Contact: Marion Ciciarelli
Oswego Health welcomes two psychiatrists to its Behavioral Health Services (BHS) Department,
Omar Colon, MD, and Bentley Strockbine, MD, Ph.D.
Omar Colon, MD
Dr. Colon has recently completed a four-year psychiatry residency program at Bergen Regional Medical Center, the largest psychiatric hospital in New Jersey, which has 323 psychiatric beds and 1,070 nursing beds.
He was named chief resident of the Center’s outpatient clinic during his third year of residency, which is an honor as it is a year earlier than most chief residents are named. Also in his fourth year of residency he was named chief resident of academics where he was involved in providing teaching to the residents and medical students from accredited medical schools.
Dr. Colon has extensive training in child and addiction psychiatry as well as in different psychotherapy modalities. He is also certified in Suboxone maintenance treatment for patients suffering from opioid addiction.
He earned his medical degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana, located in Santo Domingo, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Colon obtained his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University.
As a youth growing up, Dr. Colon said it was always his goal to become a physician. While studying to achieve this objective, he observed firsthand how a psychiatrist positively impacted an individual’s care and decided to pursue psychiatry as his area of specialty.
At Oswego Health’s BHS division on Bunner Street, Dr. Colon will provide care to both inpatients and those utilizing outpatient services. In addition, he will be available to provide consults in the Oswego Hospital emergency room.
While Dr. Colon is a native of Puerto Rico, he is familiar with Upstate New York. Dr. Colon and his family traveled frequently to the Lake Placid area, where he learned to enjoy both downhill and cross country skiing. Along with enjoying winter time outdoor pursuits, he is also an avid college football fan.
Dr. Colon, and his wife, who is studying to become a physician expect to settle in the area.
Bentley Strockbine, MD, Ph.D.
Dr. Strockbine will provide outpatient care to residents ages 18 and older at Oswego Health’s BHS facility on Bunner Street in Oswego. He has recently completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at Upstate Medical University and fulfilled his four-year residency in psychiatry at Stony Brook University. He earned his medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine, located on the island of Grenada.
Along with earning a medical degree, Dr. Strockbine has a doctorate of philosophy in molecular and cellular pharmacology from Stony Brook University. His undergraduate degree in pharmacology was also earned at Stony Brook.
While studying for his degrees, he was presented with several awards and honors, including the Max Fink Award, for outstanding achievement in research, from Stony Brook University’s Medical Center, Department of psychiatry.
Dr. Strockbine said he was looking forward to providing care locally to those who suffer from anxiety, mood disorders and other general behavioral health concerns.
An avid runner, Dr. Strockbine will compete in several triathlons this summer, one in the Syracuse area and another in Buffalo.