Letter from the Chairman

Charles MarmarWelcome to The New York University Department of Psychiatry website. The mission of the NYU Langone Medical Center Department of Psychiatry is to improve the health and well being of our patient population. We achieve this by delivering state-of-the art psychiatric services and care.  As a team, we are committed to providing prompt access to services in a caring and confidential environment.

The vision of the Department of Psychiatry is to become a leading academic institution in providing exceptional clinical care, conducting neuroscience research, elaborating community mental health issues, and training outstanding clinicians.  The NYU Langone Medical Center is located in midtown Manhattan along the East River. Most of our clinical, academic, and research activities take place on a campus that extends along First Avenue from 23rd to 34th Streets that includes Tisch Hospital, Bellevue Hospital Center, and the Manhattan Veterans Administration Medical Center. We also have training and research facilities at NKI, Lenox Hill Hospital and at several New York State Psychiatric Centers.

The Department of Psychiatry is one of the largest academic departments at NYU with nearly 600 faculty, 81 residents and fellows, three faculty group practices, over 100 active grants and clinical trials, 359 inpatient beds at Bellevue Hospital and 22 beds on the inpatient unit of Tisch Hospital. NYU is one of the largest and best-known departments of psychiatry in the country and is widely considered to be the “birthplace of American Psychiatry.” The department ranked 18th in the US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” in 2006, and last year it moved up to 16th place, its best ranking since the ratings begun. Over the last few years, the psychiatry program has achieved national and international recognition for its outstanding quality of care. The JCAHO has certified our programs at 100% compliance in the last two surveys and the program has also been ranked by the US News and World Report among the best 25 in the nation three years in a row (July 04,05,06); the only public Psychiatry Department ranked among the best.  

The primary mission of undergraduate education in psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine is to improve the psychiatric literacy of the next generation of physicians across all specialties.  We are also mindful of the value of nurturing and facilitating the interests of those students who want to study a topic in greater depth, participate in psychiatric research, or apply for post-graduate training in psychiatry.

The Residency Training Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine has evolved into one of the premier training programs in the United States. Our residents come from all over the United States and represent graduates from top medical schools including (besides NYU) Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, UCSF and others. The residency group is racially and ethnically diverse and includes graduates from nearly 50 medical schools from all over the country. The program trains more than 3% of all US medical students entering the field.

Whether you are visiting our site to learn about clinical services, research programs, or psychiatric training, I hope you find our site informative.


Charles R. Marmar, MD
Lucius N. Littauer Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry