Surgeons >Kenin Michael Md
1236 Park Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1012840.786491 -73.952742
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Neighborhoods: Upper East Side, Midtown
Having read the reviews of Dr. Michael Kenin on this site, I understand that we all have different experiences with our doctors, especially when it comes to psychiatric treatment. I have been a patient of Dr. Kenin for twenty years and he has never done anything like what many of you state, with me and my illness. I have been very sick at times, and Dr. Kenin has kept me alive and given me time to get well. He has tried many medications with me as I am treatment resistant at times and all I can say is that my treatment has been A1. I consider Dr. Kenin an expert in his field and would not consider switching to someone else. After years of being non-functional because no medications worked on me, we continued to try medications until the right combination was found. Now I function pretty well. Dr. Kenin is a psycho-pharmacologist whom I deeply respect and go to first when I have a psychiatric difficulty. I would never change from Dr. Kenin to someone else.
Beware. A case history of incompetence. – UPDATE 11/ 13/12: At the most vulnerably insecure point of my life more than 35 years ago, a combination of Dr. Kenin's reckless drug flogging and a neurotic soap opera he called group therapy (previous comments below) set me on a path to near suicidal crackup. Earlier this year I finally managed to gain his attention after a nightmare of anguished self-healing documented to him throughout in letters that were completely ignored as I resurrected my life by my own wits. The vehicle that eventually forced him to respond contained inescapable proof of this accomplishment, which to his time benefit well exceeded the statute of limitations for malpractice.
Yet Dr. Kenin's patronizing reply was to dismiss all those letters (clearly never read) as having been merely "hate filled". Such shallowness is certainly not what one should expect from a professional psychiatrist called out for what can only charitably be called misguidance. In response I followed up with a succinct recapping of the entire experience in a chaptered narrative successively delivered the same way with additional documentation specifically chosen to underscore each one-- every one of which was received and again ignored. Beware.
In addition to having been an incompetent from my experience, his cowardly refusal to even consider his own negligence in its wake is beyond insulting. It's downright unconscionable. During the entire ordeal what I most needed was the human decency of his acknowledging my existence, if not the sincere apology he’s also proven to be incapable of. Now I wonder what breeds such arrogant indifference in a supposed mental health professional, an outrage that incalculably prolonged my recovery from his influence. Beware.
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Some 35 years ago I consulted Dr.Kenin while struggling to grab hold of a then aimless life following the unmistakable awakening of purpose. We discussed depression for which he prescribed unsupervised Valium even though I told him that I was drinking heavily.
A couple of years later I went to him again in crisis and was convinced to join a group he?d recently formed, described as "therapy on a budget" which would allow him to treat my distress with antidepressants- in fact a maximum dose of two, a major tranquilizer and carte blanche Valium just in case I needed it. Today I feel lucky I even survived this considering my then alcohol abuse, which should have easily been ascertained,but was never ever addressed.
The group turned out to be a handful of neurotic whiners with whom I was always in conflict but too insecure to see the peril. After 4 years of that combination I wound up consumed by worse psychological confusion than I began- this without a single insight of positive consequence in retrospect. At one point I became fed up being treated like a pariah and decided to leave, but was induced to stay to "work things out" by waving his fee. Eventually he passed it all off to a competent therapist, but by then the damage was done. When I finally did leave a year later the intemperance had become chronic and my personal life was in shambles. Soon after I crashed into a hallucinogenic despair.
That was 1979. Today I'm happily married with a restored life after 15 more years sorting things out by my own wits. I've written to Kenin many times for catharsis, but have not once received even an acknowledgement. Yet his "therapy" sent my middle years into a nightmare and his unresponsiveness since has been nothing but insult.
Heed this warning. With so much suicide and mayhem attributed to irresponsible pharmacology these days this still goes on more than ever, and Dr. Kenin is now a Professor who apparently teaches it. Is that a cosmic joke?
Excellent Doctor – I owe a lot to Dr. Kenin. I have developed a number of successful companies, and I always thought that if I worked hard enough and understood the way something worked, I would come out ahead.
But a couple of years ago, something went wrong. I had been involved in a very complex deal that involved a lot, and it fell apart. I don’t know why, but I fell apart at the same time. It was like I got hit in the stomach and the air was knocked out of me. No matter how I tried, I couldn’t beat it. I didn’t understand it, but everything felt bad. I didn’t want to go to work. I didn’t want to do anything, even the things I used to love. I didn’t even want to get out of bed in the morning. This was not me. I just couldn’t understand it.
A friend had seen Dr. Kenin and he thought that he walked on water. He had really helped him. So I called and he was very busy. I booked an appointment, a few weeks out, but then a couple of days later his assistant called to tell me that there had been an opening and I could get in sooner. That was the first thing that impressed me. You can tell a lot from how people on the front line act and it always reflects what is important to the person in charge. They cared.
When I met him, he asked a lot of questions and told me exactly what was happening. I had become seriously depressed. It was not in my mind and there was a physical component to it that could be treated. He knew a lot and explained why everything felt so bad. He also prescribed medicine that within a few weeks helped me feel like my old self.
I have been fine ever since.
Dr. Kenin helped me after I had been to several psychiatrists with little to show for it. They told me I had "treatment resistant depression". Dr. kenin listened to me, was attentive, thoughtful, and pursued subtle clues until together we found a combination of medicines that have kept me well for the past 10 years. I am grateful to have been under his care all this time.He is a wonderful human being as well as being a superb psychiatrist.
OUTSTANDING DOCTOR – I was recommended to Dr. Kenin about 20 years ago and have been with him to this day. I am bipolar and suffer from severe manic depression. Although there can be long periods, even years, of total remission, there is no real cure for this disease. My only hope is to try to keep functioning with a régime of medicines and therapy.
I consider myself very fortunate to have Dr. Kenin as my psychopharmacologist. He understands this disease, and has years of experience treating people who suffer with it. He has a vast knowledge of medicines and is always up to date with the latest drugs. Since I take a number of different medications, it is important that there is a compatibility and balance in order to be stabilized. Sometimes a medication just stops working and has to be replaced. (I call this getting the right “cocktail.”) Understanding this disease is not an exact science. Constant experimentation is the norm, and an utterly thorough knowledge of medicines is imperative.
He helped me greatly through two severe “breakdowns, one of which required my hospitalization. This disease can be so unpredictable and volative. And at those times when I reached bottom, he was there to help put the pieces back together.
He is a kind, gentle and warm person. I can’t imagine where I would be if not for his support, encouragement and understanding. Thank you Dr. Kenin.
Brilliant Doctor – I am a very fortunate person. I have a good career, a husband who loves me, two healthy kids, and I found Dr. Kenin.
About three years ago, no one could figure out what was wrong with me. I would get depressed. Actually depressed doesn’t describe it. I would fall into a hole that was so dark and deep, I couldn’t believe it. I didn't enjoy anything. I didn't want to be around anyone. I was a mess. I had seen two psychiatrists before Dr. Kenin and they would try me on a medicine that would work for a month or two, and then I would go down again. Nothing seemed to work. Then a friend told me about Dr. Kenin.
He is a psychiatrist who specializes only in medicines. He struck me as very intelligent, and he asked a lot of questions. Then he suggested a combination of medicines. Long story short, for the past three years I have been fine. He is down to earth. He cares. He actually is brilliant. As I said, I am really fortunate.
Most Amazing Doctor – Michael Kenin not only saved my life, he showed me what a doctor can be. I had been really depressed. My wife had left me. I had lost my job. I just didn't want to go on.
I did something pretty stupid and I tried to kill myself. Fortunately, it didn't work. I found myself in a hospital and thank God, Dr. Kenin became my doctor. He is a psychopharmacologist which means that he specializes in medicine, and he knew what combination would work for me. I found him to be very smart.
It wasn't easy. My life still needed to change, but Dr. Kenin stuck with me. Between appointments, he would actually follow up and call me to make sure I was okay. I never knew that a doctor could be so caring, or that doctors even did that.
I came out of the depression, and put my life back together, and now it is a very good life. I am just lucky someone was looking out for me, and lucky that Dr. Kenin was there to pick up the pieces.
He is an amazing doctor.
Very helpful – Dr. Kenin was an incredible help for me. In addition to our regular visits, he dealt with a few emergency calls until my meds stabilized. He was flexible and actually listened to me. (I've definitely had docs who really didn't care what the side effects were or if things were working since they "knew better" than I did.) I was quite pleased by his care and am glad I found him.
Lovely Person, No success! – I went to Dr Kenin on a very high recommendation. First be aware that he does't accept any insurance no will he file for you. First negative. Second, he is very costly and for all the things we tried, I had no success. He is a kind and caring person but like everything in this world there is a lot of hit and miss and in my case it cost a great deal of money when he never hit the mark. The drugs he prescribes, like so many, have huge side effects but without a successful outcome, it is all worth nothing!
A Wonderful Doctor! – Dr. Kenin is the quintessential doctor. He always gives 100% of himself during our appointments. He is a kind, caring and gentle professional. He is acutely focused. That, added to his wealth of knowledge and years of experience, allows me to feel certain I am receiving the best medical care possible.
Dr. Kenin has always been very thorough when alalyzing and selecting the course of treatment for me. He is always available for problems or questions.
Most importantly, Dr. Kenin has created an atmosphere for me to feel safe and secure during the course of my medical treatment with him.
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