Yesne Alici, MD

About Me

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.

  • Clinical Expertise: Psychiatric Care of Geriatric Cancer Patients
  • Languages Spoken: English; Turkish
  • Education: MD, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa School of Medicine (Turkey)
  • Residencies: Drexel University College of Medicine (Pennsylvania)
  • Fellowships: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/Weill Cornell Medical College; University of Pennsylvania
  • Board Certifications: Psychiatry; Geriatric Psychiatry; Psychosomatic Medicine

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