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Crystal Clinic
1305 York Avenue, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10065
Fax
(646) 962-0380
Call
(646) 962-2797

Personal Statement

Dr. Crystal has 40 years of experience as a pulmonary physician, with a primary focus on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, fibrotic lung disease, asthma, lung cancer and hereditary lung disease. Before joining the Weill Cornell Faculty, Dr. Crystal was Chief, Pulmonary Branch, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, where he and his colleagues characterized the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and developed the FDA-approved therapy for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. From 1993 to 2012, he served as Chief, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He presently is Chairman, Department of Genetic Medicine, and continues to have an active pulmonary clinical practice.

Specialties & Expertise

Specialties

  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease Medicine

Expertise

  • Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Interstitial Lung Disease

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 - PPO
  • AETNA - Medicare
  • AETNA - HMO
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • CIGNA
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X Enhanced
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - NYPH Employees Only
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • POMCO
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care - Medicare
  • United Health Care - Community Plan
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • VNSNY CHOICE - HMO

Qualifications

Board Certifications

  • Pulmonary Disease Medicine

Clinical & Academic Positions

Chairman of Genetic Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

The Bruce Webster Professor of Internal Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Professor of Genetic Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Attending Physician
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Education & Training

  • M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1968
  • M.S., University of Pennsylvania, 1963

Honors & Awards

Honors (selected):

Elected member:

Alpha Omega Alpha; American Society for Clinical Investigation; Association of American Physicians;

 

Awards:

Public Health Service Commendation medal (1983)

Outstanding Service medal (1988) Meritorious Service Award (1991) Honorary Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians (2001)

Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (2005)

Honorary Degree: Doctor of Medicine, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany (1992)

Biography

Post-doctoral Training:

Internship: Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Residency: Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Fellowship: Clinical Fellow in Medicine, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Research Associate, Section on Molecular Hematology, NHLI, NIH, Bethesda, MD

Head, Section on Pulmonary Biochemistry, NHLI, NIH, Bethesda, MD

Clinical Fellow, Chest Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA

Chief, Pulmonary Branch, NHLBI, NIH, Bethesda, MD

Special Volunteer, Pulmonary Branch, NHLBI, NIH, Bethesda, MD

Military: Surgeon, Commissioned Corps, USPHS; Senior Surgeon, Commissioned Corps, USPHS; Medical Director, Commissioned Corps, USPHS;

Present, Medical Director (Retired), Commissioned Corps, USPHS