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  • Mark Nickels MD  is the Residency Program Director and Director of Transplant Psychiatry.
  • Tara Holter, MD is the Associate Program Director, works with residents in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and supervises the PGY-2 psychotherapy clinic.
  • Asli Abaci, MD teaches about private practice psychiatry and supervises. 
  • Odysseus Adamides, MD supervises residents at Norris Clinic during their Strong Recovery rotation. 
  • Aspen Ainsworth, MD is a consultation-liaison psychiatrist that graduated from the CL Psychiatry Fellowship here.  She is the embedded psychiatrist in the inpatient Medicine in Psychiatry unit, and provides clinical care to outpatients in the OB/GYN practice.
  • Adrienne Allen, MD is a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist who provides supervision.
  • Gloria Baciewicz, MD is the Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Program and supervises the residents’ rotation through that clinic. She also teaches the addiction series in the PGY-1 year.
  • Matthew Barry, DO works at the VA Outpatient Clinic and supervises the outpatient VA elective. 
  • Kathleen Baynes, MD is a Board-certified Child & Adolescent psychiatrist, and is the Director of the Child & Adolescent Fellowship.
  • Erik Bobeda, MD is a Board-certified internist that works full-time on the Medicine in Psychiatry unit, and is involved with resident education and supervision.
  • Sheila Briody,SSJ, Dmin supervises residents in a clinical elective at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center.
  • Peter Britton, PhD works at the Canandaigua VA Center of Excellence and teaches the "Motivational Interviewing" seminar series.
  • Mary Burdick, DO is a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist who supervises residents.
  • Eric Caine, MD is the past Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.  Dr. Caine also hosts a weekly case conference for PGY-1s and PGY-2s to help with case reasoning and management.
  • Laura Cardella, MD is a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist, and oversees medical student education in Psychiatry, including resident teaching of med students.
  • Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD is the Director of the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV). She teaches the Domestic Violence Workshop and lectures in the core didactic series.
  • Linda Chaudron, MD, MS is the Associate VP and Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion and Culture Development at URMC.
  • Joy Choi, MD is a consultation-liaison psychiatrist that specializes in transplant psychiatry in particular to the URMC Heart Transplant and VAD programs.
  • Michael Christie, MD supervises residents including in CPEP.
  • J. Richard Ciccone, MD is the Founding Director of the Psychiatry and the Law Fellowship.
  • Emily Clark, DO works in the Geriatric Psychiatry Division.  She is a Senior Instructor and a graduate of the URMC Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship.
  • Kevin Coffey, EdD is the Clinical Coordinator for the Adult Ambulatory Clinic.
  • Yeates Conwell, MD is Vice Chair of Academic Affairs for the Department of Psychiatry. He serves as a preceptor in the residency program and also teaches sessions in the geriatric seminar series, research series and public psychiatry seminars. 
  • Wendi Cross, PhD is the Director of Psychology Training, and is a resident mentor.
  • Katherine Duffy, MD works in the Geriatric Psychiatry division.
  • Sue DiGiovanni, MD is the Associate Chair for Clinical Services and Chief of the Adult Psychiatry Division, and also serves as a preceptor.
  • Katy Dorsheimer, PhD is the Director of Training and coordinates residents' rotations at the University Counseling Center.
  • Catherine Flannery, MD is a graduate of our residency and is a community psychiatrist specializing in psychotherapy.  She provides supervision to residents.
  • Gretchen Foley, MD provides clinical care at the Rochester Regional Forensic Unit and provides supervision to residents.
  • Roma Fortuna-Dwulit, MD provides supervision.
  • Annabel Fu, MD is a graduate of our residency program.  She is the Medical Director of the Adult Ambulatory Clinic, and supervises resident electives there. In addition, she provides psychiatric care to patients with severe persistent mental illness.
  • Giampaolo Gallo, MD supervises residents in CPEP.
  • Stephanie Gamble, PhD teaches the PGY-3 "Interpersonal Therapy" seminar series.
  • David Garrison, MD is the attending on the Adolescent Inpatient Service and is the Director of the Psychiatry Clerkship. Dr. Garrison supervises PGY-2 residents during their Child and Adolescent rotation.
  • Paul Geha, MD has appointments in Psychiatry, Neurology, and Neuroscience, works on the CL Psychiatry service, and is an active researcher in the area of Pain.
  • Patrick Gibbons, MD provides clinical care at the Rochester Psychiatric Center and supervises residents.
  • Laurence Guttmacher, MD is the former Program Director of the residency program, provides significant didactic teaching and supervises residents at St. Joe’s Community Center.
  • Elizabeth Harre, MD is the Medical Director at the Schwarzkopf Clinic, where she supervises residents in the care of patients with serious mental illness.
  • Deborah Healy, MD supervises residents, and has an interest in group therapy.
  • Rory Houghtalen, MD is Director of Education at Unity Health Systems and teaches the PGY-1 "Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology" seminar series.
  • Khalid Hubeishy, MD supervises residents in CPEP.
  • Sam Huber, MD, MS has of breath of experience and works in a range of settings including the inpatient unit, CPEP, Ambulatory clinic, and importantly oversees the Department’s Interventional Psychiatry service.
  • Farah Hussain, MD is a Child & Adolescent psychiatrist who also works in CPEP.
  • Jeff Iler, MD is a consultation-liaison psychiatrist that specializes in providing psychiatric care integrated within primary care practices. 
  • Rae Insalaco, MD is a graduate of our residency program and provides care and supervises residents in their rotations at Strong Ties.
  • Tom Jacob, DO works in the Geriatric Psychiatry Division.  He is a Senior Instructor and a graduate of the URMC Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship.
  • Rachael Jones, MD is a graduate of our residency program and supervises residents as an attending physician on the adult inpatient psychiatry unit. 
  • Samantha Kamp, MD supervises residents as an attending physician on the adult inpatient psychiatry unit. 
  • Mani Kurien, MD is a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist who works with residents in inpatient settings.
  • J. Steven Lamberti, MD is the Director of the Severe Mental Disorders Program, Director of the Schizophrenia Treatment Laboratory and Director of the Strong Ties Community Support Program. He supervises residents and teaches year long PGY-2 Schizophrenia seminar series.
  • Joseph Lancia, DO is in private practice and is a psychotherapy supervisor.
  • Hochang Ben Lee, MD is the John Romano Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.  He is strongly committed to helping trainees establish their professional identities and careers.
  • Janet Lewis, MD is particularly interested in environmental psychiatry and teaches on that topic. 
  • Jeffrey Lyness, MD is the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. 
  • Mary Marrocco, MD is an attending in CPEP.
  • Sasha Massachi, MD is a graduate of our residency and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, who works with residents in the C&A Inpatient Consultation-Liaison service.
  • Myra Mathis-Owanogho, MD is an Addictions Psychiatrist and supervises/mentors residents.
  • John McIntyre, MD serves as an individual psychotherapy supervisor and supervises residents at St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center.
  • Andrew Mietz, MD is a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist who supervises residents.
  • Sandra Mitzner, MD is a Child & Adolescent psychiatrist and is an outpatient clinic supervisor.
  • Stephen Munson, MD is the retired Director of the Child and Adolescent Fellowship Program here. He now teaches a "Classics Reading" seminar for the PGY-3 Child track residents and the C&A Fellows.
  • Rachel Nadbrzuch, MD is a graduate of both our residency and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship who provides supervision to residents.
  • George Nasra, MD is the Chief of the Division of Collaborative Care and Wellness, and the Medical Director of Behavioral Health Partners.  He has an MBA, and is Board-certified in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. 
  • Josh Nelson, MD is a graduate of our residency program and of our Child & Adolescent and Forensic Psychiatry Fellowships.  He provides clinical care and supervises residents at the Rochester Regional Forensic Unit.
  • Caroline Nestro, MS, RN, CS is the Associate Director of the Office of Mental Health Promotion, teaches the "Community Services" seminar series for interns, and helps lead the Theater for Health Care Equity. 
  • Aurelian Niculescu, MD is the Director of our CPEP; he was a graduate of our Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship.
  • Mark Oldham, MD is a Board-certified CL psychiatrist from Yale who heads PRIME, a proactive psychiatric consultation program at URMC, is a very active teacher of the residents, and does research in the area of delirium. 
  • Telva Olivares, MD is the Associate Chair of Diversity, Inclusion, Culture and Equity; the Director of the Medicine in Psychiatry Services and Director of Lazos Fuertes, the mental health program for Latinos.
  • Ellen Poleshuck, PhD is a certified Marriage and Family therapist, and has appointments in Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She provides clinical service to women and families in Ob/Gyn practices.
  • Robert Pollard, PhD is Director of the Deaf Wellness Program and teaches clinical interviewing skills of deaf patients.
  • Anton Porsteinsson, MD leads the University of Rochester's Alzheimer's Disease Care, Research and Education Program (AD-CARE) and its Memory Disorders Clinic.
  • Michael Privitera, MD is a consultation/liaison psychiatrist and is the URMC Medical Director of the Medical Faculty and Clinician Wellness Program.  He is a member of the UR Medicine Workplace Safety Committee, Staff Support Committee, Patient and Family Centered Care Council addressing disruptive behavior, patient satisfaction and Burnout in physicians.
  • Wes Rappaport, MD is a supervisor at the Schwarzkopf Clinic.
  • Irene Richard, MD is an educational liaison between the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry and coordinates the neuropsych seminar series for the residents.
  • Jennifer Richman, MD is the Director of the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship, the Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Service, and is the head of Psycho-Oncology.
  • Andrea Sandoz, MD is a graduate of our Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, and provides clinical care to children, but also actively works with the Departments of Dermatology and Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology.  She provides supervision to the residents.
  • Elizabeth (“EJ”) Santos, MD is the Director of Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program, the Strong Behavioral Health Older Adults Clinic, and the Greater Rochester Health Foundation Project ECHO GEMH in Long Term Care Program. She is also the Medical Director of the URMC Memory Care Program. She is very active in teaching and mentoring residents and fellows.
  • Michael Scharf, MD is the Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Director of Psychiatry Graduate Medical Education.
  • James Schubmehl, MD serves as a psychotherapy supervisor in the residency program. His specialty is the Davanloo approach to psychotherapy.
  • Greg Sherman, MD is a graduate of our residency and Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship. He provides inpatient care on the Geriatric Inpatient unit, and does CL work at both URMC and Highland Hospital, and is active supervising residents.
  • Steven Silverstein, PhD is the Department’s Associate Chair of Research.
  • Rajendra Singh, MBBS, MD is the Director of the Rochester Forensic Regional Unit and Director of Education for the Psychiatry and Law Program.
  • Adam Simning, MD, PhD is a graduate of our residency and the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship.  He is a resident mentor, provides clinical care to geriatric patients and has an active research program funded through the National Institute on Aging.
  • William Small, MD is a URMC Psychiatry residency graduate who provides clinical care and supervises residents at Strong Ties, especially in patients with first-break psychosis.
  • Hannah Solky, MD is retired from private practice and is a didactic instructor for "Dreams" and "Freud" and “Kohut”.
  • Jenny Speice, PhD is a Family and Marriage therapist, and teaches the Foundations in Psychotherapy course.
  • Shane Stegen, DO is a URMC Psychiatry residency graduate who provides clinical care and supervises residents at Rochester Psychiatric Center, and who provides didactics on psychotherapy.
  • Jay Supnick, PhD serves as a psychotherapy supervisor for the residency program.
  • Marc Swogger, PhD is involved with the psychology trainees, and teaches residents about therapy.
  • Mary Tantillo, PhD teaches the "Eating Disorders" seminar and also supervises residents during their Eating Disorders rotation at the Healing Connection, an organization which she founded.
  • Christopher Tidd, MD is a graduate of our residency program and now works as the Clinical Director of the Rochester Psychiatric Center. He mentors residents. 
  • William Watson, PhD is keenly interested in helping trainees. He provides significant didactic teaching including PGY-1 "Introduction to Family Therapy" and the combined PGY-2 and PGY-3 "Family Therapy" seminar series, and others.
  • Robert Weisman, DO is Senior Medical Director of Adult Ambulatory Services and Director of Clinical Care at Strong Ties for the New York State ACT/FACT team serving mentally disordered offenders in the community. Dr. Weisman is also Co-Director of the Charles E. Steinberg Memorial Fellowship in Psychiatry and Law, at the University of Rochester.
  • Marsha Wittink, MD, MBE is the Board-certified family practitioner, and is the Medical Director of the inpatient Medicine in Psychiatry unit.
  • Peter Wyman, PhD is the head of Academic Affairs in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • Yilmaz Yildirim, MD, PhD is a Child Psychiatrist who is actively involved with residents both clinically and in didactics.