Rachel J. Gordon, MD, MPH

Board Certifications: 
Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine
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Overview

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

Bacterial Infection

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Medicine at CUMC
  • Associate Professor of Epidemiology at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Gender

  • Female

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Phone Appointments

New and Existing Patients:
212-305-8039

Location(s)

CUMC/Harkness Pavilion
180 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032
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Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NY Signature
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

Affinity

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Amida Care

  • Special Needs Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Emblem/GHI

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Emblem/HIP

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Blue Access (Exchange)
  • EPO
  • Gatekeeper (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Pathway (Exchange)
  • POS
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Healthfirst

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Traditional Medicare (NY)

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty
  • Medicare Managed Care

UnitedHealthcare

  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • The Empire Plan (NYSHIP)

VNSNY CHOICE

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth
  • Special Needs Plan

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • MPH, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • 2010   Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award from the P&S Class of 2012           
  • 2010   Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the P&S Class of 2013
  • 2011  Ewig Award from the Ewig Clinical Education Fund for Outstanding Educators
  • 2012   Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for teaching in pre-clinical years
  • 2012   Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators

Research

Dr. Gordon's primary research interests are in the molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis of staphylococcal disease and healthcare-associated infections.  Currently, she is studying ventricular-assist device (VAD, a heart pump) infections and the molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis of Staphylococcus epidermidis, the most common pathogen infecting these devices.   She is also interested in MRSA and staphylococcal infections affecting high risk populations.

Research Interests

  • Molecular epidemiology of Staphylococcal colonization and disease
  • Staphylococcal pathogenesis

Grants

SCALE-UP ON AN ONLINE RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL FOR HIV+ GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN (Federal Gov)

Feb 1 2014 - Dec 31 2015

ENHANCING, TRAINING, RESEARCH CAPACITY AND EXPERTISE IN HIV CARE-ENTREE MEDICAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE (Federal Gov)

Sep 27 2010 - Aug 31 2013

PATHOGENESIS & EPIDEMIOLOGY OF S EPIDERMIDIS VENTRICULAR ASS IST DEVICE INFECTIONS (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2007 - Jun 30 2013

Selected Publications

  • Cespedes, C., B. Said-Salim, M. Miller, S.H. Lo, B.N. Kreiswirth, R.J. Gordon , P. Vavagiakis, R.S. Klein, and F.D. Lowy FD. The clonality of Staphylococcus aureus nasal carriage. J. Infect. Dis. 2005;191(3):444-52.
  • Gordon, R.J., B. Quagliarello, C. Cespedes, M. Chung, H. de Lencastre, P. Vavagiakis, M. Miller, B. Zeller, and F.D. Lowy. A Molecular Epidemiological Analysis of 2 Staphylococcus aureus Clonal Types Colonizing and Infecting Patients with AIDS. Clin. Infect. Dis. 2005;40:1028-1036.
  • Gordon, R.J. and F.D. Lowy. Bacterial Infections in Drug Users. NEJM 2005; 353:1945-54.
  • Gordon, R.J., B. Quagliarello, and F.D. Lowy. Ventricular assist device-related infections. Lancet Infect. Dis. 2006; 6:426-37.
  • Gordon, R.J. and F.D. Lowy. Pathogenesis of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2008; 46:S350-9.
  • Schulman AR, Martens TP, Russo MJ, Christos PJ, Gordon RJ, Lowy FD, Oz MC, Naka Y. Effect of left ventricular assist device infection on post-transplant outcomes. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2009 Mar;28(3):237-42.
  • Gordon, Rachel J., N. Chez, H. Jia, B. Zeller, M. Sobieszczyk, C. Brennan, K. Hisert, Mei-Ho Lee, P. Vavagiakis, and Franklin D. Lowy. The NOSE Study (Nasal Ointment for Staphylococcus aureus Eradication): A Randomized Controlled Trial of Monthly Mupirocin in HIV-Infected Individuals. J of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. 2010 Sept;55(2).
  • Gordon, Rachel J.,  Maria Miragaia, Alan D. Weinberg, Caroline J Lee, Joana Rolo, Julie C. Giacolone, Mark S. Slaughter, Pat Pappas, Yoshifumi Naka, Alfred J. Tector, Herminia de Lencastre, Franklin D. Lowy.  Staphylococcus epidermidis colonization is highly clonal across United States cardiac centers.  Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2012 May 1;205(9):1391-8.
  • Rachel J Gordon, Alan D Weinberg, Francis D Pagani, Mark S Slaughter, Pat S Pappas, Yoshifumi Naka, Daniel J Goldstein, Walter P Dembitsky, Julie C Giacalone, Jennifer Ferrante, Deborah D Ascheim, Alan J Moskowitz, Eric A Rose, Annetine C Gelijns, Franklin D Lowy, and the VAD Infection Study Group.  A prospective, multicenter study of ventricular assist device infections. Circulation, in press 2013

Abstracts

  • Jankolovits, R., B. Quagliarello, C. Cespedes, M. Miller, M. Chung, H. De Lencastre, B. Zeller, J. Justman, and F.D. Lowy. Two clonal types of Staphylococcus aureus dominate infection and nasal colonization in a NYC AIDS and drug treatment facility. Slide presentation at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), September, 2002.
  • Gordon, R. J., T. Martens, R. Wang, Y. Naka, B. Scully, E. Blumberg, and F. Lowy. Diagnostic Criteria for Diagnosing Ventricular Assist Device-Related Infections. Poster presentation at the 46th ICAAC, September, 2006.
  • R. Gordon, M. Bhat, C. Fairchild, J. Choe, U. Rawiel, D. Ascheim, M. Slaughter, Y. Naka, F. Lowy. Ventricular Assist Device Recipients Share Commensal S. epidermidis Clones and are Infected with Colonizing Strains. Poster presentation at the 48th Annual ICAAC/IDSA 46th Annual Meeting, October 2008.
  • R. Gordon, N. Chez, H. Jia, B. Zeller, M. Sobieszczyk, C. Brennan, K. Hisert, M. Lee, P. Vavagiakis, F. Lowy. Monthly mupirocin decreases S. aureus nasal colonization in HIV/AIDS patients. Poster presentation at the 48th Annual ICAAC/IDSA 46th Annual Meeting, October 2008.
  • Uhlemann-AC, Huard-R, Whittier-S, Della-Latta-P, Lowy-FD, Gordon-RJ. Clinical Vancomycin-Intermediate S. aureus (VISA) infection with a USA 300 strain. 48th Annual ICAAC/IDSA 46th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC., October 2008.
  • R. Gordon, M. Perlo, E. Hall.  Innovative Teaching Methods: The Challenge of Effectively Training Faculty. Poster presentation at the NEGEA Annual Retreat at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, CT, March 2010.
  • R. Gordon, A. Weinberg, F. Pagani, F. Lowy, and the VAD Infection Study Group. Prospective, multicenter investigation of ventricular assist device infections.  Late-breaker, 50th Annual ICAAC Meeting, Boston, September 2010.