Department of Psychiatry

Ayman H. Fanous, MD
Professor and Chair
The Department of Psychiatry is fully committed to the mission of providing a wide scope of clinical services to people needing mental health and substance abuse medical treatments. The department provides inpatient consultation liaison, emergency and ambulatory psychiatric, outpatient, and substance abuse services. In parallel with our clinical activity and missions are our academic and research missions to train and educate students and residents in mental health and work together to provide superior clinical care. The department also provides clinics for schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, phobia, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, substance abuse, as well as a Center for Human Sexuality.

Inpatient Service

Interim Director: Daniel Friedman, MD

The Inpatient Service at Nursing Station 52 consists of an acute care voluntary unit for adults. Intensive and comprehensive evaluation and treatment is offered for patients who have severe psychiatric symptoms as well as patients with interrelated medical and psychiatric disorders.

Daniel Friedman, MD
Tel: 718-270-4104
Fax: 718-270-4045

Outpatient Service

Division Chief: Igor Kirzhner , MD

The Outpatient Service 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.

Igor Kirzhner, MD
Tel: 718-270-1808 or 8110
Fax: 718-270-3355

Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic

The Outpatient Clinic provides psychiatric and clinical services to individuals needing mental health and substance abuse medical treatments. It provides a wide range of treatment modalities, from diagnostic evaluation, phychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and psychopharmacologic treatment. The Clinic also provides such specialty services as geropsychiatry, phobia and anxiety disorders programs, clozaril clinic, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and memory disorders. patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials.

Consultation Liaison Services

Division Chief: Ramaswamy Viswanathan, MD

The Consultation Service provides initial consultations and follow-up for all adult, surgical, medical, and ob/gyn services at University Hospital of Brooklyn. Consultations are also provided in the emergency room. A psychiatric consult consists of a complete assessment, evaluation, and intervention of patients with medical and psychiatric conditions to establish a diagnosis and initiate a treatment plan.

Ramaswamy Viswanathan, MD
Tel: 718-270-2352
Tel: 718-270-2313 (for inpatient consultation)
Fax: 718-270-3355

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Division Chief: Lenore Engel, MD

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has a wide range of services for children, adolescents and their families. The Outpatient Department provides walk-in clinic services that allow for immediate assessment of children/adolescents. In addition, there is an active treatment clinic that is attended by a Child Psychiatrist. The inpatient service has 3 units, one to treat children under age 12, and two adolescent inpatient units. The division also provides an Adolescent Day Treatment Program and a Developmental Evaluation Clinic, which evaluates and treats children/adolescents with developmental disabilities. This clinic is multidisciplinary and includes child psychiatry, psychology, social work, speech and language therapy, and pediatric neurology services. It also provides early-intervention evaluations.

Lenore Engel, MD
Tel: 718-270-1430
Fax: 718-270-2517

Geriatric Psychiatry

Division Chief: Carl Cohen, MD

The division provides an integrated clinical care, research, and educational program focusing on the mental disorders and neuropsychiatric assessment and treatment of persons age 55 and over. The services provides inpatient and outpatient diagnostic and therapeutic services. It offers a continuum of care that includes individual appointments with a psychiatrist, outpatient group therapy, and individual psychotherapy, all directed by a nationally known, board-certified geriatric psychiatrist.

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Carl Cohen, MD
Tel: 718-287-4806
Fax: 718-287-0337

Phobia & Anxiety Disorders Clinic

Division Chief: Steven Friedman, PhD

For more than a decade the Phobia and Anxiety Disorders Clinic has functioned as a specialty outpatient clinic within the Department of Psychiatry’s Outpatient Clinic. We evaluate and treat a wide range of anxiety disorders in adults, including panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The primary treatment philosophy is short-term cognitive-behavioral treatment, pharmacological treatment when clinically indicated and in vivo exposure. Group and individual treatment is available. Patients must call the above number for an appointment for an evaluation and should specifically request an appointment with the Phobia Clinic

Steven Friedman, PhD
Tel #: 718-270-1750
Tel #: 718-287-4806
Fax: 718-270-3355

Center for Human Sexuality

Division Chief: Marian Dunn, PhD

The Center for Human Sexuality is the oldest sex therapy center in Brooklyn, serving couples and individuals. It provides its services on a sliding fee scale. We are available to consult with physicians on all issues of sexual medicine.

Marian Dunn, PhD
Tel: 718-270-1750
Fax: 718-270-3355

Family Therapy Institute

A new cognitive therapy clinic was established in the Adult OPD. The program is comprised of lectures, reading and clinical supervision in family therapy theory and practice. Emphasis is on live supervision and the video recording of the actual work with patient families.

Tel: 718-270-1750
Fax: 718-270-3355

Schizophrenia Research Program

Division Chief: Nina Schooler, PhD

The mission of the Schizophrenia Research Program 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. 


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