Mark W. Nickels, M.D.

Mark W. Nickels, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box PSYCH
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 273-2421
Fax: (585) 276-0161

Professional Bio

Dr. Mark Nickels is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and is the Director of Transplant Psychiatry. His practice is focused on providing clinical 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 those 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.

Awards & Honors (Local)

The Otto Thaler MD Memorial Resident Teaching Award 2014
Chief Resident | Department of Psychiatry | University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 1985 - 1986

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 7 available »

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.
Oppong, BA, Nickels, MW, Sax, HC. "The Impact of Sexual Abuse on Weight Loss in Gastric Bypass Patients." Psychosomatics. 2006; 47(2): 108-111.
Ray, EC, Nickels, MW, Sayeed, S, Sax, HC. "Predicting Success after Gastric Bypass Surgery: The Role of Psychosocial and Behavioral Factors." Surgery. 2003; 134(4): 555-563.

Current Appointments

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry - Department of Psychiatry, Crisis Services (SMD) - Primary


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


MD | Medicine | The Medical College of Wisconsin1982
BS | Biochemistry | Univ Wisconsin-Madison1978

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Residency in Psychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/1983 - 6/30/1986
Internship in Psychiatry at University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry07/01/1982 - 6/30/1983