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Weill Cornell Medicine Pulmonary
425 East 61st Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10065
P: 646-962-2333 | F: (646) 962-0330
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Weill Cornell Medicine Pulmonary
156 William Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10038
P: 646-962-5665 | F: 212-571-7465
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Personal Statement

For the past three decades I have been in fight against lung disease. My colleagues and I in the Lower Manhattan Hospital have been witness to the devastasting effects that lung diseases have caused in this community. Cigarette smoking, allergies, air pollution, resistant chest infections and the toxic residue of the World Trade Center collapse are just some of the factors that have motivated me to carry on the battle against lung disease. I feel privileged to have been a part of the lives of the many patients who have sought my counsel and care. I am especially delighted that the New York Presbyterian Hospital has made the commitment to bring their considerable resources and talents to lower Manhattan. It is truly exciting to be part of a formidable team of health care professionals.



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Board Certifications
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease Medicine
  • Tuberculosis
  • Bronchitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Asthma

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
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire 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) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Metro/Core/Charter]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]


  • B.A., Columbia University, 1970
  • M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1974



Attending Physician
NewYork Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital

Attending Physician
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

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


Dr. Lester Blair is the Medical Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the New York Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed residency training at New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center and fellowship training in pulmonary diseases at New York University Langone Medical Center. His primary interest is in caring for patients with known or suspected lung disorders including COPD, asthma and sarcoidosis. Dr. Blair is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has served as President of the American Lung Association of New York and Pesident of the New York State Thoracic Society. He has been consistently listed as "Superdoctor" in the Sunday New York Times Magazine and rated as a Best Doctor by Castle-Connolly and United States News and World Report.