Pre-Med Lecture Series
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Dr. Adam Aponte has served as Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ school of Medicine since October, 2010. Dr. Aponte is a pediatrician who grew up in the East Harlem community of New York City and whose parents come from Puerto Rico. He is a graduate of CUNY’s City College and attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Aponte completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Hospital in Pediatrics.
Professionally Dr. Aponte has two passions. The first is in addressing the health disparities experienced in many underserved and minority communities. To this end Dr. Aponte has worked as Chair of Pediatrics and Medical Director at North General Hospital located in East Harlem and was in charge of all outpatient services and designing programs to address the community’s health needs. More recently he served as Medical Director for a Federally Qualified Health Center in Brownsville Brooklyn, another very underserved minority community with a very poor health outcomes.
Dr. Aponte’s other passion is to increase the diversity of the healthcare workforce and ever since his days in medical school he has worked to educate minority students about how to become successful applicants to medical school. He shares his journey of overcoming obstacles to help inspire students to “dream big” no matter where they come from. He began his official diversity work at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and then was recruited to Hofstra as Assistant Dean.
Today he travels across the country doing workshops and speaking to aspiring minority physicians and helping to guide them on their path. He strongly believes that we must increase the diversity of the physician workforce if we are ever to achieve health equity in this country.