University Hospital at Downstate Names Delphine Mendez de Leon As New Chief Strategy Officer

By Office of Communications & Marketing | Feb 18, 2021

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Mendez de Leon Will Help SUNY Downstate Implement Forward-Looking Strategies And Foster Strategic Partnerships Across Healthcare Institutions

Delphine Mendez de Leon
Brooklyn, NY
- SUNY Downstate today announced the hiring of Delphine Mendez de Leon, RN, MBA, MPH as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) for University Hospital of Brooklyn.

With over 20 years of healthcare leadership experience, including as former Chief Operating Officer of Chamberlain University, Mendez de Leon will lead the senior management team on the monitoring of critical external trends, disruptions, and innovations, and help leaders to adopt new policies and strategies to maintain SUNY Downstate’s position as a leading academic medical center.

“We are thrilled to welcome Delphine Mendez de Leon to the Downstate family, and I am certain that her invaluable experience will help us continue to deliver the highest quality care to our patients,” said Chief Executive Officer of the University Hospital of Brooklyn Dr. David H. Berger. “Her decades of expertise and remarkable leadership skills will help us to constantly evaluate our strategic goals and ensure we uphold our mission to strive at all times for excellence in patient care and the education of our next generation of medical professionals.”

“I am honored to join the SUNY Downstate family, and look forward to working with the entire leadership team at both Downstate and the University Hospital of Brooklyn to keep both institutions at the forefront of medicine and medical education,” said Delphine Mendez de Leon, Chief Strategy Officer for University Hospital of Brooklyn.

Mendez de Leon will lead the ongoing development, implementation, management, communication, and monitoring of University Hospital of Brooklyn’s (UHB) strategic plans. She will also spearhead efforts to establish relationships with prominent external stakeholders and work to develop strategic partnership opportunities and foster relationships that align with SUNY Downstate’s strategic initiatives.

Mendez de Leon joins SUNY Downstate with a wide range of clinical and leadership experience with provider system operations, strategic and program planning, system network development, facility construction, and program business planning and implementation. Most recently, Mendez de Leon worked as Regional Director for Innovaccer, where she helped the organization utilize its healthcare analytics platform to improve care for patients across the country.

Mendez de Leon received her BS, MBA, and MPH at Columbia University in Manhattan, NY and is a DNP Candidate at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. She is a licensed Registered Nurse and is a Member of the Board at multiple prestigious institutions, including the Columbia University School of Nursing and the Hispanic Federation Advisory Board.


About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care, and is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City, and Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate’s teaching hospital, backed by the expertise of an outstanding medical school and the research facilities of a world-class academic center. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

A regional center for cardiac care, neonatal and high-risk infant services, pediatric dialysis, and transplantation, Downstate also houses a major learning center for children with physical ailments or neurological disorders. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.