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Our Leadership

Evelyn Attia, MD (NYSPI)

The Metro CCCED program director, Evelyn Attia, MD, has been working with eating disorder patients, and administrating clinical and research programs at NYSPI since she completed her training in psychiatry in 1990. Dr.Attia is Director of The Eating Disorders Clinic at NYSPI/CUMC, and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, as well as Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Prior to holding her current position, Dr. Attia was the first director of NYSPI’s General Clinical Research Unit (GCRU), the unit that houses the eating disorder inpatient program. When hired for the GCRU position, she was asked to develop a new clinical research unit that would have the three-part mission of research, education and state-of-the-art clinical care. Under Dr. Attia’s direction, the GCRU trained professionals from multiple disciplines, provided excellent clinical care, and supported successful research participation for patients with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders as well as eating disorders. Dr. Attia helped the unit adapt a consistently applied behavioral protocol aimed to help patients achieve normal weight and normal eating to a new, large, mixed diagnosis unit, training staff that had previously been working with very different treatment models (e.g., psychodynamic) to embrace a behavioral approach. Since leaving her position as director of the clinical unit and joining the Eating Disorders Research Division at NYSPI, Dr. Attia has obtained several federally funded grants to study the psychobiology and treatment of eating disorders.


Martin Fisher, MD (SCH)

Dr. Fisher is Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at SCH and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at New York University Medical School. He evaluates 2-3 new patients per week, follows several hundred patients with eating disorders per year, and manages the inpatient service two months per year. He is a Past President of the Society of Adolescent Medicine, has served on the Committee on Adolescence of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Adolescent Medicine sub-board of the American Board of Pediatrics. He is the lead author of the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on "Identifying and treating eating disorders." (January 2003)


B. Timothy Walsh, MD (NYSPI)

Dr. Walsh has been at NYSPI leading its clinical research program for patients with eating disorders since 1979. Dr. Walsh graduated from Princeton University and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He is a board certified psychiatrist and currently holds the William & Joy Ruane professorship in child psychopharmacology at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Walsh has received ongoing support from the NIH since his arrival at NYSPI more than 25 years ago. His studies have included treatment studies, eating behavior studies, and psychobiological studies. He has successfully mentored many young faculty members who have gone on to develop independent research careers in the field of eating disorders. Additionally Dr. Walsh has served as the President of the Academy for Eating Disorders and on advisory and review committees of the National Institutes of Health and of the American Psychiatric Association. He was a member of the Task Force responsible for writing DSM-IV, and chaired the Eating Disorders Workgroup for DSM-IV.


Phillip Wilner, MD, MBA (NYPH)

Dr. Wilner is the Medical Director at Weill Cornell Department of Psychiatry. He graduated summa cum laude from Columbia College, received his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed his residency in psychiatry at Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic/Cornell Medical Center. He was Chief Resident at Cornell, received his MBA from Baruch College, and has held a series of impressive administrative and academic positions at Cornell, Payne Whitney and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.


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