Madelon Finkel

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Madelon Lubin Finkel, Ph.D. is Professor of Clinical Public Health and Director Office of Global Health Education at Weill Cornell Medical College. She holds a doctorate in epidemiology and health services research from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of New York University. In addition to her faculty appointment at Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr Finkel was a Visiting Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney (Australia) in 2004. In 2008, she was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist awarded by The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Program promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at universities abroad.

Dr Finkel has been involved in epidemiological research and health care policy studies. Her pioneering work on second surgical opinion programs led to the widespread adoption and implementation of the second opinion benefit required by almost all insurance companies, corporations, and unions. She has published numerous articles in the area of health care cost management. Women's health issues have been the focus of past and present research projects. Dr Finkel, in consultation with the New York City Board of Education, conducted many studies in the area of teenage pregnancy and childbearing. Her work led to the revision of the sexual education curriculum, which was implemented by the Board of Education in the early 1980s. Her work in the area of hormone replacement therapy focused on alternatives for women experiencing the menopause. She is now working on a cervical cancer screening project in rural India, and is studying the health impact of hydraulic fracturing.

Dr Finkel has published widely on Public Health topics. Her ninth book, Understanding the Mammography Controversy: Science, Politics, and Breast Cancer Screening (Westport, CT: Praeger Press. 2005) focused on breast cancer screening, and her 10th book, Truth, Lies, and Public Health: How We Are Affected when Science and Politics Collide (Westport, CT: Praeger Press. 2007) discusses in a series of essays the potentially toxic interaction of politics and science. She served as Editor of a three-volume text on public health, Public Health in the 21st Century (Westport, CT: Praeger Press. 2010).

Dr Finkel has been awarded the highest teaching honor at Weill Cornell Medical College, the Excellence in Teaching Award, four times. This honor is bestowed to those professors who are nominated and elected by students and the administration. She was named the Bruce Laine Ballard, MD Award for Excellence in Mentorship in 2012.

Dr Finkel has served as consultant to numerous organizations, including law firms and pharmaceutical companies, in the areas of epidemiology and health care policy. She has been appointed by the Director General of the WHO to the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Evaluation. She is a member of the American College of Epidemiology, an advisor to the American Council on Science and Health, and Secretary of the Board of the Christian Medical College Vellore Foundation (USA).