Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Program

Our psychiatric consultation-liaison service provides timely, efficient and high-quality consultation to physicians regarding patients who have medical or surgical conditions that may exacerbate or be exacerbated by emotional problems.

Several kinds of patients benefit from psychiatric consultation, including:

  • patients whose psychiatric condition precedes or coexists with a medical condition
  • patients whose medical conditions and surgical procedures contribute to or cause psychiatric problems
  • patients who have difficulty coping with medical conditions, surgeries and the side effects of treatments

In these cases, we perform examinations, including cognitive and neurological tests, to provide comprehensive biospychosocial diagnoses and treatment recommendations. We also assess the risk of suicide and other safety issues.

We commonly consult for cases involving a variety of disorders, including:

  • delirium
  • dementia
  • mood disorders
  • anxiety disorders
  • substance use disorders
  • somatoform disorders

We partner with patients, their families, medical and nursing staff and representatives from social agencies to provide excellent care, support recovery and assist with transitions to outpatient care.

Our faculty and residents work with both pediatric and adult inpatients at Erie County Medical Center and Buffalo General Medical Center.

Pediatric Consultation-Liaison

Faculty and fellows associated with our Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry provide pediatric consultation-liaison services at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.


Erie County Medical Center

Leo, Raphael

Raphael Leo, MD

Associate Professor

Erie County Medical Center Department of Psychiatry 462 Grider Street Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: 716-898-4857; Fax: 716-898-4447


Buffalo General Medical Center

DelRegno, Paula

Paula DelRegno, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry & Program Director of Residency Training in Psychiatry

University at Buffalo - Psychiatry Erie County Medical Center 462 Grider St. Rm 1184 Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 898-4221


Education and Training

Medical resident consulting with a faculty member in a hospital.

This specialty service provides a key training opportunity for medical students and residents in our department, giving them experience with the interface between psychiatry and the other specialties.