Cristina Fernandez, MD, MPH

Board Certifications: 
Pediatrics
Treats Children
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Overview

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

Pediatric Hospitalist

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

About Cristina R. Fernández, MD MPH

Dr. Fernández is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center and cares for newborns in the Well Baby Nursery of the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian. Her innovative research focuses on the areas of food insecurity, diet-related disparities, and issues in development and health maintenance in vulnerable child populations. As an emerging investigator with burgeoning expertise in newborn care, Dr. Fernández assists in coordination of clinical research initiatives with the newborn nursery population. 

She received her MPH from the Yale School of Public Health and subsequently completed her medical training at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons. She subsequently completed her residency in pediatrics at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and a primary care research fellowship in community health at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. 

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Languages

  • Spanish

Gender

  • Female

Insurance Accepted

For billing questions, please call (212) 304-7250.

Aetna

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

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

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

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

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty
  • Medicare Managed Care

TRICARE

  • TRICARE

UnitedHealthcare

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

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

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MPH, Yale School of Public Health
  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Internship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics

Honors & Awards

Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society

American Academy of Pediatrics Chapter Special Achievement Award 2017

Research

Dr. Fernandez conducts innovative research in the areas of food insecurity, diet-related disparities, and morbidity of development, pain, health maintenance, and healthcare utilization in vulnerable child populations.

Research Interests

  • food insecurity
  • health disparities
  • pediatric nutrition
  • early infant and child development
  • pain and symptom management
  • child growth
  • healthcare utilization

Grants

DEVELOPING NOVEL CLINICAL APPROACHES TO REDUCE CHILDHOOD OBESITY RISK FACTORS DURING THE FIRST1,000 DAYS (Private)

Jul 1 2018 - Jun 30 2021

NRSA FOR PRIMARY MEDICAL CARE (Federal Gov)

Jul 1 2011 - Jun 30 2016

Selected Publications

  1. Flores G, Mendoza FS, Fuentes-Afflick E, Mendoza JA, Pachter L, Espinoza J, Fernandez CR, Arnold D, Brown NM, Gonzalez KM, Lopez C, Owen MC, Parks KM, Reynolds KL, Russell CJ. Hot topics, urgent priorities, and ensuring success for racial/ethnic minority young investigators in academic pediatrics. International Journal for Equity in Health. 2016;15:201-11.
  2. Fernandez CR, Lucas R, Soto-Greene M, Sanchez JP. Introducing trainees to academic medicine career roles and responsibilities. MedEdPORTAL. 2017;13:10653. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10653.
  3. Fernandez CR, Yomogida M, Aratani Y, and Hernandez D. Dual Food and Energy Hardship and Child Behavior Problems. Academic Pediatrics. July 2018. doi.org/10.1016/j.acap.2018.07.002.