What is a Psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and emotional problems. Many people do not realize that serious physical diseases, such as hormone problems or neurological diseases can produce symptoms that resemble mental illness. As a physician who has learned about physical and psychological illness, the psychiatrist is the only mental health professional who is able to tell the difference between physical and emotional diseases, order laboratory tests, and prescribe medications. A fully trained psychiatrist with two additional years of training in the study of childhood development, evaluation and treatment of children’s emotional illnesses may take an examination to be certified in child and adolescent psychiatry. Similarly, one additional year of training and/or examination may lead to certification in geriatric psychiatry or forensic psychiatry.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Psychiatrists

ROGER Z. SAMUEL, MD, FAPA

ROGER Z. SAMUEL, MD, FAPA is Board Certified in General Psychiatry (1991), Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1992), Geriatric Psychiatry (1995), and Forensic Psychiatry (1999). He received his medical education at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and completed a psychiatric residency at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. His Child and Adolescent psychiatry Fellowship was completed at Bellevue Hospital/New York University Medical Center. Dr. Samuel was an Assistant Professor in Fort Worth, Texas and in private practice in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Samuel is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Samuel also has been Medical Director of area day treatment programs. He is trained in psychodynamic and other forms of psychotherapy. His practice includes psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and the supervision of therapists. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Samuel has experience with clinical research and has been involved in the supervision, training, and education of medical students and psychiatric residents. He lectures and runs workshops on psychopharmacology, forensic psychiatry, adopted children, childhood conditions, mood disorders, and other mental health issues to physicians, medical students, community groups, and mental health providers. His forensic psychiatric work includes disability evaluations, competency evaluations, and expert testimony, for plaintiff and defense. He has had multiple articles on Forensic Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology, and Child Psychiatry published in medical journals. Dr. Samuel is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has expertise in the pharmacolgical management of Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD).


BRIAN J. FELDMAN, MD, FAPA

BRIAN J. FELDMAN, MD, FAPA is Board Certified in General Psychiatry (1996), and Geriatric Psychiatry (1997) and is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (2007). Dr. Feldman attended Tufts University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He received his medical education at the SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and received the Gilbert Beck Memorial Prize in Psychiatry. Dr. Feldman was also initiated into Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society that was founded in 1902. After completing an internship year in Internal Medicine at SUNY Buffalo, he completed his Psychiatry Residency at Yale University, which included extensive training in psychotherapy as well as psychopharmacology. Dr. Feldman’s research on the neuropsychiatric aspects of Parkinson’s Disease has been published in the Archives of Neurology. Dr. Feldman established his private practice at Boca Raton Psychiatric Group in 1994 and has held numerous consulting positions in local hospitals. Dr. Feldman served on the executive board of Fair Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, where he was also the medical director of the Day Hospital program. He has lectured on various issues in psychiatry including psychopharmacology and geriatric psychiatry to community groups, mental health professionals, and physicians. Dr. Feldman enjoys the diversity of his practice, and the ability to utilize his skills in psychopharmacology in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy in his work with patients ranging in age from late adolescence through all of the stages of adulthood.


NEVIANA I. NENOV, MD, Ph.D., FAPA

NEVIANA I. NENOV, MD, Ph.D., FAPA is Board Certified in General Psychiatry (2004). Dr. Nenov graduated in the top one percent of her class from the Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria. She then enrolled in the graduate Pharmacology program at Tulane University, New Orleans. Her PhD thesis and publications were on the effects of the antiarrhythmic drugs on the electrical conduction of human heart. After an internship year at Tulane University, she continued her residency training in General Psychiatry, which she completed in 2002. In her last residency year, as a chief resident, Dr. Nenov was recognized with the Lancaster Award. In 2003, Dr. Nenov completed the Medical Psychiatry fellowship program at Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston. She gained experience in providing psychiatric consultations to inpatients on the medical, surgical, neurological, critical care, obstetrical and oncology services. Her professional interests also include women’s mental health issues throughout the life cycle. Dr. Nenov has taught medical and graduate students and has presented and lectured at various clinical and research meetings. She joined our group in 2004. Dr. Nenov is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

 


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