I am a psychiatrist with expertise in the care and management of people with medical/surgical illnesses including cancer and HIV/AIDS, and I am the psychiatric liaison to Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Head and Neck Disease Management Team. In addition, I have expertise in treating patients with substance use disorders, and I am in the process setting up a clinic where patients with problems such as alcohol dependence can be evaluated and treated before they undergo surgery.
Additionally, I am affiliated with the communication skills research and training laboratory (COMSKIL). Members of this lab develop research initiatives to find the most effective way to train healthcare providers to communicate in a sensitive and productive manner. The lab also provides communication skills training to clinicians in various areas (medical, surgical, and radiation oncology; pain and palliative care; critical care; radiology; and pediatrics) as well as to fellows and nursing staff. My research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of such training.
I am a member of various scientific and medical societies including the American Psychiatric Association and Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, both organizations of specialists in my field.