Dr. Bella Schanzer is a board-certified general adult psychiatrist who has spent the last twenty years providing evidence-based, holistic care to individuals struggling with mental illness. She is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Telemedicine On-Call, a private tele-psychiatry and tele-medicine practice.
Dr. Schanzer graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College and AOA from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. In addition, she graduated with honors from the Mailman School of Public Health with a focus in Healthcare Policy and Administration. After graduating medical school, Dr. Schanzer completed a one-year medicine internship at NY Presbyterian Medical Center followed by a three-year residency in psychiatry at New York University that included a final year as Chief Resident. She then did a one-year fellowship in Public Psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute followed by a three-year research fellowship during which she focused on socioeconomic issues and mental illness.
Since completing her training, Dr. Schanzer has served in a number of clinical and administrative positions including Mental Health Director, Montefiore AIDS Center; Medical Director, NYPH Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic; Chief, Mental Health Service Line at the Detroit VA Medical Center; and, most recently, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs at the Baylor College of Medicine-Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Throughout her career, Dr. Schanzer has focused on ensuring that the patients in her direct care and under her responsibility would receive patient-centered, evidence-based care that emphasized health and wellness with a goal towards achieving the best quality of life possible. She is excited about this new phase of her career that will allow her to use technology to further increase access to high quality care to individuals anywhere who are suffering.
One final note, all of the above aside, Dr. Schanzer is proudest of the fact that she is the mother of four teenagers ages 11, 13, 14, and 16y/o. They have taught her more about caring than any other experience in her life.