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Craig D. Blinderman, MD, MA

Board Certifications: 
Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine
Expertise in: 
Pancreatic Cancer, Cancer Care
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Credentials & Experience

America's Top Doctor
NY Top Doctor

Board Certifications

  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Family Medicine

Clinical Expertise

  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Cancer Care
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Research Studies

Specialties

Education & Training

  • Ben Gurion University of the Negev
  • Internship: Beth Israel Medical Center, NY
  • Residency: Center for Palliative Care, MA
  • Fellowship: Beth Israel Medical Center, NY

Honors & Awards

  • 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

About Craig Blinderman

Dr. Blinderman is an Associate Professor of Medicine and 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 co-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: comfort care (Blinderman CD, Billings JA. NEJM, 2015) early palliative care in lung cancer patients (Temel et al. NEJM 2010), comfort care for the dying patient (NEJM, 2015), 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.

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.  Dr. Blinderman also serves on the advisory board and teaches at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.

Academic Titles

  • Associate Professor of Medicine at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Gender

  • Male

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

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

Affinity

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Amida Care

  • Special Needs Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Emblem/GHI

  • HMO
  • 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

  • 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

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Traditional Medicare (NY)

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty
  • Medicare Managed Care

UnitedHealthcare

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

VNSNY CHOICE

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Contact & Locations

1
161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, New York 10032
Phone:
(212) 305-7340
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Grants

CANCER CENTER SUPPORT GRANT (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2014 - Jun 30 2019

RANDOMIZED TRIAL OF STEPPED PALLIATIVE CARE VERSUS EARLY INTEGRATED PALLIATIVE CARE IN PATIENTSWITH ADVANCED LUNG CANCER (Federal Gov)

Jan 15 2018 - Jun 28 2018