Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

Current Fellows

Charisse Colvin, MDCharisse Colvin, MD is a graduate of American University of the Caribbean in St Maarten, West Indies. She completed her psychiatry residency at Mather Hospital/Northwell Health in Port Jefferson, NY. She has had posters accepted at the APA and most recently has in press an interesting case article regarding bariatric surgery in a geriatric psychiatric patient. She has a strong interest in psychoanalysis and is pursuing further training. She describes her interest in geriatric psychiatry as beginning with having an excellent geriatrics teacher during residency and realizing that the older population has more life experiences and thus more stories to tell. This, with her family’s dedication to taking care of their elders, made her pursue further studies in geriatric psychiatry. The resilience of the older generation inspires her to “pass it on” to future generations through teaching and awareness of protecting the older population. Prior to medical school, she was an engineer and developed a strong interest in teaching and mentoring. Outside of work she is interested in yoga, hiking, biking, and other relaxing outdoor activities.

Sigella Vargas, MDSigella Vargas, MD is a graduate of Instituto Universitario de Ciencias para la Salud, Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed her psychiatry residency at Bronx Care/Mount Sinai, NY where she explored a variety of interests from forensic psychiatry to disaster psychiatry with poster presentations at the American Association of Forensic Sciences, American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and APA. Her interests further expanded during her geriatric rotation at the James J. Peters-Bronx VAH and later during the outpatient year where she was drawn to the geriatric population. Prior residency she had extensive research experience at Boston children’s hospital, working in a team on early onset schizophrenia, also evaluating alternatives to incarceration- diversion programs such as MISSION CREST. She presented a poster at the Primary Care Innovation conference at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care on the integrated behavioral health model. Throughout she developed curiosity around working with systems to find innovative ways to provide psychiatric care to older adults. Away from work she enjoys spending time with her family while hiking and biking.

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