Sonia Angell

Dr. Sonia Angell is an expert in public health, policy, and systems change.  She has over 15 years’ experience in government, from the local to global level, and remains current in the practice of primary care medicine.  Angell is a Professor of the Practice at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, and provides leadership for the Bloomberg American Health Initiative’s work on food systems change.  In addition, she is also an Assistant Professor at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and serves as an Assistant Attending Physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Angell is the former Director of the California Department of Public Health and California State Public Health Officer (2019-2020) and a former Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (2014 – 2019).  She was a senior advisor on Global Noncommunicable Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta from 2011-2014.  From 2004-2011 Dr. Angell was the founding director of the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Control Program at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Dr. Angell is board certified in internal medicine.  She received her medical degree from the University of California San Francisco and completed Internal Medicine residency at Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.  She has a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan.  Angell is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and a Fellow of the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Program.  She was the 2020 recipient of the American Heart Association’s Chairman’s Award and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Angell’s life work centers around promoting and providing good health care for all.