Holly G. Atkinson, MD, FACP

4Dr. Holly Atkinson is Director of the Human Rights Program in The Arnhold Global Health Institute at Mount Sinai; Co-Director of the Advancing Idealism in Medicine Program, Department of Medicine; and Assistant Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York. She serves as faculty advisor to the Human Rights and Social Justice Scholars Program and the Physicians for Human Right student chapter at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Atkinson is a member of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), where she co-chairs AMWA’s Task Force on Human Sex Trafficking. She is also a member of the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition as well as HEAL Trafficking, a collaborative group of health care professionals working to advocate for survivors of trafficking.

Dr. Atkinson has a broad background in human rights, having served on the board of directors of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) for more than 16 years, including four years as President. She now serves as an expert medical advisor to the organization and is a member of PHR’s asylum network. Dr. Atkinson is Co-Director of the Mount Sinai Human Rights Clinic, where asylum seekers who have suffered torture, trafficking and other egregious human rights violations are medically and psychologically evaluated. She is particularly interested in how human rights violations impact the health outcomes of women and girls.

Dr. Atkinson is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the American Public Health Association and the AOA Honor Medical Society. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.