Sylvia R. Karasu, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine and has a private practice in Manhattan. She is the senior author of both The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance (2010) and The Art of Marriage Maintenance (2005.)  She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has her M.D. degree from Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her Adult Psychiatric Residency and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine and is Board Certified in both Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is also a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a graduate of The New York Psychoanalytic Institute, an elected member of the Vidonian Club, a member of the prestigious Institutional Review Board of The Rockefeller University and an elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Karasu is on the Board and a contributor to the online medical humanities journal Hektoen International.

B.A.: University of Pennsylvania,
cum laude, 1971

Medical School: M.D.:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1976

Beth Israel Medical Center, Pediatrics, 1976-77

Adult Residency:
Payne Whitney Clinic (New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine) 1977-1979

Child and Adolescent Fellowship:
Payne Whitney Clinic
(New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill
Cornell Medicine) 1979-1981

Board Certifications:

  • Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Psychiatry) 1981
  • Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) 1982

The New York Psychoanalytic Institute, 1988

Special Award:
Recipient of the 2021 Indiana University Bicentennial Medal, given for work with the Dean of IU’s School of Public Health

Faculty Appointment:
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry,
Weill Cornell Medicine

Hospital Appointment:
Attending Psychiatrist,
New York Presbyterian Hospital
(Weill Cornell Medicine)


  • Institutional Review Board,
    Rockefeller University
  • Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
  • Human Genome Working Group,
    Rockefeller University
  • Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • American Psychoanalytic Association
  • Distinguished Life Fellow, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Editorial Board, Hektoen International
  • The New York Psychoanalytic Institute
  • New York County Medical Society
  • The Vidonian Club
  • The Penn Club of New York

Dr. Sylvia Karasu, M.D.

Photo by: Glenn Jussen


a cover of Dr. Sylvia Karasu's book Of Epidemic Proportions

Of Epidemic Proportions, Expanded Edition, 2019, is a compilation of 100 scholarly blogs, an epilogue, and a comprehensive index, on the daunting science of obesity and weight control. …more

The Gravity of Weight

The Gravity of Weight: A Clinical Guide To Weight Loss and Maintenance, by Sylvia R. Karasu, M.D. and T. Byram Karasu, M.D., is a comprehensive, scholarly, and critical inquiry into the field of overweight and obesity. …more

The Art of Marriage Maintenance

Given the fact that 50% of marriages end in divorce, you would think marriage wouldn’t be so popular, but getting married is one of the most popular of all life events. In fact, many new couples are willing to face considerable debt for the wedding ceremony alone! …more