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Jeisson Fontecha Hernandez, MD Joins Consultation and Liaison Team

Jeisson Fontecha-Hernandez, MD

March 10, 2015 – Jeisson Fontecha Hernandez, MD has joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry to lead a team in the Consultation and Liaison (C&L) Service. He spent last year practicing C&L and Emergency Psychiatry in Bogota, Colombia after completing a clinical fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine under Brian Bronson, MD at New York University. “I have been interested in C&L Psychiatry since my residency training at the University of Miami,” Dr. Fontecha Hernandez said. “I enjoy working in general hospitals, taking care of medically complex patients with psychiatric conditions. I find it challenging and appealing.”

As the leader of one of Stony Brook’s two C&L teams, Dr. Fontecha Hernandez will consult on the hospital’s inpatient medical/surgical units; train residents, medical students and other health care professionals; and, after July 1, will help with the department’s new fellowship program in Psychosomatic Medicine. His arrival enabled Paul Mitrani, MD, PhD to transfer from the C&L service to the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, where he took over as Director of the outpatient clinic. Dr. Mitrani will continue to serve as the lead psychiatrist for the child and adolescent consultation service.

“Dr. Fontecha Hernandez is one of the top graduates of the NYU program in Psychosomatic Medicine,” Dr. Bronson said. “He is smart, skilled and has great clinical experience, yet is quite modest, personable and easy to work with. We expect him to made a significant contribution to our vision of integrating psychiatry into the other medical specialties.”

For his part, Dr. Fontecha Hernandez is happy to have joined the C&L team at Stony Brook. “This is where I want to be,” he said. “I enjoy working as part of a team, supporting and learning from one another, and I have always wanted to teach at a medical school. Stony Brook is a great academic environment and I look forward to being part of it.”