Jeffrey Zabinski, MD

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Jeffrey Zabinski, MD, MSW, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where he leads the ketamine treatment program within the interventional psychiatry services. He is an expert in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology for patients with difficult to treat and medically complex psychiatric illnesses.

Dr. Zabinski has played a pivotal role in the launch and expansion of intranasal esketamine and IV ketamine services, and previously was the inaugural liaison to neurology and neurosurgery. His professional interests include neuropsychiatry, delirium, medical ethics, interventional psychiatry, and psychedelics. He has also completed psychedelic psychotherapy training programs that inform his compassionate, interdisciplinary approach. Beyond his clinical and research contributions, Dr. Zabinski is a dedicated educator and mentor to medical students, residents, fellows, and graduate students. He is a recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, a member of the expert faculty of ASKP3, and a previous Webb Fellow in the ACLP.

Dr. Zabinski’s diverse academic background includes a BSE in biomedical engineering, an MA in bioethics, and an MSW. He completed clinical training at Johns Hopkins Hospital for residency, where he served as Chief Resident, followed by a fellowship in consultation liaison psychiatry at NYU before joining the faculty at Columbia.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center

Administrative Titles

  • Assistant Director of Medical Education in the Psychiatry FPO
  • Program Lead for Ketamine in the Interventional Neurotherapeutics Program

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Male

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  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
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  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
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  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare

Quality Health Management

  • Quality Health Management


  • Behavioral Health (Columbia University Employee Plan)

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  • World Trade Center Health Plan

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MD, 2015 Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • Residency: 2019 The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Fellowship: 2020 NYU Langone Medical Center & School of Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Psychiatry


Selected Publications

Austelle, C. W., Ehrie, J., & Zabinski, J. S. (2024). Hope in the Face of “Futility”: Considering the Full Scope of Psychiatric Treatment Options. AJOB neuroscience15(1), 59-61.

Zabinski, J. S.*, Han, J.*, Pontikes, T. K.*, Gilbert, C., Hicks, C., Fayez, R., Walterfang, M., Mahdanian, A., Nanavati, J., Lobner, K., Leppla, I., Roy, D. (2023). First-Onset Psychosis after COVID-19 Infection: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.

Verne, Z. J., & Zabinski, J. S. (2023). Changes in Personality, Mood, and Behavior with TMS and ECT: Current Knowledge and Challenges. AJOB neuroscience14(3), 325-327.

Lieberman, O. J., Lee, S., & Zabinski, J. (2023). Donepezil treatment is associated with improved outcomes in critically ill dementia patients via a reduction in delirium. Alzheimer's & Dementia19(5), 1742-1751.

Mishkin, A. D., Zabinski, J. S., Holt, G., & Appelbaum, P. S. (2023). Ensuring privacy in telemedicine: Ethical and clinical challenges. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare29(3), 217-221.

Holt, G., Zabinski, J., & Sampson-Mills, T. (2023). Materialized Oppression in Inpatient Psychiatric Unit Design. The American Journal of Bioethics23(4), 43-45.

Neufeld, K. J., Leoutsakos, J. M. S., Yan, H., Lin, S., Zabinski, J. S., Dinglas, V. D., Hosey, M. M., Parker, A. M., Hopkins, R. O., & Needham, D. M. (2020). Fatigue symptoms during the first year following ARDS. Chest158(3), 999-1007.