Department Chairman Mark Sedler Announces New Faculty Appointments

At a faculty meeting on March 20, Department Chairman Mark J. Sedler, MD outlined changes in faculty assignments in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science.

In August Assistant Professor Dr. David Margulies will replace Dr. Ciprian Spenser as the day-time attending physician in CPEP. Dr. Spenser will leave in August.

Dr. Peng Pang (pronounced Pong) will replace Dr. Margulies as the Director of Inpatient Child Psychiatry. Dr. Pang, who is completing a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Boston, completed her residency at Maimonides Medical Center. In addition to her training in Psychiatry, Dr. Pang has an MBA, an MS degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and a residency in Internal Medicine at Beijing Medical University. Dr. Sedler said that he expects her to combine her clinical and academic interests in her new role at Stony Brook.

Dr. Jenna Taglienti, the current Chief Resident, will be appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and replace Dr. Brenda Garro as the second CPEP day-time attending physician. 

Dr. Michael Rosen, who is completing his residency in the Department, including six months as Chief Resident, will work four nights a month in CPEP while maintaining a private practice in the local community. Dr. Rosen is also Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Letty Smith will join the staff of Eastern Long Island Hospital as a full-time attending psychiatrist. Dr. Smith will complete her residency training in the Department in July. She currently serves as Chief Resident of Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry.

Dr. Christopher Celano, who is completing a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, will join Dr. Laura Kunkel and Dr. Barbara DiGiuseppe in July as a full-time attending physician in the Consultation and Liaison Service. Dr. Celano received his medical training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has co-authored papers on depression and anxiety in cardiac patients and is currently investigating the impact of collaborative care on the treatment of anxiety and depression in hospitalized cardiac patients.

Dr. Gholson Lyon will become a member of the Department’s voluntary faculty when he joins the staff of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in April. Dr. Lyon completed a residency in Adult Psychiatry at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU. He has a PhD in Chemical Biology from Rockefeller University and a degree in genetics from the university of Cambridge. Currently he is a research scientist at the Utah Foundation for Biomedical Research. His research is focused on human genetics of neuropsychiatric diseases, such as schizophrenia.