Pamela Abner

Pamela Abner

Pamela Abner

Vice President and Chief Diversity Operations Officer – Mount Sinai Health Systems
Adjunct Professor – Columbia University



Pamela Abner, has over fifteen years of experience working with industry leaders to establish best practices and strategic and innovative programs for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and health equity across business lines. As a certified patient experience professional, a certified unconscious bias educator and an inclusion trainer, Ms. Abner strives to establish equitable and culturally aware environments based on instilling anti-racist behaviors. Utilizing research methodologies, creating education curriculum, and applying best practices, she continuously seeks to help organizations identify discriminatory practices and disparities. She specifically focuses on eliminating barriers to care, employment and education for underserved and underrepresented groups as well as fostering relationships with community partners. In addition, Pamela serves as a guest presenter and panelist at national forums and heads her own consulting practice where she provides expert advice to organizations and is a thought leader for health equity issues and transformation.

Among her many distinctions, recent recognitions include:

  • National Association of Health Services Executives, 2023 Diversity Executve of the Year
  • Becker’s Healthcare, 2023 Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officers to Know
  • Crain’s New York Business, 2023 Notable Leaders in Healthcare
  • Becker’s Healthcare, 2023 Black Healthcare Leaders to Know
  • 2022 Grand Marshall, 53rd Annual African American Day Parade, Harlem, NY
  • Crain’s New York Business, 2020 Notable Women in Talent Resources
  • Seeds of Fortune, Seed to Bloom 2020 Corporate Award
  • Savoy Magazine, 2019 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America
  • 2019 Caribbean American Healthcare Award Honoree, Caribbean Life Newspaper

Pamela received her Bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. She is currently an adjunct professor at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health; a member of the Brown University President’s Advisory Council on Biology and Medicine; a member of the Board of Trustees- The Phillips School of Nursing Mount Sinai Beth Israel; a member of the Press Ganey National DEI Client Advisory Council; and serves on the Leadership Council for the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity. In addition, she guides and mentors those seeking career and professional advice with an emphasis on supporting individuals from underrepresented backgrounds.


  • Reducing Racial Disparities in Health Care, Harvard Online, 2023
  • Trainer for Radical InclusionTM, The Winters Group Inc, June 2019
  • Patient Experience Professional, The Patient Experience Institute, November 2018
  • Prosci Change Management, Temecula, California, February 2018
  • Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Program, The World Diversity Leadership Institute, May 2017
  • Unconscious Bias Train-the Trainer, Cook Ross, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, March 2015

Topics Covered Include:

  • Inclusive Recruiting Practices
  • Racial Equity in the Workplace
  • Anti-Racism

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