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Marsha N. Wittink, M.D., M.B.E.


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Appointment: (585) 276-3000

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentNot Accepting New Patients

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Dr. Wittink's clinical work focuses on adults with multiple chronic conditions. She is the medical director of the Inpatient Medicine in Psychiatry (IMIP) unit at Strong Memorial Hospital. IMIP uses a multidisciplinary team approach to care for patients with acute medical and psychosocial needs. Dr. Wittink is also involved in medical student and resident teaching focused on primary care mental health, multimorbidity and the social determinants of health. She is passionate about working with patients and families to determine health goals and improve overall quality of life.


Dr. Wittink is Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine. Her research efforts focus on improving care for patients with multiple chronic conditions and psychosocial needs. She has been awarded grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to develop strategies to elicit and incorporate patient priorities into care. She joined the UR faculty in 2010 to work with other researchers interested in health care decision-making and patient-provider communication. She us currently developing and testing computer-based tools to help patients articulate their health related priorities to clinicians.


Faculty Appointments


  • Family Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine


BA | Cornell University

MD | Jefferson Medical College

MBioeth | Univ of Pennsylvania

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1999 - 06/30/2000
Internship in Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

07/01/2000 - 06/30/2002
Residency in Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

07/01/2002 - 06/30/2004
Fellowship in at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

07/01/2004 - 06/30/2005
Fellowship in Psychiatry: Geriatric Psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

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Strong Star for Interdisciplinary Excellence, Inpatient Medicine in Psychiatry Unit 19200

2016 - 2017
Academic Medical Professional Leadership Program for Mid-Career Women
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine
Location: Rochester NY

2008 - 2010
Scholar, Advanced Research Institute (ARI) in Geriatric Mental Health sponsored by National Institute of Mental Health
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health

Merck/American Geriatric Society New Investigator Award

Resident's Faculty Research Award, Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine
Location: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Summer Research Institute sponsored by National Institute of Mental Health
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health
Location: University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Resident Teaching Award, Department of Family Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University
Location: Thomas Jefferson University

2001 - 2002
Chief Resident, Department of Family Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Location: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Award for distinction in Family Medicine, Jefferson Medical College
Sponsor: Jefferson Medical College

Magna Cum Laude, Cornell University
Location: Cornell University

1991 - 1993
Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society

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Journal Articles

Qiu P, Caine ED, Hou F, Cerulli C, Wittink MN. "Depression as seen through the eyes of rural Chinese women: Implications for help-seeking and the future of mental health care in China." Journal of affective disorders.. 2017 Oct 6; 227:38-47. Epub 2017 Oct 06.

Wittink MN, Walsh P, Yilmaz S, Mendoza M, Street RL, Chapman BP, Duberstein P. "Patient priorities and the doorknob phenomenon in primary care: Can technology improve disclosure of patient stressors?" Patient education and counseling.. 2017 Aug 8; Epub 2017 Aug 08.

Jayadevappa R, Chhatre S, Wong YN, Wittink MN, Cook R, Morales KH, Vapiwala N, Newman DK, Guzzo T, Wein AJ, Malkowicz SB, Lee DI, Schwartz JS, Gallo JJ. "Comparative effectiveness of prostate cancer treatments for patient-centered outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis (PRISMA Compliant)." Medicine.. 2017 May 0; 96(18):e6790.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Person Centered Prevention of Suicide in Primary Care Settings
Book Title: Handbook of Suicide in Veterans and Military Populations
Author List: Duberstein, P, Wittink, MN, Pigeon, W
Edited By: James, S.L
Published By: Oxford University Press2017

Chapter Title: Person Centered Suicide Prevention
Book Title: Psychology and Geriatrics
Author List: Duberstein, P.; Wittink, M.
Edited By: Bensadon, B.A.
Published By: Elsevier2015 in San Diego

Chapter Title: Late Life Depression in Primary Care
Book Title: Late Life Mood Disorders.
Author List: Wittink MN, Duberstein, P, Lyness, J
Edited By: Lavretsky, H, Sjatovic, M and Reynolds, C.
Published By: SettingsOxford University Press2013