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Professional Statement

  • I am a double board certified general and addiction psychiatrist with extensive experience treating depression, anxiety and dependency to opioids or stimulants - including buprenorphine (Suboxone) detoxification and maintenance.
  • My strong belief is that good psychiatric treatment is the process of combining psychopharmacology when medication is needed with psychotherapy, therefore treating both the brain and the mind. In my practice I use cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and insight oriented dynamic psychotherapy.
  • Before private practice I worked at The Addiction Institute of NY as Medical Director of the Opioid Treatment Program and at Columbia University as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry.
  • In addition to general psychiatry my training includes the Yale University addiction psychiatry fellowship and the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute psychodynamic psychotherapy program.
  • Publications include a book chapter on combining medication with motivational interviewing as well as journal articles on dysthymia (low grade depression) and substance abuse treatment. I have also been part of a team teaching courses for physicians on prescribing buprenorphine (Suboxone) for opioid addiction.
  • For more information please visit my website at www.ileanabenga.com

Education & Training

  • Medical School - Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie Carol Davila
  • Columbia University, Saint Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Residency in Psychiatry
  • Yale University, Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Addiction Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association

Language Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Romanian