Weill Cornell Medicine Psychiatry

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History & Mission

Weill Cornell Medicine's Department of Psychiatry is a uniquely distinguished academic psychiatry program - a synergism of superior clinical care, research at the forefront of knowledge, and the education of clinicians and investigators in a community of exceptual faculty and staff.  An unparalleled collaborative setting in outstanding facilities.

Our History

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, created through the merger of what was then Cornell's New York Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, benefits from the collaboration of two extraordinary programs, offering the highest level of psychiatric services by experts who are recognized leaders in their respective specialties. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Behavioral Health program is consistently ranked among the nation's best, and is considered a premier program in the New York metropolitan area.

Payne Whitney Clinic, Manhattan

Following its opening in 1791, The New York Hospital has had a celebrated history of serving the needs of patients with psychiatric illness.  It was the first hospital of New York City to develop a separate facility offering progressive, humane treatment for the mentally ill.  After outgrowing its earlier locations, the Payne Whitney Clinic opened its doors in 1932 in a free-standing building on The New York Hospital's new East 68th Street site and was staffed by eminent psychiatrists pioneering new treatments and conducting ground-breaking research on the progression and treatment of mental illness.  Today the name Payne Whitney has become synonymous with psychiatric care of the highest quality.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division

The Westchester Division opened its doors in White Plains, New York in 1894 after outgrowing its previous locations in New York City.  Since its inception, the NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division has been at the forefront of the movement known as moral treatment, providing patient-centered care in an elegant facility specifically designed to offer the tranquility and activities required for mental health healing.  The beautifully landscaped grounds cover over 200 acres and the gracious buildings, many of which retain their original historic detail, provide space for specialized services and therapeutic activities.  Leading experts in many areas of psychiatric healthcare offer outstanding treatment and compassionate care, with patients benefitting form the latest findings of the faculty's cutting edge research.

Weill Cornell Medicine's Psychiatry program is affiliated with Planetree, a national organization dedicated to ensuring that patients are cared for in a healing environment that focuses on nurturing the mind, body, and spirit.  In 2011, The Westchester Division  became a "Planetree Designated Patient-Centered Hospital" – the first behavioral health hospital in the U.S. and one of only 16 hospitals worldwide to receive this distinction.

Our Mission

The mission of Weill Cornell Medicine's Psychiatry Department is to provide outstanding clinical care for today's patients; the finest education for the clinicians and researchers of today and tomorrow; cutting-edge research and scholarship to expand our understanding of the brain and mind for the future benefit of patients; and to be a collaborative partner with our affiliates.

Our Values

  • To strive for excellence in everything we do
  • To provide patient-focussed care, seamlessly and with respect
  • To respect all clinicians and staff​
  • To cultivate fulfilling careers in an environment that fosters opportunities
  • To encourage innovation at the forefront of patient care, education, and research
  • To preserve and steward the unique resources of the Department at both Payne Whitney Clinic and the Westchester Division
  • To nurture inquiry and scholarship in all clinicians, residents, students, trainees, and staff
  • To Collaborate:
    • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
    • Our own Full Time and Voluntary Faculty
    • Cornell University
    • Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
    • Columbia University
    • Other Partners:
      • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
      • Rockefeller University
      • Hospital for Special Surgery
      • Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
      • NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System
      • Government Agencies
      • Healthcare Providers
      • Our Community
      • Foundations - Industry
      • Foundations - Our Universities Nationally and Abroad

​Weill Cornell Medicine Psychiatry

Find A Physician

For Hospital Based Services including inpatient admission contact NewYork-Presbyterian ACCESS service at 888-694-5700

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center ​Payne Whitney Clinic 525 East 68th Street New York, NY 10065

Westchester Division
21 Bloomingdale Road White Plains, NY 10605