Current Residents


Amari Carter
Name: Amari Carter [he/him]
College: BS, Biological Sciences, The Tuskegee University
Medical School: Howard University School of Medicine
Bio: Amari Carter earned his B.S. in Biological Sciences from the Tuskegee University and will be soon graduating from the Howard University School of Medicine. He has demonstrated a continued commitment to service through his extensive volunteerism. Most notably, at the Adams Place Men’s Homeless Shelter, which offers a hot dinner and beds to the underserved community, he ultimately became a student liaison where he managed the schedules and coordinated volunteers for each event. Amari is committed to mentorship and enabling exposure to the field of medicine to underrepresented and underserved students. As a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., he has consistently served as a mentor and provided leadership to disadvantaged black male youths through numerous Atlanta and D.C. metropolitan areas.
Hobbies: He enjoys engaging in cross-platform video games, with his favorite being Apex legends. He is currently ranked Platinum on the global servers. He likes innovative technology, consumer products, and electric vehicles. He loves Shonen manga, anime, and reading comic books.
Gary Hovsepian
Name: Gary Hovsepian [he/him]
College: BS, Biology, The George Washington University
Medical School: The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Bio: Gary Hovsepian is a fourth-year medical student at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his B.S. in Biology at the George Washington University. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society. Gary prides himself on connecting and communicating well with the people he serves. Through his experiences working in retail, providing comfort to inpatient hospice patients, engaging in ethnic communities, tutoring, and mentoring. Through Gary’s Armenian heritage and experiences with the greater Armenian community, he has gained an appreciation for the unique medical needs and considerations of subpopulations of ethnic minorities. He strives to apply his insights in his future work to provide culturally sensitive, patient centered care.
Hobbies: His hobbies and interests include plant propagation, beginner ukuleleist, 10+ guitarist, weight training, medication, language learning and is  an avid manga reader.
Benjamin McMahon
Name: Benjamin McMahon [he/him]
College: BS, Biology; BS, History, University of Florida
Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Bio: Benjamin McMahon is a fourth-year medical student at the Tulane
University School of Medicine. He received his B.S. in Biology & History
from the University of Florida. He also attended the Foundation for
Advanced Education in the Sciences. Throughout medical school,
Benjamin has used his position as a professional student to advocate for
better patient care. In a culmination of his work thus far, he hosted an
advocacy workshop at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry conference teaching clinicians of all career stages how to
become involved in patient advocacy through various modalities
including testifying, writing opinion editorials, and using social media.
With the distinct goal of being able to serve a diverse patient
population, Benjamin learned to conduct an entire patient interview in
American Sign Language and plans to continue his ASL training through
to fluency.
Hobbies: He loves running and hiking with his half-Golden Retriever,
half-Chihuahua puppy (Rory)! He enjoys helping others create a calming
and personalized home and is working on an interior design magazine
article featuring design options for all budgets (even medical students).
His interests include beekeeping. His twin sister, a certified apiarist,
helped him get started. A few hives later and they have locally produced
honeycomb for the farmer's market.
Justin Sevier
Name: Justin Sevier [he/him]
College: BA, Spanish language, Literature and Culture, The George Washington University
Medical School: The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Bio: Justin Sevier will soon be graduating from the George Washington
School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is a recipient Carol M. and
F. Henry Strayer Memorial Scholarship Fund. He earned his B.A. in
Spanish language, Literature and Culture from the George Washington
University. Justin entered medical school with eight years of paramedic
and clinical experience. Through years spent as a medical tech in
inpatient psychiatry units and integrative medicine clinics, and then
through his medical school rotations in GW’s Department of Psychiatry,
he has witnessed advance in the foundational science and clinical
practice of psychiatry and envisions a career contributing to continued
growth in the field. He is currently working on a project focused
primarily on lifestyle change titled "Curriculum development and
implementation of a training program focused on diet, exercise, sleep
hygiene, and stress reduction for rising second-year medical students."
Justin has spent the last seventeen (17) years trying to better
understand these four (4) topics and feels strongly that we should be
'training' future clinicians to be healthy in the hopes that personal
experience with this lifestyle shift would transfer into their patient care.
Yuto Tobin Miyaji
Name: Yuto Tobin Miyaji [he/him]
College: BS, Biochemistry, Binghamton University
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bio: Yuto Tobin Miyaji earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from the Binghamton University and will be soon graduating from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He was involved during the COVID pandemic to offer help to those in need. He volunteered time to deliver groceries, care packages for mothers, and tutor children for families working in healthcare. He maintained his diligence through health concerns within the family. His father was placed in a nursing home during the first year of medical school, and he ran errands for his 99-year-old grandmother bi-weekly during the height of the pandemic. Yuto is active in the soccer community, playing in the Einstein gym recreationally with classmates and playing in a semi-pro/amateur NYC league on the weekends. He builds relationships within Einstein and provides guidance to underclassmen who met him through these events. He is a member of FC Japan soccer team, consisting mainly of Japanese players. The team plays in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League, established in 1923, and consists of semi-pro/amateur teams in NYC.
Hobbies: His other interests include running, hiking, snowboarding, salsa dancing, photography, cooking, and baking.
Ramsin Yadgar
Name: Ramsin Yadgar [he/him]
College: BS, Electrical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara
Medical School: The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Bio: Ramsin Yadgar is from San Jose, California. He attended college at
the University of California Santa Barbara where he obtained a
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. After graduating, he
completed the Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program at Scripps
College in Claremont, CA. He will be graduating from the George
Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He
is a recipient of the Harold and Mary Miller Academic Scholarship.
Prior to medical school, Ramsin had a successful career working as
an electrical engineer in a Fortune 500 company. Ramsin has had
extensive research experiences and publications, starting from his
senior engineering design project in college that culminated in a
publication that has been cited over 260 times. His
interests include patient education and advocacy, minority health,
medical innovation/technology, mentorship, and Assyrian culture
and language preservation.
Hobbies: Running, high-intensity interval training, skateboarding,
cars and clothing/shoe collection, restoration and sale.



Martin Clark
Name: Martin Clark, MD [he/him]
College: BS, Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Bio: Martin earned his B.S. in Psychology from the Virginia Commonwealth University and recently graduated from the 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
Darren Jackson II
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
Bio: 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)

Hira Mohyuddin
Name: Hira Mohyuddin, MD [she/her]
College: BA, Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Virginia
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Bio: Hira graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She earned her B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Virginia. Hira has been a member of a multidisciplinary team of medical students, residents and faculty for the past eleven years, during which time, she has participated in research projects, presented at national conferences and has multiple publications to her credit. She is passionate about advocacy and believes her experience as an intern for former senator and current Vice President Kamala Harris was instrumental in helping her realize that she is drawn towards advocating for underrepresented populations, for equity health access and delivery and for parity for mental health services. She has served as president for three student organizations (William H. Beaumont Medical Research Honor Society, Psychiatry Interest Group, Art in Medicine Club). Hira’s leadership in these roles speaks to service to her school and community in a variety of capacities. She has been inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
Hobbies: She enjoys kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do. Hira is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She loves to read and travel around the world.
Marisa Penn

Name: Marisa Penn, MD [she/her]
College: BS, Neuroscience with Chemistry and Psychology Minors, Duke University
Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Bio: Marisa recently graduated from Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. She completed her B.S. in Neuroscience with Chemistry & Psychology Minors from Duke University. Marisa has developed an interest in neural networks and their implications in psychological pathology, and became involved in a variety of research in brain pathology and neuromodulation as a treatment for psychiatric disorders, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She is passionate about mentorship, and integrated opportunities to give back through mentorship in her various leadership roles during medical school, as an anatomy tutor and mentor in medical school for first year medical students, and as a participant in a various mentorship programs for premedical students, elementary children interested in STEM, and underserved communities. Marisa first became interested in psychiatry prior to medical school when she worked in an inpatient psychiatric facility alongside a multidisciplinary team leading dialectical behavior therapy groups and assisting patients as they adjusted to medications and processed their traumas and diagnoses. She later came to love psychiatry because it allows her to explore the intersections of medicine with social issues within the legal and education systems, and make significant impacts on patients' quality of life. She is interested in neuromodulation, child and adolescent psychiatry, and consultation-liaison psychiatry.
Clinical Interests: neuromodulation, child and adolescent psychiatry, and consultation-liaison psychiatry
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.

Vignesh Sadras
Name: Vignesh Sadras, MD [he/him]
College: BS, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University 
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Bio: Vignesh graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. 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 lead 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, group facilitation skills and has 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)
Rina Samant
Name: Rina Samant, MD [she/her]
College: BA, Psychology, The George Washington University
Medical School: The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Bio: Rina Samant is originally from Michigan. She received her B.A. in
Psychology from the George Washington University, where she
also attended medical school. Along with the M.D. program, she
completed a Scholarly Concentration in Health Policy. Between her
first and second years of medical school, she was selected to
participate in the national Health Policy Fellowship Initiative. She
completed an internship in the Government Affairs division of the
American Academy of Ophthalmology. She authored a letter to be
circulated among organizations that will work with the Academy to
advocate for Medicare coverage of visual assistive devices for
individuals with low vision. She also co-authored the paper “A Call
to Cease the Use of Slave Analogies in Medical Literature”, which
explores the use of the term “master-slave” in medical literature
and proposes alternate terminology. She is completing her PGY 1
in Internal Medicine at Piedmont Macon Medical Center. Rina is
excited to pursue psychiatry at GW because of the positive impact
that mental health care can have on every aspect of a patient’s life.
Her clinical interests include inpatient child and adolescent
Hobbies: Rina loves to read, especially biographies and books
about European history. She also enjoys solving sudoku puzzles
and word searches.
Aryan Tafreshi
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 earned his B.A. in Biological Sciences from the Binghamton University and will be soon graduating from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. Early in the pandemic, Aryan teamed with a friend to develop a proposal and secure New York State grant money to develop what grew to be an up to 40K boxes-per-week food distribution program for immunocompromised New Yorkers unable to safely venture into public spaces. The experience not only honed skills in creative problem solving, teamwork and logistics, but also solidified the idea that service can act as a form of therapy and working with underserved communities is a passion of his. He is an active musician 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 experience. He is a mentor to a first-year medical student through Upstate’s MedMentor and he continues that strong relationship to this day.
Hobbies: Sound Design, Music Production, Audio Engineering, Vocal Recording & Songwriting, Poetry, Electric Guitar, Math-rock, and Hip-Hop Music; Iranian/Persian Culture and Associated Festivals/Holidays; Reading Russian Literature, Fantasy and Sci-Fi (Haruki Murakami is his favorite author).


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.
Miglia Cornejo
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
Nina Govalla
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.
James Lockhart
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.
Emily Rosen
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.



Alexander Beard
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, sleep psychiatry, psycho-oncology, and forensic psychiatry
Hobbies: Hiking, video games, board games, travel
Lisa Eitches
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
Krista Koskinen
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. During her medical studies she spent seven months in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Vietnam completing clinical rotations and participating in community-based mental health projects. After graduation, Krista worked as a physician in several medical and psychiatric emergency departments as well as psychiatric outpatient clinics with immigrant and refugee populations. Besides the residency training at GW, Krista is currently completing her psychoanalytic training at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis in DC. Krista is fluent in English, Finnish, Swedish, French, and Spanish.
Clinical Interests: Global Mental Health, Cross-Cultural Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.
Jonathan Liu
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
Frough Safavi
Name: 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
Melanie Tam
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
Roe Zelasko
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