An epidemiologist and health policy expert, Dr. Finkel is Professor of Healthcare Policy & Research and Director of the Office of Global Health Education at Weill Cornell Medicine, the medical college of Cornell University where she has been on faculty for 39 years. She earned her BA, MPA, and Ph.D. degrees from New York University. Dr. Finkel has served as consultant to numerous organizations, including law firms and pharmaceutical companies, in the areas of epidemiology and health care policy. She was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist awarded by The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She has been appointed by the Director General of the WHO to the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Evaluation, and is a member of the American College of Epidemiology and an advisor to the American Council on Science and Health. Dr. Finkel has been awarded the highest teaching honor at Weill Cornell Medicine, the Excellence in Teaching Award, four times. She also was awarded the Bruce Laine Ballard, M.D. Award for Excellence in Mentorship.
Dr. Finkel is a prolific writer and has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in the area of health care cost management, women’s health issues, and more recently on the health effects of hydraulic fracturing. She is the author of 12 books, including Understanding the Mammography Controversy (Praeger Publishing 2005), Truth, Lies, and Public Health: How We Are Affected when Science and Politics Collide (Praeger Publishing 2007) and served as Editor of a three-volume text on public health, Perspectives in Public Health: Challenges for the 21st Century (Praeger Publishing, 2011). Her writings not only have appeared in numerous professional journals, but also in many newspapers. She also had been a commentator on health issues for National Public Radio.