Ravi B. DeSilva, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC
Unit Chief, Inpatient Psychiatry, Milstein Hospital at CUMC
After completing medical school and two years of general surgery training at the University of Rochester along with a background in cultural and visual anthropology, Dr. DeSilva joined the faculty of Columbia Unvierstiy's Department of Psychiatry following completion of his residency training at Columbia University NYP/NYSPI. Currently an Assistnat Professor in Clinical Psychiatry at CUMC and working primarily in the inpatient setting and Dr. DeSilva serves as the Unit Chief for Inpatient Psychiatry at Milstein Hospital at CUMC providing integrative and comprehensive consultancy, evaluations, and treatment in the fields of behavioral health, psychiatric care management, social and group dynamics and medical education with an emphasis on group cohesion, cultural competency and personal and professional identities. He remains deeply involved in cultural psychiatry and is the Lead Technical and Digital Media Consultant, Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence at NYSPI.
Herbert Pardes Building of the New York State Psychiatric Institute
1051 Riverside Drive
Floor: 1301E New York, NY 10032
Public Transportation: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Dr. DeSilva works with Dr. Roberto Lewis-Fernández in the Center of Excellence in Cultural Competence at New York State Psychiatric Institute in cultural psychiatry. He was an active participant in the development the Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI) found in DSM 5. His work has been funded by RFMH and the Levy Foundation through Columbia University and is a New York State Office of Mental Health Policy Scholars Award recipient.
Dr. DeSilva's current research objectives are to promote cultural psychiatry Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI)implementation and dissemination at the clinician level through the use of active multimedia training interventions and was awarded a New York State Office of Mental Health Policy Scholars Award to advance this goal.