Columbia University Medical Center

Due North: Faculty Practice Expands in Westchester

Tappan Zee Bridge

A view of the Tappan Zee Bridge leading to Westchester County in New York.

ColumbiaDoctors, the multi-specialty medical practice comprising more than 1,200 faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, College of Dental Medicine, and School of Nursing, now is one of the largest medical practice groups in Westchester. The acquisition in February of North Star Medical Group in the Lower Hudson Valley adds 15 physicians in nine offices specializing in family medicine, internal medicine, gastroenterology, and pulmonary medicine to Columbia’s existing network of more than a dozen other locations throughout the New York metro area.

“Many of the top doctors in Westchester are P&S alumni and already have strong relationships with us. Integrating these practices with ColumbiaDoctors improves the experience for patients, especially when they need care by multiple specialists,” says Lee Goldman, MD, dean of the faculties of health sciences and medicine. “The expansion of our clinical enterprise and our major investments in basic and translational research are key to Columbia University Medical Center’s  strategic growth for the next several decades.”

Fifteen former members of North Star Medical Group, who already were Columbia-affiliated physicians, now are full-time members of Columbia’s medical school faculty.

In addition to providing coordinated care across Columbia’s specialties, the suburban practices also are linked to Columbia’s main clinical affiliate, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP). NYP is expanding its reach in Westchester with its proposed acquisition of Lawrence Hospital Center in Bronxville, currently in regulatory review.

“We want to take care of our patients in the environments that are best for them. Sometimes that means in the hospital, but a lot of care can be done closer to home,” says Louis Bigliani, MD, president of ColumbiaDoctors and chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

The expansion into Westchester and the Hudson Valley represents the latest phase in the growth of ColumbiaDoctors over the past seven years. In January 2013, ColumbiaDoctors Midtown opened at 51 W. 51 St., near Rockefeller Center, adding about 25 percent greater capacity over the former location at Madison Avenue and East 60 Street. The Midtown location now sees more than 1,000 patients a day and offers extended and Saturday hours for X-rays and other imaging, laboratory services, primary care, and several other specialties.

Outpatient facilities at the main CUMC campus are also being renovated. The first phase of a new internal medicine suite in the Harkness Pavilion, at 180 Fort Washington Ave., opened last month. Additional renovations are under way in the Herbert Irving Pavilion, 171 Fort Washington Ave.

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