Department of Family and Social Medicine


We believe health is a state of physical, social, economic, psychological, and political well-being. We believe health care is a right that is a matter of social justice. There is a social component in the origin and course of disease; therefore, to promote health, we support grassroots community action and progressive change in public policy and social structure.
We are dedicated to the full application of the biopsychosocial model through understanding the ecological context of the patient's and family's social system in underserved communities. We are dedicated to the integration of the perspectives of public health and clinical medicine with lessons learned from complementary therapies in our health care and healing. We seek to work collaboratively with patients and their families, colleagues and communities to provide excellent patient-centered care, explore innovations in primary care, and support a context that fosters health by providing culturally sensitive and respectful care that empowers all those involved. We seek the skills to effectively fight institutional and personal racism, sexism, classism, ageism, heterosexism, and other forms of prejudice and exploitation because they adversely affect the health of our patients and our provision of health care.

To improve the health of underserved communities in the Bronx and beyond, we strive to:

  1. Provide exemplary community-oriented primary care and preventive services across the life cycle;
  2. Train outstanding primary care physicians who integrate the biological, psychological, and social dimensions of health;
  3. Generate new knowledge and innovations in primary care, medical education, and population health;
  4. Advocate for public health, social justice, and health equality; and
  5. Honor our diversity in the practice of mutual respect, collaboration, and healing relationships.

The Department of Family and Social Medicine was created at Montefiore Medical Center in 1978, and was established as an academic department at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1992. The Department has played an important and unique role in the development of clinical care and training in urban family medicine and primary care, and been nationally recognized for its efforts. The Residency Program in Social Medicine, which is overseen by the Department, has likewise been a model of training and education in the preparation of physicians to work in underserved areas.
Our Department seeks to combine clinical excellence with a social and community-oriented perspective, with the goal of serving a large and diverse patient population throughout the Bronx. An important priority for us is to integrate the four dimensions of clinical care, education, research, and community health on many levels.
We are committed to realizing our collective mission and goals, and have many exciting activities and initiatives underway which are helping us to move forward with our plans. We hope that our Website can convey some of the many unique aspects of what our Department has to offer, and we invite you to find out more about us.

We welcome inquiries and collaboration from all of our colleagues and look forward to hearing from you.

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