Psychiatry Residency Faculty
As a resident of Mather Hospital, you will have the distinction of working with, and being mentored by, a remarkable group of board-certified physicians. Our faculty includes nationally recognized clinicians and researchers, with vast levels of experience teaching and guiding students in their journey to becoming a licensed physician. All of our faculty are board certified, some in in multiple specialties, bringing a well-rounded knowledge to each rotation they supervise. The physicians listed below are considered the core faculty of the residency program. All of these physicians hold academic appointments at Stony Brook Medicine.
Noam Fast, MD is the Program Director of the Psychiatry Residency Program. He also serves as a clinical faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry as well as the Medical Director of the Chemical Dependency Clinic. Dr. Fast graduated from Brown University’s medical school and completed his psychiatry residency and addiction psychiatry fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is board certified in both Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry, and holds the title of Assistant Professor at Stony Brook Medicine. Prior to joining Mather, Dr. Fast worked and taught at Mount Sinai/Roosevelt Hospital, where he presented his work and research at numerous national and international conferences and has published research in peer reviewed journals.
Paul Fritz, MD serves as the Director of Psychiatry at both John. T. Mather Memorial Hospital and Saint Charles Hospital. He also serves as Mather’s Medical Director of the Adult Inpatient Unit, Adolescent Inpatient Unit and Outpatient Group Practice. Dr. Fritz graduated from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons medical school and completed both a residency in psychiatry and subsequent fellowship in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse at New York University’s School of Medicine. He is boarded by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry. Dr. Fritz is currently a clinical instructor for Stony Brook Medicine. Dr. Fritz has published research in peer reviewed journals.
Donna Donoghue, MD is a core faculty member of the Psychiatry Residency Program. A graduate from University of Maryland Medical School, she completed her Psychiatry residency at Hillside Hospital/Long Island Jewish Hospital, where she also served as Chief Resident for the academic year 1999-2000. Board certified, Dr. Donoghue previously worked for and taught as an Assistant Professor at Stony Brook Medicine.
Alan Kruh, MD serves as a core faculty member of the Psychiatry Residency Program. He earned his medical degree from Université Sci et Med de Grenoble I, La Tronche, France and completed an internship in internal medicine at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Kruh also completed his Psychiatry residency at Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook, NY. He is board certified in Psychiatry.
Hammad Mohsin, MD is a core faculty member of the Psychiatry Residency Program. A graduate from Nishtar Medical College, Multan, Pakistan, he completed his Psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx Lebanon, where he also served as Chief Resident for the academic year 2013-2014. He also completed two Fellowships in Addiction Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, New York Medical College. Board certified, Dr. Mohsin previously worked as an Assistant Professor and Medical Director at Montefiore Medical Center, Chemical Dependency program.
Juliet Nichols, MD is as a core faculty member of the Psychiatry Residency Program. Dr. Nichols graduated from Carol Davilla University of Medicine & Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania, completed her psychiatry residency at Stony Brook University Hospital and a Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. She is board certified in Psychiatry.
Rhea Sherwin, MD is a core faculty member of the Psychiatry Residency Program. She graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and completed both her psychiatry residency and child adolescent fellowship at North Shore University Hospital,. She is double boarded by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and by the American Board of Child Adolescent Psychiatry.
Jenna Taglienti, MD is a core faculty member of the Psychiatry Residency Program. A graduate from State University of New York at Buffalo, she completed her Psychiatry residency at State University of New York at Stony Brook where she also served as Chief Resident for the academic year 2011-2012. Board certified, Dr. Taglienti previously worked for and taught as an Assistant Professor at Stony Brook Medicine. She also served as the Assistant Outpatient Clinic Director and Associate Residency Program Director at Stony Brook from 2014-2016 and the Co-Director for the Stony Brook 2nd year medical student course Mind, Body, Behavior in 2015.
Joan C. Faro, MD is the Chief Medical Officer at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital and the President of Harbor View Medical Services, a physician practice group that is part of the Mather Health System. As a member of the hospital’s executive team, Dr. Faro works on a number of initiatives including evaluating and implementing best practices in quality and patient safety, developing physician leaders, motivating change, and developing methodologies for measuring, tracking and reporting both process and outcomes measures to ensure improvement. Joan believes that physicians must take active roles in designing systems to ensure optimal healthcare delivery and that they should begin preparing themselves for leadership opportunities early in their career. She serves as faculty for the GNYHA Clinical Quality Fellowship Program, designed to deliver formal training in quality improvement principles and techniques to physicians and other healthcare providers. Dr. Faro earned her medical degree from Stony Brook Medicine and completed her residency in Psychiatry and a fellowship in General Medicine at Stony Brook Hospital. She went on to serve as a member of the Psychiatry faculty at Stony Brook Medicine from 1985 until 1994. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and has served on several of the national committees of the Society for Hospital Medicine, including Leadership and Quality. She joined APM/CSC Healthcare Consulting in 1994 while earning her MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. She has been at Mather since 2001. In her spare time, Dr. Faro collects wine and enjoys travel, gourmet cooking and a variety of winter sports.
Alan T. Kaell, MD serves as the Director of Resident Scholarly Activity and Faculty Development at Mather Hospital. Board certified in Psychiatry, Rheumatology and Geriatrics, Dr. Kaell has been an active investigator since 1983, focusing on rheumatology and immunology, resulting in numerous published research articles and chapters. He has lectured on his findings internationally, has had privileges at 4 major hospitals in Suffolk County and has been a reviewer and editor of various national journals for over 30 years. Dr. Kaell has conducted over 20 Phase II, III and IV clinical trials for anti-rheumatic therapies and has been the recipient of NIH and Fetzer research grants. He has taught medical students, residents and fellows for the past 30 years and is currently a participant in the Academy of Rheumatology Medical Educators, whose mission is to develop, implement and assess novel teaching techniques by incorporating Patient Reported Outcomes and evaluating patient and physician behavioral changes.
Michael Tofano, MD serves as both Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and the Inpatient Assistant Program Director of the Psychiatry Residency Program. Dr. Tofano completed his residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York in 1985. He served as Chief Resident for the academic year 1985-1986, and then completed a cardiology fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Jersey. After many years as a practicing cardiologist, Dr. Tofano transitioned to hospital medicine in 2007, at the UMASS Memorial Health Care System in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 2009, he was appointed the Associate Chief of Hospital Medicine for UMASS Memorial Health Care System, and the Director of Hospital Medicine at Marlboro and Clinton Hospitals, members of the UMASS Memorial System, developing quality initiatives in cardiology that led to Marlboro Hospital achieving a number two ranking state-wide for AMI survival. Dr. Tofano joined Mather in 2012 as Hospitalist Director, and joined the Residency Program in 2013. In his free time, Dr. Tofano enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball and baseball with his two sons and frequenting the many fine restaurants in the Port Jefferson area with his wife.
Robert Giacobbe, DO serves as Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, focusing on the residency’s Ambulatory Continuity Practice. Dr. Giacobbe graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1990, completed a rotating internship at Peninsula Hospital in Queens and an Internal Medicine residency at Winthrop University Hospital. Dr. Giacobbe joins our faculty after 21 years in private General Internal Medicine practice in Port Jefferson during which time he was an active member of the Mather Medical Staff serving on numerous committees. He also currently serves as the Medical Director of Mather’s physician group, Harbor View Medical Services and is a strong advocate for high quality Primary Care. Dr. Giacobbe is also a clinical instructor for Stony Brook Medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling and spending time with his family.
Christopher M. Sinclair, MD is the educational coordinator for the Neurology rotation and a clinical faculty member in the Department of Medicine. Board certified in both Neurology and Psychiatry, Dr. Sinclair graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1998, completed a residency in Neurology and Psychiatry at SUNY Stony Brook Medicine and a subsequent fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University. He served as Director of the Mather Stroke Center for two years before opening his own private practice in Connecticut. Dr. Sinclair joined the Mather Psychiatry Residency faculty in 2013. He is fond of Long Island because of its proximity to the water. One of his favored pastimes is sailing around the northeastern seaboard as well as in the Caribbean.