Back row, left to right: Triage Nurse: Brenda Johnson, LPN, Melinda Bernitz, M.D., Sarah Werbel, M.D., SHS Director: Polly Wheat, M.D., Administrative Assistant: Dilenny De la Cruz, Nurse Coordinator: Eileen Fox, R.N., Front row, left to right: Immunization Nurse: Elsa Cadena, R.N. Receptionist: Xiomara Ventura Insurance Associate: Eladia Goris, Bookkeeper: Yasmin Ammirati, Medical Assistant: Altagracia Villafana, SHS Administrator: Kathryn Clark
Director: Dr. Polly Wheat, M.D.
Location: 60 Haven Avenue, Tower 1, Ground Floor- Clinical Services; 3E- Administrative Offices
Phone: (212) 305-3400
Emergencies: (212) 305-3400
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.—7 p.m.; Fri. 8 a.m.—4 p.m. (Closed Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4 p.m.)
Student Health Service (SHS) at Columbia University Medical Center is committed to advancing the health of each student and to promoting a healthy campus community through its goals of caring, healing, and educating. We seek to provide state-of-the-art medical care and health education, which is focused on your needs — medical, professional (for example, occupational health), and lifestyle — the health promotion components as seen through the lens of physicians-in-training.
We seek to deliver care that is compassionate, informed, confidential, and cost-effective.
We offer the following easily accessible, on-campus services:
Phone: (212) 305-3400
SHS provides a full range of primary care medical services, occupational exposure evaluation and treatment, women’s health services, specialty care (both on-site and referral), and ancillary services, including on-site laboratory service in affiliation with our reference laboratory.
If you are also enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan administered by The Chickering Group, SHS is your gateway to the Aetna provider network. For further information on the Student Health Insurance Plan, visit www.chickering.com or contact Student Health Service.
Except as required by law, no information is released outside the Student Health Services without your written consent.
Associate Director of Mental Health Services: Dr. Burton Lerner
Mental Health Services
Phone: (212) 496-8491
Both psychiatrists and psychologists are available for any type of counseling or psycho pharmacology issues. Appointments are made directly by contacting Dr. Burton Lerner at (212) 496-8491; you are entitled to 10 free visits each year, plus an additional 40 visits under the Chikering-Aetna insurance. These services are strictly confidential.
Health Promotion And Wellness- Wellness Works! Program
Phone: (212) 304-5564
Together with the Center for Student Wellness, the SHS provides health promotion and wellness in a number of areas, focusing on stress management, smoking cessation, sexual health, nutrition, and fitness. These programs are tailored to meet your needs. Both individual consultations and group programs are available.
We actively seek your feedback and suggestions for all aspects of the SHS. Please give us your ideas-either through your Student Health Advisory Committee representative, through the suggestion box in the SHS waiting room, via the feedback form on the website, or by email or telephone to the Director.
Phone: (212) 305-3400
SHS administers the public health screening and immunizations required by Columbia University Medical Center. The following are required before you will be allowed to register or attend classes.
- Positive titers indicating immunity to measles and rubella. If the titer is negative, the vaccine should be given.
- Positive titer indicating immunity to mumps. If the titer is negative, the vaccine should be given.
- Positive titer indicating immunity to varicella. If the titer is negative, the vaccine should be given.
- Record of three (3) Hepatitis B immunizations and a post-immunization titer indicating immunity.
- If the Hepatitis B post-immunization titer is not positive, Hepatitis B Surface antigen and Hepatitis B e antigen are required.
- A PPD skin test for tuberculosis within the past three (3) months. A chest x-ray is required if the PPD is positive. BCG is not a contra indication to placing a PPD.
- A History and Physical completed within the past twelve (12) months.
Laboratory reports are required for all titers and antigens.
For further information, visit our website at http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/student/health or call us at(212) 305-3400. We look forward to collaborating with you to maximize your health!