Center of Excellence in Eating and Weight Disorders
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The Center of Excellence in Eating and Weight Disorders at Mount Sinai provides the expert care you or your loved one need. We have more than a decade and a half of experience helping children, adolescents, and adults with eating disorders. Our psychologists, dieticians, social workers, and psychiatrists work as a team to diagnose and treat anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, obesity, and other conditions. These conditions can affect your physical and emotional health as well as your relationships with others. Anyone can develop an eating disorder, regardless of age, gender, or background. If you or a loved one is suffering from severe stress about body weight or body shape or has a troubling relationship to eating and food, we can help.
Eating and weight disorders are complex mental health disorders. They are influenced by psychological, biological, and social factors. Eating disorders often lead to physical illness with acute and chronic symptoms that are life threatening. For this reason, it is very important to get a proper diagnosis and treatment as early as possible.
Determining whether someone has a problem with food or weight is complicated. Often, the condition has existed for a while before it is noticeable, and the signs of an eating disorder are not always easily identified. Early intervention is very important and improves chances of long-term recovery. Most eating disorders can go undetected until the resulting health issue is severe enough to require urgent treatment. The longer the condition has been going on, the greater the chance of lasting damage.
Certain symptoms, such as occasional purging, severe dieting, extreme exercise, or binge eating, can be a warning. They may eventually evolve into a full-blown eating disorder. The sooner we identify disordered behavior—and start treatment—the better the chance of long-term recovery. At our Center, we offer effective treatments for all stages of illness. We are committed to providing the personalized care you and your family needs.
There is no one cause of eating disorders, nor is there a single best treatment. We offer one-on-one treatment, group therapy, and an innovative family-based Intensive Program. Facing an eating disorder diagnosis can be scary, but at the Center of Excellence in Eating and Weight Disorders at Mount Sinai, you are in the care of leading experts.
Our programs tailor treatments to meet the specific needs of patient and family. Recovery can be a long process and we understand that relapse is not uncommon. Our treatment programs aim to provide the tools you need to prevent relapse.
The Center of Excellence in Eating and Weight Disorders provides diagnosis and treatment on East 96th Street, near The Mount Sinai Hospital. We are an academic medical center, integrating our research and clinical programs, which allows us to provide interventions that are evidence-based, effective, and tailored to your individual needs. Our clinical location is in a private satellite suite two blocks from the main hospital campus, offering privacy for you and your family.
At our Center, we offer effective treatments for all stages of illness. We are committed to providing the personalized care that you and your family need. Our staff consists of licensed clinical psychologists, registered dieticians, psychiatrists, advanced post-doctoral fellows in psychology, and advanced psychology externs who work under faculty supervision
Our program is integrated with the Hildebrandt Lab in the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. This means our doctors are up to date on the latest research about the biological, psychological, and environmental factors that can lead to an eating disorder or obesity. We use this research to develop modern evidence-based, effective approaches within our outpatient and intensive outpatient programs and are pioneers in the development of new treatments. At our Center you can expect the highest quality care that is based on the latest scientific research.
The Center of Excellence in Eating and Weight Disorders is led by Tom Hildebrandt, PsyD, Robyn Sysko, PhD, and Eve Freidl, MD. Our leaders bring special insight, perspective, and experience to the program. They foster an environment of innovation and commitment to studying and treating eating and weight disorders.
Our leaders play an important role in developing new effective treatments for eating disorders. Drs. Hildebrandt and Sysko have pioneered a range of novel treatments. These include:
- Family therapies for low weight eating disorders
- Mirror-Exposure therapy for body image disturbances
- Couples therapy for alcohol use disorders
- Technology interventions for patients seeking bariatric surgery or those with binge eating and bulimic disorders
As Medical Director, Dr. Freidl brings expertise in child development and pharmacological treatment of eating and anxiety disorders. Along with Jeneane Solz, PhD, she is leading the development and implementation of the Family-based Intensive Program.
Learn more and meet our wonderful team of experts.