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Mark W. Nickels, M.D.

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Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-3347

Fax: (585) 276-2292

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentNot Accepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Settings

Organ Transplant, Psychiatry


Professional Background

Dr. Mark Nickels is the Director of the Psychiatry Residency program. His clinical work is in Transplant Psychiatry, having worked with the Liver, Kidney and Heart Transplant programs for over 20 years. He is the Director of Transplant Psychiatry. 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, was a long-time consultant to the Strong Epilepsy Center, has worked extensively with primary care providers including in primary care settings, with bariatric surgeons, and with providers in the Cancer Center. He is also the Interim Director of the Inpatient Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Services.
Dr. Nickels is board certified in Psychiatry and in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.




    MD | Medical College of Wisconsin

    Post-doctoral Training & Residency

    07/01/1983 - 06/30/1986
    Residency in Psychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center

    07/01/1982 - 06/30/1983
    Internship in Psychiatry at University of Rochester School of Medicine GME


    The Otto Thaler MD Memorial Resident Teaching Award

    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

    Ro G, Monte T; Nickels, MW. ""Addressing Stress and Burnout: Faculty and Trainees Connect with Creativity."" . Psychiatric News. 2022; .

    Choi JJ, Peters CJ, Nickels MW. "Arranging Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment for a Patient with a Left Ventricular Assist Device." Progress in transplantation : official publication, North American Transplant Coordinators Organization ... [et al.]. 2022 Jun 10; :15269248221107033. Epub 2022 Jun 10.

    Leistman SC, Melaragno JI, Dokus MK, Martens JA, Salter MA, Hutchinson DJ, Hernandez-Alejandro R, Al-Judaib B, Nickels MW. "The Rochester Relapse Risk Scale: Developing a Standardized Approach to Predicting Substance Relapse in Liver Transplant Candidates." Experimental and clinical transplantation : official journal of the Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation.. 2021 Sep; 19(9):919-927.

    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: Springer 2009 in London

    Chapter Title: Confusion
    Book Title: The 10 Minute Diagnosis
    Author List: Nickels, MW
    Edited By: Taylor, RB
    Published By: Lippincott Williams &Wilkins 2000 in Philadelphia