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Benjamin Lebwohl, MD, MS

Board Certifications: 
Gastroenterology
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Credentials & Experience

NY Top Doctor

Board Certifications

  • Gastroenterology

Clinical Expertise

  • Celiac Disease
  • Colon and Rectal Disease
  • Colon Cancer Screening and Prevention
  • Colonoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Endoscopy Procedures
  • Upper Endoscopy

Education & Training

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 2003 Columbia University College of Physician & Surgeon
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Residency: 2006 NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical C
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: 2010 NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical C

Honors & Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa honors society, 1999.
  • Alpha Omega Alpha honors society, 2003.
  • Medicine House Staff Award, New York Presbyterian Hospital, 2004.
  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation Circle of Excellence, 2004.
  • Physician of the Year Award, New York Presbyterian Hospital, 2008.

About Benjamin Lebwohl

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Dr. Lebwohl is a graduate of Harvard College, where he majored in music. He received his MD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2003, and then completed his internship, residency, and chief residency in internal medicine at Columbia. He stayed at Columbia as a fellow in Digestive and Liver Disease, during which time he obtained a Masters in Patient Oriented Research from the Department of Biostatistics at the Mailman School of Public Health. He was a post-doctoral fellow in a National Cancer Institute-funded Training Program in Cancer-Related Population Sciences under the mentorship of Alfred Neugut. He joined the faculty of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University in 2010.

Based at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, Dr. Lebwohl is collaborating with institutions in the United States and abroad in the areas of the epidemiology, patterns of care, and the natural history of celiac disease. Dr. Lebwohl's second and related research interest is quality of endoscopy, including bowel preparation prior to colonoscopy, improving the detection of colorectal adenomas, and improving the diagnostic yield of biopsy of the small intestine.

Dr. Lebwohl is the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Scholar at Columbia University Medical Center. He is the recipient of a Young Investigator Research Grant from the Celiac Disease Foundation (2019-2021). He is an associated scholar at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, where he performs population-based research in celiac disease in the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He currently serves as a member of the Gastrointestinal Drugs Advisory Committee of the United States Food and Drug Administration. He is heavily involved in medical education and lectures regularly to trainees on topics including celiac disease, clinical decision making, quality improvement, pseudoscience, diarrhea, the Beethoven string quartets, and colorectal cancer screening.

Academic Titles

  • Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the Columbia University Medical Center

Committee/Societies/Council Memberships

  • American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE)
  • American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Gender

  • Male

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

Affinity

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

AgeWell

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs Plan

Amida Care

  • Special Needs Plan

Capital District Physician Health Plan

  • Capital District Physician Health Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Elderplan

  • Medicare Managed Care

Emblem/GHI

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • 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

  • EPO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • 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
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Traditional Medicare (NY)

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

UnitedHealthcare

  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

VNSNY CHOICE

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth
  • Special Needs Plan

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

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Contact & Locations

1
180 Fort Washington Avenue
Suite 936
New York, New York 10032
Primary
2
51 West 51st Street
New York, New York 10019

Research

I am a clinical gastroenterologist with a research focus on the epidemiology of celiac disease, with a specific focus on risk factors, quality, and outcomes. During my training in preventive oncology and population sciences in an NCI-funded fellowship under the mentorship of Alfred I. Neugut, I performed studies in bowel preparation prior to colonoscopy and adherence to biopsy standards in the diagnosis of celiac disease. I have used the analytical skills gained from that fellowship and from the master’s degree in Patient-Oriented Research to study these conditions using large data sets from the US and Sweden. My research activities include the conduct of epidemiologic analyses including cohort and case-control studies and clinical trials.

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology and outcomes in celiac disease
  • Field of quality in endoscopy

Selected Publications

  • Krigel A, Prasad VK, Lebwohl B. News Coverage of the American Cancer Society's Update to Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines. Mayo Clin Proc. 2020; 95(3):617-618. PMID: 32138893
  • Wolf RL, Morawetz M, Lee AR, Koch P, Contento IR, Zybert P, Green PHR, Lebwohl B. A Cooking-Based Intervention Promotes Gluten-Free Diet Adherence and Quality of Life for Adults with Celiac Disease. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2019 Sep 20. pii: S1542-3565(19)31024-9. PMID: 31546057
  • Axelrad JE, Joelson A, Green PHR, Lawlor G, Lichtiger S, Cadwell K, Lebwohl B. Enteric Infections Are Common in Patients with Flares of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Am J Gastroenterol. 2018 Oct;113(10):1530-1539. PMID: 30072777
  • Lebwohl B, Kapel RC, Neugut AI, Green PH, Genta RM. (2011) Adherence to biopsy guidelines increases celiac disease diagnosis. Gastrointest Endosc 74:103-9
  • Lebwohl B, Kastrinos F, Glick M, Rosenbaum AJ, Wang T, Neugut AI. (2011) The impact of suboptimal bowel preparation on adenoma miss rates and the factors associated with early repeat colonoscopy. Gastrointest Endosc 73:1207-14
  • Lebwohl B, Stavsky E, Neugut AI, Green PHR (2010) Risk of colorectal adenomas in patients with celiac disease. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 32:1037-43
  • Neugut AI, Lebwohl B. (2010) Colonoscopy versus sigmoidoscopy screening: Getting it right. JAMA 304:461-2
  • Lebwohl B, Wang TC, Neugut AI. (2010) Socioeconomic and other predictors of colonoscopy preparation quality. Dig Dis Sci 55:2014-20
  • Lebwohl B, Ballas L, Cao Y, Chan G, Grossman R, Sherr DL, Woodhouse S, Neugut AI. (2010) Treatment interruption and discontinuation in radiotherapy for rectal cancer. Cancer Invest 28:289-94.
  • Neugut AI, Lebwohl B (2009) Screening for colorectal cancer: The glass is half full. Am J Public Health :592-4
  • Rundle AG, Lebwohl B, Vogel R, Levine S, Neugut AI. (2008) Colonoscopic screening in average-risk individuals ages 40 to 49 vs 50 to 59 years. Gastroenterology 134:1311-15.
  • Lebwohl B, Deckelbaum RJ, Green PHR. (2003) Giardiasis. Gastrointest Endosc 57:906-13.
  • Lo W, Sano K, Diamond B, Lebwohl B, Green PHR. (2003) Changing presentation of adult celiac disease. Dig Dis Sci 48:395-8.