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 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 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 Student Leaders

Brittney Chong
Executive Board Member, 2022
Class of 2025

Hana Flaxman
Executive Board Member, 2022
Class of 2025

Simon Gagliardi
Executive Board Member, 2022
Class of 2025

Family Medicine Faculty and Co-Directors

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 Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale, Illinois, and is Board Certified in Family Medicine.  Dr. Spivak serves as the Co-Director of the Program in Family Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, where she holds the title of Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine in Medicine.  She provides full scope family medical care, including HIV management, to patients living with HIV at the Neighborhood Health Center, and serves as faculty for the Family Medicine Residency Program at the Hoboken University Medical Center in Hoboken, New Jersey. Dr. Spivak enjoys teaching and serving as an advisor for medical students interested in primary care.

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 as the 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 Elective


Gi Eun Kim – Summer 2020
Sophie Mou – Summer 2020

Class 2021 Student who matched to Family Medicine

Sophie Mou

Family Medicine Interest Group Programs

July 30-August 1, 2020
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
Annual Meeting Kansas City, Missouri

Attended by
Sophie Mou

August 18-19, 2020
Representation at Student Activities Fair
Jayleecia Smith and Hehidy Paulino


Family Medicine Grand Rounds

November 18, 2020                     
Family Medicine Discussion Panel  

Family Medicine Faculty Moderators:
Dana Spivak, M.D.
Asaf Cohen, M.D.
Moitri Savard, M.D., FAAFP
Daphne Scott, M.D.

December 16, 2020
Private Practice
The TV Series

Group Commentary and Discussion Leader
Family Medicine Program Co-Director
Asaf Cohen, M.D.

February 10, 2021
Cannabis as Medicine

Stephen Dahmer, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Vireo Health

March 24, 2021
Graduates of the Weill Cornell Program in Family Medicine Panel Discussion:
Where Do You Go from Here?

Isabel Cuervo, M.D.
Christopher Gamboa, M.D.
Tiffany Huang, M.D.
Amy Sun, M.D.
Sophia White, M.D.

May 10, 2021
An Ounce of Prevention:
The Evidence Supporting Preconception Health Care

Heather Paladine, M.D., FAAFP
Program Director
Residency Program
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Family Medicine


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

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