Full Name
Ms Pamela Abner
Job Title
Senior Vice President, Health Equity Officer, Chief Diversity Operations Officer
Mount Sinai Health System
Speaker Bio
Pamela Abner, has over fifteen years of experience partnering with industry leaders to establish best practices
and innovative programming for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across business lines. She strives to create
health equity and culturally aware environments based on instilling fair behaviors and methodologies. In her
leadership role, she promotes utilizing reliable data collection and analytics, offering educational opportunities,
and setting standards for measures and metrics to help organizations identify discriminatory practices and
disparities. Additionally, she specifically focuses on eliminating barriers to care, employment and education for
marginalized groups as well as fostering relationships with community partners. Pamela also serves as a guest
presenter and panelist at national forums and heads a consulting practice providing expert advice to
Among her many distinctions, recent recognitions include:
• COLOR Magazine, 2023 POWERLIST- Top 50 Chief Diversity Officers
• National Association of Health Services Executives, 2023 Diversity Executive of the Year
• Becker’s Healthcare, 2023 Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officers to Know
• Crain’s New York Business, 2023 Notable Leaders in Healthcare
• Becker’s Healthcare, 2023 Black Healthcare Leaders to Know
• 2022 Grand Marshall, 53rd Annual African American Day Parade, Harlem, NY
• Crain’s New York Business, 2020 Notable Women in Talent Resources
• Seeds of Fortune, Seed to Bloom 2020 Corporate Award
• Savoy Magazine, 2019 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America
• 2019 Caribbean American Healthcare Award Honoree, Caribbean Life Newspaper
Pamela received her Bachelor’s degree in biology and health and society from Brown University and her Master’s
degree in public administration from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. She is
currently an adjunct professor at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health; a member of the Brown
University President’s Advisory Council on Biology and Medicine; a member of the Board The Phillips School of
Nursing Mount Sinai; a member of the Press Ganey National DEI Client Advisory Council; and serves on the
Leadership Council for the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity. In addition,
she guides and mentors those seeking career and professional advice with an emphasis on supporting individuals
from underrepresented backgrounds.
Pamela Abner