Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Lecturer on Bioethics & Humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University; and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine, Tufts University

I am a psychiatrist and ethicist affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY; and Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. I write on a variety of cross-disciplinary topics, ranging from mental health to philosophy of mind to spirituality. Most recently, I have authored the novella, "The Late Life Bloom of Rose Rabinowitz;" and the poetry chapbook, "The Myeloma Year." My upcoming book is titled, "Don't Worry – Nothing Will Turn Out All Right!", and is a guide to what I call "opti-pessimism."

Note: The views expressed in my articles on this website are solely my own, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Tufts University, or the State University of New York or its affiliated institutions.


  • –present
    Professor of Psychiatry, Lecturer on Bioethics & Humanities, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • –present
    Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts U. School of Medicine


  • 1982 
    SUNY Upstate Medical University, Residency in psychiatry
  • 1978 
    SUNY Upstate Medical University, MD


  • 2015
    The Myeloma Year, CreateSpace
  • 2014
    Psychiatry on the Edge, Nova Publishing
  • 2014
    Becoming a Mensch, Hamilton Books
  • 2014
    The Director of Minor Tragedies, iUniverse
  • 2013
    The Three Petalled Rose, iUniverse

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association


2009 Award for "Outstanding Psychiatrist for Education", Mass. Psychiatric Society