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Crain's 2022 List of "Notable Black Leaders" Recognizes Executives at NYC Health + Hospitals, Community Care, and MetroPlusHealth

System-wide executives, Community Care and MetroPlus leadership honored as part of Black History Month

Feb 22, 2022

New York, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced that seven executives throughout the health system have been named to Crain’s 2022 “Notable Black Leaders and Executives” list. Each leader is recognized for their career accomplishments as well as their broad community involvement.
Crain’s New York 2022 Notable Black Leaders and Executives:
Machelle Allen, MD
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals
Gregory J. Calliste, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull
Natalia Cineas, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive, NYC Health + Hospitals
Co-Chair, Equity and Access Council, NYC Health + Hospitals
Nichola Davis, MD, MS
Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals
Lesleigh Irish-Underwood
Chief Brand and External Relations Officer, MetroPlusHealth
Nicole Jordan-Martin
Chief Executive Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals/Community Care
Lewis D. Marshall, MS, MD, JD
Chief Medical Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
“I am so proud of how well NYC Health + Hospitals is represented on this year’s list of Notable Black Leaders and Executives. Our public health care system is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion, and that means having people at all levels of health care who look like our patients and visitors,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD. “My colleagues are exceptional not just because of their leadership, but also because of their dedicated service to New Yorkers of all backgrounds. They are true role models and NYC Health + Hospitals is lucky to have them.”
“It is a great honor to be recognized by my peers here at NYC Health + Hospitals. I’ve had a wonderful career thanks to those who mentored, taught, supported, and encouraged me along the way,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Machelle Allen, MD. “The rewards that H+H has given me include the joy of working with this great family of caregivers, the honor of taking care of the most vulnerable of New Yorkers and the privilege of participating in the mentoring of the next generation.”
“I’m honored to be recognized by Crain’s New York as a Notable Black Leader and Executive based on my accomplishments and contributions to society. One of my main objectives is to help the unfortunate, especially the poor, hungry and sick and helping to improve their quality of life and creating opportunities for success,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull Chief Executive Officer Gregory J. Calliste, FACHE. “The healthcare profession has allowed me to make significant contributions in this regard and I hope to accomplish even more in the future as I continue to pursue this goal.
“I am extremely honored to receive this award, representing our 9,600+ front line nurses and nurse leaders who have played a vital role in combating the global pandemic,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive Natalia Cineas, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “As a system, we are empowering nurses to address the social determinants of health and alleviate devastating health disparities through professional practice, quality and safety initiatives. Together, we are delivering high quality health services with compassion, dignity, and respect to all.”
“I am thankful to Crain’s for this honor and I’d like to congratulate my fellow honorees. It’s truly an honor to be nominated and recognized for work that I am passionate about. Leading Population Health for NYC Health + Hospitals has allowed me the opportunity to impact healthcare particularly within low-income, diverse communities in ways I never imagined,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer Nichola Davis, MD, MS. “I share this recognition with my Population Health team who consistently challenge the status quo in healthcare, is willing to push the envelope, innovate and strive to ensure that we are helping all of our patients achieve healthier lives.  I am thankful for their dedication and support.”
“I am truly honored to be recognized as a Notable Black Leader by Crain’s, for it serves as confirmation that I have been a good steward of all the time, treasure, and talent that my parents, siblings, sorors, sisters, and community have invested in me throughout my life and career,” said MetroPlusHealth Chief Brand & External Relations Officer Lesleigh “LIU” Irish-Underwood. “I hope that this recognition inspires Black women everywhere to own their authentic superpowers, pursue their goals, and always remember that to whom much is given, much more is required.”
“This Crain’s honor fuels my continued commitment and service to assuring access to comprehensive, high quality, affordable and equitable healthcare to our communities,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Community Care Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Nicole Jordan-Martin, MPA. “I am thankful for this recognition and proud to be a contributor to our health system’s mission, vision and legacy in this regard. I am also thankful for my network of family, friends, mentors and colleagues who inspire, challenge, encourage and support my passion for addressing the health and wellbeing needs of our communities.”
“Receiving this honor informs me that I have made a real difference in contributing to the Black community,” said NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln Chief Medical Officer Lewis Marshall, MS, MD, JD. “My passion has been to improve the health of underserved communities of color and I have provided care and leadership in many areas of NYC. It is my honor and pleasure to serve our communities of color.”