Name: Amari Carter [he/him]
Hobbies: Cross-platform video games, with his favorite being Apex legends, where he is currently ranked Platinum on the global servers; Shonen manga, anime, and reading comic books
Name: Gary Hovsepian [he/him]
Hobbies: His hobbies and interests include plant propagation, beginner ukuleleist, 10+ guitarist, weight training, medication, language learning and is an avid manga reader.
|Name: Benjamin McMahon [he/him]
College: BS, Biology; BS, History, University of Florida
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Ben, raised in Tallahassee, FL, holds dual bachelor's degrees in Biology and History fromthe University of Florida, with a focus on disability studies and Holocaust history. His noteworthy research on the experimental transmissibility of ALS at the Borchelt Laboratory secured a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, leading to clinical research on neurotoxicity models of Huntington’s disease in Berlin, Germany at Charité Hospital. He then joined the National
Hobbies: Running, amateur woodworking, evening walks, talking with friends, learning American Sign Language from his sister, and fishing with his dad
Name: Justin Sevier [he/him]
Hobbies: Exercise, meditation, camping/hiking/backpacking
Clinical Interests: Exercise, meditation, sleep hygiene, ancestral diets
Name: Yuto Tobin Miyaji [he/him]
Hobbies: Running, hiking, snowboarding, salsa dancing, photography, cooking, and baking
Name: Ramsin Yadgar [he/him]
Hobbies: Running, high-intensity interval training, skateboarding,
Clinical Interests: Addiction psychiatry, cross-cultural psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and neuropsychiatry
|Name: Martin Clark, MD [he/him]
College: BS, Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Martin began his career as a mental health technician at Tucker Pavilion Psychiatric Hospital and enrolled in a post- baccalaureate pre-health sciences program while working full time at Tucker. Through his work with student interest groups and as a rehabilitation specialist and crisis intervention specialist on an Assertive Community Treatment in DC, he worked with adults experiencing homelessness and chronic mental illness. He has received awards and recognition for excellence in leadership in mental health delivery and organization both in the community and during medical school. Martin has shown steadfast commitment to providing mental health support for vulnerable patients and populations, and he hopes to continue his work in his future career.
Clinical Interests: Community psychiatry, assertive community treatment, addiction medicine, evolutionary psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine
Hobbies: Long distance backpacking (hiked 2,650 mile of the Pacific Crest Trail and 1,250 miles of the Appalachian Trail), bicycle touring (completed section of The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Canada to Montana), trail running, and electronic music production
|Name: Darren Jackson II, MD [he/him]
College: BS, Morgan State University
Graduate Studies: MPH, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Darren completed his B.S. at Morgan State University and his M.P.H. at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. As the Wellness Coordinator for The Harlem Children’s Zone, he used his passion for child development to forge a more efficient and effective support system for kids of color living in Harlem. He continued his commitment to youth mentorship through his position as the senior program coordinator for the Envision National Youth Leadership Forum. In his role, he led a diverse staff of educators and managed the daily facilitation of a hands-on clinical curriculum for over 900 High School STEM students.
Hobbies:Meditation (Books-Medications for Men Who Do Too Much, The Mind Illuminated, Mixed martial arts, Event Planning (RULES for Black Men, Public Health Theory of Change for Underserved Communities)
Name: Hira Mohyuddin, MD [she/her]
Hobbies: Tae Kwon Do (where she has a black belt!), kickboxing, reading, traveling around the world
Clinical Interests: Forensic psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, and interventional psychiatry
Name: Marisa Penn, MD [she/her]
Hobbies: Marisa has been slowly turning her apartment into a jungle with her extensive houseplant collection. During her free time, you can find her re-watching The Office for the 100th time, exploring the city through food (especially brunch!), frequenting overpriced coffee shops, or hanging out near a body of water.
Clinical Interests: Neuromodulation, child and adolescent psychiatry, and consultation-liaison psychiatry
|Name: Vignesh Sadras, MD [he/him]
College: BS, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Bio: Vignesh provided GED tutoring to people who were incarcerated and experiencing mental illness at the Baltimore City Detention Center through the Johns Hopkins University Jail Tutorial Project. Through his experience, he recognized his own biases and the truth of human dignity. He facilitated engagement with an East Baltimore community advocacy group to repair the historic and current injustices experienced by this community of color and it has impressed upon him his responsibility as a physician to advocate for social justice. Vignesh led a 30-minute weekly meditation group for the entire East Baltimore Johns Hopkins community for participants to learn about, practice, and reflect on approaches to Dharmic religions. Guiding this group has taught him how to create a safe and engaging learning environment, how to facilitate group discussions, and it has also deepened his own practice of meditation.
Hobbies: He enjoys singing, especially spiritually oriented songs and Carnatic (South Indian Classical) music, appreciates books written by visionaries in spirituality and social justice (Swami Chinmayananda, Marisela Gomez, Bryan Stevenson)
Clinical Interests: Spirituality in Psychiatry, Homelessness
Name: Rina Samant, MD [she/her]
Hobbies: Rina loves to read, especially biographies and books
Clinical Interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry
|Name: Aryan Tafreshi, MD [he/him]
College: BA, Biological Sciences, Binghamton University
Medical School: State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University
Bio: Aryan played a pivotal role in refugee care during his time as a medical student as he had provided translation services in Dari, assessed patients in the clinical setting, and helped connect Afghan patients with health-services after the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in the summer of 2021. He remains committed to refugee care and is interested in global mental health as he is currently involved in GW’s Global Mental Health Equity Lab under the supervision of Dr. Brandon Kohrt. He is an active singer-songwriter and recognizes the important role music and arts can play in mental health as it can be both an outlet and a way to connect with others' shared experiences.
Hobbies: Sound Design, Music Production, Audio Engineering, Vocal Recording & Songwriting, Fishing, Kayaking, Iranian/Persian Culture and Associated Festivals/Holidays; Reading Russian Literature, Fantasy and Magic Realism (Favorite author is Haruki Murakami)
Clinical Interests: Global Mental Health, Translational Medicine, Refugee Care
|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, DO [she/her]
College: BS, Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University
Medical School: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, School of Osteopathic Medicine
Bio: Miglia was born and raised in Rockaway, NJ. She received her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University and her master’s from Boston University. She earned her medical degree from A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. While in medical school, Miglia completed a Global Affairs summer 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. Miglia has worked extensively with the Asian American community. She helped organize the first Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Summit in Boston as well as served on the planning committee for the annual Let’s Talk Conference hosted by the MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Wellness. Miglia also served as an ambassador for Together Empowering Asian Minds, an organization focused on de-stigmatizing mental health in the Asian American community.
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: Nina Govalla, MD [she/her]
College: BS, Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Medicine
Bio: Nina was born in Douala, the industrial capital of Cameroon. She completed her undergraduate course in Biological Sciences at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. She then earned her medical degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Medicine. Throughout medical school, she worked as a Caregiver for elderly patients with dementia. She volunteered as a mentor to refugee youths in the Kansas City area. As an immigrant, she is primarily driven to improve mental health for people in her cultural community. She hopes to create an organization to promote mental health awareness in Cameroon. Nina completed her PGY-1 year of residency at the University of Arizona-Tucson Banner Health Psychiatry Program, after which she joined the GW Psychiatry Residency Program as a PGY-2.
Hobbies: baking cheese, running her thrifting page, sewing, traveling and sampling desserts from all cultures, reading fiction novels, game nights with friends and family.
|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 Health Care 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 heath care 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]
Clinical interests: global mental health, cultural psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, sleep psychiatry, psycho-oncology, and forensic psychiatry
Hobbies: Hiking, video games, board games, travel
Name: Lisa Eitches, MD [she/her]
Clinical Interests: Women’s mental health, addiction, forensics
Name: Krista Koskinen, MD [she/her]
Clinical Interests: Global Mental Health, Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
Name: Tina Safavi, MD [she/her]
Clinical Interests: Global mental health, public health
Name: Rosie Zelasko, MD [they/them]
Clinical Interests: Global Mental Health, community-based treatment of first episode psychosis, mental healthcare for transgender individuals.
Hobbies: Theatre, community activism