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Ilana S. Mittman
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Ilana S. Mittman Ph.D., M.S., CGC

Academic Title: Faculty Member
Primary Appointment: Epidemiology & Public Health
Location: 1209 N Charles Street, Apt. 106, Baltimore MD 21201
Phone: (410) 802-5601

Personal History:

Ilana Mittman, PhD, MS, CGC is a social scientist and founder of an LLC focused on improving the social determinants within vulnerable communities: TEQUN-EQUity Now (TEQUN OLAM meaning mending of the world in Hebrew). Dr. Mittman is also a Board Certified Genetic Counselor with a substantial track record of advocacy, policy and direct service to increase equity in the genome. Dr. Mittman received her Master degree in Genetic Counseling at UC-Berkeley and her doctoral degree at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She is also among a handful of national scholars funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in a special Pre-Doctoral Fellowship to increase the cadre of minorities shaping health policy in the nation.

Dr. Mittman was a Principal Investigator on two community-based initiatives to increase access to genetic services in Ward-1 of the District of Columbia and North West Baltimore. She was also a Co-Investigator and Project Director of a six-year project to reduce ethnocultural barriers to genetic services within immigrant populations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Mittman held faculty appointments at Howard University College of Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Mittman has a vast network of stakeholders in health equity having served at Historically-Based Colleges and Universities, think tanks, state government, academic health centers, community hospitals and not for profits. Finally, she spearheaded an after-school project at Rosemont Elementary/Middle School in West Baltimore to increases awareness of the health professions within middle school students.

Dr. Mittman's current research focuses on implicit bias in the process academic promotions simulating the work of APT committees (a project she is spearheading within the Association of American Medical Colleges) and measuring obstacles to opportunities within members of the Student National Medical Association. In the past year she has been retained by the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine to help propel the new office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Research Interests:

  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Health Disparities
  • Implicit Bias in Medicine
  • Building Successful diversity and Inclusion strategies in academic medicine

Clinical Specialty:

Dr. Mittman specializes in genetic counseling.


Mittman, IS Chapter 5: Faculty Advancement, Promotion and Tenure. In the report of the AAMC and Kirwin Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity 2014 Innovation Forum on Reducing the Impact of Unconscious Bias in Academic Medicine. In Press

Mittman, IS and Sullivan LW. (2011) Forming state collaborations to diversify the nationâ?Ts health workforce: The experience of the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 20(6):547-55

Sullivan, LW and Mittman, IS. (2011) The need for greater ethnic and racial diversity in orthopedic medicine. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 469(7)1809-12

Sullivan LW and Mittman, IS. (2010) The state of diversity in the health professions - A century after Flexner. Academic Medicine, 85 (2):246-253

Sullivan, LW and Mittman, IS. (2010) Increasing and diversifying Americaâ?Ts health professions: an opportunity to remedy a health system in crisis. Focus Magazine. The Newsletter of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Mittman IS and Katy D. (2008) Diversity in genetic counseling: past, present and future. Journal of Genetic Counseling. 17 (4): 301-13

Mittman I, Maman S and Bowie J. (2007) Exploring the discourse between genetic counselors and Orthodox Jewish community members. Patient Education and Counseling, 65 (2): 230-236 Mittman I, and Secundy MG. (1998) A national dialogue on genetics and minority issues. Community Genetics, 1 (3):190-200

Mittman I. (1998) Genetic education to diverse communities employing a community empowerment model. Community Genetics, 1 (3):160-165

Mittman I. Cromblehole WR, Golbus MS, and Green JR. (1997) Reproductive genetic counseling to Asian Pacific and Latin American immigrants. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 7 (1):49-70 Mittman I. (1997) We must all be equal partners in the new age of genetics [Commentary]. The Scientist, 11 (20):8

Weil J and Mittman I. (1993) A teaching framework for cross-cultural genetic counseling. Journal of Genetic Counseling, 2 (3) 159-169

Mittman I. (1990) Immigration and the provision of genetic counseling services. Birth Defects Original Articles Series. Genetic Services for Underserved Populations. 26(2):139-146

Mittman I. (1990) A model perinatal genetics program. Birth Defects: Original Articles Series. Genetic services for the underserved. 26 (2)

Book Chapters

Smedley, BD and Mittman, IS. (2011) The diversity benefit: how does diversity among health professionals address public needs? In Health Disparities at the Crossroads of Healthcare Reform. Editor, Richard Allen Williams, M.D. Springer Publications.

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