Psychosomatic Residency Training Program in Collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

The Psychosomatic Fellowship program is a joint collaboration with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and Weill Cornell Medical College.  The program trains approximately six fellows each year.

There are several advantages to a combined program. The fellowship emphasizes psycho-oncology and the two-month general hospital experience significantly diversifies the clinical and educational opportunities. The enhanced exposure to Weill Cornell Medical College psychiatric residents and medical students expands teaching responsibilities, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center liaison experiences can be both interesting and a way to develop specialized clinical expertise and research experience.

The faculty of the combined program may be the strongest of any fellowship program in the country. For example, three of the fellowship's faculty members have been president of the Academy for Psychosomatic Medicine (APM), while over a dozen have been named Academy for Psychosomatic Medicine’s fellows. Andrew Roth, M.D., is the overall Director of the Fellowship. Full-time faculty at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center include William Breitbart, M.D., the Alfred P. Sloan Professor and Chair of Psychiatry; Jimmie Holland, M.D., the Wayne E. Chapman Professor and former Chair of Psychiatry; and Drs. Yesne Alici, Abraham Bartell, Philip Bialer, Reena Jaiswal, Julia Kearney, Garrett Key, Mary Jane Massie, Jamie Ostroff, and Melissa Ozga. Further information about the MSKCC site can be found at (

John W. Barnhill, M.D., is Chief of the Consultation Liaison Service at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Vice Chair for Psychosomatic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College’s Department of Psychiatry. Janna Gordon-Elliott, M.D., is Site Director for the fellowship and associate chief of the Consultation Liaison service; she is also director of medical student education within the department. Susan Samuels, M.D., supervises trainees on the adult rotation and is chief of the child C-L service. Anna Dickerman, M.D., and Elena Friedman, M.D., are psychiatric hospitalists at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, while Pauline Tsai, M.D., plays a similar role at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan. Tomer Levin, M.D., is director of the Collaborative Care Service, an innovative outpatient Consultation Liaison service that has opportunities for fellow involvement. Milton Viederman, M.D., the former Director of the Consultation Liaison Service, does monthly psychodynamically-oriented rounds with all of the trainees. Liaison work has most frequently been done with Anna Salajegheh, M.D., on the liver transplant evaluation service; with Joann Difede, Ph.D., who directs the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies; with the HIV/AIDS psychiatrists at the Center for Special Studies (Jessica Daniels, M.D.; Geeta Ganda, D.O.; Chloe Nims, M.D., and/or Melanie Sisti, M.D.), and with the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Women’s Clinic.

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