Michael R. Privitera, M.S., M.D.

Michael R. Privitera, M.S., M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box PSYCH
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 399-4581
Fax: (585) 276-0161
Administrative: (585) 275-3592

Professional Bio

Dr Privitera is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), and Directs the Psychiatric Consultation/Liaison Service which services the Medical/Surgical/OB-GYN Service patients, the Mood and Anxiety Disorder Clinic, which services the medical community and region with consultation on difficult to treat mood and anxiety disorders. Dr Privitera has through years of clinical and administrative experience, personal victimization, co-chairing the Department of Psychiatry Workplace Violence (WPV) Committee, membership on URMC Workplace Safety Committee, completing a sabbatical focusing on WPV, assembled national and international interdisciplinary and interprofessional experts in the WPV field which culminated in editing and writing for the book Workplace Violence in Mental and General Healthcare Settings (Jones and Bartlett Publishers 2011).

He has presented internationally on interdisciplinary and interprofessional approaches to prevention and dealing urgently with WPV issues directly before, during, and directly after violent or potentially violent events ("Perivention").

Awards & Honors (National)

Manfred Guttmacher Award 2012 | American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law/APA | Philadelphia PA, 5/6/12 2012 - 2012
Irma Bland MD Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents 2009
Best Doctors in America 2007 - 2009
Top Psychiatrists in America 2006
Best Doctors in America 2005
Best Doctors In America 1998
Nancy C.A. Roeske, MD Award for Excellence in Medical Student 1997
Fellow (now called 1995

Awards & Honors (Local)

Friend of Residents Award – (URMC Psychiatry Resident Class) 2009
URMC, Dept of Psychiatry Excellence in Clinical Care Award 2005
Sidney Rubin, MD Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Residency 2004
Sidney Rubin, MD Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Residency 2001
Mary Lou Meyers, MD Award for Excellence in Medical Student 1999
Sidney Rubin, MD Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Residency 1986
Sandoz Award in Psychopharmacology 1983
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society | (SUNY @ Buffalo, of Medicine) 1979

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 10 available »

Bowen B; Privitera MR,; Bowie V. "Reducing Workplace Violence by Creating Healthy Workplace Environments". Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research. 2011; 3.4.
Privitera MR; Moynihan J; Tang W; Khan A. "Light Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder in a Clinical Office Setting". Journal of Psychiatric Practice Vol. 16, No. 6 November 2010 387. 2010; 16(6): 387-393.
Nickels MW; Privitera MR; Coletta M; Sullivan P. "Treating Depression. Psychiatric Consultation in Cardiology". Cardiology Journal. 2009; 16(3): 279-293.
Privitera MR; Weisman R; Cerulli C; Tu X.; Groman A. "Violence toward mental health staff and safety in the work environment." Occupational Medicine. 2005; 55(6): 480-486.
Privitera, M.R., Maharaj, K. "Mania from Dose-Related Ziprasidone Augmentation. Vol 64:11, November 2003: 1393-1394." J Clin Psych. 2003; 64(11): 1393-1394.

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Crisis Services (SMD) - Primary


Psychosomatic Medicine - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


MD | Medicine | Univ at Buffalo SUNY School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences1979
MS | Arts & Sciences | SUNY Coll at Buffalo1975
BA | Biology | Northwestern University1974

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Residency in Psychiatry at Strong Memorial Hospital- GME Office09/01/1981 - 06/30/1983
Internship in Psychiatry at University of Michigan Hospitals09/01/1979 - 06/30/1981