David Buchholz, MD, Appointed Senior Founding Medical Director for Primary Care

Jul 22, 2019

New York

David Buchholz, MD, is assuming the role of Senior Founding Medical Director for Primary Care. Working with ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian, he will lead an expanded primary care strategy that will provide greater access for patients to primary care services across the New York metropolitan area, with the goal of improving clinical care for patients and their families.

Since 2015 he has served as Medical Director, Provider and Customer Engagement, at Premera Blue Cross, near Seattle. He previously served as Executive Medical Director of UCSF Primary Care in San Francisco.

At UCSF and Premera Blue Cross, Buchholz led a range of initiatives that improved quality and patient experience. He also collaborated with employers on strategies to optimize the health of their employees and their families.

“Patients not only want convenient access to primary care services, but they also want – and should expect – excellent quality of care and a great patient experience,” said Buchholz. “My goal is to build high-functioning primary care practices that deliver on those expectations.”

In his own clinical practice at UCSF, Buchholz consistently earned patient satisfaction scores in the 99th percentile for physicians nationally, as measured by Press Ganey patient satisfaction surveys.

“As we grow our primary care network, one of our key goals is to recruit outstanding primary physicians,” said George A. “Jack” Cioffi, MD, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and President of ColumbiaDoctors and Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. “Our strategy is to build exceptional primary care practices where patients want to come for their care, and where the best physicians want to come to practice medicine.”

“NewYork-Presbyterian and ColumbiaDoctors are excited to be partnering on this initiative. One of the things that impressed the search committee the most about Dr. Buchholz is his proven ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders – patients, physicians, payers, employers and others – and build services that are responsive to their needs,” said Laureen Hill, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. “He has a great track record for doing that, and we are delighted that he’s going to be joining us.”

A board-certified pediatrician, Buchholz attended medical school at the University of Illinois - Chicago and completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle.


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