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Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital

The Division of Addiction Services 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 Northwell's South Oaks Hospital), a consultation liaison service, an outpatient methadone program, and a number of community-based outpatient drug free and dual diagnosis programs.

The curriculum provides the fellows with a comprehensive understanding of the epidemiology, biology, neuroscience, and 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 supervision 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.


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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 31 for the upcoming class starting on July 1.  Because of 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)
  • 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 information:

Marcia Tinto
Program Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: (516) 481-2890 ext 11035
Fax: (516) 481-2723

Our faculty

Core Faculty:

Andrew C. Chen, MD, PhD
Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship
Medical Director, Center for Addiction Services and Psychotherapy Intervention Research (CASPIR)
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Bruce Goldman, LCSW, CASAC
Associate Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship
Director, Substance Abuse Services
Zucker Hillside Hospital

Jonathan Aronbayev, MD
Medical Director, Methadone Program
Zucker Hillside Hospital

Alberto Barreto, LCSW, ACSW, CASAC
Program Director
Far Rockaway Treatment Center
Zucker Hillside Hospital

Kevin P. Cotterell, MD
Attending Psychiatrist
South Oaks Hospital

Lydia Gerges, DO
Physician-in-Charge
Northwell Health Garden City Treatment Center
Zucker Hillside Hospital

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

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

Scott I. Krakower, DO
Attending Psychiatrist
Zucker Hillside Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Zucker School of Medicine

Khin Lwin, MD
Attending Psychiatrist
South Oaks Hospital

Srinagesh Mannekote-Thippaiah, MD
Attending Psychiatrist
Zucker Hillside Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Zucker School of Medicine

Amanda R. Tinkelman, MD
Associate Director, Adult Ambulatory Services
Physician in Charge, Perinatal Programs
Zucker Hillside Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Zucker School of Medicine

Marsha Thomas, MD
Physician-in-Charge
Project Outreach
Zucker Hillside Hospital

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

Selected other faculty:

David P. Bross, MD
Addiction Psychiatrist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Zucker School of Medicine

Christopher A. Burke, MD, FAPM
Head of Division, Consultation Psychiatry
Director of Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Zucker School of Medicine

Aaron Hogue, PhD
Director of Adolescent and Family Research
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)

Sandeep Kapoor, MD
Director, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
Northwell Health
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
Zucker School of Medicine

Jon Morgenstern, PhD
Director, Addiction Services, Northwell Health
Director, Center for Addiction Services and Psychotherapy Intervention Research (CASPIR)
Professor of Psychiatry
Zucker School of Medicine
Senior Scientist
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)

Training locations

Zucker Hillside Hospital

75-59 263rd Street
Glen Oaks, NY 11004

Zucker Hillside Hospital is a 236-bed 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 Institutes 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 Psychotherapy Intervention Research (CASPIR), Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Program, are available for interested fellows to participate.

The Drug Abuse Evaluation Health Referral Service (DAEHRS) Clinic at Zucker Hillside Hospital

The Zucker Hillside Hospital - Drug Abuse Evaluation Health Referral Service Clinic serves approximately 200 patients. The majority of our patients have co-occurring psychiatric disorders and a significant number have moderate to severe symptoms of both substance use and mental health problems. The majority of patients are on medications to treat both addiction and psychiatric symptoms. Program services include individual and group therapy. Groups focus on a variety of psychosocial issues such as co-occurring disorders and relapse prevention.

Fellowship trainees will work with patients with complex symptoms and learn about evidenced-based practices and use of addiction and psychiatric medications.

Methadone Clinic at Zucker Hillside Hospital

The Zucker Hillside Hospital - Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program (MMTP) serves approximately 400 patients who have a diagnosis of Opioid Dependence. Patients at this program are dispensed methadone beginning with a six-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 our medical director, a medical nurse practitioner, and registered nurses. Psychiatric services are provided by psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners.  The program is also a registered Overdose Prevention Program and educates patients, family, and community and widely distributes Narcan kits.  In the near future, we will provide Ancillary Withdrawal Services with the use of both methadone and buprenorphine.

Fellowship trainees will work with patients with opioid addiction and learn about methadone maintenance including dosing issues. They will develop an understanding of overdose risks and complications of multiple drug interactions as well as other risk /benefit analysis.   The fellows participate in a weekly multidisciplinary clinical case conference.

Project Outreach

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. Its mission is to provide comprehensive clinical care to individuals and families in our community in order to lessen the devastating effects of substance use and mental health disorders.  We strive to provide the most up-to-date treatment through ongoing staff education, research and by keeping abreast of current issues in the community. 

All patients are encouraged to participate in individual therapy and the program offers 45 group therapy options.  Unique services include a 5 day per week intensive outpatient program (POET) 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 (STAR).  In addition, Project Outreach has a Medical Professionals in Recovery Program (MPRP), LGBTQ services and CBT, DBT and MI focused treatment.

Fellowship trainees will be offered an abundance of opportunities to grow clinically and professionally at Project Outreach. Aside from their role as a prescriber, physicians will be exposed to working within a multidisciplinary team and in one of our unique specialty services. In addition, trainees will have the opportunity to co-facilitate group therapy.

Garden City Community Treatment Center

711 Stewart Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

Northwell Health's Garden City Treatment Center is an 8,000-square-foot facility that specializes in the treatment and support for those suffering from the opioid epidemic sweeping the country.

The new facility replaces 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. With nearly 15 clinical staff, the Garden City center is already treating more than 300 patients and is prepared to take on additional clientele to meet the growing demand for services. 

The center is committed to the delivery of innovative, evidence-based services that provide a continuum of care across the life span. 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. The significant other program offers groups for spouses, parents of adult children with substance use disorders, and for children of substance users.  

These specialized services in combination with working as part of our multidisciplinary 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 Treatment Center

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 program; those with co-existing mental health issues; Spanish-speaking patients; and the Orthodox Jewish community.

South Oaks Hospital

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 124 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 - The program 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 drugs, and may utilize medication to minimize the severity of withdrawal symptoms as part of the recovery process.

All treatments in the inpatient program begin with a comprehensive assessment, including psychiatric, physical and psychosocial components. Upon admission, an individualized treatment plan and goals for discharge are developed based on each patient’s unique needs, situation, and assessment.

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.