What is Primary Care?

What is Primary Care?

Primary care covers a range of day-to-day health services — wellness, prevention, and treatment for common illnesses. A primary care provider (PCP) is usually the first stop for common medical problems. Primary care providers typically consist of doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

Primary care services involve the practice of general medicine, family medicine, or general pediatrics. People often turn to a general practitioner for annual physicals, a diagnosis of persistent symptoms, disease prevention, and referrals to specialists.

Your relationship with your primary care physician can be a lifelong healthcare journey built on trust and competent care. At NewYork-Presbyterian, we offer compassionate and expert primary care services to children, adolescents, and adults.

Primary Care Services


NewYork-Presbyterian is a major provider of primary care in the New York area. Our board-certified physicians administer both primary care practice and hospital-based care, acting as the link between you and a team of renowned specialists in our network.

We offer a broad range of primary medical care services, including:

  • Routine physical exams
  • Preventive care, including cancer screenings
  • Rehabilitation
  • Treatment of diabetes
  • Treatment of cardiovascular disease
  • High blood pressure management
  • High cholesterol screening and management
  • Obesity and weight management counseling
  • Treatment of infectious diseases
  • Routine vaccinations
  • Treatment for gastrointestinal disorders
  • Treatment for asthma and other respiratory diseases
  • Mental health services
  • Obstetrical and gynecological services
  • Pediatric medicine/services

Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us

Our approach to primary care combines the best of two renowned medical schools, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, with compassionate, patient-centered service.

Along with access to our excellent primary care physicians, patient benefits include:

  • Same-day critical care appointments
  • Early, late, and weekend hours
  • Safe in-person appointments with strict disinfectant protocols
  • Digital health services
  • Most health insurance plans accepted
  • Referrals to nationally recognized specialists and healthcare providers through our network

Top-notch, Convenient Care

Our Team

NewYork-Presbyterian is proud to offer top-notch primary care and specialist services at more than 200 locations. We make quality healthcare accessible at our state-of-the-art hospitals, women’s and children’s hospitals, medical centers, and medical groups in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Westchester, and Putnam Counties. Digital health care services are available for certain patients living outside of New York. You could connect with a healthcare professional, or primary care physician for virtual emergency care and video visits.

A World-Class Team of Primary Care Physicians

NewYork-Presbyterian offers one of the country’s most all-inclusive network of healthcare providers. Our hub of doctors includes general practitioners, family physicians, pediatricians, internal medicine physicians, obstetricians and gynecologists, and nurse practitioners.

Our primary care doctors are part of the multidisciplinary teams within our medical groups and specialty care clinics. Your primary care physician can connect you with some of the nation’s finest specialists, surgeons, and wellness programs.

See how to find a primary care doctor with NewYork-Presbyterian’s Find a Doctor search page.

Get Care

Contact Us

Whether you’re looking for a routine checkup, diagnosis, or referral to a specialist, NewYork-Presbyterian can provide quality care for you and your family. Our primary care doctors will be the go-to for all your present medical needs, and the link to any future services you require.

Reach out to us for an appointment with a primary care professional.