Linda Pessar

Linda F. Pessar

Linda F. Pessar MD



Accepting new patients by referral only

Professional Summary:

My academic career has been focused on the psychiatric education of medical students and the mentoring and teaching of psychiatry residents. It has been my pleasure to teach a generation of UB physicians about psychiatric illnesses they will see, regardless of their specialty practices.

My academic career has \emphasized medical education.I have been active in psychiatric education on the national level and served as President of The Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry and Chair of the Medical Student Education Committee of the American Psychiatric Association. I am an editor of "Handbook of Psychiatric Education," the standard text in the field.

In 2012 I was asked to develop a Center for Medical Humanities that focuses on all aspects of medical practice except for its core biological sciences. The Center began in 2013 and considers social, cultural, sociological, economic,and psychological forces that impinge on doctors and patients. It employs the arts, social sciences, and community outreach to explicate these matters. The Center has a required and elective curriculum and sponsors extracurricular activities.



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Education and Training:

  • , Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center (1977)
  • Fellowship, Psychotherapy Research, New York State Psychiatric Institute (1976)
  • Residency, Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute - Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (1974)
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, St. Luke‘s - Roosevelt Medical Center (1971)
  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1970)
  • BA, Wellesley College (1966)

Awards and Honors:

  • Josie Olympia, MD Award (2018)
  • Bruno Lima Award (2012)
  • Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Award for Teaching Excellence (2011)
  • Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents (2009)
  • Mentor of the Year Award (2007)
  • Louis A and Ruth Siegel Award (2006)
  • Josie Olympia, MD Award (2006)
  • Elevated to Fellow (2006)
  • Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Commendation (2005)
  • Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Commendations (2003)
  • Elected Distinquished Fellow (2003)
  • Honor Guard (2002)
  • Didactic Teacher of the Year Award (2000)
  • Elected Member (1999)
  • Teacher of the Year Award (1997)
  • Nancy C.A. Roeske, MD Certificate of Excellence (1992)
  • Elected Fellow (1990)
  • Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Teaching Award (1987)
  • Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Teaching Award (1980)
  • M.A. Carland Shackford Medical Scholarship (1968)
  • Trustee Fellow (1966)

Research Profile:

This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician's research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.

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