Join PNHP NY Metro for our Annual Lukomnik* Forum

The Need for "Comprehensivists":

The Past, Present and Future of Urban Family Health

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 7:30pm — 9pm

Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center, 10 Union Square East @ E 14th Street, 2nd Floor Auditorium


Studies show we will need to produce as many as 31,000 new primary care providers to meet America’s needs as more people gain access to health insurance over the next 10 years. The necessity for primary care is one of many reasons that New York-Presbyterian Hospital's decision to close the Center for Family & Community Medicine (CFCM) was met with shock and outrage. After 20 years of providing care and training primary care physicians in one of the city's most underserved communities, CFCM effectively mobilized a response that involved medical students, residents, faculty, and community leaders, and succeeded in reversing the decision within 36 hours.

What factors motivated NYPH's decision? How can Family Physicians continue to pursue a holistic model of health care delivery, serving as comprehensivist physicians who see the total patient in a climate that rewards specialized, procedural care? 

Join us for a discussion with Family Medicine leaders on the history of the field, its importance to serving the public's need for patient-centered primary care, and how to respond effectively to the threats to limit its funding and training

The presentation and panel discussion will feature:  

  • Matt Anderson, MD, MS, Dept of Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Co-editor, Social Medicine                                                        
  • Heather Paladine, MD, MEd, Family Medicine Residency Program Director, Director of Women's Health in Family Medicine, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Center for Family & Community Medicine at Columbia  
  • Michael Spertus, MD, Chief Resident, Center for Family & Community Medicine at Columbia
  • Venis Wilder, MD, Associate Medical Director, Adair/Ryan Community Health Center in Harlem, and Assistant Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital 


All PNHP-NY Metro forums are

FREE, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE • 212-485-6235 • [email protected]


*The Lukomnik Forum Series

This Forum is the fifteenth sponsored by the Joanne Lukomnik Fund for Health Care Reform. Joanne, who died at the age of 51 in 1998, served as medical director and consultant to community health centers in New York City and was one of the founders of PNHP. The Lukomnik Fund was created to continue her activism toward the kind of compassionate health care she fought for and that we believe is a basic human right. 


March 22, 2016 at 7:30pm - 9pm
Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center
10 Union Square East @ E 14th St
2nd Floor Auditorium
New York, NY 10003
United States
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Varina Clark Leena Varughese Varun Kejriwal Karen Hoover Ashley Castillo becca mahn Eugene Schiff Henry Moss Jeff Gold Zaida Garcia Christina M. Cruz Marc Lavietes Charlotte Austin Heidi Siegfried Katherine Robbins

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