Dr. Merson is Associate Vice President of the North Shore LIJ Health System s Behavioral Health Service Line, with responsibility for the Emergency, Inter-hospital, and Informatics sectors. His operational roles include administration of Behavioral Health services across the health system s 17 Emergency Departments, management of a 12-hospital Emergency TelePsychiatry Network, as well as leadership roles related to EMR development, Emergency Medical Services, Delivery System Reform, and Inpatient Psychiatry admissions. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine at the Hofstra-North Shore LIJ School of Medicine.

Dr. Merson s primary areas of clinical interest are Emergency Psychiatry and Global Mental Health. In Emergency Psychiatry, he has served as a faculty Attending Psychiatrist at the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Programs (CPEP) of both Columbia University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center. In Global Mental Health, he has served as a full-time officer of the United Nations Medical Services Division and as a consultant to the United Nations and the NYC nonprofit Sanctuary for Families.

Dr. Merson is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University, Harvard Medical School, and the New York University Psychiatry Residency. He is a native of Geneva, Switzerland and provides patient care in English, French, and Spanish.



  • Board certifications

    • Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology-Psychiatry

  • Administrative titles

    • Chief of Division - Emergency Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

    • Medical Director - Behavioral Telehealth of Psychiatry - Emergency Psychiatry, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

  • Academic titles

    • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

  • Medical school

    • Harvard Medical School

  • Residencies

    • New York University School of Medicine

  • Affiliations

    • Glen Cove Hospital

    • Huntington Hospital

    • Lenox Hill Hospital

    • Long Island Jewish Forest Hills

    • Long Island Jewish Medical Center

    • Long Island Jewish Valley Stream

    • North Shore University Hospital

    • Northern Westchester Hospital

    • Phelps Memorial Hospital Center

    • Plainview Hospital

    • Southside Hospital

    • Staten Island University Hospital

    • Syosset Hospital

    • The Zucker Hillside Hospital

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