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John Barnhill, MD


About Dr. John Barnhill

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.




Special Expertise

Psychiatric evaluations
Psychiatric complications of medical illness
Sports psychiatry

Patient Stories


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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


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


American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Subspecialty Certification in Psychosomatic Medicine


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


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

State Licensure



Publications by Dr. John Barnhill

Patient Education

Selected Books/Chapters

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


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.

Industry Relationships

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 February 16, 2023.

  • American Psychiatric Publishing - Editor
  • Merck Manuals - Editorial Board Member


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.

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