Jose A. Luchsinger, MD, MPH

Internal Medicine
Profile Headshot


José Alejandro Luchsinger received his MD degree from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. He completed an internal medicine residency program including one year as chief medical resident at St. Luke's Hospital in New York City. He also completed a General Medicine Fellowship at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and obtained an MPH in epidemiology from the Mailman School of Public Health at CUIMC. He has been a faculty member since 1999. His research has focused on the relation of vascular, metabolic, and dietary on aging outcomes, primarily cognition, in diverse populations. He conducts cohort studies and clinical trials. He is the director of the Center on Aging and Health Disparities (CAHD) in the Division of General Medicine. The CAHD is the home for the Northern Manhattan Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities at Columbia University, funded by NIMHD, and various research projects in aging, minority health, and health disparities.

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Vice-Chair for Clinical and Epidemiologic Research, Department of Medicine
  • Director, Section of Geriatrics, Gerontology, and Aging

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Male

Schedule an Appointment

Connect Patient Portal

For existing patients, login to make an appointment, view documentation or contact your care provider.

Connect Sign In

Insurance Accepted


  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare


  • Multiplan


  • Special Needs


  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

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

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Central University of Venezuela
  • Residency: St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center
  • Fellowship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine


I work with the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain analyzing data from a prospective cohort study of aging.

Research Interests

  • Relationship between cardiovascular risk factors and cognition
  • Relationship between diet and cognition

Selected Publications

  • José A. Luchsinger, Ming-Xing Tang, Steven Shea, Richard Mayeux (2003) Antioxidant vitamin intake and risk of Alzheimer’s disease Arch Neurol 60:203-208
  • José A. Luchsinger, Ming-Xing Tang, Steven Shea, Richard Mayeux (2002) Caloric intake and risk of Alzheimer's disease Arch Neurol 59:1258-63
  • Holly B. Posner, Ming-Xin Tang, Jose Luchsinger, Rafael Lantigua, Yaakov Stern, Richard Mayeux (2002) The Relationship of Hypertension in the Elderly to Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular Dementia and Cognitive Function Neurology 58:1175-81
  • Mathew S. Maurer, José A. Luchsinger, Rachel Wellner, Eugene Kukuy, Niloo M. Edwards (2002) The Impact of Body Mass Index on Complications from Cardiac Surgery In The Oldest Old J Am Geriatr Soc 50:988-94
  • José A. Luchsinger, Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Charles Knirsch, Daniel Rabinowitz, Steven Shea (2002) Antibiotic Use and Risk of Myocardial Infarction in the General Population Am J of Cardiol 89:18-21
  • José A. Luchsinger, Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Charles Knirsch , Daniel Rabinowitz, Steven Shea (2001) Antibiotic Use and Risk of Ischemic Stroke in the Elderly Am J of Med 111:361-366