Caribbean Heritage Organization
Robert Nesta Marley Humanitarian Award Honoree
Dr. Sandra Lindsay is Director of Nursing for critical care at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, New York. Lindsay has more than 26 years of nursing experience, majority of which have been in critical care.
Lindsay and her siblings were raised in Jamaica by their grandparents. Lindsay moved to the United States in 1986 and graduated from Borough of Manhattan Community College in 1994 as valedictorian of her nursing program. She then joined the team at Northwell Health’s Lenox Hill Hospital as a registered nurse in the oncology department. After three years in this specialty, she pursued her dream of becoming a critical care nurse, working as a bedside nurse in various critical care units before being offered a leadership role. Before assuming the director role, she served as the nurse manager for the adult medical intensive care unit at Lenox Hill Hospital for more than seven years.
Lindsay’s educational accomplishments include a Baccalaureate degree in nursing from St. Joseph’s College, a Master of Science in nursing from Herbert Lehman College, and a Master of Business Administration from Hofstra University. In March 2021, Lindsay completed a Doctor of Health Sciences degree with a concentration in global health and leadership and organizational behavior from A. T. Still University.
On Monday, December 14, 2020, Lindsay was the first person in the United States to be vaccinated. She is a fierce advocate for vaccine confidence, especially in underserved communities. When not busy working, she enjoys traveling, reading leadership books and articles, gardening, mentoring, and Transcendental Meditation.