Department of Psychiatry
Clinical Assistant Professor - Inpatient Attending
Addictions; Behavioral pharmacology; Drug abuse; Maternal - Fetal Medicine; Psychiatry; Teratology
I am interested in the interface of mental health, physical health and addiction. These are not mutually exclusive issues. They play a significant role on each other and at times a person who is mentally ill, might use drugs and or alcohol to treat his condition. Then treating the underlying condition takes precedence. Addressing just the addiction does not help the patient, as it is akin to applying band aid to an issue. Like wise physical conditions or the treatment used to treat these physical condition might cause or present as behavioral issues. Addressing the underlying issue makes sense again, as opposed to applying a band aid.
I am interested in women‘s mental health, especially pregnant women with mental health issues and addiction. I am also interested in women‘s health issues like Pre menstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Post Partum blues, anxiety, depression, mood swings associated with infertility treatment and or menopause.
I am also interested in educating the future generation of physicians regarding the interface of mental health, addiction and physical health.
I am certified by the Medical Review Officer Certification Council and I work with Physicians, NP‘s, PA‘s who have issues with drugs and or alcohol, and help them have a second chance in their career.
I am Board Certified in Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in Addiction Medicine by American Board of Addiction Medicine.