Neil Calman, MD

Neil S. Calman, MD, FAAFP

Chief Executive Officer, The Institute for Family Health; Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai/Mount Sinai Hospital

Professional Experience and Accomplishments

Dr. Calman is a board-certified family physician and the CEO and co-founder of the Institute for Family Health. Since 1983, Dr. Calman has led the Institute in developing family health centers in the Bronx, Manhattan (where he practiced for 38 years) and in the Hudson Valley. Under his leadership, the Institute has been successful in establishing health professionals training programs in medicine, nursing, administration and mental health. In 2012, through an affiliation between the Institute and Mount Sinai, Dr. Calman became Professor and Chair of a new Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where family physicians now practice and teach with full clinical privileges in the Mount Sinai Health System and its affiliated hospitals. Dr. Calman currently serves as the chair of the public policy committee of the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS).

Dr. Calman has been a leader in the national effort to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes, leading to the Institute’s designation by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a National Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities. This work has been supported by funding from CDC and the National Institutes of Health, as well as a number of  foundations. Dr. Calman’s published essay, Out of the Shadows (Health Affairs, Jan/Feb 2000) details his experiences in dealing with racism in the care of his patients. “Making Health Equality a Reality: The Bronx Takes Action” (Health Affairs, Mar/Apr 2005) describes the community based legislative action that has evolved from this grassroots effort to address institutional racism in medical care. “Separate and Unequal Care in New York City” (Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 2006) reports on the Institute’s investigation of discrimination in NYC hospitals.

In an effort to help create the next generation of leaders in health care, the Institute operates three residency training programs in family medicine designed to train providers to serve the medically underserved, including two in Manhattan, focused on urban communities, and one in Kingston, NY, focused on rural communities. In 2012, the Institute became one of the first federally-funded “Teaching Health Centers” in the nation.

Through Dr. Calman’s interest and expertise in health information technology, the Institute, in 2002, became one of the first community health center networks in the country to implement a fully integrated electronic medical record and practice management system (Epic). In recognition of his achievements in health information technology, Dr. Calman received the prestigious 2006 Physician’s Information Technology Leadership Award, presented by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). In 2007, the Institute received the HIMSS Davies Award in Public Health in recognition of its development of public health functionality into its EHR. In 2008, the New York Times recognized the Institute with its Non-profit Excellence Award in the Use of Technology and Focus on Mission. In 2011, the Institute initiated a project with the National Library of Medicine to hyperlink diagnoses, medication names and test names to the NLM Medline Plus database; this free functionality is now in use by EHR users across the country. Dr. Calman has served on the Executive Committee of the New York eHealth Collaborative; and was appointed by the Obama Administration as an expert in the care of vulnerable populations to HRSA’s HIT Policy Committee, where he served on the Meaningful Use Subcommittee for 5 years.

Dr. Calman is the recipient of many national awards for his work in public health including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Leadership Award, the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Public Health Award, the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Primary Care Achievement Award and the Physician Advocacy Award from the Institute on Medicine as a Profession. He is recipient of the distinguished Kanter Prize from the Health Legacy Partnership and the Felix A. Fishman Award for Extraordinary Advocacy from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

In addition to authoring numerous scientific articles, Dr. Calman’s work has been the subject of book chapters in three important works by others: one on the history of family medicine (Caring for America, by John Stannard), one on not-for-profit leadership in healthcare (To Give Their Gifts, by Richard A. Couto) and one on primary care in America (Big Doctoring in America, by Fitzhugh Mullan).

Dr. Calman is a graduate of Rush University College of Medicine and completed his residency in family practice and social medicine at  Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx.