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Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Zucker Hillside Hospital, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

About us

The Division of Addiction Service at Zucker Hillside Hospital offers a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship in addiction psychiatry. Trainees acquire the knowledge, skills and judgment to provide quality clinical care as well as an understanding of the etiology and course of addictive diseases.

The Fellowship provides training in a range of settings, including an inpatient detoxification unit (at South Oaks Hospital of Northwell Health), a consultation liaison service, an outpatient methadone program, and a number of community based outpatient drug free and dual diagnosis program.

The curriculum provides the fellows with a comprehensive understanding of the epidemiology, biology, neuroscience, psychology of addictions, as well as of the pharmacology of all commonly abused substances and the available evidence based psychopharmacological and psychosocial interventions. The fellows master the biopsychosocial and functional concepts of evaluation, diagnosis and treatment under ongoing faculty supervision.

Ample one-to-one supervisions throughout the Fellowship include clinical supervision with on-site attending physicians and non-physician faculty, weekly supervision with the Program Director, weekly clinical team meetings, and other ad hoc supervisions and consultations based upon individual needs, such as career and leadership development. The Program also emphasizes academic activities, including weekly didactics, journal club, and elective research. Fellows are encouraged to attend and present at local and national addiction conferences.

Two positions are available every academic year. Fellows assume a leadership role as they progress through the program and contribute to the development of the substance abuse field by teaching and consulting with junior residents, medical students, and other program personnel. Upon completion of the program, the fellows will have integrated the science and therapeutic techniques of addictive illness into their general medical knowledge, and be well positioned to be experts and leaders in the field.


We address the many mental health needs of the communities we serve by providing exceptional psychological services and behavioral health resources.

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Application process

The addiction psychiatry training program at Zucker Hillside Hospital admits two fellows annually. Applications are accepted no later than October 31st for the upcoming class starting on July 1st. Due to the large number of applications, interviews are usually conducted before the end of October / early November. Trainees must have completed an ACGME-accredited general psychiatry residency training program (or PGY-4 psychiatry resident at the time of application) and be either licensed in New York State or eligible for a license. It is encouraged that applicants also get their Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) licensure to be able to prescribe buprenorphine.

Interested applicants must download a copy of the application and submit along with the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae, with an explanation of extended gaps in employment or education
  • USMLE transcript(s). Passing USMLE Step 3 is required.
  • Medical school diploma or transcript
  • A personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, including one from your current residency program director. All letters of recommendation must be no older than six (6) months. We may request for updated letters of recommendation.
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable

Contact:

Alasha Givens
Program Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: (718) 868-1400 ext 12342
Fax: (718) 327-5615

Our faculty

Core faculty:

Andrew C. Chen, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship
Medical Director, Center for Addiction Services and Personalized Interventions Research (CASPIR)
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Bruce Goldman, LCSW, CASAC
Associate Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship
Director, Substance Abuse Services
Zucker Hillside Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Jonathan Aronbayev, M.D.
Medical Director
Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program
Zucker Hillside Hospital

Patricia Hincken, LCSW, CASAC, CPP
Director
Addiction Recovery Services
Zucker Hillside Hospital

Heather Hugelmeyer, LCSW
Program Director
Garden City Treatment Center
Zucker Hillside Hospital

Scott I. Krakower, D.O.
Attending Psychiatrist
Zucker Hillside Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Chenen Hsieh, M.D.
Attending Psychiatrist
South Oaks Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Khin Lwin, M.D.
Attending Psychiatrist
Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program
Zucker Hillside Hospital

Srinagesh Mannekote-Thippaiah, M.D.
Attending Psychiatrist
Zucker Hillside Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Lydia Makaryus, D.O.
Attending Psychiatrist
Garden City Treatment Center
Zucker Hillside Hospital

Amarjot Surdhar, M.D.
Physician-in-Charge
DAEHRS Clinic
Addiction Recovery Services 
Zucker Hillside Hospital

Marsha Thomas, M.D.
Physician-in-Charge
Project Outreach
Zucker Hillside Hospital

Monica P. Thomas, Ph.D.
Program Director
DAEHRS Clinic
Zucker Hillside Hospital

Patrick Vitale, LCSW-R, ACSW
Program Director
Project Outreach
Zucker Hillside Hospital

Selected other faculty:

Christopher A. Burke, MD, FAPM 
Head of Division, Consultation Psychiatry 
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Sabina Fink, M.D.
Physician-in-Charge
Garden City Treatment Center
Zucker Hillside Hospital

Sandeep Kapoor, M.D.
Director, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
Northwell Health
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Jon Morgenstern, Ph.D.
Director, Addiction Services, Northwell Health
Director, Center for Addiction Services and Personalized Intervention Research (CASPIR)
Professor of Psychiatry
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Imran S. Qureshi, M.D.
Attending Psychiatrist
Addiction Recovery Services
Zucker Hillside Hospital
Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Chemical Dependency
Staten Island University Hospital

Letty Smith, M.D.
Attending Psychiatrist
South Oaks Hospital

Amanda R. Tinkelman, M.D.
Attending Psychiatrist
Zucker Hillside Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Adam D. Zavodnick, M.D.
Attending Psychiatrist
Project Outreach
Zucker Hillside Hospital

Fellowship rotations & training locations

Zucker Hillside Hospital

75-59 263rd Street
Glen Oaks, NY 11004

Zucker Hillside Hospital is a 236-bed behavioral health facility in Glen Oaks, NY, which was recognized by U.S. News and World Report for its work in the diagnosis, treatment and research of mental illness. The National Institute of Health has established a Clinical Research Center for the Study of Schizophrenia at Zucker Hillside Hospital, one of only four such facilities nationwide. Ample research opportunities related to substance abuse, e.g., Center for Addiction Services and Personalized Intervention Research (CASPIR), Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Program, are available for interested fellows to participate.

Addiction Recovery Services (ARS) at Zucker Hillside Hospital (primary rotation site)

This rotation emphasizes a versatile experience in managing atypical and challenging cases related to Addiction Psychiatry. Fellows will be actively managing referred cases within and outside the health system in a supervised academic environment; yet pursuing their autonomy and build optimum confidence in treating difficult cases. This facility provides services for patients with substance abuse cases along with complex medical co-morbidities including liver diseases through a well-collaborative and multidisciplinary approach towards patient care. Related experiences help trainees to learn and acquire clinical skills to practice competently in any integrative health care system. Opportunities for fellows to present challenging cases in substance abuse conferences enables them to enhance their skills required to practice as clinical leaders in the field of Addiction Psychiatry.

Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program at Zucker Hillside Hospital (required rotation)

The Zucker Hillside Hospital - Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program (MMTP) serves approximately 400 patients who have a diagnosis of Opioid Use Disorder. Patients at this program are dispensed methadone beginning with a 6 day a week schedule with decreasing frequency to a once a month schedule depending on progress in treatment. In addition to medication, patients receive individual and group therapy and vocational services. Medical oversight is provided by Medical Director, medical nurse practitioner, and registered nurses. Psychiatric services are provided by psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioner. The program is also a registered Overdose Prevention Program and educates patients, family, and community and widely distributes Narcan kits. We provide Ancillary Withdrawal Services with the use of both methadone and buprenorphine.

Our integrated substance abuse treatment team at this facility enables fellows to learn methadone induction and maintenance in opioid dependent patients. Trainees will also attend lectures related to crisis intervention and will refine their skills in managing resistant cases in the face of growing opioid epidemic.

Addiction Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Services - Zucker Hillside Hospital

This experience gives fellows a great deal of insight into providing consultation services on inpatient psychiatric units at Zucker Hillside Hospital. Consultation expertise primarily incorporates services related to addiction psychiatry in resistant cases. Fellows regularly do inpatient consults and provide motivational interviewing on site to patients who are in the pre- contemplation stage of change. All trainees collaborate with the treatment team and give their clinical recommendations and contribute their part in providing a coordinated and integrated follow up care on discharge. This rotation helps significantly in shaping fellows inter personal and communication skills as leaders while interacting with staff on different psychiatric floors with the intent to work effectively for the community at large. 

Project Outreach (primary rotation site)

600 Hempstead Turnpike
West Hempstead, NY 11552

Project Outreach has been a leader in meeting the treatment needs of individuals presenting with substance use disorders in the community. The program offers more than 45 group therapy options. Unique services include a 5 day per week intensive outpatient program and a 3 day per week evidence based co-occurring disorders program that addresses the needs of patients whose mental health issues equal or exceed their substance use. In addition Project Outreach has a Medical Professionals in Recovery Program (MPRP), LGBTQ services and CBT, DBT and Motivational Interviewing focused treatment.

This rotation focus on a wide array of outpatient clinical cases. Patients with active legal interaction in context of their substance use shares a significant load and fellows gain optimum experience pertinent to such cases. This supervised and professionally interactive environment enables fellows to present cases in treatment team meetings. Challenging community referrals, clients with work related psychiatric illness along with active substance use and open cases with child protection services serves a great deal of insight and opportunity to manage such cases. Fellows also gain valuable opportunities to familiarize themselves with various substance abuse therapy groups and the program encourages them to become actively involved in psychotherapeutic interventions as an essential part of collaborative care.

Garden City Substance Abuse Treatment Center (elective rotation)

711 Stewart Avenue
Garden City. NY 11530

Zucker Hillside Hospital opened the new 8,000-square-foot facility in 2017 to replace Zucker Hillside's Community Treatment Center in Mineola, which had been caring for individuals and families struggling with substance abuse disorders for more than 30 years. The center is committed to the delivery of innovative, evidence based services that provide a continuum of care across the lifespan. In keeping with this commitment, it offers a multitude of specialized services that meet the unique needs of the different populations. The adolescent program is focused on treating the entire family system and includes: Intensive Outpatient Services, Multiple Family Groups, Parenting Groups, and SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress). The Senior Program provides a supportive and caring recovery environment aimed at reducing the stigma and shame experienced by many senior citizens dealing with substance use disorders.

These specialized services in combination with working as part of our multi-disciplinary team offer extensive educational opportunities for fellowship trainees outside of prescribing. These opportunities, which include co-facilitating groups and managing individual cases, will enrich the fellowship experience.

Far Rockaway Substance Abuse Treatment Center (elective rotation)

1600 Central Avenue
Far Rockaway, NY 11691

The Far Rockaway Treatment Center provides comprehensive outpatient services to community residents with alcohol and drug dependence problems. Specialized services are available to adults and young people over 12 years of age; mandated clients including DWI referrals; flight attendants/ pilot aviation program; those with co-occurring mental health issues; Spanish-speaking patients; and the Orthodox Jewish community.

Inpatient Detoxification Unit at South Oaks Hospital (required rotation)

400 Sunrise Highway
Amityville, NY 11701

South Oaks Hospital, a 246-bed behavioral health facility in Amityville, NY, provides treatment and recovery programs for patients with acute psychiatric illness and addiction. For more than 125 years, South Oaks Hospital has dedicated its expertise, staff and resources to providing treatment and recovery from acute psychiatric illness and addiction in an optimal setting for individualized assessment.

Inpatient Detoxification and Rehabilitation Program at South Oaks Hospital has a 25-bed detoxification unit and a 28-bed rehabilitation unit, which provides intensive, comprehensive treatments and rehabilitation to individuals who suffer from acute addictive disorders and who require continual supervision and care. Treatments include medically supervised detoxification from alcohol and/or other substances, and may utilize medications and other interventions to minimize the severity of withdrawal symptoms as part of the recovery process.

Fellowship trainees complete a 10 week rotation on this unit and learn about the different methods and medications used in the process of acute detoxification. They then continue to follow some of these patients onto the rehabilitation unit to monitor their improvement. They receive continued supervision from addiction certified psychiatrists on the unit. They also learn about the different administrative policies and procedures involved in substance misuse and criminal justice system. Trainees acclimatized themselves with challenging cases and often manage acute cases under skilled supervisors which enable them to enhance their professional expertise in inpatient facility. Fellows also acquire experience of working in close collaboration with inpatient rehabilitation unit.

Research electives - Northwell Health

Fellows are encouraged to develop their own niche within the specialty. Under direct supervision of the program director, there will be opportunities to enhance trainees’ professional expertise in the area of their interest. Electives time will be scheduled throughout the year to facilitate writing review articles and case reports. Fellows are expected to complete at least two writing assignments related to their primary area of interest by the end of the year. Delivering presentations at Substance Abuse Case Conferences also an integral part of the training program as institutes foresees its fellows to stand out in community and at national level; both as a physician and as emerging leaders.