Paula M Castaño, MD, MPH

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Accepting New Patients
Virtual Visits/Telehealth
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I am proud to support my patients in making the reproductive health decisions that are right for them.

Paula Castaño, MD, MPH, is a board certified obstetrician gynecologist. She received an undergraduate degree at Brown University and completed medical school at the University of Minnesota. She was a resident at the University of Texas Southwestern Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Dr. Castaño completed her fellowship in family planning at Columbia University Medical Center, where she also obtained a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. Her clinical focus is on office-based procedures, and she has expertise in providing trauma-informed care. Dr. Castaño's research interests include contraceptive use by HIV-infected women, the folate status of reproductive-aged women, and the use of technology to improve contraceptive continuation. She serves as director of the Faculty Practice.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Abnormal Pap Smear
  • Abnormal Uterine and Vaginal Bleeding
  • Birth Control
  • Colposcopy
  • Complex IUD Insertion and Removal
  • Contraception
  • Contraceptive Care
  • Contraceptive Implant Placements and Removals
  • Family Planning
  • General Gynecology
  • Gynecologic Exams
  • Gynecology
  • Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD) and Contraceptive Implant Placements and Removals
  • Irregular Periods/Menstrual Cycles
  • LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure)
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Miscarriage Management
  • Pap Smear
  • Post Menopausal Problems
  • Pregnancy Termination
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Routine Gynecologic Care
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Sterilization
  • UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Medical Director, Outpatient Services
  • Medical Director, Columbus Circle Practice

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Spanish


  • Female

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Virtual Visits/Telehealth

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Phone Appointments

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Insurance Accepted


  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Student Health

Affinity Health Plan

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs

Amida Care

  • Special Needs


  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO


  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care


  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare


  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Quality Health Management

  • Quality Health Management


  • Special Needs


  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford HMO
  • Oxford Liberty
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

World Trade Center Health Plan

  • World Trade Center Health Plan

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

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Complex Family Planning

Honors & Awards

  • Organon Inc. Resident Research Award Outstanding Research in Women’s Health