Carla Boutin Foster, M.D.

Internal Medicine
Carla Boutin Foster

Dr. Carla Boutin-Foster is an Associate Professor of Medicine who graduated from Downstate Medical College and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. After completing residency, Dr. Boutin-Foster earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services research at the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University. She is currently on the faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine.

   Her research activities focus on identifying the psychological and social determinants of health outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease and on the social epidemiology of health disparities in cardiovascular disease. She is the Nanette Laitman Clinical Scholar in Public Health and Community Health. Her previous funding includes a grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to identify attributes in the doctor-patient relationship that are most associated with health behavior modification in patients with coronary artery disease. She was the recipient of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study the role of social support in outcomes of patients with coronary artery disease. Currently, she has a KO1 from the NHLBI to evaluate the impact of depressive symptoms, social support, and stress on health behavior modification in Latino patients with coronary artery disease. She is also co-investigator on an NHLBI program project to that test the impact of a culturally-tailored educational program on medication adherence in African-Americans with hypertension. She has published several papers describing her work in peer-reviewed journals.

   Her teaching activities include teaching cultural competence to the first year medical students as part of Medicine, Patients and Society (MPS I) and teaching fellows in the Clinical Epidemiology Fellowship at the Graduate School. Her clinical work focuses on being the faculty advisor to the Weill Cornell Community Clinic, a student run clinic that provides care to the uninsured. In this capacity, Dr. Boutin-Foster supervises students as they care for patients, she partners with community agencies that can help support the clinical activities of the WCCC, and she assists the students in the administrative aspects of the Clinic.

      In addition to research, teaching and clinic duties, she is the Associate Director of the Center for Multicultural and Minority Health and plays an active role in recruiting diverse residents. The goal of the Center is to collaborate efforts in medical education, minority faculty development, community outreach, and research that will enhance the quality of health care of the underserved. Dr. Boutin-Foster is active in many committees at Weill Medical College including the Medical School Admissions Committee, the Residency Selection Committee in the Department of Internal Medicine, the Admissions Task Force, the Community Service Committee, and the Diversity Committee. Dr. Boutin-Foster has also been involved in numerous community-based participatory research initiatives and has collaborated with several community organizations and agencies in developing initiatives that focus on health disparities and improving health care outcomes for the underserved.

Dr. Carla Boutin-Foster is an Associate Professor of Medicine who graduated from Downstate Medical College and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. After completing residency, Dr. Boutin-Foster earned a Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services research at the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University. She is currently on the faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine.

   Her research activities focus on identifying the psychological and social determinants of health outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease and on the social epidemiology of health disparities in cardiovascular disease. She is the Nanette Laitman Clinical Scholar in Public Health and Community Health. Her previous funding includes a grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to identify attributes in the doctor-patient relationship that are most associated with health behavior modification in patients with coronary artery disease. She was the recipient of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study the role of social support in outcomes of patients with coronary artery disease. Currently, she has a KO1 from the NHLBI to evaluate the impact of depressive symptoms, social support, and stress on health behavior modification in Latino patients with coronary artery disease. She is also co-investigator on an NHLBI program project to that test the impact of a culturally-tailored educational program on medication adherence in African-Americans with hypertension. She has published several papers describing her work in peer-reviewed journals.

   Her teaching activities include teaching cultural competence to the first year medical students as part of Medicine, Patients and Society (MPS I) and teaching fellows in the Clinical Epidemiology Fellowship at the Graduate School. Her clinical work focuses on being the faculty advisor to the Weill Cornell Community Clinic, a student run clinic that provides care to the uninsured. In this capacity, Dr. Boutin-Foster supervises students as they care for patients, she partners with community agencies that can help support the clinical activities of the WCCC, and she assists the students in the administrative aspects of the Clinic.

      In addition to research, teaching and clinic duties, she is the Associate Director of the Center for Multicultural and Minority Health and plays an active role in recruiting diverse residents. The goal of the Center is to collaborate efforts in medical education, minority faculty development, community outreach, and research that will enhance the quality of health care of the underserved. Dr. Boutin-Foster is active in many committees at Weill Medical College including the Medical School Admissions Committee, the Residency Selection Committee in the Department of Internal Medicine, the Admissions Task Force, the Community Service Committee, and the Diversity Committee. Dr. Boutin-Foster has also been involved in numerous community-based participatory research initiatives and has collaborated with several community organizations and agencies in developing initiatives that focus on health disparities and improving health care outcomes for the underserved.

Insurances

Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please feel free to contact this physician or this physician's practice as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

  • AETNA [HMO]
  • AETNA [PPO]
  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • CIGNA
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI [CBP]
  • GHI
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare [Medicare]
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • POMCO
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]

Publications

1.   Boutin-Foster C, Charlson ME. Problematic resident-patient relationships: the patient' s perspective. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2001;16(11):750-754

2.   Charlson ME, Allegrante JP, McKinley PS, Peterson JC, Boutin-Foster C, Ogedegbe G, Young CR. Improving health behaviors and outcomes after angioplasty: using economic theory to inform intervention. Health Education Research. 2002;17(5):606-618

3.   Boutin-Foster C, Ferrando S, Charlson ME. The Cornell Psychiatric Screen: a brief psychiatric scale for hospitalized medical patients. Psychosomatics. 2003;44(5):382-387

4.   Boutin-Foster C, Gorga D, Padial C, Feretti A, Berenson D, Belue R, Kline R, Charlson ME. The development and validation of a screening instrument to identify hospitalized medical patients in need of early functional rehabilitation assessment. Quality of Life Research.

2004;13(6):1099-1108

5.   Boutin-Foster C, Euster S, Rolon Y, Motal Y, Charlson ME. The Social Work Admission Assessment Tool: A screen for identifying patients in need of comprehensive social work evaluation. Health and Social Work. 2005;30(2):117-125

6.   Boutin-Foster C. Getting to the heart of social support: a qualitative analysis of the types of instrumental support that are most helpful in motivating cardiac risk factor modification.

Heart Lung. 2005;34(1):22-9.

7.   Coday M, Boutin-Foster C, Goldman Sher T, Tennant J, Greaney, ML, Saunders S, Somes GW. Strategies for retaining study participants in behavioral intervention trials: Retention experiences of the NIH Behavior Change Consortium. Ann Behav Med. 2005;29:55-65

8.   Boutin-Foster C. In Spite of Good Intentions: Patients' Perspectives on Problematic Social Support. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2005;3(52):1-7.

9.   Boutin-Foster C, Alexander J. Development and Validation of the Tangible, Informational, and Emotional Social Support Survey (TIES). J Cardiopulm Rehabil. 2006; 26(5):307-13

10.   Boutin-Foster C, Ogedegbe G, Ravenell J, Robbins L, Charlson ME. Ascribing Meaning to Hypertension: A Qualitative Study Among African-Americans with Hypertension.

Eth Dis.2007;17:29-34

11.   Boutin-Foster C, Charlson ME. Do Recent Life Events and Social Support Explain Gender Differences in Depressive Symptoms in Patients Who had Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty?” Journal of Women’s Health. 2007;16(1):131-140

12.   Boutin-Foster C, Ogedegbe G, Peterson J, Briggs WM, Allegrante JP, Charlson ME. Psychosocial Mediators of the relationship between race/ethnicity and depressive symptoms in Latino and White Patients with Coronary Artery Disease. (in press Journal of National Medical Association)

13.   Charlson ME, Boutin-Foster C, Mancuso C, Ogedegbe G, Peterson J, Briggs WM, Allegrante J, Robbins L, Isen A, Using positive affect and self affirmation to inform and to improve self management behaviors in cardiopulmonary patients: Design, rationale and methods. (in press Contemporary Clinical Trials)

14.   Boutin-Foster C, Foster JC, Konopasek L. Physician know thyself: The Professional Culture of Medicine as a Framework for Teaching Cultural Competence. (in press Academic Medicine)

15.   Boutin-Foster C, George K. Training Community Health Workers to be Advocates for Health Promotion in Cardiovascular Disease: A Method of the Greater Southern Brooklyn Health Coalition for Reducing Health Disparities. (in press Journal of Community Health)

16.   Charlson ME, Peterson JC, Boutin-Foster C, Briggs WM, Ogedegbe G, McCulloch, CE, Hollenberg, J, Wong C, Allegrante J. Changing health behaviors after angioplasty: a randomized trial of net-present- value versus future-value risk communication to improve health outcomes. (in press Health Education Research)

Honors and Awards

Name of award   Date awarded

The David B. Skinner MD Award for Administrative Stewardship, 1994

Harold Amos Minority Medical Faculty Development Award

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2001

   

Best Junior Faculty Research Award

Northeast Region of the Society of General Internal Medicine, 2003

   

National Heart Lung Blood Career Development Award (K01), 2004

Nanette Laitman Clinical Scholar in Public Health and Community Health   2007