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Michael R. Privitera

InstitutionSchool of Medicine and Dentistry
AddressUniversity of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box PSYCH
Rochester NY 14642
 Awards And Honors
2012     Manfred Guttmacher Award 2012  | American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law/APA
1983     Sandoz Award in Psychopharmacology
1999     Mary Lou Meyers, MD Award for Excellence in Medical Student
2005     URMC, Dept of Psychiatry Excellence in Clinical Care Award
2001     Sidney Rubin, MD Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Residency
1998     Best Doctors In America
2006     Top Psychiatrists in America
1995     Fellow (now called
2005     Best Doctors in America
2009     Friend of Residents Award – (URMC Psychiatry Resident Class)
2004     Sidney Rubin, MD Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Residency
2009     Irma Bland MD Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents
2007 - 2009Best Doctors in America
1979     Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
1997     Nancy C.A. Roeske, MD Award for Excellence in Medical Student
1986     Sidney Rubin, MD Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Residency
Dr Privitera is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), and Directs the Psychiatric Consultation/Liaison Service which services the Medical/Surgical/OB-GYN Service patients, the Mood and Anxiety Disorder Clinic, which services the medical community and region with consultation on difficult to treat mood and anxiety disorders. Dr Privitera has through years of clinical and administrative experience, personal victimization, co-chairing the Department of Psychiatry Workplace Violence (WPV) Committee, membership on URMC Workplace Safety Committee, completing a sabbatical focusing on WPV, assembled national and international interdisciplinary and interprofessional experts in the WPV field which culminated in editing and writing for the book Workplace Violence in Mental and General Healthcare Settings (Jones and Bartlett Publishers 2011). He has presented internationally on interdisciplinary and interprofessional approaches to prevention and dealing urgently with WPV issues directly before, during, and directly after violent or potentially violent events ("Perivention").

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  1. Privitera MR, Moynihan J, Tang W, Khan A. Light therapy for seasonal affective disorder in a clinical office setting. J Psychiatr Pract. 2010 Nov; 16(6):387-93.
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  2. Nickels MW, Privitera MR, Coletta M, Sullivan P. Treating depression: psychiatric consultation in cardiology. Cardiol J. 2009; 16(3):279-93.
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  3. Privitera M, Weisman R, Cerulli C, Tu X, Groman A. Violence toward mental health staff and safety in the work environment. Occup Med (Lond). 2005 Sep; 55(6):480-6.
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  4. Privitera MR, Maharaj K. Mania from dose-related ziprasidone augmentation of an SSRI. J Clin Psychiatry. 2003 Nov; 64(11):1393-4.
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  5. Privitera MR, Lamberti JS, Maharaj K. Clozapine in a bipolar depressed patient. Am J Psychiatry. 1993 Jun; 150(6):986.
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  6. Privitera MR, Greden JF, Gardner RW, Ritchie JC, Carroll BJ. Interference by carbamazepine with the dexamethasone suppression test. Biol Psychiatry. 1982 May; 17(5):611-20.
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