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Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry

The Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at Stony Brook Medicine offers an innovative 1-year, ACGME-accredited geriatric psychiatry fellowship with comprehensive clinical, academic and research experience covering all areas of geriatric psychiatry.

Geriatric psychiatry fellows have dedicated experiences in inpatient care, long-term nursing home care, outpatient care, dementia evaluations and care management at the Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease (CEAD), palliative care, substance and pain management program, neurology movement disorders program, and consultation-liaison psychiatry at both the Stony Brook Medicine and the Northport VA Hospital. They work in a clinical milieu which emphasizes the psychiatric aspects of medical and neurological conditions along with the medical aspects of psychiatric conditions.

Nikhil Palekar, MD, Program Director

Nikhil Palekar, MD
Program Director
Fellows have the opportunity to engage in clinical research at various clinical sites including the Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s disease (CEAD) and develop research and leadership skills in the field of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Our faculty includes three board certified geriatric psychiatrists and eight board certified psychiatrists with added qualifications in psychosomatic medicine.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and we will continue to accept applications for a given academic year until we have filled our fellowship positions. Trainees must have completed an ACGME-accredited general psychiatry residency training program and be either licensed in New York state or eligible for a license.


To apply for the position send by US mail, fax (631-444-7534) or email (Angela.Smith@stonybrookmedicine.edu) your letter of interest, your CV, and three letters of reference (one being from your residency director) addressed to Nikhil Palekar, MD, Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program Director, Department of Psychiatry, Health Sciences Center, 10th Floor, Room 020, Stony Brook NY 11794-8101.  Any questions, please contact Angela Smith, MS Fellowship Program Coordinator at (631) 444-3406.

Nikhil Palekar, MD | Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease


Nikhil J. Palekar, MD, is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist and Medical Director of the CEAD. He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University, School of Medicine.



Clinical rotations

Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry at Northport VA Hospital, Northport, NY
A four-month rotation (50% time) with a caseload of seven patients under the direction of a board-certified psychiatrist.

Geriatric Outpatient Program at Stony Brook Medicine
 six- month rotation (20% time) with eight hours of patient contact each week with exposure to comprehensive assessments, case supervision and treatment planning focusing on the assessment and management of patients with co-morbid psychiatric and medical problems.

Stony Brook Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease (CEAD)
A six- month rotation (20% time) under the direction of the Director of Geriatric Psychiatry, and Medical director of CEAD. The fellow typically evaluates two new patients each week who are referred for assessment of cognitive impairment/ dementia.

Palliative Care Service at Stony Brook Medicine
A one-month rotation (50 % time) where fellows will work with an interdisciplinary team consisting of palliative care physicians, nurse practitioners, a social worker, and a chaplain in the inpatient hospital setting

Geriatric Pain and Substance Abuse Program at Northport VA, Northport NY
 four-month rotation (40% time) with exposure to substance abuse and pain management in geriatric population at Northport VA under the supervision of a board certified geriatric psychiatrist.

Long Term Care at Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University
A four-month experience (40% time) as a geropsychiatric consultant in a long term care setting under the direction of a board certified geriatric psychiatrist. Fellows see one or two new patients each week and follow approximately twenty patients. They serve in a liaison capacity with the multidisciplinary treatment staff of a nursing home.

Movement Disorder’s Center at Stony Brook Medicine
A one-month rotation (50% time) with exposure to patients with complex movement disorders, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis under the supervision of expert neurologists in the treatment of movement disorders.

Psychiatric Inpatient Consultation and Liaison Service at Stony Brook Medicine
A two month rotation (50% time) providing C&L services to a geriatric inpatient population under the direction of consultation and liaison psychiatrists. 

Electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) service at Stony Brook Medicine
 three-month experience (20%time) with exposure to acute and maintenance electro-convulsive therapy under the supervision of an experienced board certified psychiatrist.


About Stony Brook Medicine:

Stony Brook Medicine is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore and is a 603-bed tertiary care facility serving as the only regional (Level I) trauma center for Suffolk County on Long Island, New York.  It is an academic and regional medical center with a composite mission to provide excellent patient care, education, research, and community service.  

The State University of New York at Stony Brook is a 1,100-acre campus home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff, including those employed at Stony Brook Medicine, Suffolk County's only academic medical center.

Stony Brook is a university community which boasts beautiful parks, beaches, strong schools, and numerous venues for the arts and entertainment as well as sporting events. The Suffolk County area is a beautiful, safe and secure environment in which to live and work.