Lester W. Blair, M.D., FACP, FCCP
Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
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Lester W. Blair, M.D., FACP, FCCP

Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

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Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement

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 Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital have 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.


Specialties and Expertise


  • Pulmonary Disease Medicine


  • Sarcoidosis
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis


Dr Lester W Blair has been in the practice of Pulmonary Medicine since 1979.  He is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine.  He completed residency training in internal medicine at the New York Presbyterian-Columbia University Medical Center and fellowship training in pulmonary diseases at NYU Langone Medical Center.  His primary interest is in caring for patients with known or suspected lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, 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 President of the New York State Thoracic Society.  He has been consistently listed as a “Superdoctor” in the Sunday New York Times magazine and rated as a Best Doctor by Castle-Connolly and the US News and World Report.


Patient Testimonials

Great doctor - empathetic, knowledgeable, professional. - Nihar Sait

Excellent in Every Way. His medical expertise, patient interactions and thoughtfulness were all excellent. A top-notch physician. - Anonymous






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

  • Attending Physician - NewYork Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital
  • Attending Physician - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

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


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 - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • AgeWell New York
  • Amida Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • 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 - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WorldWide Medical

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