Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

The Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry offers an ACGME-accredited fellowship training program. Graduates of the 12-month 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. This Division provides consultation to the medical and surgical inpatient services at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 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.


The one-year Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Consultation-Liaison Fellowship Program is for individuals who would like advanced education in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. The goal of this program is to develop fellows into knowledgeable, astute, and compassionate physicians with specialized expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of complex psychiatric disorders in medically ill patients by:

Consultation-Liaison fellows provide psychiatric services to all other Northwestern University departments, including internal medicine, general surgical services, intensive care units, rehabilitation medicine, oncology, general and specialty surgery, transplant, Prentice Women’s hospital, and neurology.

Clinical Experience

Clinical training includes extensive experience in medically oriented psychiatric consultation to gain the skills and experience necessary to evaluate and treat complex psychological problems. The curriculum consists of inpatient rotations in the general medical and surgical setting of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Integrated Care, as well as several longitudinal outpatient experiences.

These include, but are not limited to:

The fellowship does not include any weekend or after-hours call. Moonlighting opportunities are available at several other institutions in the Chicago area.

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

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Chair, John Csernansky, MD; Psychosomatic Fellow, Sheila Lahijani, MD; Director of Psychosomatic Fellowship Lisa Rosenthal, MD; Associate Training Director Robert Brent Lloyd, MD

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Chair, John Csernansky, MD; Consultation-Liaison Fellow (2014-2015), Sheila Lahijani, MD; Director of the Consultation-Liaison Fellowship Lisa Rosenthal, MD, FAPM; Associate Residency Training Director Robert Brett Lloyd, MD, PhD 

Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa J. Rosenthal, MD
Fellowship Director, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Us

Contact Fellowship Program Coordinator Sandra Downey for more information about the Psychosomatic Medicine fellowship.

Sandra Downey

Meet the Faculty

Learn more about our doctors via faculty profiles:

Stephen Dinwiddie, MD

John Franklin, MD

Larry Goldman, MD

Robert Brett Lloyd, MD, PhD

Lisa J. Rosenthal, MD

Housestaff Research Portal

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