Support Faculty

Support Faculty

The Mailman School of Public Health faculty is comprised of world-class scholars, practitioners, and advocates whose extraordinary diversity of academic and professional training creates a unique environment that fosters innovation and collaboration. Mailman School faculty members bridge theory and practice through their research, teaching, and national and international fieldwork, leading to the improvement of the public health in greater New York, throughout the United States, and around the world.

Endowed professorships—the highest distinction a university can bestow upon deserving faculty members—enable the School to encourage and reward excellence in scholarship and teaching. Endowed positions bring great honor to recipients and supply their yearly salary as well as dedicated research funds that can be applied to new areas of inquiry. 

To attract, recognize, and retain exceptional faculty members, the Mailman School of Public Health is seeking to create an additional 14 endowed professorships and 16 endowed junior professorships, which will triple its leadership in key areas. Donors who value academic excellence and understand the critical role of endowed professorships in recruiting and retaining top talent may wish to consider establishing an endowed professorship in their own name(s) or in the name(s) of others they wish to honor. Once established, an endowed professorship exists in perpetuity, bringing distinction and honor to the donor(s), honoree(s), and their descendants in perpetuity.

Current Endowed Professorships

The many endowed professorships listed below are a testament to the Mailman School’s community of generous friends.

Professorship Name

Year Established

Current Recipient

Sidney and Helaine Lerner Professorship of Public Health Promotion


Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Director

Robert N. Butler Professorship of Sociomedical Sciences


Ursula M. Staudinger, PhD

Donald H. Gemson Assistant Professorship of Sociomedical Sciences


Merlin Chowkwanyun, PhD

Leon Hess Professorship of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences


Tomás R. Guilarte, PhD

Stephen Smith Professorship 


Lisa Metsch, PhD

Ronald H. Lauterstein Professorship in Sociomedical Sciences


David Rosner, PhD

John Snow Professorship in Epidemiology


W. Ian Lipkin, MD

Allan Rosenfield Professorship in Forced Migration and Health


Neil G. Boothby, EdD

Anna Cheskis and Murray Charles Gelman Professorship in Epidemiology


Department of Epidemiology, Chair

Harriet and Robert H. Heilbrunn Professorship in Population and Family Health


John S. Santelli, MD, MPH

DeLamar Professorship of Public Health


Dean Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH


Learn More

For information on gift levels required to endow professorships for department chairs and faculty positions, please contact:

Jill Barkan
Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement
jbb4 [at]