“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” - Marcus Aurelius
• Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez, BS
• Universidad Iberoamericana, Escuela De Medicina, MD
• Columbia University School of Public Health, MPH
• American College of Psychiatrists, Fellowship
• Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Fellowship
A NYC native, Dr. Desiderio Pina obtained his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University in Cell Biology and Human Physiology with a minor in Zoology and Computer Systems Theory and Design. He then obtained his MD from Iberoamerican University. He also completed post-graduate training at Columbia University, where he received his MPH focusing on healthcare management & public health policy.
After completing a rotating internship & his residency training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine program in General Psychiatry, he was named Chief Resident. He pursued extra qualifications in Behavioral Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine & Research. Always having practiced general medicine with a strong preventive approach, he added on a solid understanding of advanced nutritional & clinical neuroendocrine and neuro-immune medicine after completing
physician-certification training at the Cenegenics Medical Institute. He is fellowship-trained at Columbia University's Brain Stimulation & Neuromodulation Center.
Dr. Pina has been Double-board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in both General Psychiatry & Psychosomatic Medicine. He has extensive teaching experience in graduate medical education beginning with his time at Wright-Patterson Airforce Base during his active-duty tours OEF/OIF; has served as Associate Professor at Wright-State University's Boonshoft School of Medicine, teaching medical and nursing students, and resident physicians in Family Practice, Neurology, and Psychiatry. He has served as Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychology at Notre Dame University, and also as Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University's School of Medicine.
His research interests have included basic science research, looking into mechanisms of neurodegenerative disorders in murine (mouse) models, and has been a participating physician in numerous clinical trials.
Dr. Pina has years of healthcare delivery experience in a broad range of settings from public-private, to for- and not-for-profit settings. He has acquired administrative-medicine experience including chief of specialty medical service in settings ranging from private-public-military locals, and in general, specialty hospitals and community mental health centers. He speaks frankly and plainly in lectures and to his patients, believing knowledge is power and that education is one of the most important tools a physician can wield in the practice of healing.