Language: English
Gender: Male
Department of Genetic Medicine (Research)
1305 York Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10021
P: 646-962-2797 | F: 646-962-0220
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Personal Statement

Our translational research program includes many projects in the fields of genetic therapies and personalized medicine.

The field of genetic therapies comprises gene and stem cell therapies and our laboratory has extensive expertise in both areas. Our group was the first to use a recombinant virus as a vehicle for in vivo gene therapy and we have carried out human trials of gene therapy for cystic fibrosis, cardiac ischemia, cancer and central nervous system disorders. Among the current projects are gene transfer strategies for cancer, inherited CNS disorders, á1-antitrypsin deficiency, anti-bioterrorism applications and development of vaccines. We also operate the clinical vector production laboratory of the Belfer Gene Therapy Core Facility, which has produced adenovirus and adeno-associated virus vectors that have been used in numerous human studies. Current projects in the field of stem cell therapy include characterization of the roles of cancer stem cells in lung cancer and the role of airway epithelium stem cells in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Personalized medicine is the use of information and data from an individual's genotype, or level of gene expression to stratify complex diseases, select a medication or dose of a medication, provide a therapy, or initiate a preventative measure that is specifically suited to that patient. In addition to genetic information, other factors, including imaging, laboratory, and clinical information about the disease process or the patient are integrated into the process of developing personalized medicine. Our group utilizes microarray technologies for genome-wide characterization of gene expression, single nucleotide polymorphism and copy number variation profiles on clinical samples as the basis for projects aimed at identifying candidate genes associated with complex disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The overall research program of the group includes close collaborations with other laboratories at Weill Cornell and elsewhere, including Malcolm Moore's group at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for stem cell projects. Of particular note are our collaborations on personalized medicine projects with colleagues at Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar and Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha, Qatar and collaborations on Bioinformatics and Biostatistical Genetics with several laboratories at Cornell-Ithaca, including Andy Clark and Jason Mezey.








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Board Certifications
  • Pulmonary Disease Medicine
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease Medicine
  • 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 [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 [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • 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]


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

Honors and Awards

Honors (selected):

Elected member:

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



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)




Chairman of Genetic Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College

Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College

The Bruce Webster Professor of Internal Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College

Professor of Genetic Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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