Ellen Cowen Meltzer, M.D.
Dr. Meltzer is a fellowship trained General Internist. With her particular expertise in Preventive Medicine, she engages patients in measures to improve their own health while providing comprehensive care. Dr. Meltzer values the long-term patient relationships that being an Internist affords her and strives to provide all patients with personalized primary care.
Dr. Meltzer received her AB in Spanish from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where she was on the Dean's List. She then attended the Columbia University Premedical Program before pursuing her medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. She was an Intern and Resident in Internal Medicine, a Resident in Preventive Medicine, and a Fellow in General Internal Medicine, all at Boston University Medical Center, where she was honored with the R. Knight Steel Award in Geriatric Medicine. She was a Fellow in the CREST Program, an NIH K3-funded Clinical Research Training Program, while pursuing her MSc degree in Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health.
Prior to joining New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in 2011, Dr. Meltzer held academic positions as Teaching Associate, Clinical Fellow, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and was an Attending Physician at affiliated hospitals. Presently she is an Assistant Attending Physician and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
In addition to maintaining an active clinical practice, Dr. Meltzer is an Assistant Professor of Public Health in the Division of Medical Ethics, where she conducts research in novel life-sustaining therapies and their ethical implications. She serves as a Clinical Ethicist at Weill Cornell Medical Center and teaches medical ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Ethics Committee and serves on the Ethics Committee for the New York State Chapter of the American College of Physicians.
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 [Medicare]
- AETNA [PPO]
- Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
- Affinity Health Plan
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
- Fidelis Care
- Health First
- Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
- Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
- Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
- Health Plus - Amerigroup
- Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
- Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
- Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
- United Empire
- United Health Care
- United Health Care [Medicare]
Peer Reviewed Articles and Publications
1. Liebschutz JM, Saitz R, Weiss RD, Averbuch T, Schwartz S, Meltzer EC, Claggett-Borne E, Cabral H, Samet JH: Clinical factors associated with prescription drug use disorder in urban primary care patients with chronic pain. Journal of Pain 2010;11(11):1047-55.
2. Meltzer EC, Rybin D, Saitz R, Samet JH, Schwartz SL, Butler SF, et al. Identifying prescription opioid use disorder in primary care: diagnostic characteristics of the Current Opioid Misuse Measure (COMM). Pain 2011;152(2):397-402.
3. Meltzer EC, Averbuch T, Samet JH, Saitz R, Jabbar K, Lloyd-Traviglini C, Liebschutz JM. Discrepancy in diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Treatment for the wrong reason. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research 2012;39:190-201.
4. Meltzer EC, Gallagher JJ, Suppes A, Fins JJ. Meltzer EC, Gallagher JJ, Suppes A, Fins JJ. Lip-reading and the ventilated patient. Critical Care Medicine 2012;40:1529-31.
5. Meltzer EC, Rybin D, Meshesha LZ, Saitz R, Samet JH, Schwartz S, Liebschutz J. Aberrant drug-related behaviors: Unsystematic documentation does not identify prescription drug use disorder. Pain Medicine. 2012 Nov;13(11):1436-1443.
6. Meltzer AJ, Graham A, Connolly P, Meltzer EC, Schneider DB. The Comprehensive Risk Assessment for Bypass (CRAB): An Efficient Perioperative Risk Assessment Instrument for Patients With Critical Limb Ischemia. Journal of Vascular Surgery. In press.
7. Meltzer AJ, Graham A, Kim JH, Connolly PH, Karwowski JK, Bush HL, Meltzer EC, Schneider DB. Clinical, demographic, and medicolegal factors associated with geographic variation in inferior vena cava filter utilization: an interstate analysis. Surgery. In press
8. Meltzer EC, Hall W, Fins JJ. Error, bias, and the evaluation of prescription opioid misuse: Should the FDA regulate clinical assessment tools? Pain Med. 2013 Jul;14(7):982-7.
10. Meltzer EC, Suppes A, Burns S, Shuman A, Orfanos A, Charney P, Fins JJ. Stigmatization of substance use disorders among internal medicine residents. Substance Abuse. 2013;34(4):356-62.
9. Meltzer EC, Ivascu, NS, Fins JJ. DNR and ECMO: A Paradox Worth Exploring. Journal Clin Ethics. 2014 Spring;25(1):13-9.
10. Siracuse JJ, Meltzer EC, Gill HL, Graham AR, Schneider DB, Connolly PH, Meltzer AJ. Outcomes and Risk Factors of Cardiac Arrest after Vascular Surgery Procedures. J Vasc Surg. In press.
1. Meltzer EC, Meltzer AJ. Perioperative Care. In First Aid for the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination. Lafemina J and Lancaster JR, editors. New York: McGraw Hill Company, 2008.
1. Cowen, EB†, Saitz R, Samet JH, Averbuch T, Liebschutz J. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Mis(sed) Diagnosis In Primary Care? Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2007 April; 22-S1:29. †Maiden Name.
2. Meltzer EC, Rybin D, Saitz R, Butler S, Samet JH, Schwartz S, Liebschutz J. Identifying prescription drug use disorder in primary care chronic pain patients: utility of documented aberrant medication-related behaviors. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2009 April; 24-S1:95.
3. Meltzer EC, Rybin D, Saitz R, Butler S, Samet JH, Schwartz S, Liebschutz J. Identifying prescription drug use disorder in primary care chronic pain patients prescribed opioids: diagnostic characteristics of the Current Opioid Misuse Measure (COMM). Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2009 April; 24-S1:95.
1. Meltzer EC, Fins JJ. Letter to the Editor: Brodie D, Bacchetta M. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for ARDS in adults. The New England Journal of Medicine. 2012;366:575-6; author reply 6.
Other New Media
1. Using the Current Opioid Misuse Measure (COMM) in Primary Care, in: The Spotlight Monthly Interview. www.PainEDU.org. August 26, 2009.
2. Society of Critical Care Medicine's iCritical Care Podcast, "Lip-Reading and the Ventilated Patient" http://www.sccm.org/PodCasts/SCCMPod181.mp3. May 1, 2012.
3. Why is there no FDA oversight of psychometric tests to evaluate prescription opioid misuse?…Moving from empiricism to ethics. American Medical Association Webinar. May 14, 2014.
Honors and Awards
Dean's List. Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME. 1995
Dean's List. Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME. 1996
R. Knight Steel Award in Geriatric Medicine, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA. 2007
Finalist, Mack Lipkin Sr. Associate Member Awards, Society of General Internal Medicine. 2009
Fellow, American College of Physians. 2011
Member, Ethic's Committee, American College of Physicians New York State Chapter. 2012
Excellence In Teaching Award. Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY. June, 2014.
- Internal Medicine, General
- Preventive Medicine
- General Internal Medicine
- Primary Care Internist
- Primary Care
- Young Adults
- Male Health
- Women's Health
- Medical Ethics
Contact and Practices
- Internal Medicine
- A.B., Bowdoin College, 1996
- M.D., Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, 2004
- M.Sc., Boston University School of Public Health, 2009