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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Current Residents

Bekir

Bekir Artukoglu, MD

Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey

Medical School: Acibadem University, School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Clinical Research, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy

 aurora

Pranav Aurora, MD, ScM

Hometown: Northern Virginia

Undergraduate: University of Virginia

Graduate/Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University 

Professional Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Public Psychiatry

Galen

Galen Ballentine, MD

Hometown: Honesdale, PA

Undergraduate: College of the Atlantic in Maine 

Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine

Professional Interests: Neuropsychiatry, Psychedelic Therapy, Sleep Medicine, Addiction Psychiatry

Anuraag 

Anuraag Baxi, MD

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Undergraduate: New York University 

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine 

Professional Interests: Addiction Psychiatry, General Psychiatry

 
hagar

Hagar Kandel, MD, MBBCh

Hometown: Cairo, Egypt

Medical School: Ain Shams University 

Professional Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Basic Neuroscience Research

amabel

Amabel Karoub, MD

Hometown: Farmington Hills, Michigan

Undergraduate: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Professional Interests: Geriatric Psychiatry, Outpatient Psychiatry, Addiction psychiatry

posell

Alexander Posell, MD

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Undergraduate: Macalester College/Occidental College

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of USC

Professional Interests: Forensic Psychiatry, Consult-Liaison Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry

lizzy

Elizabeth Rodkin, MD

Hometown: Westchester, NY

Undergraduate: Northwestern University

Medical School: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine

Professional Interests: Consult-Liaison Psychiatry, Reproductive Psychiatry

paul

Paul Skiba, MD

Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC

Undergraduate: Duke University

Medical School: University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, LGBTQIA+ Mental Health

 tamaiev

Jonathan Tamaiev, MD

Hometown: Queens, NY

Undergraduate: CUNY Hunter College

Medical School: Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Faculty of Medicine

Professional Interests: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Forensic Psychiatry 

ed

Edward Yi, MD

Hometown: Park Ridge, NJ

Undergraduate: Northwestern University

Medical School: New York Medical College

Professional Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Liz

Elizabeth Zharovsky, MD

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Undergraduate: Brandeis University

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

Professional Interests: Neuropsychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry

 arthur

Patrick Arthur, MD

Hometown: Upstate New York

Undergraduate: SUNY Geneseo

Medical School: SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University College of Medicine

Professional Interests: Addiction Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Psychotherapy

 azzopardi

Daniel Azzopardi, MD

Hometown: Malta

Medical School: University of Malta Medical School

Professional Interests: General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

 chung

Michael Chung, MD

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Undergraduate: University of Rochester

Graduate: Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Emergency Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

 delatorre

Roxanna De La Torre, MD

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Undergraduate: DePaul University

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Geriatric Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, Outpatient Psychiatry, Psychotherapy

 dweik

Mahmoud Dweik, MD

Hometown: South Florida

Undergraduate: University of South Florida

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Addiction Psychiatry, Schizophrenia Phenomenology

 hays

Nicole Hays, DO

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Undergraduate: Dickinson College

Graduate: New York Univeristy

Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Professional Interests: Addiction Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

 irons

Lance Irons, MD

Hometown: Yorktown, Virginia

Undergraduate: Old Dominion University

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Professional Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry

 jackson

Samuel Jackson, MD

Hometown: Harbor Springs, Michigan

Undergraduate: University of Michigan

Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine

Professional Interests: Public Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry

 park

Sangmi Julie Park, MD

Hometown: Westchester, New York

Undergraduate: SUNY Stonybrook

Medical School: SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University College of Medicine

Professional Interests: Public Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry

 polet

Conner Polet, MD

Hometown: Newburgh, Indiana

Undergraduate: Hamilton College

Medical School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Professional Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

 ramchandani

Kanika Ramchandani, MBBS

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Medical School: Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital

Professional Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensice Psychiatry

 ulein

Nur ul-Ein

Hometown: Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Medical School: CMH Lahore Medical College

Professional Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

 elsehamy

Alexander El Sehamy, MD

Hometown: Long Island, New York

Undergraduate: New York University

Medical School: SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University College of Medicine

Professional Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Emergency Psychiatry

 foroughi

Moein Foroughi Nematollahi, MD

Hometown: Kerman, Iran

Medical School: Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

Professional Interests: The interplay between Psychiatric and Neurologic diseases

 gaita

David Gaita, MD

Hometown: Westchester, New York

Undergraduate: Binghamton Univeristy

Medical School: SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University College of Medicine

Professional Interests: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

 ganguly

Amvrine Ganguly, MBBS

Hometown: Calcuttan, India

Medical School: Calcutta National Medical College

Professional Interests: Phenomenology, Philosophy, Logotherapy

 jangda

Usman Jangda, MBBS

Hometown: Long Island, New York

Medical School: Ziauddin Medical College

Professional Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Transitional Age Youth Mental Health, Psychotherapy

 a_kumar

Arjun Kumar, MD, PhD

Hometown: Ardsley, New York

Undergraduate: Harvard College

Graduate: State University of New York Downstate Medical Center School of Graduate Studies

Medical School: SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University College of Medicine

Professional Interests: Neuropsychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Psychotherapy

 v_kumar

Vandana Kumar, MD

Hometown: Vienna, Virginia

Undergraduate: Duke University

Graduate: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Medical School: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

 michael

Marco Michael, MD

Graduate: Monash University

Medical School: Universitas Indonesia Fakultas Kedokteran

Professional Interests: Cultural Psychiatry, Community and International Psychiatry, the role of psychiatry in end-of-life care

 

 mirza

Junaid Mirza, MD

Hometown: Queens, NY

Undergraduate: St. John's University

Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Addiction Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry

 singh

Shaina Singh, MD

Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Undergraduate: Univeristy of Tennessee at Chatanooga

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Undergraduate: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Professional Interests: Addiction Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

 smith

Cherish Smith, MD

Hometown: Trinidad and Tobago

Undergraduate: Walden University

Medical School: Xavier University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

 yancey

Sean Yancey, MBBS

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

Undergraduate: Brown University

Medical School: University of Queensland School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Addiction Psychiatry, Cross-cultural Psychiatry, Social Psychiatry

 

 al_katib

Ahmed Al Katib, MD

Hometown: Canada

Undergraduate: University of Western Ontario

Medical School: Jagiellonian University Medical College

Professional Interests: Non-pharmaceutical management of psychiatric ailments

 elsayed

Mohamed Elsayed, MBBCh

Hometown: Cairo, Egypt

Medical School: Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine

Professional Interests: Addiction Psychiatry, Addiction research, Neurophysiology (EEG) and substance-induced mental health disorders

 hashem

Saeed Hashem, MBBCh

Hometown: Cairo, Egypt

Medical School: Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine

Professional Interests: Emergency Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

 hashmonay

Gali Hashmonay, MD

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Medical School: Sackler School of Medicine - New York State American Branch

 mayevskiy

Veniamin Mayevskiy, MD

Hometown: Old Bridge, New Jersey

Undergraduate: Rutgers University

Medical School: University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine

Professional Interests: Inpatient Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

 parra

Rebecca Parra,MD

Undergraduate: University of Virginia

Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine

 

 saldarriaga

Denisse Saldarriaga, MD

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Undergraduate: The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York

Medical School: State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

Professional Interests: Emergency Psychiatry 

 thompson

Kristin Thompson, DO

Hometown: Minnesota

Undergraduate: University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences

Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Professional Interests: Addiction Psychiatry