Clinical Services

Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease (CEAD) at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease

Provides comprehensive neuropsychiatric assessment and treatment of memory disorders. Services include social services, activity group, family support group, home visits, and community educational activities. Patients have opportunities to participate in new clinical trials.

Website: Alzheimers Website


Carl Cohen, MD
Michael Reinhardt, MD

Tel: 718-270-2003
Fax: 718-270-2619

Consultation Liaison Services

Consultation Liaison Services

The service consists of four attendings. The division staff and residents perform initial consultations and follow-ups on medical surgical inpatients at Kings County Hospital and University Hospital.

Also, Dr. Viswanathan has an outpatient practice at the University Hospital focusing on Anxiety Disorders and Depression.

Ramaswamy Viswanathan, MD

Tel: 917-760-0786
Tel: 718-270-2313 (for inpatient consultation)
Fax: 718-270-3355

Geriatric Psychiatry

Geriatric Psychiatry

The division provides neuropsychiatric assessment and treatment of persons age 55 and over. Services include pharmacotherapy, individual psychotherapy, and group treatment.

Website: SUNY Downstate Geriatric Fellowship Program

Michael Reinhardt, MD

Tel: 718-270-2003

Downstate Mental Health Associates (DMHA)
Tel: 718-270-1750, Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Child Mental Health Center

Child Mental Health Center

The early intervention program specializes in servicing medically involved and developmentally delayed children. Services are provided in the center and in the hospital.


Joan Hittelman, PhD

Tel: 718-270-2598
Fax: 718-270-3910

Outpatient Psychiatry –Downstate Mental Health Associates (DMHA)

Downstate Mental Health Associates, Inc./UPB

The outpatient division provides diagnosis and treatment for persons age 18 and over. Treatment modalities include pharmacotherapy, dynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy and group treatment. Specialty services include geropsychiatry, phobia and anxiety disorders program, clozaril clinic, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and memory disorders. Social services are also available. Patients have opportunities to participate in new clinical trials.

Tel: 718-270-1808

Fax: 718-270-3355

Schizophrenia Research Program

Schizophrenia Research Program

The mission of the Schizophrenia Research Program at SUNY Downstate is to help develop more effective treatments for patient with schizophrenia. This goal is accomplished by conducting clinical research studies that offers participants excellent clinical care, while at the same time advancing our knowledge of how to best treat this devastating illness.

Nina Schooler, PhD
Tel: 718-270-2022

SUNY Evening Training Service (SETS)

SUNY Evening Training Service



Alcholism and Drug Dependence

Alcholism and Drug Dependence

The Addictive Disease Hospital has instituted a number of treatment evaluations and research projects in the following areas:

  • Defense mechanisms in substance abusers;

  • Psychological concomitants of withdrawal;

  • Personality accompaniments of HIV-related risk behaviors;

  • Psychometric scaling of HIV-related risk behaviors;

  • Incidence and prevalence of HIV in substance abusers;

  • The relationship of type of substance use to HIV incidence rates;

  • Risk behaviors in alcoholics and treatment efficacy of AIDS-afflicted substance users.

Several publications have resulted form these studies.


Susan Whitley, MD
Tel: 718-245-2635

Behavioral Health Primary Care Service

Behavioral Health Primary Care Service

Tatyana Braslaskaya, MD

Assistant Director, Behavioral Health Medical Services

Patients with mental diseases and drug addiction, includes low income and homeless patients are seen. Black, White, Asian and Hispanic male and female patients ranging from 18-70 years of age with different medical conditions, including multiple co- morbidities are cared for in the outpatient setting.

David Estes, MD
Tel: 718-245-3192

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers an array of behavioral health services to children and families in need. Most of these services are housed at our clinical affiliate, Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC).

  • Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program-Child And Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Service

  • Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service

  • Intensive Crisis Stabilization And Treatment Program

  • Outpatient Clinic (OPD)

  • Developmental Evaluations Clinic

There is an Infant and Child Learning Program, run by Dr. Hittelman, based at SUNY as well as a wide array of services at our affiliate, New York City Children's Center, Brooklyn Campus.

Additional Infomation

Nitin Toteja, MBBS
Director of Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry)
Tel: 718-245-8815

Child/Adolescent: James Lubin, MD – Tel: 718-245-2221 or 2212

New Onset Psychosis: Shana Clarke, MD – Tel: 718-245-2215

Dr. Cathryn Galanter
Child and Adolescent Fellowship Director
Tel: 718-245-2502
Fax: 718-245-5533

Child and Adolescent Fellowship Coordinator
Tel: 718-245-2507
Fax: 718-245-5533

Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Services (CPEP)

Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Services (CPEP)

(CPEP) functions as the emergency receiving and treatment service for adults for central Brooklyn, a catchment area of roughly 500,000 individuals, and for children and adolescents throughout the entire borough of Brooklyn . Adult patients are assessed and recommended for either inpatient admission or are referred to the Extended Observation Unit (EOU) for crisis treatment. Adult patients who do not require emergency services are referred to the Central Intake Unit (CIU) for evaluation for outpatient treatment. Child patients are either admitted to one of the child and adolescent inpatient units or are referred for continued outpatient treatment.

As part of the CPEP, the Mobile Outreach Team provides services to adult patients whose mental health needs prevent them from coming to the hospital unassisted.

Tel: 718-245-2310 / 2311

Consultation Liasion

Consultation Liasion

There is a mix of African-Americans, Caribbean-Americans, Euro-Americans and Hispanics comprising the major groups of patients seen and treated. Patients range from 16 to 90 years with a wide range of in socio-economic status from homeless to affluent. Health Insurance also varies from no insurance to Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance. Diagnoses frequently seen are a wide range of psychopathology and clinical problems. Depression, anxiety, treatment refusal, decisional capacity, organic mental syndromes, somatoform disorders, medical illness mistaken for psychiatric illness, substance abuse, adjustment reactions, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, other psychotic and mood disorders. Treatments provided are Pharmacotherapy, crisis intervention, supportive psychotherapy, systems intervention including education of staff.

Alan Tusher, MD, PhD

Alla Ostrovskaya, MD
Consultation Liasion Psychiatrist

Inpatient Psychiatry

Inpatient Psychiatry

Amar El Sara, MD
Prashanth Ramshankar

Tel: 718-245-4944

Outpatient Psychiatry

Outpatient Psychiatry

The Adult Outpatient Clinic provides a variety of treatment and aftercare services, including those for individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.

Akinola Adebisi, MD
Director Adult Outpatient Department

Sabina Singh, MD
Assistant Director of Outpatient Services
Director of Resident Education

Tel: 718-245-2733

Pongsak Huangthiasong, MD
Co-Director of Education

Partial Hospitalization Program

Partial Hospitalization Program

The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) provides an intensive 6-week outpatient treatment program for chronically mentally ill patients. Specialized treatment programs in both the inpatient and outpatient units provide services for drug and/or substance abusing patients.

Mudassar Iqbal, MBBS


Inpatient Psychiatry

The Psychiatric Inpatient Program (PIP) provides a 64 bed acute psychiatric inpatient program for individuals 18 and over with a primary major psychiatric disorder, including dually diagnosed psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. Unit provides multidisciplinary assessment, milieu therapy, individual and group therapies, pharmacotherapy and medical assessment and treatment as needed. It also offers aftercare planning and follow-up.

Jeffrey Goldberg, DO, Chairman – Tel: 718-616-5309 / Fax 718-616-5314
Inessa Safronova, MD, Unit Chief – Tel: 718-616-5479
Sofya Kagan, MD, Director of Division of Inpatient Psychiatric Service – Tel: 718-616-5504
Matthew Hartzell, MD, Inpatient Attending – Tel: 718-616-5476