Inpatient Psychiatry

The 26-bed adult psychiatric inpatient unit at Upstate University Hospital Community Campus is certified by the New York State Office of Mental Health, and serves patients ages 18 and older with acute symptoms of psychiatric illness or disorder that require a safe, therapeutic environment to support re-stabilization. The unit-based program provides psycho-education on illness, medication, ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), psychotherapy, group and family therapy, health and wellness, and coping skills to assist patients and their families in partnering with treatment providers to promote recovery.

Inpatient Psychiatry - Community
Upstate University Hospital - Community Campus
4900 Broad Road
Syracuse, NY 13215
Map & directions
Phone: 315 492-5635

Our patients are referred from a variety of sources, including C.P.E.P (Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation Program), Upstate University Hospital Community Campus's Emergency Room, other clinical departments within the hospital, community physicians or other facilities.

Patients are admitted 24 hours a day to the care of a treatment team consisting of a Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioner, Recreational Therapist, and Social Worker who, along with the unit professional staff and patient, develop the interdisciplinary treatment plan. Unit Professional Staff consists of Psychiatric Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Mental Health Workers, and Recreational Leaders who provide a safe, therapeutic, confidential environment, individualized psycho-education, groups, and activities. The Nurse Manager, along with medical leadership, oversees the continuous provision of safe, professional, and clinically appropriate care. Unit secretaries provide support to the entire unit.

Patients with medical concerns are evaluated and/or treated by a certified nurse practitioner. Consultation by other medical providers is available as needed.

Discharge planning begins immediately to prepare the patient and family to move to a less restrictive level of care as soon as it is clinically safe to do so. Patients are generally referred to outpatient mental health providers within their residential area to provide for continuing treatment on an outpatient basis.

Riaz Syed, MD

Riaz Syed, MD
Appointed 07/07/11
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building
713 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 475-3178

Hospital Campus

  • Community

Education & Fellowships

  • Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 1978
  • MD: Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan, 1970

Specialties & Certification

  • Psychiatry

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Psychotic Disorders


  • Adults


  • Individual Psychotherapy


  • American Psychiatric Association (APA)
  • Medical Society of The State of New York
  • Onondaga County Medical Society

Languages Spoken (Other Than English)

  • Punjabi/Panjabi
  • Urdu
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