Our Medical Advisory Board

 

Robert Cancro, M.D.

Since 1976, Dr. Cancro has been Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine, Director of Psychiatry at New York University Hospital and Director of the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. Dr. Cancro served as a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Health Center until 1976. Dr. Cancro is a widely published, internationally recognized psychiatrist and educator, having received numerous honors and awards. He is on the editorial board of several scientific journals and is an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Inc. Dr. Cancro is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the American College of Psychiatrists and the American College of Physicians. He is also a member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health for the World Health Organization and the Research Advisory Committee of the United States Secret Service. Dr. Cancro is the President and a Director of the International Committee Against Mental Illness and Chairman of the Section on Psychiatric Rehabilitation of the World Psychiatric Association.
               

Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D.

Dr. Xenakis served 28 years in the United States Army as a medical corps officer. He held a wide variety of assignments as a clinical psychiatrist, staff officer, and senior commander including Commanding General of the Southeast Army Regional Medical Command. Dr. Xenakis has written widely on medical ethics, military medicine, and the treatment of detainees. He has published editorials in the Washington Post and a number of other national magazines and journals, including book chapters and legal reviews. Dr. Xenakis has an active clinical and consulting practice, and is currently working on the clinical applications of quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) to brain injury and other neurobehavioral conditions.

 

Frank M. Ochberg, M.D.

Frank M. Ochberg, M.D., served in uniform during the Vietnam era and advises several nonprofit veterans organizations. He is a founding board member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and recipient of their highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. He edited the first text on treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder after serving on the committee that defined PTSD. He was associate director of the National Institute of Mental Health and director of the Michigan Department of Mental Health. At Michigan State University, he is clinical professor of psychiatry, formerly adjunct professor of criminal justice, and adjunct professor of journalism. Ochberg developed, with colleagues, the Academy for Critical Incident Analysis at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Gift From Within (a nonprofit for persons with PTSD), and the Committee for Community Awareness and Protection (responding to serial-killer threats). For the latter activity, he is the first physician to receive the Law Enforcement Medal of the Sons of the American Revolution. Ochberg founded the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, served as its first chairman and now helps journalists understand traumatic stress and traumatic stress experts understand journalists. As a Red Cross volunteer, Ochberg assisted families at sites of earthquakes, floods, fires and aircraft disasters.

 

Ronald Podell, M.D.

Dr. Podell is a board certified psychiatrist. He graduated with honors from Amherst College and received his medical degree from Columbia University. He completed his post-graduate psychiatry training at UCLA and was named to the Clinical Faculty in 1979. He served over 20 years as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. He regularly teaches post-graduate courses for both mental health professionals and laymen and has been course director for two national symposia. Dr. Podell was one of the founding physicians for the Century City Hospital in Vitro Fertilization Program. He was then named to co-direct the hospital´s Center for Sexual Medicine, which offered multi-disciplinary treatment for sexual dysfunction. He co-founded the Center for Mood Disorders in West Los Angeles in 1984 and the Westridge Psychiatric Medical Group in 1989. Dr. Podell has published articles in academic and lay journals and is the author of Contagious Emotions – Staying well when your loved one is depressed. He has extensive media experience including local and national television, radio, newspapers and magazines. His most recent endeavor is the founding of the Center for Bio-Behavioral Science, a multi-disciplinary center devoted to the diagnosis of memory problems in older adults and attention and learning problems in young adults.

 

Kelly Brogan, M.D.

As an undergraduate at M.I.T, Dr. Brogan studied Cognitive Neuroscience and worked with Harvard undergraduates to create a public forum for the discussion of alternative medicine, directing conferences for the Hippocratic Society.  She attended Cornell Medical School where she was awarded the Rudin Scholarship for Psychiatric Oncology and began her work in Reproductive Psychiatry, which she went on to train in during her residency at NYU/Bellevue.  A strong interest in the interface of medicine and psychiatry led her to pursue a fellowship in Consultation Liaison/Psychosomatic Medicine at NYU/Bellevue/VA Hospital.  Since that time, she remains on faculty and has focused her efforts on her private practice where she cares for patients with medical illnesses, as well as women at all stages of their reproductive life cycle.  Strong interests in holistic living, environmental medicine, and nutrition are the bedrock of her integrative medicine practice. She has published in the fields of Psycho-Oncology, Women’s Health, and Infectious Disease.  She is Board Certified in Psychiatry as well as Board Certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine.

 

Lauri Liskin, M.D.

Dr. Liskin is Clinical  Assistant  Professor of  Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and on the attending staff at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Liskin entered medicine with a foundation in neuroscience and neurobehavioral research.  She was the recipient of a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Award and published  electrophysiology research on Circadian Rhythms.  She did her Psychiatry residency training at Cornell, a Forensic Psychiatry fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training & Research. She has been in private practice in New York City since 1999. Dr. Liskin has broad clinical experience with diverse patient populations in a wide array of inpatient and outpatient settings in various public and private institutions. Her expertise in integrative psychiatry evolved from her focus  on patients’ treatment needs and her commitment to ongoing education as a psychopharmacologist and psychotherapist. As a clinician assessing psychiatric adverse events, Dr. Liskin has been involved in obesity studies at the Comprehensive Weight Control Program affiliated with Weill-Cornell.  Dr. Liskin is the recipient of a Creativity and Leadership Commendation from the Association of Women Psychiatrists. She currently serves on the American Psychiatric Association’s  New York State District Branch Practice Committee as well as its Integrative Psychiatry Task Force.

 

Bruce Johnson, M.D.

Dr. Johnson is a Staff Psychiatrist at Crozer Medical Center.  Board-certified in psychiatry and neurology, and a certified psychoanalyst, Dr. Johnson’s specialties include psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy and depression.  Dr. Johnson earned his medical degree at George Washington Medical School, Washington, D.C.  He completed his internship at Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio and his residency at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. and Chestnut Lodge Hospital in Rockville, Maryland.  While serving in the military, Dr. Johnson served as Chief of Psychiatric Department at the Public Health Service Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and as a consultant for the Peace Corps Volunteers.

 

Stephen J. Press, DC, PhD, CCSP, FACSM, FICC, ICSSD

Dr. Stephen J. Press was the first DC accepted into a post-doctoral course in bone and joint disease at Johns-Hopkins College of Medicine, and subsequently became the first (and still only) DC to achieve the rank of “Fellow” in the American College of Sports Medicine. In 1987, Dr. Press, as Chairman of International Affairs for the ACA Sports Council, founded the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic, known as “FICS” and was elected its first President. He also founded the International Academy of Olympic Chiropractic Officers  (IAOCO), for which he still serves as Chairman. In 1991, he was appointed by the Minister of Sport of the USSR to be their Chief Physician at the XVIth Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France. Subsequently, he served a two year term as Chairman of the Medical Commission for the IOC recognized World Governing Body for Roller Sports, known as FIRS, and was co-opted by H.E., Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (President of the Republic of Kalmykia) to create a medical commission for the World Chess Federation  (FIDE). No other DC has ever served as a member of the medical commission of any IOC Sport’s medical commission. More recently, Dr. Press, together with his son Robert Press, BS, MS (Comp Sci), founded Wikichiro.org, the comprehensive Chiropractic answer to Wikipedia, and he was named Executive Technical Director, by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, for OurMed.org, created by Columbia Medical School Professor, Stan Kachnowski. Dr. Press was invited by Prof. C. Michael Gibson, Chairman  of WikiDoc.org, to be editor-in-Chief of the Chiropractic section of their online medical textbook.

 

Sandlin Lowe, M.D.

Dr. Lowe is on the Faculty of the New York University School of Medicine and holds appointments in both the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience. He is Consulting Psychiatrist to the Brain Research Laboratories and Collaborating Psychiatrist at the Center for Neuromagnetism. He also is the Chief of Psychiatry Assessment Services at Woodhull Medical Center.  Dr. Lowe is an expert in Translational Neuroscience and has created new paradigms for the conceptualization, evaluation and treatment of consciousness spectrum disorders in patients with brain injuries. The theoretical basis for this work is founded upon his research with Dr. Rodolfo Llinas and Dr. E. Roy John, two of the Fathers of modern day neuroscience. Lately, for personal reasons, his efforts have been directed towards autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Lowe has particular interest in combining small molecules and cellular and regenerative medicine techniques with applied field energy therapies in the design of new treatment protocols for autism.