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Mark W. Nickels, M.D.

Organ Transplant, Psychiatry

Clinical Interests

Transplant Psychiatry

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 273-2421

Office: (585) 273-2421

Fax: (585) 276-0161

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentNot Accepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments


Professional Background

Dr. Mark Nickels is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry. He is the Director of Transplant Psychiatry and the Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship. His clinical practice is focused on providing consultation to patients involved in the University of Rochester Medical Center Heart Failure and Transplantation program and the Liver and Kidney Transplant programs. He has worked with these programs for over 15 years. Dr. Nickels has a special interest in working at the interface between psychiatry and medicine/surgery. He has provided psychiatric consultation in general hospital settings, and was a long-time consultant to the Strong Epilepsy Center. He has worked extensively with primary care providers, including in primary care settings, with bariatric surgeons, and with providers in the Cancer Center. He is board certified in Psychiatry and in Psychosomatic Medicine. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI and completed his residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Psychiatry.



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


BS | Univ Wisconsin-Madison

MD | The Medical College of Wisconsin

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

7/1/1983 - 6/30/1986
Residency in Psychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center

7/1/1982 - 6/30/1983
Internship in Psychiatry at University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry


Interprofessional Paper Prize Award
Location: Rochester Academy of Medicine, 117th Annual Meeting and Awards

The Otto Thaler MD Memorial Resident Teaching Award

1985 - 1986
Chief Resident
Sponsor: Department of Psychiatry
Location: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

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Journal Articles

Nickels, MW; Cullen, JP; Demme, RA; Vetter, M; Boulay, R; Betts, R; McKee, M; Orloff, M; Bozorgzadeh, A. "A Psychosocial Evaluation Process for Living Liver Donors: The University of Rochester Model". International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine. 2011; .

Nickels, MW, Privitera, MR, Coletta, M, Sullivan, P. "Treating Depression: Psychiatric Consultation in Cardiology." Cardiology Journal. 2009; 16(3): 279-293.

Nickels, MW, Jain, A, Sharma, R, Orloff, M, Tsoulfas, G, Bozorgzadeh, A. "Polysubstance Abuse in Liver Transplant Patients and its Impact on Survival Outcome." Experimental and Clinical Transplantation. 2007; 2: 680-685.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Psychological Considerations
Book Title: Manual of Heart Failure Management
Author List: Nickels, MW
Edited By: Bisognano, JD, Baker, ML, Earley, MB
Published By: Springer2009 in London

Chapter Title: Confusion
Book Title: The 10 Minute Diagnosis
Author List: Nickels, MW
Edited By: Taylor, RB
Published By: Lippincott Williams &Wilkins2000 in Philadelphia