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José Alejandro Luchsinger-Stuart Appointed Director of the Irving Institute’s Community Engagement Core Resource

Director The Irving Institute appoints José A. Luchsinger-Stuart, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), as Director of the Community Engagement Core Resource (CECR), as of June 2016.n this role, Dr. Luchsinger-Stuart will work in partnership with the Irving Institute’s Executive Leadership and CECR Co-Directors, Drs. Rafael A. Lantigua and Ana F.I Abraído-Lanza as well as Associate Director, Dr. Elizabeth Cohn, to lead the community engagement efforts of a new five-year grant from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Irving Institute received a $58.4 million grant from NCATS, the third and largest Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) bestowed to the Institute. Dr. Luchsinger will spearhead new education, training, community informatics, and recruitment programs to enhance the ability to engage broad community stakeholders in all phases of the translational research enterprise.
Dr. Luchsinger-Stuart has led a diverse portfolio of community-based participatory research (CBPR) and translational research including observational studies and clinical trials in diverse populations. He was the director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) P60 Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities at CUMC from 2009 until 2016. The P60 center included CBPR projects in diabetes, hypertension, cognitive impairment, dementia caregiving, and housed centers of excellence in comparative effectiveness research and environmental health disparities. He conducted a bioethics project with members of the community and other CTSA collaborators (3P60MD000206-09S2) that demonstrated that members of the diverse community and of northern Manhattan and patients at CUMC welcome the use of stored biospecimens and their electronic medical records for research, in support of methods proposed for research in personalized medicine.  A current award from the National Institute on Aging (RF1AG051556) is part of a national consortium that seeks to elucidate the mechanisms of the vascular contributions to Alzheimer’s disease using genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, lipidomics and ascertainment of Alzheimer’s disease neuropathology in-vivo in middle age members of the community of northern Manhattan. Dr. Luchsinger has also worked with community based organizations and community members to design studies that address their priorities, which have resulted in funding from NIMHD (P60 MD000206-08S1), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (grant 7160), and National Institute of Nursing Research (1R01NR014430). Community based organizations are funded collaborators on these projects.

In addition to his research, he is also the Vice Chair of the executive board of ARC XVI Ft. Washington, a major community based organization in northern Manhattan. He was the recipient of a community service award from a local community based organization (Riverstone) in 2014. Lastly, he is a practicing bilingual (Spanish, English) physician in the community of northern Manhattan. Dr. Luchsinger-Stuart is passionate about planning and conducting translational research in collaboration with the community of northern Manhattan.


The Irving Institute’s Community Engagement Core Resource (CECR) promotes health research that contributes to the health and well-being of our Upper Manhattan communities. CECR fosters community partnerships and participation in health research through educational training, funding, and outreach opportunities. We offer services and resources to fosters community involvement in health research.

CECR collaborates with several Irving Institute Resources including the Biomedical Informatics Resource, the Clinical Research Resource, the Regulatory Knowledge and Ethics Resource, as well as other CUMC centers and multi-sector stakeholders in NORTHERN Manhattan.

CECR fosters community-engaged research between CUMC researchers, multi-sector stakeholders, and the community at-large by:
  • (1) Providing educational, training, and funding opportunities
  • (2) Developing health-literate resources and services to facilitate recruitment and retention of research participants
  • (3) Providing informatics tools to promote community outreach, social networking, and research dissemination to community stakeholders
  • (4) Providing off-campus space for health research, education, and promotion activities
  • (5) Linking community residents to health research, information, and services

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Jose Jose A. Luchsinger-Stuart, MD, MPH
Director, CECR
Associate Professor Medicine and Epidemiology
Ana Ana Abraido-Lanza, PhD
Co-Director, CECR
Professor of Sociomedical Sciences

Rafael Rafael A. Lantigua, MD
Co-Director, CECR
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Dr. cohn Elizabeth G. Cohn, RN, PhD
Associate Director, CECR 
Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar


For more information on any CECR service or program contact Alejandra N. Aguirre, Senior Program Manager.

If you have a CUMC UNI, you may submit a request using our online system.


Alejandra N. Aguirre, MPH
Senior Program Manager
(646) 697-2272
Nayrobi Rivera, MPA
Project Coordinator
Dora Ventura
Administrative Clerk
(646) 697-2274

Columbia Community Partnership for Health
390 Fort Washington Avenue, Ground Floor
New York, NY 10033

Directions to CCPH
CCPH is located at 390 Fort Washington Avenue between, 177th and 178th Streets, across from the George Washington Bridge, in the Washington Heights section of northern Manhattan.

By Public Transportation
Subway - Take the A train to the 175th Street
Bus - Take the M4 bus to 177th Street

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday, 9:00a - 5:00p
Evenings & Weekends, upon arrangement
Health Library & Computer Lab: Monday - Friday, 9:30a - 4:45p

Telephone & Fax
Main Telephone: (646) 697-CCPH (2274) (if calling within CUMC dial 697-2274)
Fax: (212) 568-3453

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CCPH and its facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Funding for the Irving Institute, which supports CECR and CCPH, depends upon continued demonstration that outstanding research is being conducted and published using CECR services and facilities. We ask that you cite the grant on any publications related to your protocols that used CECR services and/or facilities. 

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“This publication was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, through Grant Number UL1TR001873, formerly the National Center for Research Resources, Grant Number UL1 RR024156. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.”