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Craig D. Blinderman, M.D.; Faculty Affiliate

Director, Adult Palliative Medicine Service, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Dr. Craig D. Blinderman is the Director of the Adult Palliative Medicine Service at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, since 2010, and an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons. He was previously an attending physician on the Palliative Care Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital and co-directed the MGH Cancer Pain Clinic from 20072010.

Dr. Blinderman received his undergraduate degree in chemistry (Boston University) and an M.A. in philosophy (Columbia University) before earning his medical degree from the Medical School for International Health (MSIH) at Ben Gurion University in Israel in 2002. He completed both a residency in Family Medicine and a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in NY. He then went on to complete a Medical Ethics fellowship at Harvard Medical School (2007). And is currently completing a Writing Fellowship at the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School (2020present).

Dr. Blinderman has published numerous original articles, reviews, and chapters in the following areas: comfort care for the dying patient (Blinderman, Billings. NEJM, 2015), early palliative care in lung cancer patients (Temel et al. NEJM 2010), palliative care response to COVID-19, the role of palliative care in LVAD patients, medical ethics, and a range of other topics in palliative and end of life care. He is currently the section editor for Case Discussions in the Journal of Palliative Medicine and a member of the editorial board. Dr. Blinderman also serves on the advisory board and teaches at the New York Zen Center in New York City. Dr. Blinderman is also collaborating with Wabi Sabi Health, an NGO providing palliative care education and support in rural India.

His academic interests include decision-making at the end of life, the role of palliative care in public and global health, medical ethics, narrative medicine, and the integration of contemplative care and meditation in clinical practice. He also has a strong interest in teaching and developing programs to improve medical trainees’ skills in communication and care for the dying.


  • M.D., Ben Gurion University, Israel
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • B.S., Boston University