Craig D. Blinderman, MD, MA

Medical Oncology
Family Medicine (Board Certified)
Hospice and Palliative Medicine (Board Certified)
Cancer Care
One of America's Top Doctors
Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors

Biography

Dr. Craig D. Blinderman is currently the director of the Adult Palliative Medicine Service at Columbia University Medical Center/New-York Presbyterian Hospital and Co-Director of the Center for Supportive Care and Clinical Ethics in the Department of Medicine. He was previously an attending physician on the Palliative Care Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital and directed the MGH Cancer Pain Clinic from 2007-2010.

Dr. Blinderman received his undergraduate degree in chemistry (Boston University) and a M.A. in philosophy (Columbia) before earning his medical degree from Ben Gurion University in Israel. He completed both a residency in Family Medicine and a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in NY. He then went on to complete a Medical Ethics fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Blinderman has published numerous original articles, reviews and chapters in the following areas: early palliative care in lung cancer patients (Temel et al. NEJM 2010), medical ethics, existential distress, symptom assessment and quality of life in chronic lung and heart failure patients, as well as cancer pain management, and the management of pain in patients with a history of substance abuse. He currently is the section editor for Case Discussions in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. Dr. Blinderman also serves on the advisory board for the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.

His academic interests include: decision-making at the end of life, the role of palliative care in public health, palliative care in developing countries, medical ethics, and the integration of contemplative care and meditation in medical practice. He also has a strong interest in teaching and developing programs to improve students’ and residents' skills in communication and care for the dying.

Area of Expertise

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Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]

Affinity [Access (Exchange), Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

Amida Care

Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]

Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, EPO, HMO, Medicare (Mediblue), NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]

Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

Local 1199

MagnaCare

Medicare

Multiplan

Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]

POMCO

UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), EPO, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]

VNSNY CHOICE [SelectHealth]

Education

Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Internship: Beth Israel Medical Center, NY

Residency: Center for Palliative Care, MA

Fellowship: Beth Israel Medical Center, NY

Locations

Herbert Irving Pavilion

161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032

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Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at CUMC

  • 1996  Magna Cum Laude, Boston University
  • 1992-96  Dean’s List, Boston University
  • 1996  Chemistry Department Award for Excellence Boston University
  • 1996  Student Speaker at Honors Graduation Ceremony, Boston University
  • 1998-2002  Dean’s List, Ben Gurion University
  • 2005  Society of Teachers of Family Medicine: Resident Teacher Award
  • 2005  John J. Falenki Memorial Award Department of Family Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center
  • 2005  Guest Speaker at Ben Gurion University-Columbia University Medical School for International Health’s Physician Oath Ceremony
  • 2006  Award for Best Abstract for Young Investigators in the Junior Faculty Category: American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine  (AAHPM)
  • 2009  MGH Gynecologic Oncology Teacher of the Year Award