Purnema Madahar, MD, MS

Critical Care Medicine
Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, more

Locations and Appointments

CUIMC/Milstein Hospital Building

177 Ft. Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032
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About Purnema Madahar, MD, MS

Dr. Purnema Madahar is the Assistant Director of the Medical Intensive Care Units and the Medical Critical Care Services at Milstein Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She is a pulmonary intensivist, ECMO attending, and active member of the Center for Acute Respiratory Failure research group. Her current clinical research interests include identifying risk factors and associated outcomes in patients with acute respiratory failure and critical illness, clinical outcomes in patients supported with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and utilization of information technology to improve patient outcomes. Dr. Madahar is actively involved in several hospital-based committees related to improving quality of care for patients in the ICUs. She has been accepted to the NewYork-Presbyterian Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Academy for the 2022-2023 academic year, a highly competitive program that aims to cultivate physician leaders.

Board Certifications

  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease

Specialties & Expertise

  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  • Critical Care
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Intensive Care
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Sepsis


  • Internship: Albert Einstein / Montefiore Medical Center
  • Residency: Albert Einstein / Montefiore Medical Center
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Training: Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Medical School: State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
  • Residency: Albert Einstein / Montefiore Medical Center, Chief Resident

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital

Awards & Honors

  • Intensified Research Track in Internal Medicine Awardee (2011)
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Academy Attending (2022-2023)
  • NIH Intramural Research Training Award (2005)
  • Resident Development Scholarship, American Thoracic Society (2012)
  • Rishon M. Bialer 64 Endowed Scholarship (2004)
  • TL1 Precision Medicine Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2016)

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