Message from the Chair

It is with much pleasure that I welcome you to the website of the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. We are currently on the cusp of major discoveries in our field. Progress in genetics, neuroimaging, immunology, and the computational models combining these findings are rapidly contributing to elucidating the causes of psychiatric illness. The faculty at Mount Sinai, consisting of world-leading experts in their respective fields, not only contributed to these exciting findings but are determined to continue this progress in order to improve the welfare of individuals with mental disorders. This is our primary and overriding goal.

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 (FBI) 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 FBI. The combined resources of the Mount Sinai Health System offer unparalleled opportunities to discover new and better interventions to target major neuropsychiatric disorders. Our close and productive affiliation with the Bronx VA hospital is another ingredient for achieving our goal.

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. Although the full payoff may be years away, we are not wasting any time in bringing state-of-the-art treatment to our patients. Our researchers are blazing new trails in the field, and we use the most robust, evidence-based treatments available to care for our patients and teach these to our trainees. 

Whether you are striving to learn about our research, treatment, or educational programs, as a scientist, colleague, 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 resources. Thank you for visiting, and please think of Mount Sinai Psychiatry as your portal to the latest research on, and treatment of, major mental disorders.

René S. Kahn, MD, PhD
Esther and Joseph Klingenstein Professor & Chair,
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health System