About Family Medicine

Family medicine is a division of primary care that provides health care across the lifespan. Family medicine has a long history but was officially recognized as a medical specialty in 1969. The American Board of Family Medicine gives the following definition:

“Family medicine is the medical specialty which provides continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family. It is a specialty in breadth that integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences. The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system and every disease entity.”

Within the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, family medicine is comprehensive, coordinated, and culturally-competent. The family practice model of care is based on a holistic approach to health that integrates psychological, social, economic, and environmental determinants of health with biomedical factors. Comprehensive women’s health care, including a full scope of reproductive care, is an integral part of family medicine at the Institute for Family Health. Many of our doctors have additional specializations in an array of fields, such as HIV and geriatrics.

For more information on Family Medicine, please refer to the article, “Family Medicine: A Specialty for All Ages” from the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine.


Contact Us

Administrative Offices:
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Icahn Medical Institute
1425 Madison Avenue, Suite L5-40
New York, NY 10029

Tel: 212-659-1411
Fax: 212-659-9071

Mailing Address:
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
IMI L5-40, Box 1029
1468 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10029