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Telva E. Olivares, M.D.

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Administrative: (585) 276-3338

Office: (585) 279-4999

Fax: (585) 473-5152

Fax: (585) 276-2332

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Professional Background

Telva E. Olivares, MD
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Clinical Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Olivares is an internist–psychiatrist at the University of Rochester who serves as the Assistant Chair of Diversity, Inclusion, Culture and Equity, the Director of the Medicine in Psychiatry Services and Director of Lazos Fuertes; mental health program for Latinos all within the Department of Psychiatry.

Since graduating in 1999 from the combined Medicine-Psychiatry residency program at the University of Rochester, Dr.Olivares has overseen the delivery of comprehensive medical care to complex patients in both the inpatient Med-Psych unit (IMIPS), which she founded in 2007, and its sister outpatient primary care practice, MIPS. Since 2000 she is Medical Director of Lazos Fuertes, the only Spanish language program of its kind, providing mental healthcare to Rochester's Latinx population through a team of bicultural/bilingual professionals. She has extensive clinical and administrative experience in all aspects of psychiatric acute services having served as Medical Director of Acute Psychiatry Services, Medical Director of Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program and more recently as Medical Directory of Interventional Psychiatry Program, where she established the very popular Interventional Psychiatry Certificate Course for psychiatric residents..

Dr. Olivares was born in Panama but raised in Rochester where she graduated from Pittsford High School and the University of Rochester with a BS in Biology and Geology. She married and moved to Mexico City where she attended the Universidad Anahuac's Medical School graduating with Honors. She began postgraduate training in Psychiatry at Yale-New Haven, transferring to the University of Rochester to pursue combined training in Medicine and Psychiatry. Upon graduation in 1999, she joined the faculty at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Olivares has remained committed and passionate about the delivery of care for underserved complex populations, with a specific focus on the severely and persistent mentally ill (SPMI), developing services that seek to improve the healthcare disparities these patient populations experience. Her mission remains to impact the functional lifespan of SPMI populations through evidence based patient centered preventive care practices.



  • Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


MD | Universidad Anahuac Faculty of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1994 - 06/30/1999
Residency in Psychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1993 - 06/30/1994
Residency in Psychiatry at Connecticut Valley Hospital

11/01/1992 - 6/30/1993
Internship in Internal Medicine at St. Raphael Hospital

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Innovative Model of Integrated Care for Complex Patients
Sponsor: Association of Medicine and Psychiatry
Location: Chicago, Illinois

2014 - 2015
MCIC URMC Patient Safety Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center
Location: Rochester, NY

Nancy C.A. Roeske, MD Certificate of Excellence in Medical Student Education.
Location: APA Meeting

Excellence in Clinical Care
Sponsor: University of Rochester, Department of Psychiatry
Location: University of Rochester Medical Center

Richard Carl Albert Jaenike Award
Sponsor: Genesee Valley Psychiatric Association & the Univ. of Rochester

Nanavati Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester, Department of Psychiatry
Location: University of Rochester Medical Center

1997 - 1999
John Romano Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester, Department of Psychiatry
Location: University of Rochester Medical Center

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Journal Articles

Wittink MN, Cross W, Goodman J, Jackson H, Lee HB, Olivares T, Maeng DD, Caine ED. "Taking the Long View in an Inpatient Medical Unit: A Person-Centered, Integrated Team Approach for Patients With Severe Mental Illnesses." Psychiatric services : a journal of the American Psychiatric Association.. 2020 May 4; :appips201900385. Epub 2020 May 04.

Peña JB, Wyman PA, Brown CH, Matthieu MM, Olivares TE, Hartel D, Zayas LH. "Immigration generation status and its association with suicide attempts, substance use, and depressive symptoms among latino adolescents in the USA." Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research.. 2008 Dec 0; 9(4):299-310. Epub 2008 Oct 15.

Nihalani ND, Tu X, Lamberti JS, Olson D, Olivares T, Costea GO, Tang W. "Diabetic ketoacidosis among patients receiving clozapine: a case series and review of socio-demographic risk factors." Annals of clinical psychiatry : official journal of the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists.. 2007 19(2):105-12.