Adult Psychiatry Clinic

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Adult Psychiatry Clinic
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building
Map & directions
Rm. 100
713 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315 464-3165
Fax: 315 464-3178
Office Hours: 8:30am-5pm, Mon-Fri


Thomas L Schwartz, MD

Thomas L Schwartz, MD
Appointed 07/01/95
336 Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building
713 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-3197

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Research Programs and Affiliations

  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Education & Fellowships

  • Residency: University Hospital, SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, 1999
  • MD: SUNY Upstate Medical Center, 1995
  • BA: Bucknell University, 1991

Clinical Interests

  • PLease note, not accepting new patients

Research Interests

  • One aspect of academic psychiatry and teaching is to cultivate medical students and residents and to steer them towards understanding and conducting clinical research.  In the Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Schwartz and his colleagues James Megna, M.D., Adekola Alao, M.D., and others, have strong track records of involving students and residents in research.  Students and residents routinely present posters at national meetings and have their work published in reputable journals.  Students and residents learn how to write case histories, case series, create and conduct surveys, analyze datasets collected by faculty, and occasionally conduct prospective trials.  We feel these fundamental research experiences are the gateway to launching careers in more in-depth and formal clinical research for our students and residents.  Fortunately, these research experiences can be developed for a fraction of the cost of starting a new research project, but nevertheless funding for such experiences cannot be easily obtained from typical funding streams, such as the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Specialties & Certification

  • Psychiatry


  • Adults


  • Psychopharmacology
  • Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy


  • American Medical Association
  • American Psychiatric Association (APA)


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Selected References

Schwartz TL, Masand PS: The Role of Atypical Antipsychotics in the Treatment of Delirium Psychosomatics 43:3;171-174, May-June 2002

Masand PS, Schwartz TL, Alao A: Research Priorities in Electroconvulsive Therapy Archives of Indian Psychiatry. 6(1):176-179 2000 Summer

Schwartz TL: The Use of Tiagabine Augmentation for Treatment Resistant Anxiety Disorders: A Case Series. Psychopharmacology Bulletin 36(2):53-57, Spring 2002

Masand PS, Gupta S, Schwartz TL, Virk S, Lockwood K, Hameed A, King M, Kaplan DS: Paroxetine in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Pilot Open-Label Study. Primary Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 4(1):12-16 2002. Presented APA Annual Conference 2001, New Orleans, LA

Schwartz TL, Leso, L, Beale, M, Ahmed, R, Naprawa, S: Modafinil in the Treatment of Depression with Severe Comorbid Medical Illness Psychosomatics 43:336-337, August 2002

Prakash S. Masand; Thomas L. Schwartz; Xiaohong Wang; Daniel J. Kuhles; Sanja Gupta; Bhushan Agharkar; Jacob Manjooran; M. Ahmad Hameed; William Hardoby; Subhdeep Virk; Bradford Frank. Prescribing Conventional Antipsychotics in the Era of Novel Antipsychotics: Informed Consent Issues. Am J Ther 2002 Nov-Dec;9(6):484-7

Masand PS, Gupta S, Schwartz TL: Does a Pre-existing Anxiety Disorder Predict Response to Paroxetine in IBS? Psychosomatics. 43(6):451-5, 2002 Nov

Schwartz TL, Beale M. Psychotropic induced weight gain alleviated with orlistat. Psychopharm Bull 2003; 37(1): 5-8.

Schwartz TL, Jindal S, Virk S, Wade M: Safety and Tolerability of the Antidepressant, Venlafaxine XR, in the Severely Medically and Surgically Ill. Presented at 2002 SUNY Upstate Medical University Research Poster Session Presented APA IPS Annual Conference 2003, Boston, MA (In Press) Psychosomatics

Malhotra K, Schwartz TL, Hameed U: Is Suicidality a Prognostic Indicator for Major Depression in the Primary Care Setting? Presented at 2002 SUNY Upstate Medical University Research Poster Session. Submitted APA Annual Conference 2003, San Francisco, CA. (In Press) The Journal of Postgraduate Medicine

Schwartz TL, Jindal S, Simionescu M, Nihalani N, Azhar N, Tirmazi S, Hussein J: Effectiveness of Orlistat Versus Diet and Exercise for Weight Gain Associated with Antidepressant Use: A Pilot Study. (In Press) Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology

Schwartz TL, Nihalani N, Jindal S, et al. Psychiatric Medication Induced Obesity: An Epidemiologic Review. (In press) Obesity Reviews

Schwartz TL, Virk S, Nihalani N, et al. Psychiatric Medication Induced Obesity: An Etiologic Review. (In press) Obesity Reviews

Schwartz TL, Azhar N, Hussein J, Jindal S, Hopkins G, Simionescu M, Nihalani N. Modafinal augmentation to reduce fatigue associated with serotonergic antidepressants. Submitted to Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology

Schwartz TL, Nihalani N, Simionescu M, Hopkins G: The pharmacodynamic history of treating anxiety: A review. Submitted to Current Pharmaceutical Design

Schwartz TL, Nihalani N, Jindal S, et al. Psychiatric Medication Induced Obesity: Treatment Options. Submitted Obesity Reviews

Faculty Profile Shortcut:
Kate Walia, MD
Clinic Director

Our Mission

The primary mission of the SUNY Upstate Medical University Adult Psychiatry Clinic is the education of Residents in Psychiatry and Interns in Clinical Psychology under the careful supervision of the SUNY Upstate Medical University Department of Psychiatry Faculty who are themselves fully qualified and licensed psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.

The Clinic is dedicated to providing the best available care which this community has to offer. Referrals to our Clinic are screened to fulfill our missions of teaching those in training while being able to assist patients in resolving problems. In the event a patient is not accepted into our program, we will work with the patient to locate appropriate alternative care.

The Admission and Treatment Process

  • Those seeking treatment may be self-referred or be referred by their physicians or other social agencies.
  • Psychiatric and Psychological evaluations are also completed for Departments at University Hospital.
  • Patients are invited to call us directly at:
    315 464-3165
    Weekdays, between 8:30 am and 5 pm
    Inquire about clinician availability.
  • If admitted, patients are invited to take an active part in planning their treatment.
  • The length of treatment is determined by factors including, but not limited to, the diagnosis, past history, treatment modality, prognosis, etc.

Our goal is to work with patients to ensure progress in restoring their health and well being.

Crisis intervention services are available through the Emergency Room at University Hospital and the Upstate Medical University Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. We do not manage psychiatric emergencies at the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic except for those enrolled at our Clinic.

Also available at the clinic:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Limited social work services
  • Medication management
  • Psychological Testing for established clinical patients

Speciality Programs:


Appointments can be made by calling our secretary at 315 464-3165. If there is an anticipated provider available, a packet will be mailed for completion and return prior to an appointment being scheduled. Please complete this packet to the best of your ability as it helps us determine which treatments my work best for you. Some individuals may be referred to CEBI (Center for Emotion & Behavior Integration) for a further evaluation prior to their first clinic appoinment.


The hospital bills many insurances, but not all. No one is denied services because of their inability to pay. A sliding fee schedule is available to qualified patients based on income.


Pay parking is available in the Garage East parking garage on Sarah Loguen Street, immediately opposite the entrance to the parking garage of Upstate Medical University. It is a short walk from the Garage East to the Clinic. You may be eligible for discounted parking. Please see the parking office at the main hospital for details.