Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
1020 Sansom Street
Thompson Building, Suite 1652
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-9545

Welcome to the Thomas Jefferson University Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship Training Program

Dr. Becker

We welcome you to learn more about our Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is a large academic teaching hospital establised in 1825 and located in the center of Philadelphia.  Jefferson is dedicated to patient care and outstanding quality of health care experience.  Jefferson has been ranked as the 17th Best Hospitals in the county (US News and World Report 13-14, Prestigious Best Hospitals Honor Roll). Jefferson has 969 beds and includes a wide range of clinical subspecialties, including Jefferson Hospital for Neurosciences.  The fellowship started in 2008, and has been accredited by the ACGME since 2007.

Core Faculty

Madeleine Becker, MD, Program Director, Psychosomatic Fellowship. Associate Director, Consultation-Liaison Service, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Elisabeth Kunkel, MD, Program Director Emeritus, Director for Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. Professor, Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Keira Chism, MD, Associate Director, Consultation-Liaison service, Methodist Hospital. Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Karl Doghramji, MD, Medical Director, Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center. Professor, Deptartment of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Mitchell Cohen, MD, Vice Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Director, Pain Medicine Program. Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Rajnish Mago, MD, Director, Mood Disorders Program, Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Lex Denysenko, MD, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Methodist Hospital, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Human Behavior

The program has additional faculty members representing multiple disciplines including psychiatry, neurology, psychology, neurosurgery, palliative care, obstetrics and gynecology, transplantation medicine, oncology, and hematology. The diversity in faculty reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the curriculum. Fellows experience patients in a wide range of diagnostic entities, utilize and learn the gamut of therapeutic options in psychosomatic medicine, and develop competency in the evaluation and management of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric disorders in all age ranges. Fellows are also actively involved in teaching and research. Those who have completed our program obtain careers in both academic and clinical environments.

If you wish to apply for a fellowship position, please forward your request to: Sarah Schmukler, Program Coordinator, at 1020 Sansom Street, Thompson Building, Suite 1652, Philadelphia, PA 19107. You can also contact Ms. Schmukler at (215) 955-9545 or through e-mail,

Philadelphia offers a unique variety of attractions, culture, entertainment and acitivity that is sure to bring a smile to your face. Sure, it has cheese steaks  and the Art Museum (you know the famous steps where Rocky ran), but the city is also an East Coast hot spot - from outdoor cafes along Rittenhouse Square to the cobble-stoned streets between 2nd and 4th near Market Street buzzing with bars and boutiques and of course our premier arts and entertainment district known as the Avenue of the Arts.

Philadelphia is a city where colonial homes on cobble-stoned streets lie next to affluent avenues filled with museums, cafes and lively night spots.  The City of Brotherly Love is one of the most ethnically integrated cities in the United States.  It is home to a diverse population descended from African Americans, Asian, Eastern European, Irish and Italian immigrants.

In Philadelphia, you can find almost anything and everything just a few minutes' walk away. From convenient corner stores, coffee shops, and video stores, to trendy restaurants, nightclubs and theater, Philadelphia has the amenities of any major city.

Some residents choose to live in the city for the ease and convenience of living near Jefferson plus they enjoy having immediate access to diverse entertainment.  However, the suburbs of Philadelphia do not lack for entertainment possibilities.  Some of the best restaurants are located in Manayunk, roughly 20 minutes west of center city Philadelphia.  Many smaller clubs, bars, bookstores and coffeehouses can be found throughout the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is most famous as the birthplace of American Independence and the home of the Liberty Bell.  Betsy Ross made the first American flag here and we were once the capital of the United States.  Jefferson is proud to be situated just a few blocks from the most historic square mile in America - Independence National Historial Park.  Here you will find the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall where the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence.

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