Warren Licht, MD
A mainstay in New York City’s medical community for more than two decades, Warren Licht, MD, serves as a Manhattan-based physician, educator and health care administrator.
Dr. Licht is director of medical affairs at Lenox Health Greenwich Village, which opened in 2014 as NYC’s first full service emergency department, and a medical staff member at Lenox Hill Hospital. An expert clinician with many years of experience in the fields of primary care, preventive medicine and international travel medicine, he also serves as director of medicine for Northwell’s Northwest Region. In this role, he focuses on business development and ambulatory care strategies for the health system’s largest clinical department.
Dr. Licht practices internal medicine with the Northwell Health Physician Partners, one of the country's largest medical groups. As an internist, he attends patients from his office on upper Park Avenue, on Manhattan’s East side and on West 20th Street in Chelsea.
During his medical career, Dr. Licht spent nearly eight years as the senior vice president for medical affairs at New York Downtown Hospital in Lower Manhattan, where he oversaw all clinical operations and drew upon his years of experience to streamline procedures and improve patient care. He played a key role in the establishment of the hospital’s Wellness and Prevention Center and oversaw the facility as its clinical director and physician-in-chief. His emphasis as an educator and mentor in instilling knowledge among young physicians in a diverse range of internal medicine subspecialties was exemplified in his role as the program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Training at New York Downtown Hospital for almost a decade.
Dr. Licht has served as a clinical instructor of Medicine at Cornell’s Weill Medical College, an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine and he is currently an assistant professor at the Zucker School of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American College of Physician Executives, and the medical societies of the State of New York and New York County.
Dr. Warren Licht remains grounded in human values. In the chaos of September 11, 2001, he helped guide the largest single medical center response to the tragedy. The hospital, just blocks from the site of the World Trade Center, treated more than 30 times its usual number of patients that day. In the days following the disaster, he supported first responders cautioning them to wear masks to protect their health as they tended to the business of rescue and recovery. Dr. Licht appears in several documentaries about the World Trade Center disaster, as well as appearing in a World Trade Center Memorial Foundation promotion video.
Dr. Licht has also devoted much of his career to bolstering the efforts of nonprofit organizations. As a founding board member of Crossing Thresholds, Dr. Licht works hard to develop and implement sustainable educational opportunities for underprivileged children in Kenya. He also served as the medical director and board member of Bridges to Community, which as part of its mission organizes groups of North American volunteers, sending them to Central America to share culture and learn about the importance of global interdependence. Dr. Licht also served on the board of New York Downtown Hospital’s Kress Vision Program, which provided free eye care to underserved New Yorkers.
Before launching his career as a medical professional and practicing physician, Dr. Licht earned a bachelor of science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s in physiology from Georgetown University, where he also received his MD. Since then he has served as giving chairman of the school's Alumni Association's Medical School Class of 1992.
After completing his internship, Dr. Licht began his residency training in internal medicine at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Licht also undertook internship and residency training at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, with culminating responsibilities as chief medicine resident at New York Downtown Hospital.