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Department of Family Medicine


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Richard Crummer, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Family Medicine

  • About

Richard Crummer, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, is Director of the Family Medicine Inpatient Service, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine Performance Improvement Committee and a member of the department faculty since 1998. He is also a member of the University Hospital Root Cause Analysis group and faculty liaison to the Department of Medicine regarding residency rotation issues. In addition, Dr. Crummer serves as preceptor and advisor to resident physicians and a registered physician assistant, as well as maintains his own panel of primary care patients. He is co-author of the article, Diagnostic Approach to Tinnitus, published in 2004 in American Family Physician, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is a peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Crummer had already pursued a successful career in business and management consulting with major U.S. and Canadian consulting firms and companies. He was born and raised in southern Ontario, Canada, with B.A. and M.A. degrees and doctoral studies at Canadian and U.S. universities. He completed his medical studies at Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Initially Dr. Crummer completed two years of residency in Psychiatry, completing his first year of residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and the second year at SUNY Downstate. It was then that he transferred into the SUNY Downstate Family Practice Residency Program, where he went on to be chief resident, completing his residency in Family Practice in 1992. For the next several years, Dr. Crummer was an Attending Physician in the Department of Family Practice at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, where he provided primary care to a diverse group of patients, was department Coordinator of managed care initiatives, Director of the behavioral sciences curriculum for Family Practice residents and Coordinator of medical student activities and programs. He also served briefly as Medical Director of the Stamford Community Health Center in Stamford, Connecticut. He is fluent in Spanish.

Dr. Crummer is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Crummer has provided stellar leadership in quality and performance improvement in the Department of Family Medicine, and in the root cause analysis of significant medical events in the clinical services of the University Hospital of Brooklyn.