Lindsay Lief, M.D.
Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
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Lindsay Lief, M.D.

Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

Profile Photo of Lindsay Lief, M.D.
Accepts New Patients
Gender: Female
Language: English


Personal Statement

Dr. Lief is honored to be part of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine here at Weill Cornell. She chose this specialty, and particularly the care of admitted patients to the Medical Intensive Care Unit which are cared for by our Pulmonary Consult Service, because it requires care of the whole patient. She often encounters patients and their families during episodes of critical illness and sometimes at the end of life. It is during these crucial moments that she uses the most advanced technology, up-to-date literature and her understanding of hemodynamics, physiology and the natural history of disease to care for her patients. She prided herself in supporting not only her patients, but also their families through these difficult experiences.

As a complement to caring for patients, Dr. Lief is devoted to educating the next generation of medical professionals. She works with our Division of Education towards this mission, specifically in expanding and operationalizing our simulation curriculum for the medical housestaff.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Pulmonary Medicine


  • Airway Management
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • ICU
  • ICU-Related PTSD


Dr. Lief founded and directs the Weill Cornell Post-ICU Recovery Clinic.  Her clinical time is devoted to caring for critically ill patients and their families, both during their ICU stays and after discharge from the hospital. Her research focuses in identifying and treating unrecognized symptoms in critically ill patients; and in improving outcomes for both ICU patients and their families, as well as the staff providing their care.


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

BA, University of Pennsylvania 2001
MD, Temple University School of Medicine 2007


Board Certifications:
Internal Medicine
Pulmonary Diseases


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Critical Care Medicine)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Pulmonary Disease)

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Abby Joseph Cohen Clinical Scholar - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Associate Attending Physician - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., Temple University School of Medicine, 2007
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2001


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

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

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee Managed Care Plan
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee PPO Plan
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • AgeWell New York
  • Amida Care
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments

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External Relationships

External Relationships

Relationships and collaborations with for-profit and not-for profit organizations are of vital importance to our faculty because these exchanges of scientific information foster innovation. As experts in their fields, WCM physicians and scientists are sought after by many organizations to consult and educate. WCM and its faculty make this information available to the public, thus creating a transparent environment.

No External Relationships Reported