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Dr. Sonia Angell is deputy commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In that position, she oversees the Division of Prevention and Primary Care, which works to improve population health by enhancing access to high-quality health care and introducing innovative, population-level changes that focus on disease prevention and control and eliminating related health disparities. Sonia, who is board certified in internal medicine, also serves on the faculty at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, and she is an assistant attending physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Prior to her current positions, Sonia established and led the Global Noncommunicable Disease Unit at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this capacity, she worked with key stakeholders such as the World Health Organization and representatives of health ministries in low- and middle-income countries on activities to reduce illness and death due to diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Among those activities was the launch of the Global Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project, which sought agreement across countries on standardized treatment approaches and the elimination of patient barriers to hypertension treatment and control. From 2004-2011, she directed the Cardiovascular Disease Program at the New York City Department of Health. Key accomplishments included restricting trans-fat use in New York City restaurants, launching the National Salt Reduction Initiative, and establishing nutrition standards for the 250 million meals and snacks City government agencies purchase or serve every year. A former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, Sonia received her medical degree from the University of California San Francisco and completed an Internal Medicine residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She also has a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a master’s in public health from the University of Michigan. She is a member on the Commission on Hypertension for the Lancet. Sonia is a Fellow of the second class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.