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Mark W. Nickels, M.D.

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

Patient Care Settings

Organ Transplant, Psychiatry


Professional Background

Dr. Mark Nickels is the Director of Transplant Psychiatry, where his clinical practice focuses on providing consultation to patients involved in the University of Rochester Medical Center Liver and Kidney Transplant programs, and the Advanced Heart Failure programs that include the VAD and Transplant programs. He has worked with these programs for over 20 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. In addition to his clinical work, he is the Director of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship program, and is the Associate Director of the Psychiatry Residency program. Dr. Nickels is board certified in Psychiatry and in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI and completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.



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


MD | 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

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 0; 19(9):919-927.

Choi J, Alexis J, Gosev I, Zimbrean P, Nickels M. "C-L Case Conference: A 34-Year-Old Man with Advanced Heart Failure and Substance Use Disorder." . 2021 Aug 12; Epub 2021 Aug 12.

Melaragno JI, Bowman LJ, Park JM, Lourenco LM, Doligalski CT, Brady BL, Descourouez JL, Chandran MM, Nickels MW, Page RL. "The Clinical Conundrum of Cannabis: Current Practices and Recommendations for Transplant Clinicians: an Opinion of the Immunology/transplantation PRN of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy." Transplantation.. 2020 May 11; Epub 2020 May 11.

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