Message from the Chair
"Mount Sinai offers unparalleled opportunities to bring to bear basic neuroscience discoveries in order to better understand the causes of major neuropsychiatric disorders."
Our Goals and Resources
In the Mount Sinai Department of Psychiatry, we are dedicated to improving lives through integration of clinical care, research, and education in the field of psychiatry. Our department is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 10 in its level of funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Our dynamic team of clinicians, researchers, educators, and trainees is dedicated to improving the welfare of individuals with mental disorders. We have 125 full-time faculty at our Mount Sinai Hospital campus alone. Another 115 faculty work at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. We have some 75 trainees in seven residency and fellowship programs, and many of our 329 voluntary faculty members actively supervise residents.
We pride ourselves on being a national model for translating basic neuroscience discoveries into patient care advances. The organizational structure afforded by the Friedman Brain Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai helps facilitate these objectives. The brain-focused clinical departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Neurosurgery are linked with the basic sciences via the Department of Neuroscience and the Institute. Our close and productive affiliation with the Bronx VA Hospital, is another ingredient for achieving this goal. The combined resources of the Mount Sinai Health System offer unparalleled opportunities to discover new and better interventions to target major neuropsychiatric disorders.
Progress Through Psychiatric Research
In the Department of Psychiatry we envision a time when we will accurately diagnose a psychiatric disorder using a combination of biomarkers and clinical indicators, and then select a personalized treatment (whether biological or behavioral) that can prevent, cure, or alter the course of an illness. With a limited understanding of etiology and virtual absence of valid biomarkers throughout the field, most treatments have merely ameliorated symptoms. Our researchers are blazing new trails in the field.
Our strategy is to look beyond traditional clinical symptoms to the underlying factors that we can explore through genetics, brain imaging, or other biomarkers. Although the full payoff may be years away, we are not wasting any time in bringing state-of-the-art treatment to our patients. We use the most robust, evidence-based treatments available to teach our trainees and care for our patients.
Our model of care couples research and clinical care with education through our Centers of Excellence, managing patients across their lifespan and according to acuity. We offer an array of modalities, from pharmacotherapy to psychosocial treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. Although the thrust of our new programs has been at the ambulatory level, Mount Sinai continues to provide higher intensity care to our inpatients, with specialized units for children, adolescents, and the elderly, and those with addiction disorders, in addition to general adult services. Accordingly, we remain able to provide expert inpatient care for a wide range of conditions for patients of all ages.
Our specialty programs include: Mood and Anxiety Disorders; Traumatic Stress Disorders; Autism via the Seaver Autism Center; Eating and Weight Disorders; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Geriatric Psychiatry; Child Psychiatry; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children and adults; Bipolar Disorder; Schizophrenia; and Alzheimer’s disease.
Whether you are striving to learn about our treatment or educational programs, as a prospective patient or trainee, we hope you find the visit to our website informative. If you have any trouble finding what you are looking for, please feel free to contact me personally and I will try to direct you to the best resource. Thank you for visiting and please think of Mount Sinai Psychiatry as your portal to the latest advances in research on, and treatment of, major mental disorders.
Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD
Interim Chair of the Department of Psychiatry
Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience