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NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Office of Communications
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Andrew Tucker
Tuesday, September 18, 2002
(212) 788-5290
(877) 640-1347


Meeting of the New Board Took Place Today, Tuesday, September 17

Pursuant to the November 2001 Referendum, the City Charter was changed to increase the size of the Board of Health - an administrative and quasi-legislative body that promulgates health law (the New York City Health Code) - from five to eleven members, including the Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner who is the Chair of the Board. The new Charter specified that the Chair of the Mental Hygiene Advisory Board would also be a member of the Board of Health. On June 5, 2002 the City Council granted its advice and consent to the five individuals that the Mayor had thus far nominated to be members of the Board of Health. Including the Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene, a quorum of the Board was properly constituted, and on June 13th the new Board had its first meeting.

The Mayor nominates members of the Board, and the City Council renders its advice and consent on the nominations. So far, the City Council has approved the following 9 new Board of Health members, individuals with a wide range of experience in public health:

  • Pamela S. Brier, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Maimonides Medical Center, with expertise in health care administration.
  • Sixto R. Caro, M.D., a private practitioner in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
  • Benjamin Chu, M.D., president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
  • Angela Diaz, M.D., MPH, professor of pediatrics and community medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and director of Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center.
  • Beatrix A. Hamburg, M.D., visiting scholar in psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
  • Susan Klitzman, Dr.PH, associate professor of urban public health at the Hunter College School of Health Sciences, with expertise in environmental health issues.
  • Lynne D. Richardson, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., vice chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
  • Bruce C. Vladeck, professor and acting chairman of the Department of Aging and Human Development, professor of health policy, and director of the Institute for Medicare Practice at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, with expertise in the areas of health economics and health care finance.
  • David Vlahov, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies at the New York Academy of Medicine, with expertise in the area of infectious disease, and mental health/chemical dependency.

The New York City Board of Health was created in 1866. In recent years, it has amended the Health Code with regard to a wide variety of issues including lead-based paint, reportable diseases, wild animals, and swimming pools. The Board meets quarterly and will meet again in December 2002. Information about the agendas is on the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Web site prior to the meetings (