note, as a Deputy Commissioner for the NYC Department of Health, between 1993 and 1998, he directed citywide maternal and child health services for planning, clinical services and program development, evaluation, health policy and national public health research for the largest local health department in the US.