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Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship Faculty

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Brian Bronson, MD
Fellowship Program Director

Brian Bronson serves as the Chief of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, the Director of the Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine, and the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry at Stony Brook Medicine. His overarching interest is the interface of psychiatry and other medical disciplines, building innovative educational programs and new clinical initiatives to improve access and quality of care.

Dr. Bronson completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University, followed by his medical degree and residency training in psychiatry at New York University. He subsequently completed an integrated fellowship in Public Psychiatry at Columbia University and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry/Primary Care Tract at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Bronson is Board Certified in Psychiatry and in Psychosomatic Medicine.

Prior to joining Stony Brook, Dr. Bronson served as the Director for Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Primary Care – Mental Health Integration at the New York VA Medical Center, an active teaching affiliate of the NYU School of Medicine. While there, he obtained VA educational funding to expand the NYU fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine to include training at the VA. He subsequently served as the program director of that fellowship, overseeing its three arms at the VA, NYU Langone, and Bellevue Hospitals. Dr. Bronson was also awarded a VA clinical grant to integrate mental health services across eight VA primary care centers in New York and New Jersey.

In 2013, Dr. Bronson was recruited to Stony Brook University to lead the Consultation and Liaison services. Since arrival, he has grown the program to include nine faculty members, established new sub-specialty new programs in Hospital Medicine Integrated Care and in Psychiatric-Oncology, and established a new ACGME accredited Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine. In 2016, Dr. Bronson assumed the additional role of Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, expanding his responsibilities to include department clinical strategic planning and oversight.


Jeisson Fontecha, MD

Jeisson Fontecha, MD
Associate Fellowship Program Director

Dr. Jeisson Fontecha-Hernandez serves as the Associate Director for the Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine, a faculty leader for one of the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry teaching teams, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Stony Brook University.  He is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology as well as in Psychosomatic Medicine.

Dr. Fontecha-Hernandez obtained his medical degree in 2004 from the National University of Colombia, his native country, followed by one year of social service caring for mentally ill persons in a rural area of Colombia. In 2006, he came to the United States, where initially serving as a Research Assistant at the University of Pennsylvania on studies of electro modulation, brain stimulation and mood disorders. Dr. Fontecha completed residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Miami –Jackson Memorial Hospital, from which he graduated in 2012, followed by a Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at New York University. Prior to joining Stony Brook, Dr. Fontecha briefly returned to Colombia to lead a Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry service and initiate a private practice.

Dr. Fontecha was recruited to Stony Brook University in 2015, where he quickly established a reputation as a particularly dedicated and talented teacher, highly sought after by residents and fellows. In 2016, he was awarded the Teacher of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching Adult Psychiatry, and in 2017 he was appointed as Associate Fellowship Director. Dr. Fontecha-Hernandez’s areas of interest include delirium, mood disorders, neuromodulation, and transcultural psychiatry.

 


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Elsa G. E. Mirasol, MD
Site Director, Northport VA Medical Center

Dr. Elsa G. E. Mirasol is the current Physician-In-Charge of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center – Northport Mental Health Clinic and also serves as the Psychiatrist for the Primary Care - Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) Service. She completed her medical education at the Cebu Institute of Medicine in the Philippines and was a Post-Doctoral Associate at the Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior at The Rockefeller University before her residency training. Dr. Mirasol completed her residency in General Psychiatry at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in NY and a Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Mirasol Is Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine.


Ilana Yel, DO
Director of Child and Adolescent/Consultation-Liaison Services

Dr. Ilana Yel is the Director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Consultation Service for the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. She also leads one of Stony Brook’s Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry teaching teams, where she supervises medical students, residents and fellows from psychiatry and other departments. Upon graduating from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003, Dr. Yel joined Stony Brook as a resident in Psychiatry, and she was subsequently chosen as Chief Resident. Dr. Yel continued on to complete a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry also at Stony Brook. Upon completion of fellowship, Dr. Yel served as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, NY, where she combined work in a busy outpatient child psychiatry practice, with psychiatric consultations on the medical floors, and teaching of psychiatry to pediatrics and family medicine residents.  Dr. Yel returned to Stony Brook in 2013 to join the division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. Her interests include treatment of ADHD, anxiety and depressive disorders, and working collaboratively with various disciplines.  Dr. Yel is Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.




Walter Piddoubny, MD

Dr. Walter Piddoubny is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Stony Brook Medicine. He joined the Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry in 2017. He completed his undergraduate education at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. He completed medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo and returned to Stony Brook for his psychiatry residency where he was Chief Resident. He completed fellowship training in Psychosomatic Medicine at Yale New Haven Medical Center. Dr. Piddoubny is Board Certified in Psychiatry and in Psychosomatic Medicine. In addition to his role as one of the core teaching faculty in the fellowship, Dr. Piddoubny serves as the primary liaison to the Stony Brook Medicine Renal Transplantation Program.



Nidhi Sharoha, DO

Dr. Nidhi Sharoha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Stony Brook Medicine. She joined the Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry in December 2018. She completed her undergraduate education at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she graduated with Cum Laude designation with a major in Biology and Minor in European History. She completed medical school at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. While in medical school, she went on to do a combined Allopathic/Osteopathic Residency in Psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center. In Nassau University, she served as Chief Resident of Research and Education and was awarded high scholarly achievement. Following her residency, she completed fellowship training in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center as well. Dr. Sharoha has been involved in education throughout her career, teaching students, residents and psychology trainees. Currently, Dr. Sharoha is Board Certified in Psychiatry and board eligible in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry.



Cynthia Cervoni, PhD

Dr. Cynthia Cervoni is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Mind Body Clinical Research Center and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (with a Health Emphasis) at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Dr. Cervoni completed her doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship with the Stony Brook University KPC-MBCRC Consortium Program. She has extensive clinical training in cognitive behavioral therapy for mood and anxiety disorders, interventions for behavioral medicine, dialectical behavior therapy, and mindfulness-based treatments. Her research interests focus on chronic and acute illness and psychological health, including obesity and bariatric surgery. Dr. Cervoni provides psychological services for patients through the Consultation Liaison service and in the Mind Body Center outpatient program, where she works in both individual and group settings. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Cervoni provides clinical supervision and assists in didactic training for medical students, psychology graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows.



Angela B. Smith, MS
Fellowship Program Coordinator

Ms. Angela Smith is the Coordinator of the Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Services,  the Program Coordinator for the Fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and the coordinator for the third year clerkship in Psychiatry. Ms. Smith received her Master of Science degree in 1989 from the School of Allied Health Professions, SUNY at Stony Brook. She joined the Department of Psychiatry that year, starting her career as a research assistant studying the genetics of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Over time, Ms. Smith assumed increasing administrative responsibility in the Department of Psychiatry. In 2004, she obtained a New York State Advanced Certificate in Healthcare Policy and Management from the SUNY Stony Brook School of Health Technology and Management. Her administrative roles have varied ranging from Instructional Support Specialist to her present responsibilities in which she works closely with the division director and faculty in coordinating the active clinical, administrative and training activities in the division.



June Feinstein, NP

 



Carreen Castroll, NP

Carreen Castroll, NP is one of the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners within the Consultation-Liaison service. After graduating with her AAS degree in 1980, she worked in the field of Medical Surgical Nursing while discovering a drive toward mental health. While employed in a Long Island private hospital she took on staff and leadership roles working with an Adolescent Population. This led to a leadership position on the first Eating Disorder Unit in collaboration with development of the role of Nursing in this setting. Ms. Castroll continued with staff and leadership positions at a community hospital. She also worked as the ECT nurse in that setting which included inpatient and outpatient ECT services and served as Co-educator in Non- violent Crisis intervention. 

She obtained Bachelors of Science Degree from SUNY Stony Brook School of Nursing in 2006 with honor of summa cum laude and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau Society for Nursing and Golden Key Society. In 2008, she received her Masters of Science degree in Psychiatric -Nursing at SUNY at Stony Brook.  Now a member of Psych Consultation-Liaison team at Stony Brook Medicine, Department of Psychiatry with a focus on integrative care, her interests in patient advocacy, voluntary Nursing preceptorship of Masters candidate nurses at Stony Brook School of Nursing, quality initiatives in Consultation-Liaison psychiatry and bridging the gap between Nurses on Medical units and the Psychiatric Service.

 


Christa Sinha, PMHNP-BC, MS, CASAC

Christa Sinha, PMHNP-BC, MS, CASAC, is the Psychiatric Nurse Liaison to medical and surgical areas throughout Stony Brook University Hospital, and serves as a Clinical Instructor in the School of Nursing at Stony Brook University.

Mrs. Sinha completed her initial nursing education in her native Germany, at the Frankfurt University School of Nursing. After moving to the United States, Mrs. Sinha continued to pursue higher education, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from C W Post College, credentialing as an Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) from the South Oaks Training Program for Addiction, and Certification from the Augusta Webber Institute for Training in Psychoanalytically Oriented Psychotherapy. In 2005, Mrs. Sinha graduated from the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program at the Stony Brook University School of Nursing, at which time she joined the psychiatric nurse liaison program at Stony Brook.

Mrs. Sinha has previously held a range of professional positions, working in mental health and addiction services for children, adolescents and adults. She has served as a clinician at the Crossings Addiction Treatment Center in their employee assistance program for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists with mental health and addiction issues, and also served as the psychiatric nurse practitioner for the SPICY research study (Blader et al. Callous-unemotional traits, proactive aggression, and treatment outcomes of aggressive children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2013.

In her current role as a Psychiatric Consultation and Liaison clinician at the Stony Brook University Hospital, Mrs. Sinha addresses the emotional, spiritual, cognitive and behavioral needs of patients and their families dealing with complex medical illness. Mrs. Sinha also attends to the needs of hospital staff when requested. In addition to her busy clinical role at Stony Brook, Mrs. Sinha maintains a private psychiatric practice in Port Jefferson, N.Y. As an educator in the School of Nursing, Mrs. Sinha precepts both undergraduate nursing students in their clinical settings, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner students during their clinical rotations on the Consultation and Liaison service.


Pamela Corcella, LMSW

Mrs. Pamela Corcella is the social worker for the Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Service. She completed her undergraduate education at Stony Brook University, with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. She went on to receive her Master of Social Work Degree from Stony Brook University's School of Social Welfare. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in the State of New York. Mrs. Corcella joined the Care Management Department at Stony Brook Medicine in 2017, where she gained experience as a medical social worker. She went on to serve as a psychiatric social worker within the department, and joined the Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Service in January 2018. In this role, Mrs. Corcella utilizes knowledge of community mental health resources and services, to provide psychosocial assessment and comprehensive intervention for patients on service. She looks forward to pursuing her clinical license in the future with goal of growing her skill set to further emphasize the therapeutic relationship. Mrs. Corcella is proud to work among a community of professionals committed to exceptional patient care at Stony Brook Medicine.