Meet Our Team

Our trained and caring specialists carry out Consultation Liaison Psychiatry services at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS).

Jennifer Finkel, MD

Dr. Finkel is the Director of Behavioral Medicine and Consultation Psychiatry at the School, where she is also dually appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Finkel is board certified in General Adult Psychiatry and Psychiatry of the Medically Ill. After completing her residency at Bellevue/NYU, she completed a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine (Consultation Liaison Psychiatry) at the Icahn School of Medicine, while simultaneously being awarded the Goldman Fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis, which allowed her to focus on this particular clinical area.

As Director of the Consultation Liaison Service, Dr. Finkel is directly responsible for running all the clinical and administrative aspects of this service at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and for the training and supervision of junior faculty, fellows, residents, and medical students rotating on her service. Currently, she is working on a project which will lead to the creation of a "Behavioral Health Team," a multidisciplinary group of mental health experts that will be embedded within specific medical units to rapidly identify complex patients with comorbid medical and psychiatric/substance issues; its aim is to increase the quality of care of these patients by utilizing a progressive and collaborative approach to their management with individually tailored treatment plans and dispositions.

Dr. Finkel has also served as the primary psychiatric consultant to Mount Sinai's renowned Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis. As the only psychiatrist with particular expertise in MS, Dr. Finkel has achieved national recognition for her work and is the only psychiatrist on the National MS Clinical Advisory Board, which advises about future health care programs and initiatives for the MS community. She is the Co-Chair of the Department's Focus Review Committee and serves on numerous other departmental leadership committees including the Hospital's Ethics Committee.

Seeing herself first and foremost as a clinician who is dedicated to her patients, Dr. Finkel’s clinical areas of interest include multiple sclerosis, neurologic illness, chronic medical illness, psychopharmacology, depression, traumatic brain injury, capacity, psychological reaction to illness, and bioethics. Because of her commitment to the highest quality of care for her patients, she was picked by Castle Connolly as a "Top Doctor;" selected for "Top Doctors, New York Metro Area, 2016;" and highlighted in the 2016 "Best Doctors" issue of New York Magazine.

Kim Klipstein, MD

Dr. Klipstein is the System Director of Consultation Psychiatry and Faculty Practice Psychiatry for the Mount Sinai Health System, as well as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at ISMMS.Board Certified in both General Adult Psychiatry and Psychiatry of the Medically Ill, she has been working clinically in the field of Medical Psychiatry for the last 8 years. After receiving her MD from Cornell Medical College, Dr. Klipstein completed her residency at New York Hospital Cornell and the University of California, San Francisco. Her areas of interest include medical illness and psychiatry, pregnancy and postpartum, psychopharmacology, chronic medical and neurologic illness, and forensic issues.

Carrie Ernst, MD

Dr. Ernst is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Education at the School and is board certified in both General Adult Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. She works on the Consultation Liaison Psychiatry service treating mental health conditions in the medically ill and has a number of educational roles, including Director of Mount Sinai's Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship and Director of Medical Student Education for the Department of Psychiatry. After receiving her MD from Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Ernst completed her residency at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School and went on to do a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Her areas of interest include medical student education, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, stroke, HIV/AIDS, pregnancy and postpartum, and psychopharmacology in the medically ill.

Kanan Modhwadia, MD

Dr. Modwadia is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine. After receiving her MD from St. Matthews School of Medicine, she completed her residency at the Harvard South Shore Psychiatry Residency Program/Harvard Medical School, where she served as a Chief Resident in her final year. Dr. Modhwadia went on to do a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine and Psycho-Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is board certified in General Adult Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine and is an attending psychiatrist at the Ruttenberg Cancer Center and Dubin Breast Center, where she works with patients living with cancer. Dr. Modhwadia is an expert in psycho-oncology and works on the Consultation Liaison Psychiatry service treating medically ill patients with comorbid psychiatric illness. Her interests include oncology, chronic medical illness, palliative care, and psychopharmacology.

Elizabeth Albertini, MD

Dr. Albertini is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the School and specializes in consultation psychiatry. She also has a special focus in the comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and treatment for women and their families during fertility, pregnancy, postpartum, pregnancy losses, perimenopause/menopause, as well as women's sexual problems and psychiatric illness as it relates to people living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Albertini completed her undergraduate education at Princeton University and her medical training at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. After four years of residency training in psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital, she did an additional postgraduate fellowship in consult-liaison medicine at ISMMS.

Hansel Arroyo, MD

Dr. Arroyo is Director of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Institute for Advanced Medicine, Lead Psychiatrist at the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at ISMMS.Dr. Arroyo completed his training in psychiatry at The Mount Sinai Hospital while completing a psychoanalytic fellowship at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. He completed his fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital, where he specialized in the treatment of patients with chronic medical conditions and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Arroyo’s career has focused on providing mental health services to underserved and marginalized populations. He is board certified in Psychosomatic Medicine, Psychiatry, and Neurology.

James J. Strain, MD

Dr. Strainis Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Medical Education, and Master Teacher at the School. He is also Director Emeritus of the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Consultation Psychiatry. Dr. Strain has been instrumental in creating MICRO-CARES, an electronic health record for consultation liaison psychiatry; developing the models for mental health training for primary care physicians; organizing studies of physician compliance with cancer research protocols; examining the effects of liaison psychiatry on elderly orthopedic patients hospitalized for hip surgery; establishing funding mechanisms for consultation-liaison psychiatry; and contributing to the DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5 as the Chair for the adjustment disorders.

He was responsible for sending the General Hospital of Psychiatry Journal containing a consultation liaison literature database to over 4,000 institutions in the WHO World Directory of Medical Schools. Dr. Strain was the only psychiatrist on the Institute of Medicine Committee to establish the guidelines for writing health care guidelines. In addition, he was given the Third Earl of Litchfield Lectureship at Oxford University, United Kingdom, and has trained more than 150 fellows in the psychosomatic medicine sub-discipline in psychiatry. Dr. Strain has over 500 publications and has made 800 national and international lectures from having visited nearly every country in the world. His textbooks, including Psychosomatic Medicine; Psychological Care of the Medically Ill; Psychological Interventions in the Medically Ill; The Medically Ill Patient; and Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders: A Handbook for Clinicians, are standards in the field. A new volume, Depression as a Systemic Illness, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2017.

Dr. Strain has been actively involved in the Bioethics Teaching Program at ISMMS as the Chair of the Committee which established the program. He has won the Hackett Award, the highest honor in Psychosomatic Medicine, from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Strain was also the first to win the Outstanding Consultation Liaison Psychiatrist Award from the Society of Liaison Psychiatry, as well as the first American to be given the highest honor in Psychosomatic Medicine in Europe, the Frits Huyse Award, from the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine. In addition, he inaugurated the first Psychosomatic Forum in China with 11 lectures in August 2016. The Green Fund and the Malcolm- Gibbs Fund of New York City have supported his work since 1980, and Mrs. Enid Annenberg Haupt established a $5 million medical student scholarship fund in his honor at the Icahn School of Medicine.