James Spears, MD
Dr. James Spears, a Family Physician, has worked with underserved populations in New York City for more than 20 years, having previously worked at multiple drop-in sites and homeless shelters in Manhattan with the Institute for Urban Family Health. He helped establish a medical practice at the Times Square Hotel, the largest single room occupancy (SRO) in the United States. Dr. Spears established and developed the Nagle Family Health Center for Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in Washington Heights, and has helped develop the Family Medicine Residency Program at Columbia, where he served as Medical Director for five years. Dr. Spears is currently the Medical Director of the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic of the Actors Fund, serving the uninsured and underinsured entertainment professionals of greater NYC. He also teaches Columbia P&S medical students at all levels of training, including at Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership since its inception. He is from California where he received his undergraduate degree from Stanford and his MD from the University of California, Davis.
Allie (Alexandra) Brown, MD
Alexandra Brown was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with Bachelor degrees in Biology and in French and completed a Master’s of Arts in French Cultural Studies at Columbia University’s Reid Hall campus in Paris. Prior to attending medical school at the University of Vermont, she worked for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at the World Health Organization, in Switzerland. She has always been focused on working with medically underserved populations and has worked at Planned Parenthood of Baltimore, as a counselor for surgical patients, for AmeriCorps in Baton Rouge as a Breast and Cervical Cancer Outreach coordinator, and now is thrilled to work at Farrell Community Health Center.
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