Dr. David Robbins' medical career began in high school at the age of 16 when he studied to become an emergency medical technician (EMT) and joined the volunteer ambulance corps that eight months earlier had rescued him after a bad fall during an ice storm. His passion for medicine was born out of his experiences as the youngest ambulance driver in the sleepy suburban town where he attended high school. As an undergraduate at Columbia College, where he studied the history of medicine, David went on to become a director for the student-run university volunteer ambulance service and worked with a renowned surgeon at Harlem Hospital on community outreach projects to reduce urban pediatric trauma. Shortly before graduating from Columbia, his dream of becoming a physician was realized when he got his acceptance letter to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. After completing his third year of medical school, David was invited to be one of nine medical students in the nation to participate in the newly formed Clinical Research Training Program and spent a year as a research fellow developing novel anti-cancer drugs for rare leukemias. He earned his M.D. degree with Distinction in Research and was inducted into the prestigious national honor medical society, AΩA. Dr. Robbins completed his residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, one of the country's top medical centers. The defining moment in his budding career as a gastroenterologist occurred during his internship year at HUP, when his father was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Dr. Robbins returned to the top-ranked Mount Sinai Hospital in New York for a fellowship in digestive diseases and undertook additional training during a speciality fellowship in advanced, therapeutic endoscopy in Charleston, South Carolina. He also completed a master's degree (M.Sc.) in clinical research and biostatistics from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Robbins is a board-certified gastroenterologist practicing on the upper east side in Manhattan at Lenox Hill Hospital and is the fellowship director for the training program in gastroenterology at Lenox Hill. He is also the medical director for Manhattan's largest endoscopy center and oversees a large team of gastroenterologists, nurses, technicians and physician trainees. Dr. Robbins is an expert in both routine endoscopic procedures (such as endoscopy and colonoscopy) and complex, therapeutic procedures (endoscopic ultrasound, fine-needle aspiration and early cancer therapies). He has a special interest in gastrointestinal cancer screening, diagnosis and staging as well as routine digestive disorders. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine and enjoys a diverse career as a clinician, researcher and educator.Dr. Robbins has been inducted as a fellow in the three major professional societies, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American Gastroenterological Association, and the American College of Gastroenterology. He has been repeatedly recognized as a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly and a Best Doctor by New York Magazine. He lectures nationally and internationally on ways to improve the quality of healthcare and directs academic courses across the country for physicians and nurses. Dr. Robbins has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, editorials and book chapters. He frequently contributes his expertise to print and television media and has been featured as a medical expert for the major television networks and news outlets. See. Dr. Robbins in action In The Press at www.davidrobbinsmd.com Dr. Robbins is probably best known for his reassuring bedside manner, clinical competence, and sense of humor. You may read patient reviews of Dr. Robbins' work at zocdoc.com and healthgrades.com. Read Dr. Robbins' favorite editorial, "Unsedated colonoscopy: just add water?".
Dr. Robbins' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Board certified in Gastroenterology
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
Why It Matters: Dr. Robbins' Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Benign Neoplasm of the Digestive System
Cholecystitis and Gallstones
Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
Esophageal Achalasia and Cardiospasm
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Hepatitis B - Immune Response
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Liver Damage from Alcohol
Neoplasm of Gastrointestinal Tract
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
Small Intestine Cancer
Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
Unexplained Weight Loss
Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
Colon Cancer Screening
Colonoscopy With Polypectomy
Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
Percutaneous Edoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for New York.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Columbia University / College Of Physicians and Surgeons
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1950
Mount Sinai School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1950
University Penn Hosp Of University Penn
Residency Hospital | Completed 1950
Mount Sinai Hosp Med Ctr
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1950
Columbia University / College Of Physicians and Surgeons
Other Education | Completed 1950
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Robbins has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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