HomePhysiciansMaurice Preter, MD
Phone: (212) 713-5336
Fax: (212) 713-5336

Office hours by appointment
House calls/home visits by appointment
Medical concierge service
Private health advisory

1160 Fifth Avenue
Suite 112
New York, NY 10029


Maurice Preter, MD has two clinical specialties. He is both a psychodynamic psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist, and a practicing neurologist.  His office is on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, just across from Central Park. Educated at the Universities of Munich, Germany and of Paris, France, he received his postgraduate specialty training in neurology and psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and is dually board certified in both specialties. He has researched and written about a wide range of neuropsychiatric topics, including stroke, sleep disorders, epilepsy, panic disorder, psychological trauma, and the history of neurology in China. Dr. Preter is a member of the psychiatry faculty of Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, an Associate Clinical Professor of neurology at Mount Sinai Hospital, and internationally active as lecturer, medical educator and as clinical and medical-legal consultant. His particular interest is in the diagnosis and integrated treatment of conditions that overlap between neurology, psychological health and general medicine (e.g., chronic pain, dementia). Dr. Preter holds physician licenses in New York, Paris, and Germany, and is fluent in English, French, and German. Dr. Preter, a Castle Connolly Nominated America’s Top Doctor, is the founder and director of Fifth Avenue Concierge Medicine, PLLC, a private medical concierge and health advisory service.

English, French, German, Yiddish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese (various levels)

Psychiatry/Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, Neuropsychiatry, Integrative Diagnosis and Care, International Patients



Referral Status

From Patients

From Physician

From Website

Medicare Status

Opted Out


Gymnasium (Abitur), Munich, West Germany


Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, West Germany

Medical School

Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, West Germany

Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris, University of Paris VI, Paris, France

Harvard Medical School


Bronx Municipal Hospital Center (Jacobi Hospital)/Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, Neurology

Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, Psychiatry

Professional Achievements
Board Certifications

2004: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Certification in Psychiatry, #53437
2004: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Certification in Neurology, #52684

Academic Titles

Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology, Mount Sinai Hospital
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University, College of Physicians&Surgeons
Attending Neurologist, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York

Professional Organizations

1995: American Academy of Neurology
1996: American Psychiatric Association
2000: International Society for Neuro-Psychoanalysis
2001: American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
2003: Harvard Medical School Program in Psychiatry and the Law at Mass. Mental Health Center (corresponding)
2004: American Neuropsychiatric Association
2004: American Association of French-Speaking Health Professionals
2004: Independent Doctors of New York (IDNY)
2008: China American Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA)
2010: The American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic Psychiatry
2010-: International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology (ISARP)
2010-: Shanghai International Mental Health Association (SIMHA)
2011-: International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)
2012-: National Headache Foundation


1983: Gymnasium Diploma (Abitur), Munich. With Very High Honors
1991: MD, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, West Germany. With High Honors
1990-1993: Residential Scholarship, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (C.I.U.P.), University of Paris, France
1995: Doctoral Thesis in Medicine cum laude. Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, West Germany
1997-1998: Fellow of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute
1998-1999: Fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association
2009: Visiting Professor Award, Shanghai Jiao-Tong University International Exchange Foundation, Shanghai, China
2014: Best Doctors of New York, Castle Connolly/New York Magazine, June 2014


Preter M. Long-term Prognosis in Cerebral Venous Thrombosis. A Follow-Up of 77 Patients. Doctoral Thesis cum laude, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, West Germany, 1995.
Raps SP, Preter M, Mehler MF. A Prelinguistic Subcortical Language Network for the Modulation of Semantic Content and Articulatory Output. Neurology 46 (Suppl) (1996) A291-292.
Preter M, Tzourio C, Ameri A, Bousser MG: Long-term Prognosis in Cerebral Venous Thrombosis: Follow-Up of 77 Patients. Stroke 27/2 (1996) 243-246.
Deschiens MA, Conard J, Horellou MH, Ameri A, Preter M, Chedru F, Samama MM, Bousser MG: Coagulation Studies, Factor V Leiden, and Anticardiolipin Antibodies in 40 Cases of Cerebral Venous Thrombosis. Stroke 27/10 (1996)1724-1730.
Preter M, Klein DF: Panic Disorder and the Suffocation False Alarm Theory: Current State of Knowledge and Further Implications for Neurobiologic Theory Testing. In: Bellodi L, Perna G (eds.): The Panic Respiration Connection. Milan 1998.
Preter M. Comment on: P. Wilgowicz: Listening Psychoanalytically to the Shoah Half A Century On. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis 80 (1999)1068-1070.
Gitig A, Merino JG, Hoffman L, Preter M, Ramesar C, Wyszynski B, Medalia A: Moyamoya Disease Presenting as Atypical Postictal Delirium after ECT in a Woman with Clinically Silent Putaminal Infarcts. Einstein Quarterly Journal Of Biology And Medicine 17 (2000) 190-193.
Preter M. Comment on: Social deprivation and prevalence of epilepsy and associated health usage. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry 69 (2000) 837-838.
Ross DC, Preter M, Klein DF. Hematologic Alterations and CO2 Hypersensitivity in Male Panic Disorder Patients and Normal Controls: Similarities to High-Altitude Hypoxia and Chronic Lung Disease. Depression and Anxiety 14 (2001)153-154.
Preter, M. Comment on: The interrelations of migraine, vertigo and migrainous vertigo. Neurology 57 (2001)1522.
Preter M. Psychiatry, Neurology, Neuropsychiatry – What it all means (for our patients) British Medical Journal Electronic Edition, 3 January 2003.
Preter M: Reply to J. Stone and M. Sharpe. Internet resources for psychiatry and neuropsychiatry. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry Online Edition, 5 February 2003.
Preter M. «Vérapamil et effet dépressogène». La Lettre du Neurologue Vol. VIII n.8 (Octobre 2004).
Preter M. The didgeridoo (and the clarinet?) as neuropsychiatric treatment? British Medical Journal Electronic Edition, 12 March 2006.
Lee SH, Lim J, Vannucci M, Preter M, Klein DF: Order-preserving dimension reduction test for the dominance of two mean curves with application to tidal volume curves. Biometrics 2008 Jan 4 [Epub ahead of print].
Preter M, Klein DF. Panic, Suffocation False Alarms, Separation Anxiety and Endogenous Opioids. Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry 32/3 (2008) 603-612. Full version at PubMed Central.
Preter M, Kahn JP. A Call for Quality Care. Human Resource Executive. July 1, 2008. Click here to read.
Preter M, Kahn JP. Doing Mental Healthcare Right the First Time. Risk&Insurance. August 1, 2008.
WFSBP Task Force on Treatment Guidelines for Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders: World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) Guidelines for the Pharmacological Treatment of Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders – First Revision. The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry 2008; 9(4): 248-312.
Preter M. Update on Panic Disorder. Japanese Society for Anxiety Disorder Research (2009) Vol 1, No.1. Click here to read.
Preter M, Bursztajn HB. Crisis and opportunity—The DSM-V and its neurology quandary. Asian Journal of Psychiatry 2009; 2(4): 143.
Preter M, Lee SH, Petkova E, Vannucci M, Kim S, Klein DF. Controlled cross-over study in normal subjects of naloxone-preceding-lactate infusions; respiratory and subjective responses: relationship to endogenous opioid system, suffocation false alarm theory and childhood parental loss. Psychological Medicine (2011), 41: 385-393. Click here to read.
Wang XP, Zhang WF, Huang HY, Preter M. Neurology in the People’s Republic of China – An Update. Eur Neurol 2010;64:320-324. Click here to read.
Zhao H, Zhao Z, Huang L, Preter M. Diagnosis and assessment of apathy in Chinese patients with Alzheimer’s disease. J Psychosom Res. 2012 May;72(5):405-7. Epub 2012 Feb 2.
Preter M, Lieblich SM. Complementary and alternative approaches to headache. In: Green M, Muskin P. (eds.) The Neuropsychiatry of Headache. Cambridge University Press 2013.

Research and Special Interests

Integration of neurology, psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine
Pharmacology and psychology of neurological/psychiatric overlap conditions (neuropsychiatry) and medically unexplained symptoms
Psychological trauma and physical symptoms
Panic disorder and anxiety
Migraine and chronic pain