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Yesne Alici, MD



Clinical Director, Psychiatry Service

Clinical Expertise

Psychiatric Care of Geriatric Cancer Patients

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About Me


MD, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa School of Medicine (Turkey)


Drexel University College of Medicine (Pennsylvania)


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/Weill Cornell Medical College; University of Pennsylvania

Board Certifications

Psychiatry; Geriatric Psychiatry; Psychosomatic Medicine

I am a psychiatrist who specializes in psycho-oncology and geriatric psychiatry. I see people with all types of cancer but have a particular interest in helping people with brain tumors and older adults with cancer. I work in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

In inpatient settings, I focus on delirium. This is a state of confusion that can happen in people who are ill. I also help people manage such symptoms as depression, anxiety, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. In my outpatient practice, I see people who are dealing with depression, anxiety, cognitive changes, fatigue, and other psychosocial distress.

In my research, I study ways to manage cancer- and treatment-related cognitive changes. I work on the dissemination of screening methods for delirium and other cognitive changes across care settings and disciplines. I am working on a communication skills programs for doctors who treat older adults with cancer. 

I also supervise fellows, residents, nurse practitioner students, and medical students who rotate through the Psychiatry Service.


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Research and Publications

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Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Alici’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.