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Davangere P. Devanand, MBBS, MD

Geriatric Psychiatry (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Psychiatry (Board Certified)
Office Phone: (646) 774-8658
Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors


Dr. D. P. Devanand is Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Columbia University Medical Center. He completed medical school at Christian Medical College, Vellore, in India, and trained in psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India.

He completed psychiatry residency training at S.U.N.Y. Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY, and Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. He then did a clinical research fellowship in Biological Psychiatry at Columbia University, and has continued on the faculty at Columbia University since 1987. Currently, he is Director of the DIvision of Geriatric Psychiatry, Co-Director of the Memory Disorders Center, and Co-Director of the Adult and Late Life Depression Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. His research studies involve Alzheimer’s disease and geriatric depression.

His research helped to define the clinical features and treatment response in elderly patients with dysthymic disorder, a chronic depressive illness. He pioneered studies on the interface between depression and cognitive impairment in the elderly, and is well-known for his research into early diagnostic markers of Alzheimer’s disease and the treatment of psychosis and agitation in this disorder. He has published research articles in major journals including a landmark study on antipsychotic discontinuation in Alzheimer’s disease in the New England Journal of Medicine, and articles in several journals including JAMA, Annals of Neurology, Neurology, Archives of General Psychiatry, and American Journal of Psychiatry. He has been principal investigator on several research grants from the National Institute of Aging and the National Institute of Mental Health. He has also been funded by the Department of Defense, Alzheimer’s Association, NARSAD, and the Dana Foundation.

He has received the International Psychogeriatric Association Research Award, the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry Distinguished Investigator Award, and the American Psychiatric Association Jack Weinberg Memorial Award in geriatric psychiatry. He has published over 275 research papers and articles, and is the author of three books.

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State University of New York

Residency: Yale University Hospital

Residency: State University of New York - Downstate Medical Center


  • Devanand DP, Pradhaban G, Khandji A, Tabert MH, De Santi S, Segal S, Liu X, Pelton GH, Honig L, Mayeux R, Stern Y, de Leon, M: Hippocampal and entorhinal atrophy in the prediction of MCI conversion to Alzheimer’s disease. Neurology 2007;68: 828-836
  • Devanand DP, Liu X, Tabert MH, Pradhaban G, Cuasay K, Bell K, de Leon MJ, Doty RL, Stern Y, Pelton GH: Combining early markers strongly predicts conversion from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer's disease. Biological Psychiatry 2008;64: 871-879
  • Devanand DP, Mintzer J, Schultz SK, Andrews HF, Sultzer DL, de la Pena D, Gupta S, Colon S, Schimming C, Pelton GH, Levin B: Relapse risk after discontinuation of risperidone in Alzheimer’s disease. New England Journal of Medicine 2012;367: 1497-1507
  • Devanand DP.  Dysthymic disorder in the elderly population.  International Psychogeriatrics 26:39-48, 2014.
  • Devanand DP.  Whatever happened to new treatments for Azheimer's disease?  Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 75(7):775-6, 2014.
  • Devanand DP, Lee S, Manly J, Andrews H, Schupf N, Masurkar A, Stern Y, Mayeux R, Doty RL. Olfactory identification deficits and increased mortality in the community.  Annals of Neurology 78:401-411, 2015.
  • Devanand DP, Lee S, Manly JJ, Andrews HA, Schupf N, Doty RL, Stern Y, Zahodne LB, Louis E, Mayeux R.  Olfactory deficits predict cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s dementia in an urban community.  Neurology 84(2):182-189, 2015.

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Professor of Psychiatry (in Neurology and in the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center) at CUMC

2001 Distinguished Scientist Award, Indo-American Psychiatric Association
2003-present: listed in Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors in New York
2014 American Psychiatric Association Jack Weinberg Memorial Award in Geriatric Psychiatry
2015 American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry Distinguished Investigator Award