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Igor Galynker, MD Email Igor Galynker

    • Position
    • PROFESSOR | Psychiatry
    • Specialty
    • Psychiatry
    • Language
    • English
    • Hospital Affiliations
    • The Mount Sinai Hospital
    • Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Dr. Igor Galynker is the Associate Chairman for Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and is the Founder and Director of the Richard and Cynthia Zirinsky Center for Bipolar, also at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York City.

His clinical and research interests include behavioral addictions, bipolar disorder, suicide prevention, and the role of family in psychiatric illness. He has published on these topics in professional journals and in the lay press, and has authored a book on family involvement in psychiatric treatment.

Galynker received his medical degree in 1988 from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and completed his psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He has since worked at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in Manhattan (previously Beth Israel Medical Center), where he is the Associate Chairman for Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Director of the Division of Biological Psychiatry, and the director of the Zirinsky Mood Disorders Center and the Richard and Cynthia Zirinsky Center for Bipolar.

In the Department, Galynker created a residency research program, which requires all psychiatry residents to learn the research process and complete a research project. He also founded and ran the Russian Health Service and is a Patient Experience Physician Advocate at Beth Israel. He was awarded the Patient Experience Excellence Award and has been listed in the America's Top Psychiatrists list as well as in the Top New York Physicians "Superdoctors" list.

In 2006, Galynker founded the Family Center for Bipolar (FCB), which is part of the Zirinsky Mood Disorders Center and is a clinical and research center treating children, adolescents, and adults. The Center has become a Center of Excellence in the Mount Sinai Health System and has been profiled in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.


Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


MD,PHD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

PhD, Columbia University

Internship, Internal Medicine
Beth Israel Medical Center

Residency, Clinical Psychiatry
Mount Sinai Hospital