Sonya Stokes

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. 



No Fall Zone

This winter, there is zero room for error in emergency medicine


Not Your Canaries in the Coal Mine

New CDC guidelines fail to protect frontline workers from COVID-19


One Year From the Front Lines of COVID-19 in New York City

Frontline providers found a solution to communication breakdown during the pandemic: talking to each other


Back to Basics After COVID-19

Investing in Primary Care Now Will Prepare the U.S. for the Next Pandemic


Collateral Damage of the U.S. Withdrawal from the WHO: Frontline Responders

Retreating from WHO in the middle of a pandemic dishonors and endangers health-care workers at home and around the globe


Epidemics and Infodemics in the Post-Truth Era, from Ebola to COVID-19

Social media can be a powerful weapon in the post-truth era. Or it can be a catalyst for the next global health disaster