Experience and training
I received my medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco (M.D. 1983), followed by internship in the Department of Medicine at Mt Zion Medical Center, San Francisco. I then served as a resident in psychiatry at the Payne Whitney Clinic, New York Hospital / Cornell University Medical Center (1984-1987), and afterwards was a Fellow in Behavioral Medicine and Consultation Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine here in NYC (1987-89).
During my fellowship, I also studied at Mount Sinai’s Center for Human Sexuality (1987-89), where I received training in sex counseling for individuals and couples. My mentors at Mount Sinai were Raoul Schiavi, M.D. and Patricia Schreiner-Engel, Ph.D., two clinician/researcher sexologists who have made important contributions to our knowledge about human sexual response and sexual disorders.
I served as Director of the Psychiatric Consultation Service at Mount Sinai Medical Center from 1990-2000. During this time, I taught residents and medical students, and collaborated with medical and psychiatric colleagues on clinical research. I also trained in psychoanalysis at the New York University Psychoanalytic Institute, while maintaining a busy private practice of psychiatry, psychotherapy, and sex therapy and counseling.
In 2000 I opened my office on Central Park West in Manhattan, and since then have devoted myself full-time to clinical practice. This has given me the opportunity to see many more patients, and to build relationships with a wider network of medical and mental health colleagues. I have also continued on the faculty at New York City”s Mount Sinai School of Medicine as Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and have lectured locally and around the country on topics related to sexuality.
I have been an active member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research since 1995. I have been a lecturer and discussant at the Society’s national meetings, and have served on both its Professional Book Award and its Consumer Book Award committees, and am currently Chairman of the 2013 Consumer Book Award Committee.