Madelon L Finkel   Professor of Clinical Healthcare Policy and Research

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Healthcare Policy, Women's Health Issues and Global Public Health Issues


Madelon L. Finkel is professor of Healthcare Policy and Research as well as director of the Office of Global Health Education at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. She is also course director in the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research and population sciences leader, area of concentration curriculum. Dr. Finkel earned her BA, MPA, and Ph.D. from New York University. She was a Visiting Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney (Australia), in 2004, and in 2008 was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist awarded by The Fulbright Program.

   Dr. Finkel has been involved in epidemiological research and global health care policy studies over the past decades. Her current research focuses on a cervical cancer screening project in rural Tamil Nadu, India, as well as epidemiologic study of cervical cancer among inner city women in Lima, Peru. She is an acknowledged leading researcher on the global health impact of hydraulic fracturing. Dr. Finkel has served as consultant to numerous organizations, including law firms and pharmaceutical companies, in the areas of epidemiology, health care policy, and Public Health. She serves as Secretary of the Board of the Christian Medical College, Vellore (India). She was named Series Editor in Public Health for Praeger Press in 2013.

   Her book, The Human and Environmental Costs of Fracking, was published by Praeger (2015). Praeger also published her three-volume book, Public Health in the 21st Century (2011), Truth, Lies, and Public Health: How We Are Affected When Science and Politics Collide (2007), and  Understanding the Mammography Controversy: Science, Politics, and Breast Cancer Screening (2005).


Dr. Finkel's current research/educational projects include:


  • Mini-course in Research Methodology:  Lincoln Hospital (all Residents)
  •  Jiv Daya Foundation. Training Workshop on Cervical Cancer Screening. 2012.

  •  Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. Cornell University. Global Health Grand Rounds Series. 2011-2012.

  •  Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. Cornell University. Building Collaborative Educational Programs in Brazil. 2011-2012.

  •  Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. Cornell University. Weill Cornell Global Health Career Seminars. 2012-14.

  •  Mario Einuadi Center for International Studies. Cornell University. Reducing Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes by Means of Low-Tech Solutions. 2013-2015.

  • British Council. Oral and Cervical Cancer in Rural India: Using mHealth and Primary Care to Improve Prevention, Screening and Early Diagnosis. 2015-present


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Grants awarded

  • Global Health Curriculum Development Grant Principal Investigator 2006 - 2007
  • Clinical and Translational Science Center (UL1) - Cooperative Agreement  awarded by National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Key Personnel 2012 -



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  • Dr. Madelon L Finkel,

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  • Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University