Message from the Fellowship Program Director

David Banayan, MD, MSc, FRCPC

David Banayan, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Program Director, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship

Rush University Medical Center is a place that feels like home—welcoming, warm, inclusive, and a place where you are valued and recognized. We cherish this and many other distinguishing aspects about Rush. Our C-L attending physicians place an emphasis on mentorship and the Fellow’s personal goals in education and development as a psychiatrist. Our diverse and clinically robust educational curriculum—both clinical and didactic—possesses the ingredients needed to produce a C-L Psychiatrist that is academically and clinically well-rounded, confident, and equally important in our view, a person professional that harnesses the uniquely human aspects of a C-L Psychiatrist’s work. A few highlights of our fellowship include: customizable selective opportunities that facilitate experience and knowledge acquisition in a variety of sub-specialties in C-L Psychiatry; a flexible rotation schedule; weekly protected time for non-clinical supervision and board examination preparation; faculty with broad areas of expertise; and an opportunity to see complex and rare conditions in a setting that is nationally distinguished for quality and excellence of care—just to mention a few.

Our welcome message would not be complete without highlighting our most recent accomplishments as a Medical Center:

  • In 2021, Vizient ranked RUMC second among 101 major academic medical centers, marking our eighth consecutive year in the top five for providing quality care.
  • In July 2020, RUMC earned a top spot on U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals Honor Roll. Rush holds the 17th spot among the nearly 3,000 U.S. hospitals evaluated, with our neurology & neurosurgery services rated fourth in the country.
  • In October 2020, RUMC was awarded its fifth consecutive Magnet designation.


Rush University Virtual Tour


House staff lead you on a virtual tour of the facilities at Rush University Medical Center. Get a glimpse of where you will work during your fellowship, and learn why Chicago is a great place to live and train.

At this time, please note that the Consultation-Liason Psychiatry Fellowship Program will not be participating in the ERAS 2023 season. 


Contact Us

Sandra Gallego-Mudd
Interim Program Coordinator
Phone: (312) 942-2099