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Published on November 27, 2013

Crozer-Keystone Health Network Welcomes Four New Psychiatrists to HAN Psychiatry Practice

Crozer-Keystone Health Network welcomes four new psychiatrists to HAN Psychiatry who are now accepting new patients: Ruth Covington, D.O., Deniz Eker, M.D., Kurt P. Miceli, M.D., M.B.A., and Dilwyn Symes, M.D. They also serve as staff psychiatrists for Crozer-Chester Medical Center.

Ruth Covington, D.O., has extensive clinical experience helping addicts and alcoholics in recovery. She comes to Crozer from the Coatesville Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center, where she treated veterans and their families suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. She was psychiatric director of the Women’s Inpatient Addiction Treatment Unit at Eagleville Hospital and psychiatrist for the Dual Diagnosis Unit and Detoxification Unit at Eagleville Hospital.

Board-certified in psychiatry, Dr. Covington is also one of the early psychiatrists to be certified in addiction treatment by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She earned her B.A. in biology from the University of Delaware and her Medical Technology certification at Hackensack University Hospital in New Jersey.

She became a doctor of Osteopathy after graduating from the New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry at Rutgers and Stratford, N.J. Her psychiatry training continued in Philadelphia at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital where she completed her residency.

Deniz Eker, M.D., is board-certified in psychiatry and has treated children, adolescents and adults in both outpatient and private settings. She comes to Crozer from Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan, N.Y., where she was a Psychosomatic Psychiatry fellow. Previously, Dr. Eker worked as an associate professor at Bilim University Psychiatry Department in Istanbul, Turkey, and Cherokee Mental Health Systems in Knoxville, Tenn.

Dr. Eker trained as an adult psychiatrist at MCP-Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pa., after receiving her medical education from Cerrahpasa Medical School of Istanbul University in Turkey. She also completed her first year of child and adolescent psychiatry training at MCP-Hahnemann University and her second year at Louisiana State University.

Dr. Deniz Eker is a member of both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Kurt P. Miceli, M.D., M.B.A., is board-certified in psychiatry and internal medicine. He has special interests in spirituality, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.

Dr. Miceli comes to Crozer from Fairmount Behavioral Health System, where he served as President of the Medical Staff and as a consultant psychiatrist to Chestnut Hill Hospital. He has also worked as a Civilian Psychiatrist at the United States Army Medical Command in West Point, N.Y., and as a Chief Resident and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Dr. Miceli received his medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine, and his B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Economics from Villanova University. Dr. Miceli is also a graduate of the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia, where he received his M.B.A.

Dr. Miceli co-authored a 230-page handbook entitled, Psychiatric Medicine (2007), which is a reference for the psychiatrist to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of more than 50 common medical illnesses.  He also teaches an M.B.A. class on Healthcare Economics at Villanova University.

Dilwyn Symes, M.D., is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and comes to Crozer from Haven Behavioral Hospital. As Associate Medical Director there, he was responsible for seeing chronically ill psychiatric patients. He has extensive experience as a psychiatric care provider, treating various ages of patients in a number of different medical facility settings. He also owned his own private psychiatric practice in Clarks Summit, Pa.

Dr. Symes received his B.A. in Biology at Illinois Wesleyan University. He then attended California State University at Long Beach before receiving his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. His post-graduate training includes a residency in Internal Medicine at McKeesport Hospital and a residency in Psychiatry at Temple University Hospital.

He has admissions privileges at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Community Hospital.

For more information or to make an appointment with one of the psychiatrists, contact HAN Psychiatry at 610-874-5257, based in Upland, Pa.

Established in 1990, Crozer-Keystone Health System is the largest employer and provider of health-care services in Delaware County. The system comprises five hospitals as well as a network of primary care and specialty practices and the Healthplex® Sports Club Call 1-800-CK-HEALH (1-800-254-3258) or visit for more information.

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