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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, M.D.
Hochang Benjamin  Lee, MD

Chair, Psychiatry
John Romano Professor
& Chair of Psychiatry 

Department of Psychiatry 

Michael Scarf
Michael Scharf M.D.

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

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

Department of Psychiatry
Medical Director
Medical Faculty & Clinician
Wellness Program / 
Outpatient Psychiatric
Consultation Service


Jennifer H. Richman, M.D.
Jennifer Richman M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Services

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
Inpatient Medicine in Psychiatry Service

Aspen Ainsworth
Aspen Ainsworth, M.D.

Department of Psychiatry