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Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Graduates of the 12-month, ACGME-accredited Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship Program satisfy all requirements and are eligible to take the ABPN subspecialty certification examination.

Consultation-liaison psychiatrists have special training and experience in evaluating and treating patients in interdisciplinary settings. They are comfortable helping patients with complex medical problems that may exacerbate, or be exacerbated by, psychiatric symptoms. We provide consultation to the medical and surgical inpatient services at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Prentice Women’s Hospital.

In addition to providing evaluation and recommendations for patients with a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses, our faculty includes individuals with special expertise in the areas of women's health, psycho-oncology, substance abuse, organ transplantation, physical medicine and rehabilitation and forensic psychiatry. Our goals are to provide comprehensive biopsychosocial diagnosis and treatment recommendations, to work closely with the primary medical and surgical teams to maximize patient holistic recovery and to assist all members of medical and surgical teams to work effectively with all types of patients.


This is an ACGME-accredited training program for individuals who have successfully completed a four-year psychiatry residency program in the United States or Canada. At the current time, the complement for the fellowship is one position.


Applicant to the program must complete a Northwestern University application, which can be accessed at the McGaw website. The application must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Photocopy of current state medical license
  • Photocopies of original USMLE examination results, or equivalent
  • Photocopy of ECFMG certificate, if applicable
  • Medical school transcript and MSPE letter (sent directly from the medical school)
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals in your specialty (one from current or previous program director); must be sent directly from the individuals to the program director or program coordinator
  • Photocopy of NPI number
  • Photocopy of visa, if applicable

 Goals & Objectives

The scope of practice of consultation-liaison psychiatrists includes caring for patients with psychopathology encountered in any medical setting, including inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical, and obstetrical areas. 

The goals and objectives of this program are to provide supervised clinical training in all settings in order for the fellow to acquire the knowledge and skill involving direct patient care as a member of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.

 Program Highlights

Fellows are encouraged to participate in the rich academic environment of Northwestern University. Program-specific learning experiences include:

  • Weekly individual didactics
  • Individual weekly supervision with an independent supervisor
  • Bedside rounds with a diverse group of learners, including medical students, physician assistant students, junior and senior psychiatry residents, neurology residents, fellows from other psychiatry subspecialties, anesthesia pain and palliative care and psychology students
  • Access to weekly departmental grand rounds, health system ethics conferences, and monthly interdisciplinary Fellows conference
  • A variety of academic and research projects. All Fellows are required to complete an academic project with support. Fellows are encouraged to participate in a mentored submission of a poster or workshop to the ACLP annual meeting to be presented during their fellowship year.
  • Invitation to weekly neuroradiology grand round at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
  • Leadership and academic mentoring options in the Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry through a faculty group involved in several committee positions, educational efforts, the Webb Fellowship, and yearly conference

 Clinical Experience

Consultation-Liaison fellows provide psychiatric services to other Northwestern Medicine specialties and locations, including internal medicine, general surgical services, intensive care units, rehabilitation medicine, oncology, general and specialty surgery, transplant, Prentice Women’s Hospital, and neurology.

Clinical training includes extensive experience in medically oriented psychiatric consultation to gain the skills and experience necessary to evaluate and treat complex psychiatric problems. The curriculum consists of inpatient rotations in the general medical and surgical setting of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Prentice Women’s Hospital, and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Longitudinal outpatient experiences include:


Elective highlights

  • Neuromodulation experience and the option of ECT certification
  • Forensic supervision and clinical experience including consulting for cases of civil commitment and involuntary treatment
  • Women’s behavioral health program
  • Addiction treatment
  • Program Letter of Agreement with Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC for electives
  • Neuropsychiatry

 Core Faculty

Lisa J Rosenthal, MD

Dr Rosenthal has been at Northwestern as the Program Director of the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship since 2011. She was previously faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, working in CL and Community Psychiatry. She is a Fellow of the ACLP. Dr Rosenthal has served as the Chair of the pre-conference courses for the annual meeting and the Fellowship Education Subcommittee, in addition to membership on numerous other committees. She contributes actively to the ACLP as a reviewer for the Journal Psychosomatics, has presented at every annual meeting since 2007, is the upcoming Program Chair for the ACLP Annual Meeting in 2021, and is an ACLP representative for the ABPN Committee on Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. She created and implemented the Collaborative Care program for Northwestern Medicine. She is the Division Chief of the Division of Consultation Psychiatry, as well as the Associate Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs with a focus on Quality and Safety.


John E Franklin, MD

Dr Franklin serves in multiple leadership roles including Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief of Addictions in the Department of Psychiatry and is Interim Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. Most relevant to the CL fellowship, Dr Franklin has over 30 years of experience as the lead Transplant Psychiatrist for the Northwestern Organ Transplantation division, and he provides fellow supervision during this outpatient rotation. Additionally, through his active participation in Diversity and Inclusion efforts and his expertise in bioethics, he is an invaluable asset to fellows looking for dedicated mentorship and opportunities in these areas.


Stephen Dinwiddie, MD

Dr Dinwiddie serves as the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Chief of Forensics in the Department of Psychiatry. As an established authority in the field of forensic psychiatry, fellows can benefit from opportunities from direct forensic experiences under Dr Dinwiddie's supervision. For example, consulting in cases of civil commitment and involuntary care, and appearing in Mental Health Court are often quoted as an invaluable highlight of the CL fellow experience. Beyond forensic consultation, Dr Dinwiddie’s role as a member of the general CL Psychiatry service gives fellows the opportunity to acquire forensic skills and expertise useful to the general CL Psychiatrist.


R. Brett Lloyd, MD

Dr. Lloyd completed his Consultation-Liaison fellowship at Northwestern. He is currently the director of Psychiatry at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab – the #1 Rehabilitation hospital in the United States for 29 years. He supervises the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation rotation for the fellowship, providing exposure to acute and chronic illness in a residential setting. He is the training director of the adult residency program and can coordinate educational opportunities during the fellowship.

 Common illnesses treated at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab:

  • Severe traumatic brain injury
  • Stroke and aphasia lab
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Functional neurological disorders
  • Amputations
  • Burn injury
  • Post-transplant care
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Adolescent medicine


Jeff Rado, MD

Dr Rado is double boarded in Psychiatry and Internal Medicine. He leads the Department of General Internal Medicine Integrative Behavioral Health Program on various consultation and collaborative roles. He provides year-long outpatient supervision at the Transitional Care Clinic, a center dedicated to providing integral care to medically-complex and disadvantaged patients through a multidisciplinary approach including case management, pharmacy, nursing and administrative support.


Larry Goldman, MD

Dr Goldman spent 20 years in academic psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago where his clinical, teaching, and publication focus was largely on consultation-liaison psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. An important part of his career has been working with physicians to help them learn about aspects of psychiatry important to their own medical fields and to improve the care of patients with co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions. He also has extensive experience in leadership and policy through the American Psychiatric Association and American Medical Association. In 2005, he joined Wellsprings Health Associates, a private, multi-disciplinary mental health practice, and is a Contributing Services Faculty member of Northwestern University. Currently he provides independent supervision, mentorship, and career advising in weekly meetings with the fellow.


Eric Gausche, MD

Dr Gausche completed fellowship in Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. He currently leads the Northwestern Huntington Clinic. He is a core faculty supervisor on the inpatient CL team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, allowing fellows to incorporate an important expertise in neuropsychiatry


Brandon S Hamm, MD

Dr Hamm is currently a core faculty supervisor on the inpatient CL team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and practices collaborative care psychiatry at Northwestern Medicine SoNo. He was a 2018-2019 Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Webb Fellow. Areas of research include acute agitation management, decision-making capacity evaluation, psychiatric education, bioethics and virtue ethics, care provider empathy and burnout, and psychiatric comorbidities in frostbite. Clinical interests also include cardiac psychiatry, epilepsy, psychodermatology, demoralization syndrome, sedation approaches in the setting of mechanical ventilation, collaborative care, psycho-oncology, and quality improvement.


Gabriel Heiber, MD

Dr Heiber completed his Consultation-Liaison fellowship at Northwestern. He provides attending supervision on the Northwestern Memorial Hospital CL service, serves as the Psychiatry-Liaison to the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic, and is involved in the ECT trainee certification process through our busy neuromodulation service. Additionally, Dr Heiber serves in several educational efforts, including the Psychiatry Resident Wellness Committee.


Our program strongly values a healthy work-life balance and supports it several in ways:

  • A diverse, vibrant, and exciting Community and City to train in
  • A generous benefits package with special recognition to the need for time away from training, as well as, a stipend well-above average
  • Access to regularly scheduled wellness activities, as well as, additional resources
  • An active Diversity and Inclusion office dedicated to residents and fellows
  • No weekend or after-hours call
  • Competitive moonlighting opportunities within Northwestern Memorial Hospital and several other institutions in the Chicago area

 Former Fellows

"My fellowship at Northwestern was tremendously valuable, offering a variety of clinical experiences and high-quality supervision. I particularly enjoyed the opportunities to learn by teaching other trainees."

Mark Newman, MD 
Assistant Professor
University of Washington

"I am grateful for the outstanding mentorship during the program, and appreciated the breadth of knowledge I gained in working with neuropsychiatrists, internist-psychiatrists, and experts in psycho-oncology, PM&R, and organ transplantation. I also valued the diversity of clinical experiences, including providing patient care at Northwestern's world famous rehabilitation hospital."

Geetha Reddy, MD, MPH
Associate Physician Diplomate
Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor
University of California, Davis

"The PSM fellowship at Northwestern provided a bounty of educational opportunities that fostered my learning and professional growth. With the subspecialty training I gained at Northwestern, I felt further prepared to apply my skills as an academic consultation liaison psychiatrist." 

Sheila Lahijani, MD
Clinical Associate Professor 
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University

“The fellowship at Northwestern is very flexible and their are multiple clinical sites within other departments that create an array of opportunities for training. This allows fellows to specialize within an area during their training, while still maintaining a broad exposure to our field. In particular, organ transplantation, cardiology, oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, women's mental health, and palliative care are all strengths at our campus"

R. Brett Lloyd, MD, PhD
Associate Residency Program Director
Northwestern University/ Northwestern Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

"The volume and diversity of patients of the general CL service provided me with the opportunity to acquire the essential knowledge and skills to become a CL Psychiatrist. At the same time, it was the faculty’s diverse expertise and their devotion for mentorship and teaching that allowed me to reach much further beyond what is essentially needed"

Gabriel Heiber, MD
Clinical Instructor
Northwestern University/ Northwestern Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

 Why Northwestern?

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