Kenneth M Prager, MD


Kenneth M Prager, MD


Specialties: Internal Medicine, Pulmonology, Cancer CareMore specialties
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161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032

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About Kenneth M Prager, MD

Dr. Prager is Professor of Clinical Medicine, Director of Clinical Ethics and Chairman of the Medical Ethics Committee at Columbia University Medical Center. He spent two years in the Indian health Service practicing general medicine on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota after his medical internship. Dr. Prager held clandestine medical clinics in the Soviet Union during a visit to Refuseniks in 1986, and later set up the first U.S. - Soviet medical student exchange program between Columbia P&S and the First Moscow Medical Academy.

Dr. Prager has been a pulmonologist for over 35 years. He is heavily involved in teaching pulmonology and medical ethics to medical students, house officers and nurses. His writings on medicine and medical ethics have appeared in medical journals and textbooks as well as on the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Prager is a regular guest lecturer in Israel for the Ben Gurion University MD Program in International Health and Medicine in collaboration with Columbia University Health Sciences. He has received honors for his teaching, clinical expertise, contributions to organ donation, and medical humanism.

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine

Languages Spoken

  • Hebrew


  • Asthma
  • Biopsies
  • Chronic Cough
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Spirometry


  • Residency: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY
  • Internship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY

Titles & Positions

  • Professor of Medicine at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Awards & Honors

  • 1964 Phi Beta Kappa, Columbia College
  • 1984 Rafael Award for Medicine, Sanz Medical Center, Netanya, Israel
  • 1999-2000 Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center House Staff Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching--Senior Faculty
  • 2003 Physician on the Year Award, Department of Nursing, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
  • 2003-2012 MarquisWho's Who in America
  • 2003, 2006, 2011 Guide to America's Top Physicians, Consumers Research Council of America
  • 2007-08 Ewig Clinical Education Award, Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center
  • AOA Distinguished Lecture, Uniformed Services University Medical School, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda Maryland, May 6, 2010.
  • Commencement Speaker Medical School graduation, Ben Gurion University MD Program in International Health and Medicine; Beersheva, Israel, May 27, 2003.
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Society of the Alumni of New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, November 14, 2012
  • Fellow New York Academy of Medicine
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • June, 2006 Alfred Markowitz Service Award, Society of Practitioners, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
  • May 2006 The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation
  • One of New York City's Best Internists/Pulmonologists, Castle Connoly Guide: How to Find the Best Doctors, New York Castle Connoly Guide: America's Top Doctors Metro Area, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001-12.
  • One of New York City's Best Pulmonologists, "The Best Doctors in New York," New York magazine, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2007

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