Physician’s Profile

Katherine Fischkoff, MD

Gallbladder Surgery
Intestinal Surgery
Laparascopic Abdominal Surgery
Laparoscopic Appendectomy
Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
Laparoscopic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery

Katherine Fischkoff, MD is a general and acute care surgeon, with a special interest in medical ethics. Dr. Fischkoff’s
clinical skills and research expertise have earned her recognition as
Medical Director for the Surgical Step Down Unit and Vice-Chair of the
Department of Surgery’s Quality and Patient Safety Committee.  She has produced influential research in the
field of medical ethics to help clarify the role of the surgeon in difficult ethical situations. During the COVID pandemic, she led the way in developing
standard-of-care recommendations to guide the diverse and numerous
ethics challenges faced by all healthcare workers.

Dr. Fischkoff earned her medical degree from George Washington
University and went on to receive specialized training at NYU, Cornell
and Memorial-Sloan Kettering before joining the team at Columbia.

Flum D, Davidson G, Monsell S, Shapiro I, Odom S, Sanchez S, Drake FT, Fischkoff K, Johnson J, Patton J, Evans H, Cuschieri J, Sabbatini A, Faine B, Skeete D, Liang M, Sohn V, McGrane K, Kutcher M, Chung B, Carter D, Ayoung-Chee P, Chiang W, Rushing A, Steinberg S, Foster C, Schaetzel S, Price T, Mandell K, Ferrigno L, Salzberg M, DeUgarte D, Kaji A, Moran G, Saltzman D, Alam H, Park P, Kao L, Thompson C, Self W, Yu J, Wiebusch A, Winchell R, Clark S, Krishnadasan A, Fannon E, Lavallee C, Comstock B, Bizzell B, Heagerty P, Kessler L, Talan D. A Randomized Trial Comparing Antibiotics and Appendectomy forAppendicitis. New England Journal of Medicine. 2020 Nov 12;383(20):1907-1919.
Fischkoff K, Neuberg G, Dastidar J, Williams EP, Prager KM, Dugdale L. Clinical Ethics Consultations during the COVID-19 Pandemic Surge at a New York City Medical Center. Journal of Clinical Ethics. 2020 Fall;31(3):212-218.
Bustan S, Nacoti M, Botbol-Baum M, Fischkoff K et al. COVID 19: Ethical dilemmas in human lives [published online ahead of print, 2020 Sep 14]. J Eval Clin Pract. 2020;10.1111/jep.13453. doi:10.1111/jep.13453
Argenziano M, Fischkoff K, Smith C. Surgery Scheduling in a Crisis. New England Journal of Medicine. 2020 June 4; 582:e87.