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HRI Medical Directors

Michael Devlin, M.D.

Michael Devlin is HRI's Medical Director for Psychiatry and performs psychiatric evaluations for clients seeking asylum. He is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia P&S and the Clinical Co-Director of the Eating Disorders Research Unit at New York State Psychiatric Institute. He also teaches first-year medical students on the fundamentals of clinical practice, including humanism, communication, and the patient-provider relationship.

Mary Jo Fink, M.D.

Mary Jo Fink is HRI's Medical Director for Medicine and performs medical evaluations for clients seeking asylum. An Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Columbia P&S, she is the Associate Director of Foundations of Clinical Medicine - Tutorials, the course that focuses on clinical skills for medical students in preparation for the Major Clinical Year and beyond. Dr. Fink's interests include the components of the clinical method, including clinical observation and examination, information synthesis and processing, as well as team communication, particularly oral presentations. She teaches Women's Health in the Family Medicine Residency Program and is particularly interested in women asylum seekers, especially those who are victims of trafficking.

Internal and Family Medicine

Craig Blinderman, M.D., M.A.

Craig Blinderman is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Adult Palliative Medicine Service at Columbia. He maintains an active inpatient and outpatient palliative medicine clinical practice. His academic and research interests include: decision-making at the end of life, role of palliative care in public health, medical ethics, and the integration of palliative care in critical care medicine. He is also very interested in teaching and developing programs to improve students' and residents' skills in communication and care for the dying. Throughout his medical training and practice he has worked in Ethiopia, Swaziland, and Vietnam.

William Turner, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. William Turner attended Amherst College, majoring in Biology and Black Studies. He completed his medical school training at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. After completing his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, he joined the faculty at Columbia University as a Chief Medical Resident. He then worked at Los Angeles Medical Center for a year in the Division of General Medicine. In September, 2003 Dr. Turner returned to CPMC with a full time appointment in the Section of Hospital Medicine and a part time appointment in the Department of Emergency Medicine. In 2005, Dr. Turner was recognized with the BALSO "Teacher of the Year" award. In 2007, he was named a three-year recipient of the highly prestigious Ewig Clinical Education Award for dedication and excellence in clinical teaching. Along with his clinical activities, Dr Turner is a faculty advisor to the Lindenbaum-Thomson Society, which represents the Internal Medicine's Residency Program's Physicians of Color, and he plays a leading role in the Intern Selection Committee and its effort to recruit and retain highly qualified physicians from underrepresented minorities. He is also an advisory dean for the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.


Ashanda Saint Jean, M.D.

Ashanda Saint Jean works in the inpatient and outpatient divisions at The Allen Hospital and The Broadway Practice Clinic. She serves as coordinator for The Centering Program, which specializes prenatal and postpartum care for pregnant teens. She graduated from The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/CUNY Medical School. She later received her doctorate in medicine from New York Medical College. She completed her residency training at Danbury Hospital/Yale New-Haven affiliate in Danbury, Connecticut. She is a board certified OB/GYN who is focused on delivering quality care to the medically underserved. She is committed to women's health issues including teen pregnancy, cancer prevention and screening, and family planning.

Psychiatry and Psychology

Flavio Casoy, M.D.

Dr. Casoy completed medical school at Brown University School of Medicine, his residency training in general adult psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco, and a fellowship in public psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute. He is currently Medical Director for Admissions at Rockland Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg, NY. His primary interest is serving patients with severe and persistent mental illness and to foster mental health care delivery systems that can approach each patient in a comprehensive, patient-centered manner. Dr. Casoy remains active in the Committee of Interns and Residents, a national union of house officers affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, and is a shop steward for the New York State Public Employees Federation.

Carl Fisher, M.D.

Dr. Fisher is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, where he also teaches in the Masters in Bioethics program. His academic focus is on law, ethics, and policy relating to psychiatry and neuroscience. His writing has been published in JAMA; The American Journal of Bioethics; and The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, among others. Dr. Fisher is a graduate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow. He did residency and forensic fellowship training at Columbia as well. He has received the Rappeport Fellowship from the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law and the Laughlin Fellowship from the American College of Psychiatrists, and he has been named a Henry Luce Foundation Scholar and a New York State Office of Mental Health Policy Scholar.

Tamara Lipshie, M.D.

Tamara Lipshie M.D. is a board certified psychiatrist who maintains a private practice on the upper west side of Manhattan and serves as a psychiatric consultant to the student health service at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is an assistant clinical attending in psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital and at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, where she is the director of the fellowship in psychoanalysis.

Diana Puñales, Ph.D.

Diana Puñales is the director of the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Service at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital. During her externship training, she worked at the Survivors of Torture Program at Bellevue during her externship training. She is particularly interested in undocumented Latino immigrants and PTSD for undocumented women survivors of domestic violence.