Chief Administrative Officer of the Department of Neurology at Columbia University

During his professional tenure at Columbia University Vincent Santana has worked in research for 18 years. As the program manager for EFIGA-Estudio Familiar Influencia Genetica en Alzheimer, he was responsible for leading a multi-disciplinary recruitment in three countries.

This is a study funded by the National Institutes of Health started in Washington Heights which was expanded to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico and aims to recruit families with multiple members affected with Alzheimer’s disease.

Currently that study is the largest of its kind in the world with over 1,000 families participating. Since 2008 he has held several Administrative positions, currently he is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Department of Neurology and is responsible for Operations, IT and Human Resources. Professionally, he is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) and a candidate for Fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Santana is a Columbia University Senator representing the Medical Campus, which is in Washington Heights, and sits on several subcommittees that form policy. His interests include expanding healthcare access for all especially the Hispanic Community and increasing diversity within the ranks of healthcare and higher education.