Name: Prudhvi Bandi, MD [he/him]
College: BS, Psychology (Neuroscience Concentration), Boston College
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine, Phoenix Regional Campus
Bio: Prudhvi was born and raised in a rural village in Southern India. He completed his undergraduate coursework in Psychology (Neuroscience Concentration) at Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts, and then earned his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine Phoenix Regional Campus. During his medical education, he was active in service, research and leadership roles in the field of psychiatry. This included at the Andre House in Phoenix, and the Siena Francis House in Omaha, where he served meals to homeless populations. As a first-generation Indian American, he sees education, advocacy and normalization around mental health issues for people in his own cultural community and beyond as the primary drives of his pursuit in training in psychiatry.
Hobbies: Hiking, kayaking, playing chess, playing and watching basketball, playing Super Smash Bro’s with his fiancé, and running his golden-doodle puppy’s Instagram page. He is a self- confessed foodie and is on the hunt for the world’s best breakfast burritos.
Name: Miglia Cornejo, MD [she/her]
College: BS, Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University
Medical School: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, School of Osteopathic Medicine
Bio: Miglia was raised in Rockaway, NJ. She received her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, and a master’s degree as well prior to medical school. She earned her medical degree from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. During the summer after her first year of medical school, Miglia completed a Global Affairs internship at Jaseng Hospital in South Korea. As the first hospital’s first osteopathic student, Miglia introduced the practice of osteopathic medicine and manipulative techniques to Korean medical providers. She served on the planning committee for the first Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Summit and the annual Let’s Talk Conference hosted by the Graduate School of Education and was recruited as an ambassador for Together Empowering Asian Minds.
Hobbies: Group fitness and indoor cycling classes, drawing, painting, reading movie/show/book spoilers and playing Pokemon Go.
Name: Veda Ghodasara, MD [she/her]
College: BS, Biology, The George Washington University
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Bio: Veda is from Charleston, WV. She attended The George Washington University here in DC where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology, summa cum laude. She received the GWU Presidential Scholarship for Academic Excellence. After college, she worked as a research assistant, extern, learning assistant and front desk agent for Holiday Inn (which she continues to do!). She earned her medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine – Charleston. She has hosted many events including various fairs, festivals and show for school events, as well as fundraisers for organizations such as Make-A-Wish. She has recently volunteered at the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hobbies: Traveling, foodie, visiting amusement parks (has been to 7/10 of the tallest roller coasters in the world), watching the big four award shows every year and collecting the Time’s 100 most influential People each year
Name: James Lockhart, MD [he/him]
College: BS, Psychology, Morehouse College
Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine
Bio: James hails from Chicago, IL. He completed his undergraduate coursework at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and earned his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine. He was chosen by his peers for induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Serving as president of Student Wellness at Howard, he was responsible for organizing and facilitating activities for his class. He also served as a liaison between students and the University Counseling Service. He is the first in his family to graduate from college. His interest in psychiatry is substance abuse recovery and prevention.
Hobbies: Brazilian Jiujitsu. James and his daughters practice jiujitsu, just like his father practiced judo with him.
Name: Emily Rosen, MD [she/her]
College: BS, Biology and Psychology, Knox College
Medical School: University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
Bio: Emily is from Austin, Texas. She attended college at Knox College in Galesburg, IL where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology, summa cum laude. After graduating, she studied Human Sciences abroad at the Oxford University in Oxford, England. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. Emily received A.C Walon Scholarship in Biology and was awarded the Presidential Scholarship (the highest available, awarded to 5 students per year). She has completed a Master of Science in Healthcare Transformation. She assumed a leadership role in reforming treatment at a substance use residential treatment center. She has served as a tutor in high school and college and as a facilitator for an interprofessional heathcare course during medical school. She mentored students earning their master’s degree and developed a seminar to teach religious leaders about PTSD.
Hobbies: Yoga, hiking, biking, kayaking, rowing, competitive board games. She likes to read international fiction and travel memoirs and attends musicals. She also loves to travel and learn about other cultures.
Name: Marc Ruszaj, MD [he/him]
College: BS, Biology and Psychology, Canisius College
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo
Bio: Marc is from Buffalo, NY. He attended Canisius College in Buffalo, NY where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology, summa cum laude. He earned his medical degree from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo. He was a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. During medical school, he has had significant involvement in community outreach program. Through his involvement in LGBTQ’s organizations, he has implemented initiatives at the level of his school’s free medical clinic, the medical school, and the regional health care system. Mark was the team captain of his collegiate swim team in addition to his role on an interdisciplinary team at the Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic.
Hobbies: Long distance swimming (has been swimming since the age of 3!), hiking, listening to podcasts, paint by numbers, playing and going on walks with his dog, attending buffalo bills games and has recently taken up tennis.
Name: Alexander Beard, MD [he/him]
College: BS, Microbiology, University of South Florida
Medical School: University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Bio: Alex grew up near Tampa, Florida and earned a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of South Florida. He also completed medical school at that same university. While in medical school, he was involved in a student-run free clinic as well as medical aid trips to Haiti and Nicaragua. In medical school, he participated in clinical observerships in Germany, Ecuador, and China. He was also involved in research in esketamine being used for treatment-resistant depression.
Clinical interests: global mental health, cultural psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry
Hobbies: Hiking, video games, board games, travel
Name: Lisa Eitches, MD [she/her]
College: BA, English and French Studies, Wesleyan University
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical School at Thomas Jefferson University
Bio: Lisa graduated from the Sidney Kimmel Medical School at Thomas Jefferson University. She received her B.A. in English and French Studies from Wesleyan University. She spent multiple summers volunteering as an English teacher in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her professional experiences also include her work as a special events director and a copywriter. During medical school, she has served as the Student Wellness Chair of Psychiatry Society as well as the Vice President of Integrative Medicine Society.
Clinical Interests: Women’s mental health, addiction, forensics
Name: Krista Koskinen, MD [she/her]
Medical School: School of Medicine at Uppsala University
Bio: Krista grew up in Finland and studied medicine at Uppsala University in Sweden. As a medical student, she spent seven months in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Vietnam completing clinical rotations and participated in a war trauma related mental health project in the Himalayas. After graduation, Krista lived in France and worked as a physician in several medical, pediatric, and psychiatric emergency departments as well as psychiatric outpatient clinics with immigrant and refugee populations. She completed her internship year at the University of Buffalo before joining the GW Psychiatry Residency Program where she hopes to train to become a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. Krista also speaks several languages and is fluent in English, Finnish, Swedish, French, and Spanish.
Clinical Interests: Global Mental Health, Cross-Cultural Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.
Name: Jonathan Liu, MD, MPH [he/him]
College: BS, Exercise and Sport Science, University of Utah
Graduate School: MPH, Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Bio: Jonathan grew up in Sandy, Utah and completed his undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Utah. He earned his Master of Public Health in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health before graduating from Creighton University School of Medicine. His areas of interest include health equity, social justice, humanism in medicine, and resiliency.
Clinical Interests: Consult/Liaison psychiatry, adult outpatient psychiatry, cultural psychiatry
Hobbies: Soccer, hiking, concerts, travel, yoga
Name: Frough (Tina) Safavi, MD [she/her]
College: BS, Biology, James Madison University
Graduate School: Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy, Georgetown University
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Bio: Tina graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She earned her B.S. in Biology from James Madison University and her M.S. in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy from Georgetown University. In the Richmond community, she founded a youth awareness campaign to educate and promote safe sexual health practices. In addition, she has served as a consultant for PAHO/WHO and interned with the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.
Clinical Interests: Global mental health, public health
Name: Melanie Tam, MD [she/her]
College: BS, Biological Sciences, Cornell University
Graduate School: MS, Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine
Bio: Melanie is a graduate of the Wake Forest School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate education at Cornell University, where she majored in Biological Sciences with a minor in Global Health. She also received a Master of Science in Global Health and Population from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has been involved in research throughout graduate and medical school pertaining to cognition and cancer treatment, HIV/AIDS, food insecurity, retention in care, and treatment adherence.
Clinical Interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry, global mental health, and cross-cultural psychiatry
Hobbies: Cooking food, eating food, and watching shows about other people cooking/eating food
Name: Roe Zelasko, MD [they/them]
College: BA, Playwriting, University at Buffalo
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at University at Buffalo
Bio: Roe was born, raised, and will talk to you extensively about Buffalo, NY. They went to the University at Buffalo for undergrad where they studied playwriting and afterwards moved to New York City to pursue this further (and also to pursue hourly wage jobs that paid the bills during this time). From there they served in the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa for two years and have worked on various projects in childhood malnutrition and other community initiative around West Africa since then. After all that, they found some time to go to medical school at the University at Buffalo.
Clinical Interests: Global Mental Health, community-based treatment of first episode psychosis, mental healthcare for transgender individuals, also probably something that I’m not even aware of yet
Hobbies: Theatre, trying my best to get involved in community activism, sleeping
Name: Danya P. Anouti, MD [she/her]
College: BS, Animal Physiology & Behavior; BA, Global Studies, Arizona State University
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Bio: Danya graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2019 where she pursued additional coursework in Integrative Medicine and Psychiatry. She received her double degree from Arizona State University completing a B.S. in Animal Physiology and Behavior and a B.A. in Global Studies graduating summa cum laude. Prior to starting medical school, Danya served in Teach For America and AmeriCorps as a high school science teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools. Danya has an extensive background in research with a focus on behavioral neuroscience research with publications in journals such as Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and Stress. In medical school, she conducted additional research focusing on obesity funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to research and community service, Danya is interested in education. Currently, she serves as Education Committee Co-Chair. In addition, in collaboration with the Department of Neurology, she started the Interest Group in Neuropsychiatry.
Clinical Interests: The intersection between psychiatry and medicine as well as law
Hobbies: Outside of medicine, Danya is passionate about fitness. She worked as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor for several years. Also, she has competed in the sport of Strongman and won the Maryland’s Strongest Woman Competition in 2017 and 2018.
Name: Nicholas Mahan, MD [he/him]
College: BS, Biological Sciences & Applied Mathematics, University of Notre Dame
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Bio: Nicholas Mahan is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He grew up in Seattle, Washington, and moved to the midwest to complete his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame. Nick is thrilled to be part of the GWU Psychiatry Residency Training Program class of 2023. His clinical interests include sleep medicine, psychosomatic medicine, healthcare informatics, telepsychiatry, as well as general adult and geriatric outpatient psychiatry.
Clinical Interests: Sleep medicine, psychosomatic medicine, healthcare informatics, telepsychiatry, as well as general adult and geriatric outpatient psychiatry.
Hobbies: In his free time, Nick enjoys swimming, cooking/eating, and a good audiobook.
Name: Shayna Popkin, DO [she/her]
College: BS, Biology, Monmouth University
Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Bio: Shayna Popkin graduated from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Colorado. She received her BS in Biology with a concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology from Monmouth University, where she worked as a tutor. Throughout medical school, she has taken on multiple projects including teaching professionalism as a clinical liaison at the University, working with victims of domestic violence in the community, and researching how changes in weather effect pain. Growing up in a family of law enforcement helped Shayna find her passion to pursue a career in forensic psychiatry.
Clinical Interests: Forensic psychiatry
Hobbies: Dogs, naps, the weather, sports
Name: Emily Schutzenhofer, MD [she/her]
College: BS, Chemistry & Global Development Studies, University of Virginia
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Bio: Emily graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where she also completed her BS in Chemistry and Global Development Studies. Both in her undergraduate career and in medical school, she served in numerous leadership positions (President of National Leadership Council for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Medical Student Coordinator of UVA Latino Health Initiative, Chair of the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) Medical Student Section Community Outreach Committee, Chapter President of AMA/Medical Society of Virginia, President of Women in Medicine Initiatives, President of the Psychiatry Interest Group, etc.). She was also elected by her peers into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. As a UVA Medical Design student fellow, she studied and practiced Human-Centered Design (Design Thinking) in the settings of global/community health and hospital quality improvement.
Clinical Interests: Global mental health, cross-cultural psychiatry, working with the community, and working with the child and adolescent population.
Hobbies: Cycling the bike trails around DC, hiking the mountains of Virginia, playing piano, traveling
Name: Michael Sexton, MD [he/him]
Graduate School: MPA, International Development, Harvard Kennedy School
Medical School: University of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Bio: Michael was born and raised in the UK and worked for the UK National Health Service as an Emergency Medicine physician before moving to Rwanda where he worked as a physician educator for Partners in Health. He then moved to the US to undertake a Masters in International Development at Harvard Kennedy School and subsequently worked as a Health Specialist at the World Bank where he oversaw the Ebola Emergency Response Project in Sierra Leone. Having sorely missed direct patient interaction, he decided to return to clinical medicine and completed PGYI Psychiatry residency at University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt before joining the GW Program as a PGYII.
Clinical Interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry, psychotherapy and working with marginalized and underprivileged groups
Hobbies: In his spare time Michael enjoys spending time with his wife, their young son and dog. He loves to watch premier league soccer and plays competitively himself.
Name: Rajdeep Singh, MD [he/him]
College: BS, Biology, Howard University
Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine
Bio: Rajdeep is a graduate of the Howard University College of Medicine, and also completed his BS in Biology there. In medical school, he served in many leadership roles, including Treasurer of Psychiatry Student Interest Group and Liaison to American Psychiatric Association, Student Council’s Chair of Activities and Fundraising, and mentor in Student National Medical Association. In addition, Rajdeep has always been passionate about serving his community and has sought opportunities as a camp head counselor, Punjabi school teacher, and co-founder of the Sikh Physician Network.
Clinical Interests: Psychiatry and religion, cultural/global psychiatry
Hobbies: Traveling, exercising (playing sports and working out), singing, photography, trying new food spots
Name: Alexandra Yoon, MD [she/her]
College: BS, Chemistry and History, College of William and Mary
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Bio: Alex graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She earned her BS degrees in Chemistry and History from the College of William and Mary. As an avid researcher, she has already accumulated multiple presentations and peer reviewed publications. While in medical school, she volunteered at a student-run free clinic and also served as an AHA certified CPR instructor, training community members. Alex is passionate about working with the child and adolescent population and has a long history of volunteering with mentoring programs at local public schools.
Clinical Interests: Child & adolescent psychiatry
Hobbies: Baking, drawing, running, Pilates
Name: Katherine Cowhey, MD [she/her]
College: BS, Psychology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduate School: MS Neuroscience, Tulane University
Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Bio: At her medical school, Kate co-founded the Latino Health Scholars Program and served as the Community Service Chair of the Spanish in Medicine Student Interest Group as well as volunteering in a Spanish speaking community free clinic, and completed a volunteer project in India providing health screenings for Tibetan refugees. In residency, she has served as co-chair of the Resident Retreat Committee and is pursuing her Masters of Public Health degree.
Clinical Interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry, with an emphasis in early childhood, and community psychiatry
Hobbies: Reading, traveling
Name: Sharwat Jahan, MD [she/her]
College: BS, Biochemistry, Stony Brook University, NY
Medical School: Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, CT
Bio: Between college and medical school, Sharwat worked as a clinical research associate for two years at the Angiogrpahic Core Laboratory in NY. While in medical school, she took on the role of the President of Psychiatry Interest Group. Before transferring into our program, she successfully completed a preliminary year in internal medicine at St. Vincent's Medical Center, CT, where she served on the hospital's Code 99/MET Call Committee to improve patient outcomes.
Name: Rida Malick, MD [she/her]
College: BA, Middle East and North African Studies, Northwestern University
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Bio: Rida has had multiple research and conference experiences on various subjects, including medical ethics, psychopharmacology, and preventative medicine, in addition to extensive global health experience in places such as Turkey and Uganda. She has presented on both national and international platforms. As a medical student she served as a volunteer at a student run free clinic and a local homeless shelter. Her interest areas include social justice, humanities, public policy and advocacy as well as global mental health and cross-cultural psychiatry.
Name: Renee Mao, MD [she/her]
College: BS, Economics, George Washington University
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine
Bio: In medical school, Renee completed the Residency Fellowship in Health Policy at GWU and was also Co-Chair of the GW Body Donor Memorial Service. Her areas of research include medical outcomes research, medical ethics and humanities, health policy and health equity. She has been published online and in literary, medical, and ethics journals, and served as a guest editor for the AMA Journal of Ethics. Renee has received numerous writing awards including the Washington DC Academy of Medicine Annual Bioethics Essay Contest and the AMA Journal of Ethics Conley Ethics Essay Contest. She was also a recipient of the George Washington Confucius Institute Shih Scholarship and the Jerry M. Wiener Award in Psychiatry.
Name: Rajkaran Sachdej, MD [he/him]
College: BA, Neuroscience & Behavior; BA in Middle Eastern, South Asian, & African Studies, Columbia University
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
Bio: While in medical school in Portland, OR, Raj held various leadership positions including Student Council President. Raj has also received recognition throughout his academic career for leadership, professionalism, and the promotion of diversity and inclusion, and was elected into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Raj is a recipient of the American Psychiatric Association's SAMHSA Minority Fellowship for 2020-2021 for which he aims to explore the psychiatric needs of his Pacific hometown of Guam. In the residency program, Raj has been an active member of the Wellness Committee that aims to bolster the program's sense of wellbeing and community.
Clinical Interests: Global Mental Health, Cross-cultural Psychiatry, LGBTQ Mental Health
Hobbies: Cooking, South Asian Dance, board Games, hiking, Hindustani classical music