Danielle Laraque, MD

  • Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Pediatrics
  • Faculty, Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention
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Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena, is a prolific and internationally renown pediatrician, board-certified in general pediatrics and child abuse pediatrics who has advanced maternal-child health in under-served and disenfranchised communities, holding multiple leadership positions regionally, nationally, and internationally.  Her scholarly work has made explicit the necessary link between the elimination of health disparities and the attainment of equity in the representation of diversity in the health professions.  Her current portfolio includes child rights, violence prevention, mental health, health disparities and health equity.  Over a 35-year plus career she created sustainable change by establishing, as Pediatric Resource Center Director (Harlem Hospital (HH)), the medical home model of care for thousands of Harlem children, children with HIV/AIDS, pregnant and parenting teens, and as founding member of HH Injury Prevention Program demonstrated the effectiveness of a community-based injury prevention intervention leading to the formation of the National Injury Free Coalition for Kids; established 3 child protection multi-disciplinary teams; and moved New York State (NYS) to recognize child trauma as a qualifying chronic disease criterion for health home designation.  She has published over 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts, numerous chapters, multiple media resource and educational materials including the books Principles of Global Child Health: Education and Research (2019), Ending the War Against Children: The Rights of Children to Live Free of Violence (2021), and Leadership at the Intersection of Gender & Race in Healthcare and Science: Case Studies and Tools (2022).  She has mentored hundreds of trainees, served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Integrating Primary Care and Public Health, is President & Professor Emerita, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Past President of the Academic Pediatric Association, Co-chaired NYS Governor's Task Force on Maternal Mortality and Disparate Racial Outcomes (2018-2019) and currently serves on the board of Prevent Child Abuse America, Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation for which she is President (2022), and Vaccinate Your Family for which she is Chair-Elect. 

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Pediatrics
  • Faculty, Columbia Center for Injury Science and Prevention


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BS, 1976 University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • MD, 1981 University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Other, 1986 Robert Wood Johnson General Academic Fellow

Editorial Boards

Editorial Board -Pediatric Medicine: A Journal Focusing on Translational and Clinical Research in Pediatrics- National Children’s Medical Center in China and Children’s Hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Guest Editor, Pediatric Clinics of North America, Special Issue: Ending the War Against Children. Accepted for publication.

Guest Editor: Journal The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine Volume 73, Number 8 December 2006

Honors & Awards

Endowed Chair, Mount Sinai School of Medicine -2001-2010

President Academic Pediatric Association 2009-2010

Board of Directors -American Academy of Pediatrics 2011-2016

Job Lewis Smith Award (Outstanding Service in Community Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics national award) 2010

US Public Health Service Primary Care Health Policy Fellowship 2001


My work has emphasized the intricate link between public health and maternal-child health.

Selected Publications

Laraque-Arena D and Stanton B, Guest Editors. Pediatric Clinics of North America – Special Issue; Ending the War against Children: The rights of children to live free of violence. Accepted for publication 2020/2021.

Laraque-Arena D and Stein EK, Guest Editors in Pediatric Medicine; Integrating Mental Health in the Comprehensive Care of Children and Adolescents: Prevention, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment. Accepted for publication 2020.

Laraque-Arena D, Germain L, Young V. (Editors) in Leadership at the intersection of gender and race in Healthcare: Case Studies and Tools. Taylor & Francis publisher. In production 2022.

Urban Health Activities

New York Academy of Medicine, Intergenerational Action Adolescent & Child Team (IAACT): Intergenerational Action Adolescent & Child Team (IAACT): The Voices of Youth in Community Assessments in the Prevention of Gun Violence in the Context of the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) Pandemic. This activity has funded the internship of five high school students with the support of two Masters graduate students in the department of Epidemiology, and the mentorship of Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena, to adapt the UNICEF USA Child Friendly Cities community assessment tools to assess adolescent views on gun violence in their communities as well as research and policy solutions to this public health problem.

New York Academy of Medicine Women's Health Research & Wellbeing Workgroup: Mission, Vision and Values are to support reproductive justice, advocate for policies that respect the autonomy of women in their health care choices, and support the health of women across the lifespan.