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Lawsuit Alleges Age, Race, Sex Discrimination At Mount Sinai Med School (Forbes)

Lawsuit Alleges Age, Race, Sex Discrimination At Mount Sinai Med School
The lawsuit named leadership of a global health institute and the Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine in New York City.


A lawsuit filed on April 26 involves the very top of Mount Sinai Health System’s Icahn School of Medicine in New York City. In the lawsuit, seven current and former female employees and one former male employee of the institution have made allegations of discrimination based on age, sex, race, religion, and national origin, with the named defendants being the school’s dean, Dennis S. Charney, MD, and three others who were or are at the school’s Arnhold Institute for Global Health (AIGH)…

Charney, the Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine, “sought a ‘transformational’ Director for this new era.” Although the search committee “strongly recommended” Steffanie Strathdee, PhD, currently the Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences and Harold Simon Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California-San Diego, Charney apparently bypassed this recommendation to choose Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, a defendant in the lawsuit, as the new Director of the AIGH…

Ann Olivarius, JD, MBA, D.Phil., a Senior Partner and lawyer at McAllister Olivarius, a law firm in New York, is representing the plaintiffs. A press release from the law firm claimed that “Dr. Singh spoke of running AIGH as a start-up and seemed determined to replicate Silicon Valley’s tech-bro culture. Normal recruitment was disregarded in favor of Dr. Singh directly hiring largely younger, male friends and contacts, despite their lack of experience in global health.”

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