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Program Director

Mark NickelsMark W. Nickels M.D. is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Director of Transplant Psychiatry. He is board certified in Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. He has been providing clinical consultation to the Liver and Kidney Transplant programs since 1998 and to the URMC Heart Failure and Transplantation program since 2000. He was a part-time consultant for 10 years to the Strong Epilepsy Center, and did psychiatric evaluations on bariatric surgery candidates for area surgeons for many years. Dr. Nickels has provided psychiatric consultation in general hospital settings, including to the Wilmot Cancer Center, to primary care providers in their offices and also at Highland Family Medicine, and he provided critical incident debriefing to the Rochester Police Department. In addition he maintains a small psychotherapy practice.

He is excited to be the first director of the Fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at URMC, looking forward to both teaching and learning from its Fellows.

Core Faculty

Hochang Benjamin  Lee, MD – Chair, Psychiatry

Hochang Benjamin Lee, M.D.John Romano Professor and Chair of Psychiatry  - Department of Psychiatry 

Michael Scharf M.D.

Michael Scarf

  • Associate Professor - Departments of Psychiatry & Pediatrics 
    Chief of Division - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    Director - Psychiatry Graduate Medical Education

Michael Privitera M.S., M.D.

Michael R. Privitera, M.S., M.D.Professor - Department of Psychiatry
Medical Director - Medical Faculty & Clinician Wellness Program
Medical Director - Outpatient Psychiatric Consultation Service


Jennifer Richman M.D.

Jennifer H. Richman, M.D.Assistant Professor - Department of Psychiatry
Director - Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Services
Director - Psycho-Oncology

George S. Nasra, M.D., M.B.A.

George S. Nasra, M.D., M.B.A.Professor of Clinical Psychiatry - Department of Psychiatry, Psychology
Division Chief - Collaborative Care & Wellness

Marsha N. Wittink, M.D., M.B.E.

Marsha N. Wittink, M.D., M.B.E.Associate Professor - Departments of Psychiatry & Family Medicine
Director - Inpatient Medicine in Psychiatry Service

Aspen Ainsworth, M.D.

Aspen AinsworthInstructor - Department of Psychiatry