Timothy Rice, MD
Timothy completed the Mount Sinai Residency Training Program after his third postgraduate year. Tim graduated from Yale University with a BS in Biology, with distinction and then received his MD from Columbia University. Tim was a High School State Champion in Swimming (100y backstroke) in Louisiana and took this drive to college and medical school where he excelled across a diverse portfolio of accomplishments. Since joining the residency program at Mount Sinai, Tim has won the Teacher of the Year Award and published nine papers in peer-reviewed journals, six of which he first-authored. Most recently he has developed an interest in psychodynamic considerations underlying the treatment of both autism spectrum disorders and oppositional behavior and is developing a manualized therapy for disruptive behavior.
Lesha Shah, MD
Lesha came to Mount Sinai from the Tufts University / Baystate Medical Center Psychiatry Residency Program after completing her third year. Lesha graduated from Barnard College with a B.A in Political Science and earned her M.D. from Ross University School of Medicine. Throughout her training, Lesha has been extremely committed to public psychiatry and has played an active role in several national organizations, including as a member of the AACAP Infancy and Early Childhood Committee. Lesha was recently selected as one of 10 residents in the U.S. and Canada to receive the APA Public Psychiatry Fellowship where she is focused on understanding development and illness in the context of systems of health care.
Mary LaLonde, MD, PhD
Mary joined the Child Psychiatry Residency Program after completing the Mount Sinai Residency Training Program, where she served as a Chief Resident. Margie graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a BS in Biological Sciences and later received both her MD and PhD (Molecular and Cellular Biology) from SUNY Stony Brook. A member of AOA, she has already published several papers and has been awarded two separate NIH scholarship awards. Currently, Mary is interested in early child development and attachment. She has started a parent-child dyad group in the Mount Sinai Therapeutic Nursery and has begun to develop plans to perform a needs assessment for childhood mental health services in Westchester.
Teresa Lim, MD
Teresa joined the Mount Sinai Child Psychiatry Residency Training Program after completing the Mount Sinai General Psychiatry Program. Teresa attended McMaster University for both her BS (Biochemistry) and her Master’s of Science (Medical Science: Hematology). She then graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Teresa is a contributing author in two books and first author on a paper about the assessment of delusional capacity in the Neurologic Clinics of North America. She is also an outstanding teacher, earning her two teaching awards during her tenure at Sinai: the Arnold Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award and the MSSM Teacher of the Year Award. Teresa is committed to pursuing a career in clinical research and focusing efforts in autism.
Meredith Naidorf, MD
Meredith came to Mount Sinai from the Yale Residency Training Program in General Psychiatry. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan and earned her medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Meredith is a dedicated teacher and has consistently been involved in tutoring and teaching since high school. After graduating from college, she created a full-time private tutoring service for adolescents with learning disabilities. Since beginning her training in psychiatry, Meredith has developed interests in trauma, global health, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Jennifer Breitbart, MD
Jennifer completed her residency training in the General Psychiatry Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center / Zucker Hillside. Jennifer graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva University-Stern College and later from Columbia University School of Nursing. She worked for several years as an RN on a medical oncology and stem cell transplant unit, before she decided to return to medical school; she graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson. Jennifer has specific interests in the interface between psychiatry, oncology, and palliative care.
Marianna Markella, MD
Marianna completed the Mount Sinai General Psychiatry Residency Program before joining the Child Psychiatry Residency. Marianna is a graduate of Semmelweis University in Hungary. She was born in St Petersburg, raised primarily in Israel, and then moved to the US after medical school to do a research fellowship at the Renal Research Institute at Beth Israel Medical Center. In 2007, Marianna came to Mount Sinai as a research coordinator, working closely with Dr. Newcorn on studies in ADHD.
Matthew Shear, MD, MPH
Matthew completed residency training in General Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Matthew graduated from Williams College and attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. During medical school, Matthew also earned an MPH in Epidemiology from George Washington University and he is extremely committed to community care. Matthew is passionate about working with children, and is especially committed to public health.
Suzanne Garfinkle, MD
Suzanne completed her undergraduate education at Amherst College, where she earned a B.A. in English and graduated magna cum laude. She entered medical school via Mount Sinai's Humanities and Medicine Program, after having spent a year abroad, and earning an MSc with Distinction in Theoretical Psychoanalysis from University College London. She completed four years of general psychiatry residency at Columbia Presbyterian / New York State Psychiatric Institute. Suzanne has served as a PRITE fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, as well as a Freida Fromm-Reichmann fellow and a Ginsberg fellow through AADPRT. She enjoys writing and teaching, and taught child development to residents and medical students throughout her fellowship. Suzanne lives with her husband and son in Greenwich Village, where she works in private practice. Starting July 1 2012, she will also be the Director of the Mount Sinai Academy for Medicine and the Humanities.
Elizabeth Lobel, MD
Elizabeth received her BA in psychology at Columbia College in 2002 and her MD from New York University in 2007. She took a year off in medical school to volunteer and do research in Israel at Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center. She trained in general psychiatry at North Shore-LIJ Zucker Hillside Hospital for three years before doing her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency at Mount Sinai, graduating in 2012. Elizabeth is interested in early childhood development, intellectual and developmental disability, and many other aspects of child psychiatry. Elizabeth will be joining Comprehensive Psychiatric Services, a group private practice located in Fremont, California and will be seeing mostly children.
Juan Pedraza, MD
Juan was born and raised in Colombia and received his medical degree from the Universidad El Bosque in Bogota. He completed general psychiatry residency training at the Maimonides Medical Center before completing training in Child Psychiatry at Mount Sinai. Since the beginning of his postgraduate training, Juan has been actively involved in teaching and research and developed specific interests in clinical trials in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As a resident, he obtained funding from GlaxoSmithKline and started conducting a trial evaluating the effect of Omega-3 fatty acids in the treatment of children with ADHD. Since Juan began his child training, he has worked closely with Dr. Jeffrey Newcorn and received the Pond Family Award for ADHD and related disorders from the American Professional Society for ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD). Through this award, he will be conducting a prospective trial at Mount Sinai to study executive functioning deficits in parents of underserved children diagnosed with ADHD. Upon graduation, Juan joined the Mount Sinai Faculty pursuing his clinical research interests and working in the outpatient clinic.