Faculty

Our faculty is as as diverse as our residents. All have one thing in common: their desire to teach and guide our trainees to achieve their full potential. The residency program relies on their knowledge, skills, dedication, and mentorship for its success. Our residents work beside them in all areas of the department, from the emergency room and inpatient units to the outpatient adult and child services. Many of our voluntary faculty have practices in the neighborhood and are themselves alumni of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Morningside/West training program. Their continued attachment to the department reflects their appreciation for the training they received and their desire to train the next generation.

Prameet Singh, MD
Chair

Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education
Prameet Singh was the Training Director of the Psychiatry Residency Training Program for nine years before taking on the role of Vice-Chair and then Interim Chair for the department. He continues to actively teach, supervise, and spend time on the clinical divisions where residents rotate. His specialty is addiction psychiatry and he previously ran the Addiction Psychiatry fellowship at Beth Israel. 

Paul Rosenfield, MD
Director, Psychiatry Education and Training
Paul Rosenfield joined the faculty in 2011 and served as the Director of the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic at Mount Sinai Morningside before becoming Director of Psychiatry Education & Training in 2016. He received his MD at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed residency training at University of California, San Francisco, followed later by a Public Psychiatry Fellowship back at Columbia. His professional interests include recovery-oriented care for individuals with serious mental illness, teaching structural competency, reducing suicide, promoting wellness and resilience, and training our outstanding residents.

Jacob M. Appel, MD
Director, Ethics Education in Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine; CPEP Attending
Jacob Appel joined the faculty after completing residency and a Fellowship in Consult-Liaison Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is an attending physician in the CPEP at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, where his research focuses on malingering, and teaches in the medical ethics curriculum for the first and second year medical students. He also designed and runs a creative writing elective in the medical school.  Since 2018, he has been Director of Ethics Education in Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  Jacob holds an MD from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, a JD from Harvard Law School and MFAs from CUNY and NYU. He is the author of five novels, eight short story collections, a volume of essays and a book of poetry. Prior to entering medicine, he taught bioethics for many years at Brown University. Within the MSSLW residency, he supervises residents in emergency psychiatry, and teaches on ethical issues in psychiatry, the interface of law and medicine, and more.

Sanaa Bhatty, MD
Medical Director, Child Outpatient Clinic
Sanaa Bhatty graduated from the University of Miami and the Florida State University College of Medicine. She completed her general psychiatry residency at George Washington University and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital. She is currently the medical director of the outpatient child psychiatry department at Mount Sinai Morningside where she oversees the child and adolescent outpatient experience for the 3rd year residents. Her interests include ADHD and externalizing disorders as well as community psychiatry.

Timothy Brennan, MD
Director, Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai Morningside and West
Tim Brennan received his MD/MPH from Tulane and completed residency training in Pediatrics at Weill Cornell. His professional interests include physician education in addiction and helping to combat the American Opioid Crisis. He is the founding director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship at MSSLW, teaches regularly on addiction and ethics in the residency program, and mentors residents interested in addiction psychiatry.

Steven Carbonaro, MD
Attending, CPEP
Steven Carbonaro received his B.A. from Columbia University prior to completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After obtaining his M.D. he went on to complete his psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, where he served as chief resident and supervisor in the adult outpatient clinic during his final year. He joined the faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine in 2020, where he works primarily as a CPEP attending at Mount Sinai Morningside. His interests include substance use disorders & emergency psychiatry, and he enjoys teaching residents about addiction psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and the basics of financial planning as a resident.

Tiffany Christian, MD
Attending, Adult Ambulatory Psychiatry Service

Tiffany Christian started working as an attending psychiatrist in Mount Sinai Morningside outpatient division in 2018. She completed her residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in East Harlem and prior to that attended medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago. She has a special interest in forensic examinations of asylum-seekers and has worked with the Mount Sinai Human Rights Program. Her other areas of interest include obsessive compulsive disorder, psychotherapy, and the treatment of disorders of sexual function for which she completed training at NYU's Human Sexuality Program.

Abigail R. Cohen, MD
Director, Child and Adolescent Consultation Liaison Service
Abigail Cohen joined the faculty in 2019 after completing a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Mount Sinai. After graduating from the Drexel University College of Medicine she completed her residency in psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Dr. Cohen has interests in risk assessment, suicide prevention and adolescent substance use. As a member of the Medical Students and Residents Committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), she has worked to support trainees on their path to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Cheryl Corcoran, MD
Associate Professor and Program Leader in Psychosis Risk
Cheryl Corcoran joined the faculty at Mount Sinai in 2017. She has appointments at Icahn, Mount Sinai Morningside and Beth Israel. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees at Harvard, and then completed a schizophrenia research fellowship at Columbia University, and a masters in biostatistics and patient-oriented research at the Mailman School of Public Health. She has two federal grants to study language and social cognition across stages of schizophrenia and psychosis, including the clinical risk state or putative prodrome. She has previously published on imaging and EEG biomarkers of psychosis risk, as well as nosology, ethics, stigma, stress and cannabis use, all related to the attenuated psychosis syndrome. As Program Leader in Psychosis Risk, she fosters education, research and development of services related to this area.

‚ÄčAnthony DeMaria, PhD
Interim Director, Adult Ambulatory Psychiatry Services
Anthony DeMaria is the Associate Director of Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Services at Mount Sinai Morningside, and a clinical psychologist delivering services within the clinic and Faculty Practice Association. He holds his Ph.D. from The New School, completed his psychology internship training from NYU Medical Center-Bellevue Hospital, and his fellowship in treatment of personality disorders from Mt. Sinai Morningside-West. Dr. DeMaria’s areas of focus for research and practice have centered on the following areas: improving the efficacy of supervision, the treatment of individuals with personality disorders, group psychotherapy, mental health treatment for young adults, psychodynamic therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, psychological assessment, and the integration of mindfulness based practices into psychotherapeutic treatments.

Stephanie Friedman, MD
Attending, Babcock 5 Inpatient Child and Adolescent Unit
Stephanie Friedman joined the faculty in 2018 after completing her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at Mount Sinai.  She received her MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed residency at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Her interests include group relations as it applies to systems, especially family and training environments.

Swapnil Gupta, MD
Medical Director, Adult Ambulatory Psychiatry Services
Swapnil Gupta was trained as a psychiatrist both in India as well as the United States, at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Yale University, developing the skills of phenomenological, psychodynamic and neurobiological approaches towards distressing psychological experiences. She started her career as an academic psychiatrist researching the involvement of the endocannabinoid system in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia and was funded by the Brian and Behavior Research Foundation in 2013. Her subsequent scholarship has focused on the application of deprescribing, or the systematic reduction of superfluous medications, to the discipline of psychiatry by rooting it in the principles of recovery-oriented care. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed papers on the topic of deprescribing including a book published by Oxford University Press (2019) and has worked towards initiating and sustaining complex conversations around psychotropics, with all stakeholders including medical professionals, patients, policy-makers and lay individuals. As a clinician-educator, she has taught clinical interviewing skills and psychopharmacology, with a goal of fostering genuine curiosity and respect for patient experiences.

Manassa Hany, MD
Medical Director, Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai West; Program Director of Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship; Residency Wellbeing Champion
Manassa Hany is an attending psychiatrist at the Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai, where he serves as Medical Director. He earned his MD degree from Cairo University School of Medicine in Egypt and completed psychiatry residency at Richmond University Medical Center. He completed an addiction psychiatry subspecialty fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai West. His clinical interests are substance addiction and related disorders and he enjoys teaching residents and medical students about addiction and psychopharmacology.  He is also the Program Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship and the department’s GME wellbeing champion.

Leora Heckelman, PhD
Director, Psychology Training and Residency Psychotherapy Training
Leora Heckelman, an award-winning teacher, directs the internship and post-doctoral fellowships in psychology, and oversees the residency psychotherapy curriculum through the four years of training, from CBT and DBT to supportive and psychodynamic therapy.  She provides CBT training and supervision to both residents and psychology trainees in a clear and practical manner, and is always approachable and available for questions to help ensure her students learn the skills and art of the essential modalities of therapy.

Rachael Heyden, DO
Attending, CPEP
Rachael Heyden was a chief resident in the residency program 2016-17 and the resident recipient of the 1st Annual Humanism in Psychiatry Award at graduation. She loved working in the CPEP so much, she decided to stay on as an attending. Residents benefit from her passion for teaching and mentorship, her sense of humor, and her modeling of how to be a doctor.

Iliyan Ivanov, MD
Attending, Child and Adolescent Division
Iliyan Ivanov is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry who completed his training in 2003 and has been on faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai since then. He has broad clinical expertise covering childhood trauma, disruptive behaviors disorders and adolescent substance use disorders. He has received grant support from NIDA to study the neurobiological basis of vulnerability for the development of substance use disorders in drug naive children and is conducting secondary analyses using large data sets to examine the effects of pharmacological treatments and drug initiation on brain development. 

David H. Jiang, MD
Attending, Adult Ambulatory Psychiatry Service
David Jiang completed medical school at the University of Virginia and psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. In residency, he served as chief resident and was also involved in developing mindfulness programs for patients. He joined the faculty in 2018 as an outpatient attending and he supervises residents in the outpatient department. In addition to English, he is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish and his clinical duties involve significant service to minority populations. His professional interests include complex trauma, mindfulness meditation, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He is currently in psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Institute.

Brandon Johnson, MD
Associate Program Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship; Attending, Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service (CARES)
Brandon Johnson graduated from UT Southwestern Medical School before completing his General Psychiatry Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York Presbyterian–Columbia/Cornell where he won the Edward J. Sachar Award for clinical excellence. Dr. Johnson has interests in clinical education, individual and group psychotherapy, and collaborative care. In addition, Dr. Johnson has particular interest in the evaluation and treatment of gender non-conforming youth. He has been involved with the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Committee (SOGIIC) of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) to promote awareness and expand clinical competency in this area.

Susan Kahane-Pierre MD
Attending, Ambulatory Psychiatry Service
Susan Kahane-Pierre joined the faculty in 2016 and supervises residents in the outpatient department.  She is a graduate of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Montefiore psychiatry residency, where she served as education chief. She has a strong interest in resident wellness as well as in social and cultural factors influencing mental health. 

Nicholas Kopple-Perry, DO
Associate Program Director; Attending, Institute for Advanced Medicine and C/L Service
Nicholas Kopple-Perry completed medical school at Touro University in California, and is a graduate of our residency program, where he served as a chief resident and won the Resident Teacher of the Year Award as well as the Gold Foundation Award for an outstanding resident teacher across the Mount Sinai Health System.  He completed his Consultation-Liaison Fellowship at Einstein in 2017 where he won the Davidoff Award for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Student Teaching. He works as an attending on the C/L service and at the Institute for Advanced Medicine where he cares for patients with HIV and for formerly incarcerated individuals. His interests also include narrative medicine, HIV psychiatry and mentoring residents.

Evan Kravitz, MD
Attending Psychiatrist, 7G Inpatient Unit
Evan Kravitz received his BA from Vanderbilt University and completed medical school at Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel. He completed both his psychiatry residency at and fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Morningside-West. After graduating in 2019, he joined us as an attending on the inpatient unit at Mount Sinai West. He is interested in advocating for resident and staff wellness, existential and humanistic psychotherapy, and providing holistic care for his patients.

Dolores Malaspina, MD, MSPH, MS
Director, Psychosis Program; Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience & Genetics
Dolores Malaspina is an international leader in psychosis research and was recruited to lead the new initiative at Mount Sinai to develop person-specific interventions to prevent and treat psychotic disorders. She was previously the Anita Steckler & Joseph Steckler Professor of Psychiatry and former Chair of the NYU/Bellevue Dept of Psychiatry.  She completed her psychiatry residency and research fellowship at Columbia University, where she founded the schizophrenia research unit. In addition to her medical training, she has studied zoology and public health, which inform her work.  Her research focus ranges from epidemiology to patient oriented research in genetics, psychophysiology, imaging and cognition. Her scientific studies have received almost continuous NIH funding, and she receives federal support for her mentorship of early investigators. She has published over 250 scientific articles and received numerous honors for her research and for clinical work. She served on the APA’s DSM-TR and DSM-5 psychosis sections and is a member of the steering committee to revise and advance the entire DSM going forward. She teaches, mentors and conducts research at Mount Sinai Morningside and West.

Howard Millman, MD
Dynamic Psychotherapy Training
Formerly the Mount Sinai Morningside outpatient clinic director and inpatient unit chief as well as a trained psychoanalyst, Howard Millman provides a rich training experience anchored in classic and modern dynamic psychotherapy texts and brought to life through stimulating case discussions of the residents' patients. He has won best teacher of the year award several times, as he skillfully combines clinical rigor with open-mindedness and a sense of humor.

Inna Murzakhanova, DO
Unit Chief, 7G Inpatient Unit
Inna Murzakhanova completed medical school at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, then pursued her residency training at St. Luke’s Roosevelt (before we joined Mount Sinai).  She worked in both the inpatient unit and CPEP before assuming the role of unit chief of 7G in 2019. Residents selected her as Faculty Teacher of the Year in 2019 in recognition of the time and energy she puts into her teaching and care of the residents, as well as her role modeling of how to treat patients compassionately and effectively.

Aileen Park, MD
Program Director, Consultation-Liaison Fellowship
Dr. Park received a BA from Smith College and her MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She received her MD from the University at Buffalo and completed both psychiatry residency and psychosomatic (C/L) medicine fellowship at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Park served as assistant director of psychiatric services in the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care for three years before joining Mount Sinai Morningside and West as the director of C/L and the C/L medicine fellowship program director.

Mercedes Perez-Rodriguez, MD, PhD
Assistant Training Director for Psychiatry Research at Mount Sinai Hospital Psychiatry Research,; Associate Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry
Mercedes Perez-Rodriguez is Assistant Training Director for Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai.  Dr. Perez’s research, funded by the NIH, the CDC, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD), and the VA MIRECC, aims to elucidate the biological underpinnings of risk and resilience to psychosis spectrum and trauma-related disorders and test novel treatments through clinical trials, with a focus on cognition and social cognition. Dr. Perez has authored or co-authored over 100 publications, including more than 70 papers in in peer-reviewed journals and 15 book chapters, and has made more than 60 presentations at national and international meetings.  She teaches and mentors research track residents at MSSLW in the diagnosis, neurobiology, and treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Timothy Rice, MD
Unit Chief, Babcock 5 Inpatient Child and Adolescent Unit
Tim Rice received his MD from from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his adult residency and child and adolescent fellowship training at Mount Sinai. He teaches the child and adolescent didactics to the first and second year residents and has research programs that interested residents can join. In addition to dedication to providing the highest quality on the unit, his interests are in harm reduction, crisis de-escalation, and manualized play therapy. He was the recipient in 2019 of both the Faculty Teacher of the Year Award for Medical Student Education in Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Faculty Humanism in Psychiatry Award from the MSSLW Dept of Psychiatry.

Gloria J. Rodriguez, MD
Vice Chair
Gloria J. Rodriguez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She moved to NYC after graduating high school and earned her Bachelor’s degree at the City College of New York.  She received her medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and completed her residency training at the Mount Sinai Hospital. She remained on staff thereafter, rising to the position of Division Chief of Inpatient Psychiatry until 2014, when she moved to Mount Sinai Morningside-West to assume the position of Director of the Acute Care Division. In this role, she effectively led numerous improvements, including the establishing of the Child and Adolescent Unit that moved from Mount Sinai Hospital. In addition, Dr. Rodriguez leads the Safety and Quality Division for the Psychiatric Department and in doing so, has transformed the process and practice, establishing a standard we can all be proud of, and others aspire to. Her work has led to the adoption of exemplary practices across all divisions to mitigate risk and provide safer care for all our patients. In 2019, Dr. Rodriguez was promoted to Vice Chair, in addition to continuing to lead the Acute Care Division and the Safety and Quality Committee. 

Sumru Tufekcioglu, PhD
Voluntary Faculty
Sumru Tufekcioglu is a clinical psychologist, trained psychoanalyst, teacher, and psychotherapy researcher. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Mount Sinai Morningside and West in 2016. Since then, she has been teaching and supervising in the Psychiatry Residency and Psychology Training Programs. Dr. Tufekcioglu has extensive experience in models of psychotherapy and has published on the issues of therapeutic alliance, case formulation, and complex PTSD. Her interests include psychotherapy integration, supervision, and helping trainees develop their own style in psychotherapy. She is President-Elect of the Candidates’ Council at American Psychoanalytic Association and the recipient of the 2019 Mount Sinai Morningside and West Adult Psychology Teacher of the Year Award.

Joseph Yuen, MD
Attending, Consult Liaison Service, Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology Training
Joseph Yuen completed his residency training at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Morningside. He completed a clinical fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/Weill Cornell Medical Center. After his fellowship, he worked as an attending on both the psychiatry consultation-liaison service and in the CPEP at Mount Sinai Morningside and West. He then served as the Director of Psychosomatic Medicine at Lincoln Hospital Center, and then fortunately, returned on staff as an attending psychiatrist on the consultation-liaison service at Mount Sinai West. He has received both Resident and Faculty Teacher of the Year awards.  

Jonathan Zimmerman, MD
Attending, CITPD
Jonathan Zimmerman has had a longstanding interest in personality disorders, and enjoys working and teaching as an attending in the Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders (CITPD), a uniquely specialized clinic where PGY2 residents sharpen their skills in treatment of some of the most challenging patients in mental health. He introduces residents to the importance of teamwork with fellow clinicians, the intricacies of psychopharmacology, and the development of therapeutic relationships in culturally sensitive, patient-centered care.