Deepthiman K. Gowda, MD

Board Certifications: 
Internal Medicine
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Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated


Academic Appointments

  • Associate in Medicine at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Course Director, Foundations of Clinical Medicine Tutorials
  • Chair, Fundamentals (Pre-clerkship Curriculum) Curriculum Committee
  • Director, Scholarly Project Track in Medical Education
  • Director of Clinical Practice, Program in Narrative Medicine

Deepthiman Gowda is a general internist and works in the Section of Hospital Medicine. He is the Course Director of Foundations of Clinical Medicine Tutorials, Chair of the Fundamentals Curriculum Committee (first 18 months of the medical school curriculum), and Director of the Scholarly Project Track in Medical Education at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is the Director of Clinical Practice in the Program in Narrative Medicine. At the medical school, Dr. Gowda serves on the Admissions Committee and has served as Chair of the Task Force for a Bias-Free Curriculum and the first campus-wide Task-Force for Interprofessional Education. Dr. Gowda is a Macy Foundation Faculty Scholar (2015-2017). 

Dr. Gowda has received the Bohmfalk Award for preclinical education, the Ewig Award for clinical teaching, and the Ambulatory Medicine Teacher of the Year Award. He is a member of the Virginia Apgar Teaching Academy and chairs the Apgar Medical Education Scholarship Group (AMES). He serves as a member of the New York City Board of Health and as the National Co-Chair for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Test Development Committee. His scholarship has focused on narrative medicine, clinical skills training, and interprofessional education and practice.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia


  • Male


CUMC/Milstein Hospital Building
177 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • Bohmfalk Award for preclinical education
  • Ewig Award for clinical teaching
  • Ambulatory Medicine Teacher of the Year Award
  • Virginia Apgar Teaching Academy


Research Interests

  • Medical Education (including clinical skills and interprofessional education) and Narrative Medicine

Selected Publications


Gowda D, Dubroff R, Swan-Sein A., Capello C. Art as Sanctuary: A Four-Year Mixed-Methods Evaluation of a Visual Art Course Addressing Uncertainty Through Reflection. Accepted to Academic Medicine, 2019

Uchida T, Gowda D, et al. Approaches to Teaching the Physical Exam to Pre-Clerkship Medical Students: Results of a National Survey Accepted to Academic Medicine, 2019

Cao, E., & Gowda, D. Collaborative songwriting for health sciences interprofessional service learning. Medical education, 52(5), 550-550, 2018

Gowda, D. Listen in Silence: Narrative Medicine with Interprofessional Teams. Collaborative Healthcare – Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Evaluation, 2017, 4-5

Tucker M, Balmer D, Gowda D. Impact of Explicit, Implicit, and Extra Curricula on Students’ Learning of the History and Physical Examination MedEdPublish, 2017 6, [3], 22 doi:

Uchida, T., Achike, F. I., Blood, A. D., Boyle, M., Farnan, J. M., Gowda, D., ... & Silvestri, R. (2018). Resources Used to Teach the Physical Exam to Preclerkship Medical Students: Results of a National Survey. Academic Medicine, 93(5), 736-741.

Gowda, D., Blatt, B., Fink, M. J., Kosowicz, L. Y., Baecker, A., & Silvestri, R. C. (2014). A core physical exam for medical students: results of a national survey. Academic Medicine, 89(3), 436-442.


Gowda D, Curran T, Balmer D. Using a Mixed Methods Approach to Evaluating Programs in Health Humanities. In Research Methods in Health Humanities Eds. Klugman C and Lamb E. New York, NY: Oxford Univ Press, publication planned for late 2018

Gowda D. Taking Time to Truly Listen to our Patients. In Distracted Doctoring: Returning to Patient-Centered Care in the Digital Age. Ed. P Papadakos and S Bertman. New York, NY: Springer, 2017