Chanelle Diaz, MD, MPH

Instructor of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Chanelle Diaz is an Instructor of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein, where she practices primary care in the south Bronx. She recently graduated from the Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine program at Montefiore, where she implemented a track for residents in immigration detention health advocacy. Through a medical-legal-community partnership, residents evaluated individuals with serious medical conditions in immigration jails and prisons, documenting neglect and unmet medical needs & advocating for their release. During residency, she was selected as a National Physicians Alliance Copello Health Advocacy Fellow. She grew up in Miami, Florida, raised by her immigrant grandparents, and attended the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s dual MD/MPH program. Throughout medical school, she was involved in a student-led campaign to establish Florida’s first legal syringe exchange program. Dr. Diaz is committed to using health care to fight for social justice, racial equity, and human rights.  She continues to train physicians to provide immigration detention evaluations through the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest’s Medical Providers Network, and leads the multidisciplinary Montefiore Immigration Working Group, which is advocating for hospital policies to improve access & quality of care for undocumented patients.