Sonya Stokes is an assistant professor at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in the division of emergency medicine and global health, a fellow at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in the division of biosecurity, and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. She specializes in health systems strengthening in low- and middle-income countries, and her research focuses on increasing access to trauma and acute care in resource-limited settings. During the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in New York City, Stokes was part of the frontline response treating patients in the emergency department. In addition to her clinical work, she served on the Mount Sinai Health System Best Practices Committee for evaluating and managing COVID-19 patients in the emergency department, and she contributed to the COVID-19 mass casualty triage protocol. 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 is a current member of the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Preparing for the Next Pandemic, and she continues practicing emergency medicine in New York City.