About the Physicians and Staff
Richard N. Rosenthal, MD
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University;
Chairman of Psychiatry at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals
Dr. Rosenthal is Past President of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (aaap.org), a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in psychiatry, with subspecialty certification in addiction psychiatry. Prior to coming to St. Luke's-Roosevelt, he was associate chairman for clinical services of the Beth Israel Medical Center, NY (BIMC) department of psychiatry and director of the division of substance abuse at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Rosenthal received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College. He then went on to Duke University, where he received a master's degree from the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. He obtained his medical degree from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. He then completed a rotating internship and a residency in psychiatry in 1984 at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, where he was chief resident.
Following residency training, he served first as Unit Chief and then Division Chief of the Substance Abuse Service (Psychiatry) at BIMC. During this time, he created the Combined Psychiatric and Addictive Disorders treatment research program, and co-developed and manualized Brief Supportive Psychotherapy for Beth Israel's Brief Psychotherapy Research Program. Dr. Rosenthal's main research focus has been on the evaluation and treatment of the severely mentally ill with co-occurring addictive disorders, and he has been a clinical, research, and program development consultant to hospitals, state and federal agencies. He also has a long-term interest in medical informatics and is on the steering committee of the American Association for Technology in Psychiatry (techpsych.org), as well as the Information Systems Review Committee of the New York State Hospital Planning and Review Council. He has developed systems to screen behavioral health patients and track treatment response using interactive voice response (IVR). In 2004, Governor Pataki appointed Dr. Rosenthal to the NY State Mental Health Services Council. Dr. Rosenthal has received numerous awards and honors including New York Magazine's Best Doctors in New York in 1998-2006. Most recently, he was appointed as a Senior Fellow, SAMHSA Co-Occurring Disorders Center for Excellence and Co-Chairman of its National Steering Council (coce.samhsa.gov). He has authored 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, invited reviews, book chapters, and books. He maintains a private practice of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology for mood and addictive disorders.
Jeanne Cummings, MSN, NP
Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jeanne Cummings MSN, NP is a board certified Clinical Specialist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Department of St. Lukes and Roosevelt Hospitals. She is an adjunct clinical professor of Nursing at Columbia University, Graduate School of Nursing and has advanced training and education in Critical Incident Stress Management, International Trauma Training, EMDR, and Imago Relationship Therapy. She is a member of a local critical incident stress management team supporting fire, police and EMS in the area of work related trauma and or stress. Jeanne's philosophy of treatment involves active participation on the part of her clients resulting in partnership healthcare. Along with psychopharmacology, she incorporates a wide variety of modalities into her practice with individuals, groups and couples. Prior to her current position, Jeanne designed, implemented and directed a home based Community Mental Health Program.
Petros Levounis, MD, MA
Director of The Addiction Institute of New York (formerly Smithers); Chief of Addiction Psychiatry at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals in New York City
Dr. Levounis is a board-certified addiction psychiatrist and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). He currently teaches at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York University School of Medicine and School of Nursing, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. His academic interests include the psychotherapy and psychopharmacology of addiction, the teaching of Psychiatry, gay and lesbian mental health, crystal methamphetamine, and the behavioral addictions.
Dr. Levounis is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University where he studied chemistry and biophysics as a combined BS/MS student, before receiving his medical education at Stanford and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. During medical school, he studied the effects of social class on the patient-physician relationship in Oxford, England, and received a master’s degree in Sociology from Stanford. In 1994, he moved to New York City to train in Psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University. He graduated from Columbia receiving the National Institute of Mental Health Outstanding Resident Award before completing a two-year clinical and research fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at New York University. Dr. Levounis received the APA/Center for Mental Health Services Minority Fellowship and studied HIV risk factors in homeless men who suffer from severe mental illness and substance use disorders.
Dr. Levounis has authored several articles, has lectured extensively on addiction topics throughout the United States and abroad, and has been interviewed by ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, WB, The Martha Stewart Radio Show, The New York Times, The Daily News, TimeOut New York, The Washington Post, and Jornal do Brasil among others. He is a Betty Ford Scholar, a member and Laughlin Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, and a recipient of several awards including the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents, the Nancy Roeske Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education, the Association for Academic Psychiatry Junior Faculty Development Award, the Teacher of the Year Award at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals, and the U.S. State Department Speaker and Specialist Award.
Dr. Levounis serves as Chair of the Committee on Addiction Treatment of the APA, President-Elect of the APA New York County District Branch, and Co-Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Levounis is currently editing a textbook on co-occurring substance use and other psychiatric disorders and co-authoring a book on siblings of alcoholics.
Galina Mindlin, MD, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, Supervising Attending in the Department of Psychiatry at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals, the University Hospital of Columbia University. She has a Ph.D in Neurophysiology and Neuropsychology.
Dr. Mindlin has had intensive training through her professional career in Sleep Disorders, including special training for ‘Brain Music Therapy’. Her training and expertise also include Anxiety, Mood and Personality Disorders. She has expertise in different psychotherapeutic modalities such as DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), short-term dynamic psychotherapy and classic psychodynamic psychotherapy. Dr. Mindlin has an extensive knowledge in psychopharmacology and constantly follows up on modern interventions in her every day clinical work.
In 2004, Dr. Mindlin was granted the Exclusive Rights to provide Brain Music Therapy in the United States. Brain Music Therapy is an effective, clinically proven treatment that fights insomnia, anxiety, depression, stress, and headaches, and results in improved productivity and concentration.