Oliver Thomas Fein, M.D.

Internal Medicine
Oliver Fein

Dr. Oliver Fein is a general internist with interest and experience in health policy. He holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and earned his medical degree from Western Reserve University. Dr. Fein completed his internship at Metro General, in Cleveland, OH, and his residency at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. He is a Professor of Clinical Medicine and Public Health at the Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Fein's work has focused on health system delivery reform on both the national and local levels. On the national level, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow from 1993 to 1994, when he worked as a legislative assistant in the office of Senate Democratic Majority Leader, George Mitchell. In this capacity, he was involved with developing policy on healthcare benefits, graduate medical education, healthcare quality, public health, medical malpractice, antitrust and remedies and enforcements. On the local level, Dr. Fein has been concerned with access to healthcare for vulnerable populations and the role of the Academic Health Center. In this regard, he spent 17 years at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center developing ambulatory care practices at the Medical Center and in community.

As Associate Dean for Affiliations at Weill Cornell Medical College, he is involved with diversifying the clinical and academic experiences for medical students through affiliations with hospitals and physicians who deliver health services to vulnerable populations. Domestically this has involved building an academic integrated delivery system through the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. Internationally he is responsible for the creation and expansion of Weill Cornell's Office of Global Health Education. In addition, he is chair of the New York Metro chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), immediate past President of national PNHP, and past Vice President for the United States of the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Fein's health services research interests include health system reform and national health insurance. He has done work in ambulatory case-mix measurement, risk adjustment, different methods of measuring social class and health inequalities and comparing the role of primary care in health system reform in the United States and the United Kingdom.

He is currently Co-Director of the David Rogers Health Policy Colloquium at the NewYork-Weill Cornell Medical Center of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. This weekly seminar brings outstanding "visitors" in health policy to the Medical Center for presentation and discussion. Over the course of the year, Colloquium participants receive a rich menu of topics in contemporary health policy and politics. The Colloquium serves as an exciting introductory health policy course for fellows enrolled in the health services research fellowship program.


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 Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • * Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • * Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • * Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • * Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]


1. Goodson, J.D., Bierman, A.S., Fein, O., Rask, K. Rich, E., Selker, H.P. The Future of Capitation. J Gen Int Med 2001;16:250-256.

2. Birn, A.E., Fein, O. Why "Rekindling Reform?" (editorial) and Co-Editors, Am Jour Public Health 2003;93:15-16. Health Care Reform issue: 2003;93:1-176.

3. Finkel, M.L., Fein, O. Teaching about the Changing U.S. Health Care System: An Innovative Clerkship. Academic Medicine 2004;79:179-182.

4. Fein, O., Phillips, C. Evidenced-based Health Policy Supports Single-Payer Health Insurance Reform (editorial). Medical Care 2008;46: 1-2.

5. Fein, O., Rodberg, L. US healthcare reform and the Presidential candidates (editorial). J Health Serv Res Policy 2008;13:131-2.

6. Kaufman, A.S., Fein, O., Fins, J.J. Channeling David E. Rogers, MD: The Moral Imperative of Health Care Reform. Arch Intern Med 2009; 169:1183-84.

7. Fein, O., Keep the Single Payer Vision (editorial). Medical Care 2010; 48: 759-760.

Honors and Awards

  • 1999: Elnora M. Rhodes Service Award, Society of General Internal Medicine
  • 2001: Haven Emerson Award, New York City Public Health Association
  • 2008: Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement