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Gender: Male
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Weill Cornell Medicine - James Lax, MD
160 East 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 988-0462
(212) 988-5740

Specialties & Expertise


  • Gastroenterology

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 contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X Enhanced
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Health Care - Medicare
  • United Health Care


Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Gastroenterology

Clinical & Academic Positions

Assistant Attending Physician
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education & Training

  • M.D., New York University School of Medicine, 1981
  • B.A., Columbia College-Columbia University, 1976

Honors & Awards

Castle Connolly Top Doctor in the Metro Area from 2001-2012


Dr. Lax received his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College. He pursued his medical studies at New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. Subsequently, he completed his fellowship training in gastroenterology at St. Luke’s as well.

He is currently a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Gastrointestinal Association, and the American College of Gastroenterology.