Sonya Stokes is an emergency physician and term member at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she serves on the Independent Task Force on Preparing for the Next Pandemic. During the first wave of COVID-19 in New York City, Dr. Stokes co-authored the mass casualty protocol for evaluating and managing COVID-19 patients in the emergency department. She is a former fellow in the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and she currently serves on the scientific advisory board for the Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium.
Dr. Stokes received her medical degree from the University of California Davis School of Medicine, and she completed her fellowship training in international emergency medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, where she also earned a master of public health in the program on forced migration and humanitarian assistance. She specializes in health systems strengthening in limited-resource settings with a focus on increasing access to trauma and acute care services in conflict-impacted regions including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan. She lives in New York City.