Clinical Expertise, Education and Special Interests:

Dr. Petronilo Costa attended medical school in Brazil at the Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR). He was trained there in Pediatrics and emigrated to the United States for his post-graduate education. He first completed a residency in general psychiatry at the University of Illinois then later a fellowship in Child and adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Chicago within the Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center. His career began in academia with a strong interest in community outreach.

Dr. Costa later left academia, and has been focused on private practice, as a consultant and also as a treating physician, for over 20 years. He works with a variety of patients and uses his psychodynamic training to guide his very modern science-based approach to diagnosing and treating neuropsychiatric illness. He has been a team leader throughout his career and is internationally recognized as an authority in the conditions that ail youth.