Specialties and Expertise
- Adult Psychiatry
- Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
- Anxiety Disorder
- Depressive Disorder
Andrew Edelstein, MD, is an Instructor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical, and Assistant Attending Psychiatrist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. In the hospital setting, Dr. Edelstein supervises psychiatry residents and fellows, as well as medical students, providing psychiatric consultation to patients hospitalized for medical or surgical reasons. Additionally, he works with the renal transplant service, helping patients as they are listed for transplantation to find ways to improve their chances of successful engraftment following surgery.
Dr. Edelstein completed his undergraduate education at Middlebury College, where he studied Molecular Biology and Philosophy. Afterwards, he attended SUNY Downstate Medical College and, upon graduation, received the medical school’s “Outstanding Achievement in Psychiatry” award and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He then completed his residency in Adult Psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, followed by fellowship in Psycho-oncology and Consult-Liaison Psychiatry at Memorial Sloan Kettering, where he received the Jimmie Holland Award for “Outstanding Achievement of a Psycho-oncology Fellow”, an award named after and given by the founding figure of the field. After fellowship, Dr. Edelstein continued to work as an assistant attending at Memorial Sloan Kettering, serving as psychiatric liaison to the gastrointestinal cancer oncology and palliative care services, before returning to Weill Cornell Medical Center.
While holding a wide range of academic interests, Dr. Edelstein’s writing and research has focused on the neuropsychiatric and psychological effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Some examples include articles and chapters written on cognitive impairment related to cancer (e.g. “chemo-brain”), diagnosing and managing confusion and disorientation brought on by severe medical conditions (i.e. delirium), as well as minimizing distress at the end of life. He has spoken on issues related to mental health both at national conferences as well as local patient advocacy groups and businesses. Clinically, he is interested in using psychotherapy to help manage existential despair experienced both by patients and caretakers facing debilitating medical limitations, with specific training in “Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy” (a form of therapy developed at Memorial Sloan Kettering by Dr. William Breitbart).When appropriate, and in close collaboration with his patients and their chosen providers, he will use medication to address issues related to anxiety,depression and cognitive impairments, as well as psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral strategies. Philosophically, he is a firm believer that mental, physical and social health are inextricably connected, all warranting close care and personal exploration.
Clinical and Academic Positions
- Assistant Attending Psychiatrist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
- Instructor in Psychiatry - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
Education and Training
- M.D., State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, 2012
- B.A., Middlebury College, 2007
Insurance Plans Accepted
The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.
* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.
- Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
- Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
- Rockefeller University - Trustmark