Weill Cornell Medicine/New York Presbyterian Hospital
I am an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine/NYP. Here I established Collaborative and Integrative Care Psychiatry( 2015-2017). I also directed the Weill Cornell Psychiatry Collaborative Care Center where I led a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurse practitioners and care managers.
- Medical school: Monash University, Australia (1991)
- Internal medicine at Hadassah Medical Center, Israel (1993-6)
- Psychiatric residency training, Eitanim Mental Health Center (1994-99)
- Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship (2001), Long Island Jewish Medical Center (Northwell Health)
- Public Psychiatry Fellowship, Columbia University, New York (2002)
- Extramural Program for Residency Directors, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research (2002).
- Head of Psycho-oncology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, now NorthWell Health (2001-2005)
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center(2005-2015). Here I developed psychological services for leukemia, lymphoma, stem-cell transplant and ICU patients. I also worked with Dr. Jimmie Holland who founded the field of psycho-oncology. Another mentor and colleague was Prof. David Kissane, an important psycho-oncology leader. He taught me that sickness reverberates throughout the family. Healthy families are vital to wellness and coping with illness.
Research and Teaching
Research helps clinicians think more carefully about their patients’ challenges. My research is in three areas:
- Collaborative and integrative care psychiatry
- Doctor-patient communication
- Acute Cancer Cognitive Therapy (which I developed)
I teach medical students, resident doctors and fellows. Additionally, I have written numerous chapters in important academic textbooks. I also authored over 50 research articles that were published in major medical journals. Finally, I have presented my research and workshops at national and international forums.