Language: English, Spanish
Gender: Male
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Comprehensive Weight Control Center
1165 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(646) 962-0159
(646) 962-2111
Weill Cornell Medicine Endocrinology at Broadway
2315 Broadway , 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10024
(646) 962-0159
(646) 962-2111

Personal Statement

I believe that effective medical care requires a comprehensive patient evaluation in a comfortable and friendly environment. I take the time to listen to my patients, making sure their needs are met and their concerns are addressed. I always try to explain medical complexities in understandable terms, and I work hard to ensure the best possible results. I am surrounded by staff and colleagues who share the same commitment. I'm excited to be part of a department that not only delivers excellent care, but also contributes to advances in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism.

Specialties & Expertise


  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Internal Medicine
  • Bariatric Medicine (Weight Loss)


  • Weight Loss
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Pre-Diabetes
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Post Bariatric Surgery
  • Thyroid Disorder
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis

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
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - NYPH Employees Only
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care - Medicare
  • United Health Care - Community Plan
  • United Health Care
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare


Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Obesity

Clinical & Academic Positions

Assistant Attending Physician
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

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

Education & Training

  • M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, 2010
  • B.A., Tufts University, 2002

Honors & Awards

Director, West Side division of the Comprehensive Weight Control Center

Program Director, Obesity Medicine Fellowship

New York Super Doctors Rising Stars 2018

Diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine

Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP)

Fellow of The Obesity Society (FTOS)

Cornell Press Release Publication in Gastroenterology

Dr. Robert C. & Veronica Atkins Foundation Research Scholarship

Albert Einstein Senior Research Fellowship


Leon I. Igel, MD, FACP, FTOS is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, and an Attending Endocrinologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is also Director of the West Side division of the Comprehensive Weight Control Center, as well as Program Director for Weill Cornell's Obesity Medicine fellowship.

Dr. Igel specializes in the care of patients with obesity and a broad spectrum of endocrine conditions. Dr. Igel's primary areas of expertise include: Obesity/weight loss, post-bariatric surgery care, diabetes mellitus, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and disorders of the bone (osteopenia/osteoporosis) and thyroid (hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism).

Dr. Igel was born and raised in New York City. For high school he attended Trinity School in Manhattan. He then graduated with honors from Tufts University, and subsequently spent 2 years at Harvard University in the Health Careers Program, ultimately receiving a diploma in Premedical Studies. 

Dr. Igel graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine with an M.D. degree with special distinction in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he served as ambulatory chief resident. He subsequently completed a combined Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Hospital for Special Surgery. 

Dr. Igel is board certified in Internal Medicine, Obesity Medicine, and Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism.

Dr. Igel was recently selected by his peers to New York Super Doctors® Rising Stars (2018). While approximately 5% of the physicians within their respective states are named to Super Doctors, no more than 2.5% are named to the Rising Stars list.