Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Dr. Sonia Angell is a Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, overseeing the Division of Prevention and Primary Care. This Division advances health and equity through population chronic disease prevention strategies, improving clinical care quality and access, and advancing the use of information technology. Prior to her current position, from 2011-2014, Dr. Angell was a Senior Advisor for Global Noncommunicable Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. From 2004-2011, she directed the Cardiovascular Disease Program at the New York City Department of Health. Throughout her career she has overseen nutrition-related policy initiatives, including restricting trans fat use in NYC restaurants, launching the National Salt Reduction Initiative, establishing food procurement nutrition standards for NYC government agencies, and establishing sodium warning labels in chain restaurants and expanding calorie labeling regulations. She has provided consultation to the World Health Organization and Ministries of Health on work related to chronic disease prevention and control.
Dr. Angell was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States and is a member of the Lancet Commission on Hypertension. She is a co-chair of the American Heart Association 2030 Goal Setting Task Force. Dr. Angell is board certified in internal medicine. She is on faculty at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, and is an Assistant Attending Physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She received her medical degree from the University of California San Francisco and completed Internal Medicine residency at Brigham Women's Hospital. She has a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan. She is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. Dr. Angell is a Fellow of the second class of the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Program.