Language: English
Gender: Male
General Adult Psychiatry
525 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065
P: (212) 746-3671 | F: (212) 746-5946
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(212) 746-3671

Personal Statement

Dr. John Barnhill is a clinically-oriented psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, a teacher, an administrator, and the editor or co-author of four psychiatric books. He has been practicing psychiatry and psychotherapy for over 25 years.

His primary academic focus has been to encourage the accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of a wide range of psychiatric and psychological issues. 

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Board Certifications
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Adult Psychotherapy
  • Mood Disorder
  • Psychodynamics
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatric Aspects of Physical Illness
  • Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy

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]
  • Medicare
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource


  • M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, 1985

Honors and Awards

Dr. Barnhill graduated magna cum laude from Duke University and received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, where he won the Alumni Award for Service.

He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and has been elected to the American College of Psychiatrists.

Since 2003, Dr. Barnhill has won the full-time faculty teaching award from Weill Cornell's psychiatry residents, the John F. O'Connor Award for medical student teaching from the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, the Nancy C.A. Roeske Certificate in Medical Student Education from the American Psychiatric Association, and twice won an excellence in medical student teaching award from Weill Cornell Medical College.



Attending Psychiatrist
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Weill Cornell Medical College

Professor of Medical Ethics in Clinical Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University


John W. Barnhill, MD is Vice Chair for Psychosomatic Medicine and DeWitt Wallace Senior Scholar within the Department of Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Dr. Barnhill is Chief of the Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Service at NYPH/Weill Cornell Medicine and is Chief of the Division of Psychiatry at the Hospital for Special Surgery. In these roles, he helps supervise a team of students, residents, and attending psychiatrists who perform psychiatric consultations throughout HSS, NYPH/Weill Cornell, and NYPH/Lower Manhattan. He is a site director for the NYPH/Weill Cornell Medicine geriatric psychiatry fellowship and was, until recently, site director for the Psychosomatic Medicine fellowship that is run jointly at NYPH/WCMC and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is also a Lecturer in Psychoanalysis at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

Dr. Barnhill is Director of the House Staff Mental Health Service at NYPH/Weill Cornell Medicine. In this role, he works with the NYPH Graduate Medical Education office and provides confidential consulting and referral services to medical and surgical trainees.

After having served as chair, Dr. Barnhill is now the senior councilor for the Medical College's General Faculty Council. He has a secondary appointment in Medical Ethics within the Department of Medicine and serves on the NYPH/WCMC Ethics Committee. He recently served as the president of the Society for Liaison Psychiatry.

Dr. Barnhill serves on the editorial board of American Psychiatric Publishing (APP), the book publishing arm of the American Psychiatric Association. He has written or edited four books about psychiatry.

Dr. Barnhill has taught or consulted in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia. He directs the psychiatry section of the annual Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminars, which are focused on the continuing education of young physicians from developing countries, particularly in Eastern Europe. He serves on the WCMC Faculty Committee for the Weill Bugando Medical College in Mwanza, Tanzania. To further these efforts, he serves on the International Psychoanalytic Association's and the American Psychiatric Association's Committees to the United Nations and on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Dr. Barnhill has continuously maintained an outpatient clinical practice since 1989.