Outreach and Screenings

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Outreach and Screenings


ColumbiaDoctors is working to improve access to the care that you need, whether you work at CUIMC or live in the surrounding community.

In collaboration with clinical departments and Columbia community partners, we provide healthcare education, free health screenings, and fun swag. Serving CUIMC employees and residents of the Washington Heights-Inwood community, the program kicks off with screenings and education events for Melanoma Awareness Month in May.

Lung Cancer Screening Pilot Program Launches

ColumbiaDoctors is partnering with NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP)  in a comprehensive lung cancer screening pilot program. Doctors and nurse practitioners from multiple disciplines will offer care for smokers and ex-smokers are at high risk for lung cancer and other complications, including a 10-minute imaging exam with low-dose computed tomography (CT).

This test detects lung cancer with a very small amount of radiation. It is very effective at finding lung cancer before it causes symptoms and is still treatable, and studies show it significantly reduces the risk of death by more than 20%.

The new pilot augments existing services at ColumbiaDoctors and NYP and provides patients with a much broader range of services, including coordination of care, smoking cessation counseling, and, if cancer is found, a team of physicians with extensive expertise in lung cancer care.

Patients can call (212) 305-5098 for more information. Appointments are limited, and available through August.

Recent Events

ColumbiaDoctors' Department of Dermatology has a strong history of giving back to our community with a range of annual screenings and educational outreach.
This year, the department's partnership with ColumbiaDoctors significantly expanded their reach with faculty, employees, and community residents alike, as hundreds of community members gathered information, giveaways, and free screenings for skin cancer performed by Columbia's board-certified doctors.

Rain Date: May 12: Lunchtime Melanoma Awareness Tabling Event

Location: Haven Plaza

Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn more about melanoma and how to prevent skin cancer in this lunchtime event on Haven Plaza, which is open to the CUIMC community and the public. Materials on how to spot skin cancer, education about screenings, and free skincare giveaways will be available while supplies last. 

May 12: Melanoma Awareness Lunch and Learn

Location: Online, via Zoom

Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Important:  Click here to pre-register.

Dr. Larisa Geskin will provide an informative talk and Q&A regarding skin cancer protection and advances in dermatological care. Dr. Geskin is director of the Comprehensive Skin Cancer Center (CSCC) at the Division of Cutaneous Oncology in the Department of Dermatology, and Professor of Dermatology (in Medicine) at CUIMC. She will be joined by Micaela Hines, NP.  Participants can submit their questions ahead of time by emailing columbiadoctors@cumc.columbia.edu.

May 13: Free Skin Cancer Screenings

Location: Herbert Irving Pavilion, 12th floor

Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Open to all, participants will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will receive information and free skincare giveaways while supplies last. Those participants who require follow-up care will be appropriately referred for services.