About Danielle Laraque-Arena

Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP was named the President of SUNY Upstate Medical University (Upstate) September 10, 2015 and assumed the role of President January 14, 2016. She is also the Upstate Health System CEO. Upstate is the only health science university in the central New York region, a public institution of higher education, serving a population of about 1.8 million with four colleges (medicine, health professions, nursing, graduate studies) and the region’s largest employer and health system.

Dr. Laraque-Arena is Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Public Health & Preventive Medicine at Upstate Medical University. Dr. Laraque-Arena completed her medical studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. She received the Roy Markus Scholarship (1977-1981) in support of her medical studies. Her internship and residency were completed at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where she was also a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow in General Academic Pediatrics (1984-86).   Her fellowship research focused on lead poisoning and calcium status in children. During the decade, 2000-2010, she served as Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Preventive Medicine and the endowed Debra and Leon Black Professor of Pediatrics, Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Vice-Chair for Public Policy and Advocacy at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. During that time, she was the Principal Investigator and Director of the joint General Pediatrics and Internal Medicine Mount Sinai Faculty Development Program for Primary Care, HRSA Clinician-Research Fellowship, the Co-Principal Investigator/co-Director for the T32 Research Training Program in Environmental Pediatrics and the Co-Director for the T32 Research Training Program in Primary Care and Health Policy. She is the former Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Vice-President of the Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn and Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine (Investigator Track) and Yeshiva University. She has trained countless fellows, residents and medical students. Dr. Laraque-Arena is the recipient of numerous awards. She has been continuously funded since the early1990’s and has authored over 100 papers, numerous chapters, media and educational materials and presented over 150 invited presentations.

Dr. Laraque-Arena founded three separate child protection, multi-disciplinary teams evaluating and treating abused and neglected children. She began (2011) the only child abuse pediatrics ACGME fellowship program in New York State. Her community-based participatory research over the past 3 decades has focused on injury and violence prevention in children and youth. In the past decade, she has focused her attention on defining systems’ changes that will facilitate the integration of the identification, diagnosis and treatment of children’s mental health problems in primary care settings. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics.

Dr. Laraque-Arena is the Past-President of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA). She was the 2001 United States Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow (representing the American Academy of Pediatrics) and a former member of the National Institute of Mental Health Standing Committee on Interventions for Disorders Involving Children and Their Families (2006-2010). She served as committee member on the New York State (NYS) Children’s Plan, is a member of the NYS Medicaid Redesign Team Behavioral Health Subcommittee and Health Homes: Child Team (2011); the NYS DOHMH Workgroup on Health Disparities in Treatment in Teaching Facilities, the NYS Emergency Medical Services for Children Advisory Committee (2013-2015), and the NYS DOH Integrated Care Workgroup. She served as member to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Committee on Integrating Primary Care and Public Health (2011). She was the New York State American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) District II Chair (2012-2016) and a member of the AAP Board of Directors during that time. She was elected to the American Pediatric Society in 2005 and is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in injury prevention, child abuse, adolescent health risk behaviors and in the issues critical to health care delivery in underserved communities globally.

Dr. Laraque-Arena was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and immigrated to the United States in 1962. She is multi-lingual (French, Creole, Italian, and English). Dr. Laraque-Arena is married to Luigi Arena, MD, PhD and the mother of two, Marc Anthony Arena and Julia Marie Arena.