Residency in General Adult Psychiatry - The Zucker Hillside Hospital

Residency in General Adult Psychiatry - The Zucker Hillside Hospital

Overview

Welcome to the General Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the Zucker Hillside Hospital. Embedded within Northwell Health, one of the nation’s most innovative health systems, and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, our program provides a remarkable setting for residents to develop their own individualized path that will launch their career as an outstanding clinician and emerging leader.

Supportive community. As a large, freestanding psychiatric hospital that offers comprehensive services across the continuum of care – all on a single campus – Zucker Hillside welcomes residents into a dynamic and supportive community of clinicians. This atmosphere is enhanced by a beautifully landscaped campus and the new Behavioral Health Pavilion, which houses six of our inpatient units, a new ECT suite, a state-of-the-art conference center, and gathering spaces for patients, families and clinical teams.

In addition, the residency program offers housing immediately adjacent to the Zucker Hillside and North Shore University Hospital campuses. The housing is spacious and well maintained, highly subsidized and typically available to all interested applicants. Off-campus options include vibrant urban neighborhoods of Queens (such as Astoria and Forest Hills), Brooklyn (such as Park Slope, Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights), and Manhattan, as well as the more suburban neighborhoods of Long Island and Westchester (which feature some of the best public school districts in the country).

Diverse patient population. Situated in Queens, the most diverse county in the U.S., and on the border of Nassau County, Zucker Hillside gives residents the opportunity to care for patients and their families from all backgrounds.

Leaders in research and medical education. Our trainees benefit from the opportunities to participate in our department’s pioneering translational research and one of the country’s new and most innovative medical schools, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

Specialized clinical services. As a national leader in psychiatric research and care delivery innovation, ZHH offers unparalleled opportunities to learn the full spectrum of clinical psychiatry. With 10 units and more than 230 beds, ZHH includes specialized inpatient units in early phase psychosis, women’s mental health (including a perinatal program), affective disorders, adolescents, and geriatrics. The Department operates a fully-staffed psychiatric emergency room, which uses telepsychiatry to provide care to other hospitals within the health system that do not have overnight psychiatric coverage. ZHH has one of the largest ECT services in the country. Residents have the opportunity to rotate through a variety of specialized ambulatory programs: addiction, bipolar, early phase psychosis, OCD, eating disorders, perinatal psychiatry, chronic psychosis (including the clozapine clinic and the long-acting injectable clinics), and partial and day hospital programs.

One of the unique programs in which residents participate is the Behavioral Health College Partnership. The program has built relationships with over forty five local colleges and universities to provide rapid psychiatric assessments and treatment to their students. Residents learn about and participate in early recognition, treatment, and prevention of serious mental illness among college-age students—a stage of life when many psychiatric diagnoses first manifest. After acute treatment, the program acts as a liaison with the colleges to help ensure ongoing care and a smooth transition back to their educational environments.

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Program Facts

Behavioral health disorders are among the most common and disabling illnesses. Yet stigma combined with inadequate access to safe, equitable, effective, and high quality care leads to unnecessary suffering, poor outcomes, and excess cost. Healthcare reform must prioritize the unmet needs of those suffering from psychiatric disorders. To meet these challenges, our training program has a two-fold mission: to graduate outstanding clinicians and to foster emerging leaders in the field. Our learning environment and curriculum have been designed to prepare each resident for this future.

Our program embraces the biological, psychological, and socio-cultural aspects of psychiatry. In particular, we focus on the integration of neuroscience, research, and evidence-based decision-making with training in the diagnosis and management of psychiatric illness. Our trainees graduate with well-developed skills that cross the ‘dualisms’ of our field – pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy, acute and chronic, mind and brain, gene and environment, individual and population, inpatient and outpatient, consultation and management. 

Our program follows nine guiding principles:

  • Patient- and family-centered care
  • Engaged methods of teaching and self-directed learning
  • Cultivating humanism in medicine
  • Responsibility and autonomy that increases with competency
  • Orientation toward healthcare delivery system reform
  • Flexibility for individualized pathways that launch leaders
  • Habits of innovation and inquiry that drive evidence-based medicine, quality improvement, and patient safety
  • Frequent and supportive feedback
  • Continual learning together

Our outpatient training in psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy begins second year with placement in a Continuity Clinic. Psychotherapy training includes psychodynamic, CBT, and Interpersonal Therapy with extensive supervision.

Our Advising Program provides each resident with a four-year faculty advisor. Through regular meetings, the faculty advisors help trainees set career and learning goals, identify mentors and discover their professional callings.

Our Pathways to Expertise program helps trainees transform their interests into expertise. Through a series of individually designed electives and mentored scholarship over the second, third, and fourth years, trainees develop expertise and leadership in their chosen area of focus. This prepares trainees to graduate as future leaders in the field.

For those interested in a career as a physician investigator, we have the Resident Research Track Program, which is an intensive pathway with at least 33 percent protected time during the second year of residency, at least 50 percent during third year, and up to 90 percent during fourth year. 

Leadership & faculty

Education leadership team

John Q. Young, MD, MPP, PhD

  • Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry,
    Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
  • Vice Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry,
    The Zucker Hillside Hospital
  • Program Director, Residency Training in General Adult Psychiatry,
    Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Department chair

Raviv Berlin, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Unit Chief (Inpatient), Behavioral Health College Partnership
Faculty Lead, Patient Centered Communication

Vaibhav Bhatia, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Staff Psychiatrist, Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Division

Norman Blumenthal, PhD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Faculty Lead, Group Therapy Training Program

Raphael Braga, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Medical Director, Bipolar Center

Laura Braider, PhD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Director, Behavioral Health College Partnership

Cathy Budman, MD
Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Director, Long Island Center for Tourette & Related Disorders

Christopher A.  Burke, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Chief of Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, LIJ Medical Center
Program Director, Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine

Robert Calcaterra, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Faculty Lead, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training

Robert M. Chalfin, MD
Senior Psychiatrist
Faculty Co-Lead, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training

Jerry D. Chang, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Director, Inpatient Psychiatry

John Paul Christman, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Medical Director, OCD Center

Kristina M. Deligiannidis, MD
Associate Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Director, Women’s Behavioral Health

Robert Dicker, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Zucker School of Medicine
Associate Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Vera Feuer, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Director, Pediatric Psychiatric Emergency Division

Kelly Fiore, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Faculty Lead, Narrative Medicine

Victor Masliah Fornari, MD
Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Ariela Frieder, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Zucker School of Medicine
Physician in Charge, Perinatal Psychiatry

Avivit Fuchs, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Medical Director, Partial Hospitalization Program

Stephen Geisler, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Director, Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Division

Bruce Goldman, LCSW
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Director, Substance Abuse Services
Associate Director, Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry
Faculty Lead, Ambulatory Addiction Training

Marc Lawrence Gordon, MD
Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Director of Neurology, Zucker Hillside Hospital

Blaine Greenwald, MD
Associate Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Vice President and Executive Director, Behavioral Health Services, Northwell Health System
Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, The Zucker Hillside Hospital
Program Director, Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry

James Hambrick, PhD
Associate Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Faculty Lead, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training

Rashad Hardaway, MD
Staff Psychiatrist, Behavioral Health College Partnership Inpatient Unit
Faculty Lead, Health Equity

Saira Y. Hussain, DO
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Staff Psychiatrist, Psychosomatic Medicine

Marie-Genevieve Iselin, PhD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Senior Psychologist, Geriatrics
Faculty Lead, Interpersonal Therapy Training Program

Erika Jakobson, DO
Staff Psychiatrist, Geriatric Inpatient Unit

Lyudmila Karlin, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Co-Unit Chief, Affective Disorders Inpatient Unit

Brian Michael Keefe, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Medical Director, The Zucker Hillside Hospital
Faculty Co-Lead, Forensics Curriculum

Dave Kim, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Staff Psychiatrist, Inpatient

Scott Krakower, DO
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Staff Psychiatrist, Adolescent Inpatient Unit

Timothy R. Kreider, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Staff Psychiatrist, Behavioral Health College Partnership
Faculty Lead, EBM and Clinical Reasoning

Neil Jay Kremen, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Unit Chief, Geriatric Inpatient Unit

Howard Linder, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Associate Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Stewart Lipner, PhD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Director, Psychological Services
Faculty Lead, Training Program in Time Limited Dynamic Therapy

Anil K. Malhotra, MD
Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry
Faculty Lead, Resident Research Training Program

Alan Joel Mendelowitz, MD
Associate Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Co-Unit Chief, Affective Disorders Inpatient Unit

Jonathan Morgenstern, PhD
Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Director, Northwell Addiction Services

Kristian Rein Olvet, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Staff Psychiatrist, Early Treatment Program and College Behavioral Health Partnership
Faculty Lead, Ethics Curriculum

Khatija Paperwalla, MD
Director, Adult Psychiatric Emergency DivisionRichard Pleak, MD
Associate Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Director, Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Jose Rubio-Lorente, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Faculty Lead, Journal Club and Resident Scholarship and Research Track

Ema Saito, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Unit Chief, Adolescent Inpatient Unit

Sohag N. Sanghani, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Director, ECT
Faculty Lead, Knowledge Games

Jamie Scott, DO
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Staff Psychiatrist, Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic
Faculty Lead, Geriatric Ambulatory Training

Xiaowei Sun, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Staff Psychiatrist, Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Division

Amanda Tinkelman, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Staff Psychiatrist, Perinatal Psychiatry

Emily Wynne, MD
Assistant Professor, Zucker School of Medicine
Staff Psychiatrist, Women’s and Perinatal Inpatient Unit
Faculty Co-Lead, EBM Curriculu

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