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Omar Fattal, MD, MPH Recognized in City & State’s Power of Diversity: Middle Eastern & North African 50 List

Dr. Fattal oversees behavioral health at NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest provider of mental health and substance use services in New York City, reaching over 75,000 patients annually

Aug 28, 2023

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced that City & State New York recognized Omar Fattal, MD, MPH, System Chief for Behavioral Health and co-Deputy Chief Medical Officer, in its inaugural Power of Diversity: Middle Eastern & North African 50 list. The list includes notable New York leaders of Middle Eastern & North African descent who are making a difference in government and politics, including public officials, business executives, nonprofit leaders and advocates across an array of issues and industries. City & State is a media organization dedicated to covering New York’s local and state politics and policy.

As the leader of the largest municipal behavioral health system in the country, Dr. Fattal has been a champion of public psychiatry constantly advancing innovation and improvement in the field. Appointed as the head of behavioral health for the health system in January 2023, Dr. Fattal has been at NYC Health + Hospitals since 2010. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University Grossman School of Medicine and a psychiatrist with the Pride Clinic at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

Before his current role, Dr. Fattal served as the Deputy Medical Director in the Office of Behavioral Health since 2020. Before that, Dr. Fattal held a series of leadership roles in the department of psychiatry at Bellevue culminating with the role of Assistant Chief of the Department of Psychiatry. He began his career in the department of psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic, where his accomplishments included establishing a Spanish-language clinic and an LGBTQ clinic.

In 2012, Dr. Fattal co-founded the Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health (LebMASH), an organization of health care professionals that aims to achieve equity in health with focus on sexual health and the health of marginalized groups such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, women/girls, people living with HIV, and refugees. Through landmark research, evidenced-based training, and informed advocacy, LebMASH has emerged as one of the most influential voices for health equity in the Arab region.

Dr. Fattal completed his residency in Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic in 2005. He was selected for the Bellevue/NYU Public Psychiatry Fellowship (2011) and the Greater New York Hospital Association Clinical Quality Fellowship Program (2021). He is a 1999 graduate of the American University of Beirut (AUB) Medical School and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from AUB.

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest provider of behavioral health in New York City. The system provides almost 60% of behavioral health services citywide serving over 75,000 patients annually across emergency, inpatient, and outpatient care.


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