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My Favorite Thing About Weill Cornell Psychiatry

Our Residents

 “The thoughtful and integrative approach that everyone seems to bring to patient care, utilizing multiple treatment modalities where appropriate, rather than touting one as the solution to all ailments.”
            - Mike Avissar, M.D., Ph.D., Class of 2016

  “The spectacular residents and attendings. The inquiry and curiosity that comes with residency is nurtured and reinforced again and again here, illustrating the pervasive sentiment of availability, approachability, and hospitality at Cornell.”

            - Duncan Cheng, M.D., Class of 2017

“The passion and awe-inspiring skill of our supervisors. And Transference-Focused Psychotherapy. And free Friday lunches.”
            - Dorothy Chyung, M.D., Class of 2016

“The sense of community within the residency program.”
            - Mark D'Agostino, M.D., Class of 2016

“Learning from and listening to the life experiences of my fellow residents. They each came here with a passion to learn and help others, and its hard not to be inspired working alongside them.”
            - Andrew Edelstein, M.D., Class of 2016

“The warm people. Residency classes are very cohesive, attendings are very supportive and love to teach, and we have lots of supervision with outstanding supervisors throughout residency.”
            - Heather Goodman, M.D., Class of 2016

 “My colleagues are inherently curious about the what, why, and how behind right answers and standard practices.”
            - Christen Kidd, M.D., Class of 2015

“My fellow residents! As an older resident, I’ve worked and learned in many different places. Never before have I had such an ideal group of peers. My colleagues here are the perfect combination of fun, intelligent and easygoing — we’ve always got each other’s backs.”
            - Daniel Knoepflmacher, M.D., Class of 2016

“The collaborative nature of care. The social workers, security staff, interns and new attendings all work, teach, learn, and think together. This makes being a resident here fun and always very stimulating.”
            - Akshay Lohitsa, M.D., Class of 2015

“How family friendly the program is!!”
            - Cheryl McGibbon, M.D., Class of 2015

 “The supervision. In addition to the extensive formal supervision, there are so many brilliant faculty members who are willing to go out of their way to hear about cases and advise residents. I don't have to feel intimidated if I disagree or question someone's approach or conclusion. The perspectives are varied and the enthusiasm is remarkable!”
            - Lauren Stossel, M.D., Class of 2016

“The variety of patients who present to our psychiatric emergency room. I have been amazed by the range of pathology I have seen in just 5 weeks, as well as the diversity of socioeconomic backgrounds.”
            - Taylor Tobkes, M.D., Class of 2018

Our Faculty

“A place with many brilliant, friendly people.”
            - George S. Alexopoulos, M.D.

"The people are smart, energetic, caring and fun. Going to work is always inspiring!"
            - Elizabeth Auchincloss, M.D.

“The ability to take care of psychiatric patients within a sprawling campus designed by Frederick Law Olmsted! I love using the space, the air, the light and the campus’ dedicated multi-disciplinary staff to help create successful treatments.”
            - Evelyn Attia, M.D.

“The team approach to taking care of patients and making advances to the field of psychiatry.”      
            - Jon Avery, M.D.

 “Working with smart, dedicated and caring colleagues to treat a diverse set of psychiatric patients who come from all corners of the globe with complex and challenging problems.”
            - Benjamin Brody, M.D.

“The lasting professional and personal connections you can make here.”
            - Anna Dickerman, M.D.

“My colleagues, who are smart, experienced, friendly, helpful, generous. Ever since I've started my studies as a medical student and then went on to complete my residency and fellowship here, I have been privileged to be part of this group.”
            - Diana Feldman, M.D.

“That it feels like home. I have been at Cornell for 9 years and continue to enjoy interactions with my wonderful friends and colleagues. The friendly and supportive atmosphere makes all the difference.”
            - Elena Friedman, M.D.

“Fabulously smart  intriguing people; the intellectual openness and curiosity of this community. We’re an intimate bunch.”
            - Richard A. Friedman, M.D.

“That it is both big and small. Big in its breadth and opportunities, small in its intimacy and sense of community.”
            - Janna S. Gordon-Elliott, M.D.

“The high quality staff I work with. Keeps me on my toes!!!”
            - Sharon Hird, M.D.

“The collegiality of the faculty and residents and the tremendous mentoring opportunities.”
            - Sibel A. Klimstra, M.D.

“The History Institute, its library (the Oskar Diethelm Library), and its rich academic activities.”
            - Nate Kravis, M.D.

“That the Department is a family, with everyone having interest in each others' work and activities.”
            - Bob Michels, M.D.

“The residents!  They are not just exceptional doctors, but also very nice people.”
            - Julie Penzner, M.D.

“A genuinely collegial and kind group of clinicians, with a unique diligence with their work, and warmth with each other and their patients.”
            - Susan Samuels, M.D.

Our Graduates

“Terrific colleagues, and a valuing of diverse perspectives that makes for a very enriching educational environment.”
            - Robert Accordino, M.D., Class of 2014

“My fellow residents, the attendings who were great role models, and the other people who taught me – my patients.”
            - Brian Aslami, M.D., Class of 1997

“I loved being in the midst of so many bright-minded and intellectually-stimulating teachers. Learned so much psychiatry and along the way, a lot about myself.”
            - Joe Barbuto, M.D., Class of 1982

“I met my wife 38 years ago while a resident at Payne Whitney.”
            - Spencer Eth, M.D., Class of 1979

“The outstanding clinical training and the wonderful group of co-residents who have become trusted and valued colleagues.”
            - Alexander Feller, M.D., Class of 2007

“My wonderful colleagues”
            - Anna Fels, M.D., Class of 1992

“Learning the very subtle things about human character in light of mental illness. Helps me with every patient.”
            - Lina Fine, M.D., Class of 2009

“Mentoring residents and fellows about "life after residency,” and forming life long collegial relationships.”
            - Roger Granet, M.D., Class of 1977

"I found the the larger Cornell/NYPH community to be very family friendly.”
            - Sireesha Jathavedam, M.D., Class of 2009

 “Cornell allowed me to develop a professional confidence with which I venture into the larger world of psychiatry.”
            - Thomas Kalman, M.D., Class of 1979

“Unparalleled clinical opportunity to learn about the mind, human behavior and mental life.”
            - Adam Libow, M.D., Class of 2007

“The alumni community.”
            - Valentine Raiteri, M.D., Class of 2003

“How reliably smart and talented the graduates are.”
            - Carol J. Weiss, M.D., Class of 1987

“The way it helps to preserve psychodynamic psychiatry, both in practice an in a historical sense.”
            - Matthew Zimmerman, M.D., Class of 2012

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