David Forrest, MD, Psychiatry, New York, NY, New York-Presbyterian Hospital


Psychiatry New York, NY

Neuropsychiatry, Psychopharmacology, Psychosomatic Medicine

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

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  • I am a practicing psychiatrist in Manhattan, offering individual and couples psychotherapy combined with or without medications, but not stand-alone pharmacotherapy. In other words I want to talk with every patient and find solutions. My professional interests and publications are wide in range. As a voluntary clinical professor I consult to our neurology department, teach psychotherapy, and have done sociocultural studies, as in S.E. Asia. I have also consulted to the New York City Ballet, to 3 of the Star Trek series, and other series and films. Making Faces, a professionally produced video and available free on request, teaches facial emotion recognition in versions for clinicians and patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders. In addition to many academic publications, my trade books include Slots: Praying to the God of Chance; Beyond Eden: The Other Lives of Fine Arts Models and the Meaning of Medical Disrobing, and The Laughing Brain: A Hierarchy of Humor by Mental and Neural Levels. I am a Fellow of the Explorers Club and the Founding Editor of SPRING: The Journal of the E.E. Cummings Society. With patients and their families I seek creative solutions drawn from my extensive training and wide experience.

Education & Training

  • Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center for Training and ResearchCertificate in Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalysis, George Daniels Jr. Award, 1966 - 1974
  • New York State Psychiatric InstituteResidency, Psychiatry, 1965 - 1968
  • St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital CenterInternship, Transitional Year, 1964 - 1965
  • Columbia University College of Physicians & SurgeonsClass of 1964

Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 1970 - 1973
  • NY State Medical License
    NY State Medical License 1965 - 2023
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Psychiatry

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • The Nancy C.A. Roeske M.D. Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education The American Psychiatric Association, 2007
  • President The American College of Psychoanalysts, The Honorary College of Physician Psychoanalysts, 1995-1996
  • The George E. Daniels Jr. Award for Contributions to Psychoanalysis The Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine, 1975
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Press Mentions

  • 10th Annual CUIMC Fine Art Exhibition Opens
    10th Annual CUIMC Fine Art Exhibition OpensMay 1st, 2019
  • Canadian Cerner EHR Investigation Finds Install Was Mismanaged, Underfunded
    Canadian Cerner EHR Investigation Finds Install Was Mismanaged, UnderfundedJanuary 15th, 2018
  • Canadian Cerner Install Under Investigation Again, but Mishaps Go Deeper Than the Tech
    Canadian Cerner Install Under Investigation Again, but Mishaps Go Deeper Than the TechOctober 4th, 2017
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