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.
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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.
- Clinical Expertise: Psychiatric Aspects of Cancer and HIV/AIDS
- Awards and Honors: Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2012-2017)
- Languages Spoken: English
- Education: MD, Ohio State Universtiy College of Medicine
- Residencies: Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York); SUNY Downstate Medical Center
- Fellowships: Beth Israel Medical Center (New York)
- Board Certifications: Psychiatry; Geriatric Psychiatry; Psychosomatic Medicine
As home to one of the world’s top cancer research centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering is typically involved in more than 900 clinical trials at a given time. Currently, clinical trials focused on the conditions I treat are enrolling new patients. If you’re interested in joining a clinical trial, click to learn about the trial’s purpose, eligibility criteria, and how to get more information.Learn more
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