Dr. Holly Atkinson is Clinical Professor in the Department of Medical Education and Academic Affairs at the CUNY School of Medicine in New York. Prior to joining the faculty at CUNY, Dr. Atkinson was at Mount Sinai for 10 years, where she was Director of the Human Rights Program. In that capacity, Dr. Atkinson founded and directed the Mount Sinai Human Rights Program.
Dr. Atkinson has a broad background in human rights, having served on the board of directors of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Physicians for Human Rights for more than 16 years, including four years as President. She now serves as an expert medical advisor to the organization and is a member of PHR’s asylum network. Her research focuses on documenting the linkages between the human rights violations and health outcomes, especially as it applies to the well-being of women and girls.
Dr. Atkinson brings a unique blend of experience and skill to her work; she has medical expertise, business acumen, media savvy, and editorial proficiency. She has degrees in both medicine and journalism, and broad international business experience. She has worked in print, broadcast television and web-based technologies for both the medical professional and consumer audiences. She has extensive experience as a medical correspondent, including assignments with NBC and CBS News, Lifetime Medical Television, and the PBS health show BodyWatch. She is a noted public speaker who has engaged national audiences on a wide range of wellness topics for over 25 years.
Dr. Atkinson graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors in Biology from Colgate University. She has an MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and stayed at Rochester to complete her internship in internal medicine at the Strong Memorial Hospital. She also has a MS in journalism from Columbia University. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the AOA Honor Medical Society and the American Public Health Association. In addition, she is a Fellow of the American Medical Women’s Association, where she helped launch AMWA’s Physicians Against Human Trafficking (PATH) initiative. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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