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Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship Faculty

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Brian Bronson, MD
Fellowship Program Director

Brian Bronson serves as the Chief of Consultation and 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 and 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 and 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

Dr. Jeisson Fontecha-Hernandez serves as the Associate Director for the Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine, a faculty leader for one of the Consultation and 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 and 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.

 


Ilana Yel, DO

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 and 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 and 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.



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Elsa G. E. Mirasol, MD

Dr. Elsa G. E. Mirasol serves as the Attending Psychiatrist for the Primary Care Mental Health - Integration (PCMH-I) Service at the VA Medical Center in Northport, New York. Dr. Mirasol completed her medical education at the Cebu Institute of Medicine in the Philippines in 1998. After completing a required year of medical internship in the Phillippines, Dr. Mirasol returned to the United States serving as a Post-Doctoral Associate at the Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior at The Rockefeller University. Dr. Mirasol went on to complete a 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. In her current role at the VA Medical Center, Dr. Mirasol works closely with three psychologists in primary care, three psychology interns, and a large number of primary care physicians, providing psychiatric consultations and brief psychopharmacological treatment to veterans with co-morbid medical and psychiatric disorders.  Dr. Mirasol also teaches Stony Brook University third year medical students, as well as supervises the VA PCMH-I Care administrative staff.  Dr. Mirasol Is Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine.


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Stacy Eagle, MD

Dr. Stacy Eagle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Stony Brook Medicine. She joined the Division of Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry in 2015, to serve as the full-time psychiatrist for the Stony Brook Cancer Center. In this role, Dr. Eagle provides integrated care in the hospital and ambulatory care settings for both adults and children with cancer.

Dr. Eagle completed her undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she was inducted into the Golden Key National Honor Society, and graduated Cum Laude in Biology with a minor in English Literature. She worked for a number of years as a counselor and later assistant manager at a residential facility for autistic and developmentally delayed children.

Dr. Eagle completed her medical degree from New York Medical College, followed by a categorical intern year in general surgery at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center. Dr. Eagle then pursued residency training in psychiatry, graduating from the program at St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Eagle subsequently completed sub-specialty fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center, followed by a second Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine and Psycho-Oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Eagle is ABPN Certified in Psychiatry, and board eligible in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and in Psychosomatic Medicine.



Lynn Hallarman, MD

Dr. Hallarman holds the rank of Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Medicine and jointly with the Department of Preventive Medicine. She is core faculty for the Stony Brook University Center of Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics. She currently directs the Palliative Care Service at Stony Brook Hospital.

Dr. Hallarman is board certified in Internal Medicine (1996 & 2006) and Palliative Medicine (2004 & 2008). She is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine and completed her residency training at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.

In 2007, Dr. Hallarman was recruited by Stony Brook Medicine to develop their first palliative medicine program. The Palliative Care Service has helped thousands of patients and their families cope with the difficulties of living with serious illness. Dr. Hallarman is highly active as a clinical educator and lecturer both at Stony Brook Medical School and at the state and national level. She developed and currently teaches an integrated palliative care curriculum as part of the mandatory training for all 1st, 2nd 3rd and 4th year medical students. The Palliative Care Service hosts numerous learners including oncology fellows, emergency room residents, medical students and nurse practitioner trainees.The Palliative Care Service currently collaborates with Suffolk Law Services in a hospital based Medical-Legal Partnership for cancer patients and this project has been recognized on the state and national level.

Dr. Hallarman is currently the chair of the Greater New York Hospital Association Palliative Care Leadership Collaborative “Bundle” Project. This state-wide project developed a structured, regional, “bundle” approach to hospital based palliative care quality improvement. She recently was selected by the Center to Advance Palliative Care to lead a nationally broadcast audio conference on building the Medical-Legal Partnership for Palliative Care Patients.


Christopher Page, MD

Christopher Page, MD

Dr. Christopher Page is the Director of the Stony Brook University Acute Pain Service. He completed his medical school training at Stony Brook University, an Internal Medicine Internship at Duke University, and then returned to Stony Brook to complete both the Residency in Anesthesia as well as the Fellowship in Pain Medicine. Dr. Page has been practicing Neuroanesthesia for approximately five years, with a particular focus on anesthesia care for endovascular cerebral surgery including interventional stroke therapy. Dr. Page has been the Director of the Stony Brook University Acute Pain Service since 2009.  He is board certified in Anesthesiology with sub-specialty certifications in both Pain Medicine and in Neurocritical Care.  Dr. Page supervises Stony Brook fellows in Psychosomatic Medicine during their pain medicine training block.

Selected Publications

Durikin B, Page C, Glass P: “Pregabalin for the Treatment of Postsurgical Pain”.  Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy, No 16  Vol 11 p2751-2758, November 2010.


Patricia Tsui, PhD

Dr. Patricia Tsui is a clinical psychologist at the Stony Brook Center for Pain Management and clinical assistant professor in anesthesiology. She uses psychological interventions as part of a multidisciplinary approach for chronic pain treatment. While her clinical orientation is primarily cognitive-behavioral, she also integrates other psychotherapeutic approaches that include mindfulness, acceptance commitment therapy, and interpersonal psychotherapy. Dr. Tsui also provides hypnosis and biofeedback training for chronic pain management. Treatments are delivered either in an individual or group setting. She also engages in supervision and didactic training for medical residents, graduate students, and undergraduate students on an ongoing basis.

Dr. Tsui completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1997 and her doctoral degree at the University of Alabama in 2008. She completed a one year internship at the VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center in 2008 and post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in 2009.

Dr. Tsui’s current research projects are focused on examining psychological and psychosocial variables in chronic pain treatment. At present, she is collecting data for a study assessing prediction of outcome for spinal cord stimulation. She is also collaborating with other pain management providers to examine multidisciplinary outpatient chronic pain treatment and its effectiveness for reducing opioid analgesic use and improving education for patients in the safe use of opioid analgesics.


Genna Hymowitz, PhD

Dr. Genna Hymowitz serves as the Director of the Behavioral Medicine Program of the L. Krasner Psychological Center, the lead psychologist for the Stony Brook Medicine Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center, and a Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychology, Psychiatry, and Surgery at Stony Brook University. 

Dr. Hymowitz completed her undergraduate degree at Brown University in 2002, and she completed her doctoral training and a postdoctoral fellowship at Stony Brook University.  Additionally, Dr. Hymowitz completed a one year internship at the Jesse Brown VA in Chicago, Illinois. 

In her clinical roles at the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center and the L. Krasner Psychological Center, Dr. Hymowitz conducts behavioral medicine assessments, provides individual and group psychological treatment to patients pre and post bariatric surgery, and provides consultation with regard to the overall psychological care of bariatric surgery patients.  Dr. Hymowitz also provides individual and group evidence-based interventions for weight management, smoking cessation, chronic pain, insomnia, and depression and anxiety related to chronic medical illnesses. In her educational role, Dr. Hymowitz provides clinical supervision, instruction, and training to doctoral students in the Stony Brook University Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, and to advanced graduate students from clinical and school psychology programs throughout the Long Island and New York City areas. Dr. Hymowitz is a co-investigator on several research projects involving psychological factors impacting physical symptoms and on cognitive biases in obesity and gastrointestinal motility disorders.


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.



Angela B. Smith, MS

Ms. Angela Smith is the Coordinator of the Psychiatry Consultation and Liaison Services,  the Program Coordinator for the Fellowships in Psychosomatic Medicine, 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.



Nidhi Sharoha, MD

Dr. Nidhi Sharoha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Stony Brook Medicine. She joined the Division of Consultation and 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, MD

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.



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 and 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.