Adam Aponte, MD, MSc, FAAP
Medical Director
United Health Care Community Plan

Dr. Adam Aponte was born and raised in East Harlem, NY. He graduated the City College of NY, attended Mount Sinai SOM receiving both his Medical Degree and Residency training in Pediatrics. He is board certified in Pediatrics. He began his career working with the Children’s Aid Society and then thrust into a leadership position in May, 2000 when he was appointed Chair of Pediatrics for North General Hospital. There he formalized and created the Ambulatory Care Department and was appointed Chair. In August of 2004 he helped develop the North General D&TC and was appointed Medical Director. His clinical efforts have been focused on elimination of health disparities particularly in minority and underserved communities and addressing social determinants of health. In 2008 he was recruited as Medical Director for an FQHC serving an extremely underserved community, Brownsville Brooklyn implementing an EHR, developing a Patient Centered Medical Home achieving Level III recognition. Also helping gain recognition from NCQA for its Diabetes Program. In November, 2015 he was appointed Medical Director for United Healthcare Community Plan for New York State. There he is working to help serve the over 750,000 members they service in NYS. 

Academically Dr. Aponte served as the Associate Director for Recruitment & Retention at Mount Sinai SOM from 1998 until 2010 responsible for the recruitment and retention of Minority medical students. In October 2010, he was appointed Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion at the Zucker SOM at Hofstra/Northwell, responsible for the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body to the medical school. He’s focused on increasing the diversity of the healthcare workforce and feels strongly that diversity will help address many health disparities witnessed in underserved and minority communities. 

In 2005 he was named one of Crain’s New York Business Magazine’s “40 under 40” rising stars and in 2009 he was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Alumni Hall of Fame, awarded the “Brillante” award for his accomplishments ability to overcome significant obstacles on his road to success. He was recognized by the National Hispanic Health Foundation in 2017 for his contributions to Latinos in medicine. He was a very active member of the Association of American Medical Colleges, his professional association, assuming various leadership roles including Chair of the Nickens Student Award Committee, Chair for the Northeast Group on Student Affairs and Northeast Rep for Group on Diversity & Inclusion. 

Dr. Aponte is passionate about giving back to his community and serving as a role model and mentor to other underrepresented youth strongly believing that with guidance, support and encouragement, they too can realize their dreams no matter how big they are, just as he has. He lives in Brooklyn, NY married to his high school sweetheart, Terri, for over 25 years. They have two children Adam Jr. and Amanda who are currently in graduate school and college respectively.