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John Barnhill, MD

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John Barnhill, MD

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525 East 68th Street
Room: Baker 1209
New York, NY 10065

Tel: 212.746.3671
525 East 68th Street
Room: Baker 1209
New York, NY 10065

Tel: 212.746.3671

John Barnhill, MD, is chief of the division of psychiatry and chief of the psychiatric consultation-liaison service at HSS. He also serves as vice chair for psychosomatic medicine in the department of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) and as chief of the consultation-liaison service for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center (NYPH/WCMC). In these roles, he helps supervise a team of students and residents who perform psychiatric consultations throughout HSS and NYPH/WCMC. In regards to his efforts at HSS, Dr. Barnhill participates in weekly SLE rounds and in a variety of forums related to the psychiatric aspects of orthopedic conditions.

Dr. Barnhill's international focus has been on Africa, where he is on the WCMC Faculty Committee for the Weill Bugando Medical College in Mwanza, Tanzania. In that role, he has directly taught Tanzanians at various levels of their medical training and has mentored psychiatry residents in Tanzania who are visiting from Weill Cornell. To further this effort, he serves on the International Psychoanalytic Association's Committee to the United Nations.

Dr. Barnhill is the senior councilor for the WCMC General Faculty Council after having been its chair from 2009-11. He is the current president of the Society for Liaison Psychiatry. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a fellow of the Academy for Psychosomatic Medicine, and a member of the American College of Psychiatrists and the International Society for Sports Psychiatry.


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Chief of Psychiatry, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College
Professor of Clinical Public Health, Weill Cornell Medical College
Lecturer, Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research



Special Expertise

Psychiatric evaluations
Psychiatric complications of medical illness
Sports psychiatry


Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association, 2000
Best Full-Time Faculty Teacher, awarded by Psychiatry Residents at NYPH/WCMC, 2003
Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching: MPS III, WCMC, 2005
Fellow, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, 2006
John F. O’Connor Award for Medical Student Teaching, Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, 2008
Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching: the Psychiatry Clerkship, WCMC, 2009
Nancy A. Roeske Certificate for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching, American Psychiatric Association, 2012


Academy for Psychosomatic Medicine
American Psychiatric Association
American College of Psychiatrists
International Society for Sports Psychiatrists



Insurance Information

Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. You may have coverage subject to the availability of 'out-of-network' benefits.

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Barnhill as of November 20, 2019.

  • American Psychiatric Publishing - Editor, Royalties
  • Merck Manuals - Editor 


By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.


M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, 1985
A.B., Duke University, 1981


Internship in Pediatrics: Baylor College of Medicine, 1985-86


Residency in Psychiatry: NYPH/Weill Cornell, 1986-89


Psychoanalytic Training: Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, 1990-1996


American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Subspecialty Certification in Psychosomatic Medicine

State Licensure

Patient Education by Dr. John Barnhill on HSS.edu

Selected Books by Dr. John Barnhill

Dickerman A, Barnhill JW. "Abnormal Thyroid Function Tests in Psychiatry: A Red Herring?" Am J Psychiatry, expected Feb, 2012,  Am J Psychiatry Barnhill, JW. "Patient with Psychiatric Disease," in Perioperative Care of the Orthopedic Patient. Expected publication 2013 Barnhill, JW. "Guidelines to Live By and Rules to Break," in The Fear of Death, the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Dying Patients. Straker N, ed. Expected publication 2013 Barnhill, JW. "The Psychiatric Interview," in DSM V Textbook of Psychiatry. Hales R and Yudofsky S, eds. APPI Press. Expected publication 2013

Selected Publications

"Approach to the Psychiatric Patient," Editor-in-Chief. APPI Press, 2008. This book is a broad introduction to the complexity of psychiatry. Each of its 10 chapters focuses on a single patient, and each chapter consists of about 10 short essays that discuss an aspect of the patient. All of the over 100 authors are affiliated with either Weill Cornell or Columbia's medical schools. In this book, Dr. Barnhill wrote or co-wrote sections on the doctor-patient relationship, countertransference, hospital psychodynamics, the emergency evaluation, delirium, capacity, and consultation-liaison psychiatry.

"Psychiatry In-Review Study Guide," Associate Editor. Education Testing and Assessment Services. For multiple editions since 2006, it was published annually and distributed to all graduating psychiatry residents in the country.

"The Psychiatric Interview in Clinical Practice," APPI Press, 2006, which was written by MacKinnon, Michels, and Buckley. Contributed chapters include The Hospitalized Patient; The Cognitively Impaired Patient; and The Psychosomatic Patient.

Recent, representative peer-reviewed journal articles:

Schellhorn S, Barnhill JW, Ferrando SJ.A Comparison of Psychiatric Consultation between Geriatric and Non-Geriatric Inpatients, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2009; 24: 1054-1061

Kunkel, EJ, Busto E, Kathol R, Stern TA, Wise T, Stoddard FR, Straus J, Saravay SM, Muskin PR, Dresner, N, Harrington CJ, Weiner J, Barnhill JW, Becker M, Oyesanmi O, Fann JR, Colon E, Epstein S, Weinreb R. Physician Staffing for the Practice of Psychosomatic Medicine in the General Hospital: A Pilot Study. Psychosomatics 2010, 51: 520-527

Current projects include writing the psychiatry chapter in an orthopedic textbook; the interviewing chapter for a general psychiatric textbook, and a chapter on the dying patient in a textbook on psychoanalytic treatments. He is also editing the book of clinical cases that will accompany the 2013 publication of DSM 5.

Dr. Barnhill has also been a journal reviewer for Academic Psychiatry, The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, The American Journal of Psychiatry, The Harvard Review of Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Psycho-Oncology, and Psychosomatics, and has been on the Editorial Board of Academic Psychiatry and American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Research Interests

Dr. Barnhill is currently involved in evaluating the ways in which psychiatric issues affect medical and surgical problems. In particular, he has an interest in the ways lupus can affect mood and the ways in which psychological issues can affect recovery from surgery.

Dr Barnhill is also editor of a book of clinical cases that will accompany the DSM 5 diagnostic manual. Both books will be published in 2013.