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Program in Family Medicine

Annual Report

Program in Family Medicine at Weill Cornell

The Medical College established the “Program in Family Medicine” in 2000 in collaboration with the Department of Family Medicine at the Brooklyn Hospital Center. When Weill Cornell’s affiliation with Brooklyn Hospital ended on July 1, 2014, the Program continued with opportunities for students.  The program grew and in 2018, the Program added a number of Family Medicine faculty at the Weill Cornell Medical Center and the family medicine student group grew.  Under the direction of the Co-Directors, the student-led Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) continued the Weill Cornell Medicine Family Medicine Grand Rounds with the addition of career seminars and in the summer of 2019 the Family Medicine Elective Program for fourth year medical students was started.

Family Medicine Grand Rounds

October 2, 2019
Assessment of the Shoulder –
Focus on Common Musculoskeletal Shoulder Issue

Daphne Scott, M.D.
Assistant Attending Physician
Primary Care Sports Medicine Service
Hospital for Special Surgery
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College

November 6, 2019

J. Joel Latorre, M.D., AAHIVMS
Medical Director HIV Program
New Jersey

December 4, 2019
Be a Part of What You Value –
Working in a Federally Qualified Health Center

Chief Medical Officer
Open Door Family Medical Centers
Westchester, New York 

February 12, 2020
Trauma-informed Care:
Transforming Principles in Primary Care Practice

Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., FAAFP
The PurpLE Health Foundation
New York City

March 4, 2020
What’s Happening in Your Head:
Overcoming Our Assumptions to Work Better Together 

Daniel Schlegel, M.D., M.H.A.
Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Former Director, Penn State Hershey Family Medicine Program
Pennsylvania State University

Family Medicine Faculty

Dana Spivak, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine in Clinical Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College

dana spivak

Dana Spivak, MD, is a graduate of The University of Michigan Medical School. She completed her residency at the Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale, Illinois and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. She serves as the Co-Director of the Program in Family Medicine and Associate Director of the Primary Care Clerkship at Weill Cornell Medical College where she holds the title of Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Spivak practices at CarePoint Health Center in Hoboken, N.J.  Dr. Spivak participates in the Primary Care Clerkship and serves as an advisor for medical students interested in primary care and electing Family Medicine as their vocation.

Asaf Cohen, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College 

asaf cohen

Dr. Asaf Cohen received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Medicine in 2006. Dr. Cohen then practiced as a primary care physician and eventually also as a site medical director at Open Door, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Westchester County. He presently practices in the Weill Cornell Physicians Organization site on 84th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. He is board-certified in Family Medicine.

Moitri Savard, M.D., FAAFP
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine in Clinical Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College

moitri savard

Dr. Savard received her BA cum laude from Harvard University. She received her MD with Distinction in Humanities from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed her residency in Family Medicine with added qualifications in Public Health at the University of New Mexico.  Dr. Savard joined Weill Cornell after working in the public health service and the foster care systems and most recently, in an integrative private practice that she founded. She believes in integrating various healing therapies with allopathic medicine and in providing evidence-based, compassionate care. Her practice includes adult medicine, women's health and pediatric care. Dr. Savard joined Weill Cornell in 2018 as the medical director of the Long Island City site.

Family Medicine Faculty Advisor 

Daphne Scott, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
Primary Care Sports Medicine Service
Hospital for Special Surgery

daphne scott

Dr. Daphne Scott is an Assistant Attending Physician at Hospital for Special Surgery.  She is board certified in Family Medicine with a certificate of added qualification in Sports Medicine.  She specializes in the non-surgical treatment of acute, overuse, and chronic injuries with a focus on the shoulder, hip, and knee.   Dr. Scott currently serves as the Team Physician for the Westchester Knicks (NBA G-League.)  She recently served as a Team Physician for USA Track and Field at the Pan American Games in Peru. She sees patients in both Stamford, CT as well as Manhattan.

Family Medicine Interest Group

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) was actively involved with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) under the direction of the WCM Co-Director.  Students received AAFP funding to attend various meetings and a fund initiative grant to support FMIG activities.

Family Medicine Interest Group Programs

July 25-27, 2019
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
Annual Meeting
Kansas City, Missouri

Attended by
Katharine Wilcox

September 4, 2019
Representation at Student Activities Fair
Christopher Gamboa and Tiffany Huang 

November 1-3, 2019
Family Medicine Education Consortium Annual Meeting
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

Attended by
Dana Spivak, M.D.
Christopher Gamboa
Jayleecia Smith

May 8, 2020
Family Medicine Career Panel 

Jayleecia Smith and Hehidy Paulino 

Outgoing Class 2020 Family Medicine Students

Family Medicine Interest Group Student Leaders

Christopher Gamboa                        
Class of 2020    

Sophia White
Class of 2020

Amy Sun
Education Chair
Class of 2020

Tiffany Huang
Faculty Relations
Class of 2020     

Brittany Abel
Board Member
Class of 2020

Family Medicine Elective

Julio Alvarez – September-October 2019
Patrick DeGregorio – June-July 2019
Amy Sun – July 2019
Sophia White – July 2019

Among the students in Class 2020 who matched to Family Medicine Programs are:

Isabel Cuervo - Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, CA
Christopher Gamboa - Institute for Family Health-Mid Hudson, NY
Tiffany Huang - Thomas Jefferson Family Medicine Program
Amy Sun - NYP Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center-NY
Sophia White - Oregon Health and Science University
Katharine Wilcox - University of Illinois at Chicago


Carolyn B. Schnall, M.A.
Family Medicine Program Coordinator
Senior Administrative Specialist
Office of Affiliations
Weill Cornell Medical College

Helpful Links 

AAFP: American Academy of Family Physicians
Resources for medical students
FMEC: Family Medicine Education Consortium
STFM: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine 
Resources for students

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