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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Clinical Services

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease (CEAD) at SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease

Provides comprehensive neuropsychiatric assessment and treatment of memory disorders. Services include social services, activity group, family support group, home visits, and community educational activities. Patients have opportunities to participate in new clinical trials.

Webite: www.downstate.edu/alzheimers-cead/

 

Carl Cohen, MD

Tel: 718-270-2003
Fax: 718-270-2619

Center for Human Sexuality

Center for Human Sexuality

The Center for Human Sexuality, founded in 1977, provides the only medical school affiliated fully accredited sex therapy program in the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. The Center utilizes short-term approaches for the full range of male and female sexual problems – premature ejaculation, erectile difficulties, ejaculatory problems, female arousal or orgasmic difficulty, painful intercourse, vaginismus, or inhibited sexual desire.

We offer counseling services that integrate a physician's medical treatment regimen for patients with chronic illnesses and disabilities that cause sexual concerns. The Center has a sliding scale and no motivated patient is refused for financial reasons.

Steve Friedman, PhD

Tel: 718-270-1750
Fax: 718-270-3355

Consultation Liaison Services

Consultation Liaison Services

The service consists of four attendings. The division staff and residents perform initial consultations and follow-ups on medical surgical inpatients at Kings County Hospital and University Hospital.

Also, Dr. Viswanathan has an outpatient practice at the University Hospital focussing on Anxiety Disorders and Depression.


Ramaswamy Viswanathan, MD

Tel: 917-760-0786
Tel: 718-270-2313 (for inpatient consultation)
Fax: 718-270-3355

Geriatric Psychiatry

Geriatric Psychiatry

The division provides neuropsychiatric assessment and treatment of persons age 55 and over. Services include pharmacotherapy, individual psychotherapy, and group treatment.

Website: SUNY Downstate Geriatric Fellowship Program


Carl Cohen, MD

Tel: 718-287-4806, Downstate Mental Health Associates (DMHA)
Tel: 718-270-1750, Fellowship Program
Fax: 718-287-0337

Infant and Child Learning Center

Infant and Child Learning Center

The early intervention program specializes in servicing medically involved and developmentally delayed children. Services are provided in the center and in the hospital.

 

Joan Hittelman, PhD

Tel: 718-270-2598
Fax: 718-270-3910

Outpatient Psychiatry –

Downstate Mental Health Associates (DMHA)

Outpatient Psychiatry

The outpatient division provides diagnosis and treatment for persons age 18 and over. Treatment modalities include pharmacotherapy, dynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy and group treatment. Specialty services include geropsychiatry, phobia and anxiety disorders program, clozaril clinic, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and memory disorders. Social services are also available. Patients have opportunities to participate in new clinical trials.


Tel: 718-270-1808 / 718-270-8110

Phobia and Anxiety Disorders Clinic

Phobia and Anxiety Disorders Clinic

For almost two decades the Phobia and Anxiety Disorders Clinic has functioned as a specialty outpatient clinic within the Department of Psychiatry's Outpatient Clinic. We evaluate and treat a wide range of anxiety disorders in adults, including panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic disorder. The primary treatment philosophy is short-term cognitive-behavioral treatment, pharmacological treatment when clinically indicated and in vivo exposure. Group and individual treatment is available. Patients must call the above number for an appointment for an evaluation and should specifically request an appointment with the Phobia Clinic.


Steven Friedman, PhD
Tel #: 718-270-1750
Tel #: 718-287-4806
Fax: 718-270-3355

Psychology

Psychology

The activities of the Psychology Division comprise a program of research, clinical service and didactic programs.


Steven Friedman, PhD
Tel #: 718-270-1750
Tel #: 718-287-4806

Daniel Cukor, PhD
Tel #: 718-270-2022

Schizophrenia Research Program

Schizophrenia Research Program

The mission of the Schizophrenia Research Program at SUNY Downstate is to help develop more effective treatments for patient with schizophrenia. This goal is accomplished by conducting clinical research studies that offers participants excellent clinical care, while at the same time advancing our knowledge of how to best treat this devastating illness.


Nina Schooler, PhD
Tel: 718-270-2022

Stephen Goldfinger, MD
Tel: 718-270-2022
Fax: 718-270-3355

Downstate Mental Health Associates (DMHA)

Downstate Mental Health Associates

Tel: 718-270-1808 / 718-270-8110

SUNY Evening Training Service (SETS)

SUNY Evening Training Service

718-270-1808 / 718-270-8110


Kings County Hospital Center

Alcholism and Drug Dependence

Alcholism and Drug Dependence

The Addictive Disease Hospital has instituted a number of treatment evaluations and research projects in the following areas:

  • Defense mechanisms in substance abusers;
  • Psychological concomitants of withdrawal;
  • Personality accompaniments of HIV-related risk behaviors;
  • Psychometric scaling of HIV-related risk behaviors;
  • Incidence and prevalence of HIV in substance abusers;
  • The relationship of type of substance use to HIV incidence rates;
  • Risk behaviors in alcoholics and treatment efficacy of AIDS-afflicted substance users.

Several publications have resulted form these studies.

 

Susan Whitley, MD
Tel: 718-245-2635

Behavioral Health Primary Care Service

Behavioral Health Primary Care Service

Tatyana Braslaskaya, MD

Assistant Director, Behavioral Health Medical Services

Patients with mental diseases and drug addiction, includes low income and homeless patients are seen. Black, White, Asian and Hispanic male and female patients ranging from 18-70 years of age with different medical conditions, including multiple co- morbidities are cared for in the outpatient setting.


David Estes, MD
Tel: 718-245-3192

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

 

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers an array of behavioral health services to children and families in need. Most of these services are housed at our clinical affiliate, Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC).

  • Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program-Child And Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Service
  • Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service
  • Intensive Crisis Stabilization And Treatment Program
  • Outpatient Clinic (OPD)
  • Developmental Evaluations Clinic

There is an Infant and Child Learning Program, run by Dr. Hittelman, based at SUNY as well as a wide array of services at our affiliate, New York City Children's Center, Brooklyn Campus.

Additional Infomation »


Nitin Toteja, MBBS
Director of Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry)
Tel: 718-245-8815

Latency: Habibur Rahman, MD – Tel: 718-245-2223 or 2224

Adolescent: Quazi Rahman, MD – Tel: 718-245-2221 or 2212

New Onset Psychosis: Nitin Toteja, MBBS / Jeffrey Hamblin, MD – Tel: 718-245-2215

Dr. Cathryn Galanter
Child and Adolescent Fellowship Director
Tel: 718-245-2502
Fax: 718-245-5533

Barbara Gamboni
Child and Adolescent Fellowship Coordinator
Tel: 718-245-2507
Fax: 718-245-5533

Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Services (CPEP)

Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Services (CPEP)

(CPEP) functions as the emergency receiving and treatment service for adults for central Brooklyn, a catchment area of roughly 500,000 individuals, and for children and adolescents throughout the entire borough ofBrooklyn . Adult patients are assessed and recommended for either inpatient admission or are referred to the Extended Observation Unit (EOU) for crisis treatment. Adult patients who do not require emergency services are referred to the Central Intake Unit (CIU) for evaluation for outpatient treatment. Child patients are either admitted to one of the child and adolescent inpatient units or are referred for continued outpatient treatment.

As part of the CPEP, the Mobile Outreach Team provides services to adult patients whose mental health needs prevent them from coming to the hospital unassisted.


Tel: 718-245-2310 / 2311

Consultation Liasion

Consultation Liasion

There is a mix of African-Americans, Caribbean-Americans, Euro-Americans and Hispanics comprising the major groups of patients seen and treated. Patients range from 16 to 90 years with a wide range of in socio-economic status from homeless to affluent. Health Insurance also varies from no insurance to Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance. Diagnoses frequently seen are a wide range of psychopathology and clinical problems. Depression, anxiety, treatment refusal, decisional capacity, organic mental syndromes, somatoform disorders, medical illness mistaken for psychiatric illness, substance abuse, adjustment reactions, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, other psychotic and mood disorders. Treatments provided are Pharmacotherapy, crisis intervention, supportive psychotherapy, systems intervention including education of staff.


Alan Tusher, MD, PhD
Director

Alla Ostrovskaya, MD
Consultation Liasion Psychiatrist

Inpatient Psychiatry

Inpatient Psychiatry

R4W:
David Edgcomb, MD, Unit Chief of Training Unit
Yelena Belyayeva, MD, Inpatient Unit Attending

Tel: 718-245-2303

Outpatient Psychiatry

Outpatient Psychiatry

The Adult Outpatient Clinic provides a variety of treatment and aftercare services, including those for individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.

 

Akinola Adebisi, MD
Director Adult Outpatient Department

Sabina Singh, MD
Assistant Director of Outpatient Services
Director of Resident Education

Tel: 718-245-2733

Pongsak Huangthiasong, MD
Co-Director of Education

Partial Hospitalization Program

Partial Hospitalization Program

The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) provides an intensive 6-week outpatient treatment program for chronically mentally ill patients. Specialized treatment programs in both the inpatient and outpatient units provide services for drug and/or substance abusing patients.


Mudassar Iqbal, MBBS
Director


Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center (KJMC)

Inpatient Psychiatry

The inpatient psychiatry division is a state of the art unit with 25 beds and affiliated with SUNY-Downstate Medical Center. This unit specializes in the care and treatment of numerous behavioral health issues. Patients receive multimodal assistance from highly qualified and equipped professionals. Approaches used with expertise and care include medication, therapeutic group sessions, individual counseling one on one, and personalized discharge planning.=

James Wolberg, MD, Chair Of Psychiatry

Geriatric Psychiatry

The Geriatric Psychiatry Center is the only inpatient facility in Brooklyn dedicated exclusively to caring for patients over the age of 55. It is also the only Brooklyn geriatric psychiatry facility able to provide convenient access to continuing care on an outpatient basis.

Thulasiram Janardhanan, MD
Assistant Director of Inpatient Services
Co-Director of Geriatric Fellowship

Tel: 718-604-5281
Fax: 718-363-6713


Coney Island Hospital (CIH)

Inpatient Psychiatry

The Psychiatric Inpatient Program (PIP) provides a 64 bed acute psychiatric inpatient program for individuals 18 and over with a primary major psychiatric disorder, including dually diagnosed psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. Unit provides multidisciplinary assessment, milieu therapy, individual and group therapies, pharmacotherapy and medical assessment and treatment as needed. It also offers aftercare planning and follow-up.

Jeffrey Goldberg, DO, Chairman – Tel: 718-616-5309 / Fax 718-616-5314
Inessa Safronova, MD, Unit Chief – Tel: 718-616-5479
Sofya Kagan, MD, Director of Division of Inpatient Psychiatric Service – Tel: 718-616-5504
Matthew Hartzell, MD, Inpatient Attending – Tel: 718-616-5476