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    APA Foundation Welcomes 2023 Class of Fellows, Largest in Program History

    May 2 2023

    Washington, D.C. — The American Psychiatric Association Foundation today (APAF) proudly welcomed 116 future psychiatric leaders into the 2023 class of fellows, marking the largest class in program history. The APA Foundation Resident Fellowship Program complements psychiatric residency training by providing experiential learning, mentorships, and professional development opportunities.

    Twenty-seven U.S. states and 80 medical institutions are represented in this class. The 2023 class is also the most diverse in fellowships history, with over 77% of participants self-identifying as people of color, 61% as women, and 24% as LGBTQ+.

    “We couldn’t be more excited to add this impressive class into our community of fellows and fellowship alumni at this critical time in mental health care,” said APAF Executive Director Rawle Andrews, Jr., Esq. “This cohort has already proven themselves to be a valuable source of talent and innovation. The future of psychiatry is in good hands.” Each fellow is assigned to one of nine different fellowships, encompassing topics from child and adolescent psychiatry to psychiatric research to public psychiatry. They will join 61 second-year fellows for a total of 177.

    Vedrana Hodzic, M.D., APAF’s director of fellowships, mentorship, and medical education, oversaw the recruitment of this year’s class. “It’s a privilege to play this role in the selection of my early-career colleagues for our Fellowship Program,” she said. “We are looking forward to working with and training these future leaders of our field.” The fellow alumni community includes thousands of practicing physicians, as the fellowships program was initiated over 30 years ago. Fellows sit on APA Councils and Committees, attend APA Annual Meetings, and take advantage of other opportunities to integrate closely into the field of psychiatry.

    2023 American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) Fellows

    APA/APAF Leadership Fellowship

    • Jeremiah Atkinson, M.D. (University of Minnesota)
    • Tiffany Benjamin, M.D., M.P.H. (Howard University Hospital)
    • Samuel Bunting, M.D., M.S.H.A. (The University of Chicago)
    • Nathan Carroll, M.D., M.B.A. (Jersey Shore University Medical Center)
    • EunBit Cho, M.D. (Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia)
    • Angela Eke-Usim, M.D., M.P.H. (Detroit Wayne County Health Authority)
    • Kaosoluchi Enendu, M.D., M.B.A. (Yale University)
    • Lauren Fields, M.D. (Mass General Hospital/McLean Hospital)
    • Preston Igwe, M.D. (UCLA Psychiatry Residency Training Program)
    • Adriana Kavoussi, M.D. (Duke University Hospital)
    • Zachary Kennedy, M.D. (University of Texas Southwestern)
    • Sean Lynch, M.D. (Mount Sinai Beth Israel)
    • Sandy Moubarek, M.D. (University of California Davis Health)
    • Frances Pillsbury, M.D., M.P.P., M.B.S. (NYU Grossman School of Medicine)
    • Ching-Fang Sun, M.D. (Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine)
    • Aaron van Dyne, M.D. (Naval Medical Readiness and Training Command Portsmouth)
    • Katherine Wu, M.D., M.A. (University of Virginia)

    Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    • Bekir Artukoglu, M.D. (SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University)
    • William Butler, M.D. (Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School)
    • Eugenia Chen, M.D. (Kaiser Permanente San Jose)
    • Gabriela Cintron Bernier, M.D., M.S. (Boston Medical Center)
    • Saral Desai, M.D. (Tower Health - Phoenixville Hospital)
    • Ryan Engert, M.D. (SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University)
    • Candice Espinoza, M.D. (Johns Hopkins University)
    • Fatma Ozlem Hokelekli MD, Ph.D. (University of Texas Southwestern)
    • Carly Kawanishi, M.D. (University of Colorado)
    • Aaron Lulla, M.D., Ph.D. (UCLA VA Greater Los Angeles Psychiatry Residency Training Program)
    • Chelsea Miller, M.D. (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
    • Christian Monsalve, M.D. (University of Texas Southwestern)
    • Brittany Stallworth-Jackson, M.D. (Morehouse School of Medicine)
    • Brigette Torrise, M.D. (Oregon Health and Science University)
    • Vedang Uttarwar, M.D. (University of California, Irvine)
    • Matthew Williams, M.D., M.B.A. (University of California San Francisco)
    • Gary Wu, M.D. (Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science)
    • Emma Zavala-Suarez, M.D., J.D. (University of California Davis Health)

    Community Diversity Fellowship

    • Kelly Akah, M.D. (Einstein Health Care Network)
    • Samantha Hinds, M.D. (Rochester General Hospital)
    • Yesul Kim, M.D. (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
    • Kyal Lalk, M.D. (Henry Ford Hospital)
    • James Lockhart, M.D. (George Washington University)
    • Tamara McClain, M.D. (Authority Health)
    • Julia Rodes, M.D. (Medical University of South Carolina)
    • Jason Tran, M.D. (Kaiser Permanente San Jose)
    • Cristina Valentin-Rivera, M.D. (Broward Health Psychiatry Residency)
    • Devin Van Dyke, M.D. (BIDMC Harvard Psychiatry Residency)
    • Deonna Vaughn, M.D. (University of Michigan)
    • Nikhila Veluri, M.D. (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso)
    • Giovani Moises Zelada, M.D. (University of Texas Southwestern)

    Diversity Leadership Fellowship

    • Majd Alsayed, M.D. (Charleston Area Medical Center/West Virginia University)
    • Wendy Clay, M.D. (Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine)
    • Rikera Curry, M.D. (Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center)
    • Dulce Maria De McCoy, D.O. (Allegheny General Hospital)
    • Marie Desir, M.D. (Brigham and Women's Hospital)
    • Maricar Gener, D.O. (Authority Health)
    • Ganaelle Joseph-Senatus, M.D. (Mass General Hospital/McLean Hospital)
    • Victor Kekere, M.D., M.S. (One Brooklyn Health - Interfaith Medical Center)
    • James Lee, M.D. (University of Washington)
    • Kanya Nesbeth, M.D. (Howard University Hospital)
    • Elizabeth Oduwo, M.D. (University of Washington)
    • Ciara Styles, M.D. (Medical University of South Carolina)
    • Alfonso Vera Jr, M.D. (University of California, Irvine)
    • Jing Yi Wang, M.D. (University of Texas at Houston)
    • Jessica Williams, M.D. (Barnes-Jewish/Washington University in St. Louis)

    Edwin V. Valdiserri Correctional Public Psychiatry Fellowship

    • Allison Rooney, M.D. (University of Washington)

    Jeanne Spurlock Congressional

    • Ebony Caldwell, M.D., M.P.H. (Yale University)
    • Christian Moser, M.D. (Medstar Georgetown University Hospital)

    Psychiatric Research Fellowship

    • Brittany Gouse, M.D., M.P.H.

    Public Psychiatry Fellowship

    • Alexa Bell, M.D. (National Capital Consortium)
    • Ruth Bishop, M.D., M.B.A. (Medical University of South Carolina)
    • Brianna Engelson, M.D. (University of Minnesota)
    • Hania Ibrahim, M.D. (Duke University Hospital)
    • Anum Iqbal, M.D., M.P.H. (Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science)
    • Eric Kramer MD, M.P.H. (University of California, Irvine)
    • Wonyun Lee M.B.B.S., M.A. (Maimonides Medical Center)
    • Yezhe Lin, M.D. M.Sc. (Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine)
    • Angela Liu, M.D. (Northwell Health at Zucker Hillside Hospital)
    • Alexander McClanahan, M.D., M.H.A. (Medical University of South Carolina)
    • Jessica Membreno, M.D., M.B.A. (UCLA VA Greater Los Angeles Psychiatry Residency Training Program)
    • Temitope Ogundare, M.D., M.P.H. (Boston University Medical Center)
    • Adeolu Oladunjoye, M.D., M.P.H. (Baylor College of Medicine)
    • Brooke Olson, M.D. (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
    • Alice Thompson, M.D. (University of Texas/Dell Medical School)
    • Bryan VanDreese, D.O. (Mayo Clinic)
    • Chevaughn Wellington, M.D. (Boston Medical Center)

    SAMHSA Minority Fellowship

    • Nientara Anderson, M.D. (Yale University)
    • Amira Athanasios, M.D. (Jersey Shore University Medical Center)
    • Oluwole Babatunde, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. (Prisma Health Psychiatry Greer)
    • Oluwakemi Balogun, M.D. (Duke University Hospital)
    • Benjamin Burton, M.D. (San Mateo County Psychiatry Residency Program)
    • Samita Chandi, M.D. (Beaumont Health)
    • Allison Chang, M.D. (University of Hawaii)
    • Xialing Ann Chen, M.D. (Sutter Health California Pacific Medical Center)
    • Malini Desai, M.D. (Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University)
    • Chrystel Dol, M.D. (Meharry Medical College)
    • Osama El-Gabalawy, M.D., M.S. (Columbia University - NYP Hospital & New York State Psychiatric Institute)
    • Fikayo Falodun, M.D. (Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania)
    • Terence Howard, M.D. (University of California San Francisco)
    • Sandy Juste, M.D. (Meharry Medical College)
    • Russell Kackley, M.D. (University of Hawaii)
    • Mikaela Kelly, M.D., M.P.H. (Stanford)
    • Derrick Knox, M.D. (Naval Medical Center San Diego)
    • Suneeta Kumari, M.D., M.P.H. (Ocean University Medical Center)
    • Nicolette Lee, M.D. (Thomas Jefferson University Hospital)
    • Darron Lewis, M.D. (Morehouse School of Medicine)
    • Marcos Moreno, M.D. (Yale University)
    • Rohit Mukherjee, M.D., M.P.H. (University of California Los Angeles)
    • BreeOna Namukowa, M.D., M.S.P.H. (Boston Medical Center)
    • Natalie Ramsey, M.D., Ph.D. (New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Campus/New York State Psychiatric Institute Program)
    • Natalie Rivera Matos, M.D. (Gateway Behavioral Health Community Service Board)
    • Samir Sarda, D.O., M.P.H. (Rush University Medical Center)
    • Elaine Shen, M.D. (Northwestern McGaw)
    • Bessie Staplefoote-Boynton, M.D., M.P.H. (Duke University Hospital)
    • Tonee Sumlin, M.D. (Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University)
    • Marlene Torres, M.D., M.P.H. (University of California San Francisco)
    • Ashley Wu, M.D. (University of Southern California)
    • Juliana Zambrano Navia, M.D., M.P.H. (Mass General Hospital/McLean Hospital)

    American Psychiatric Association Foundation

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    American Psychiatric Association

    The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the oldest medical association in the country. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 38,000 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and research of mental illnesses. APA's vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. For more information, please visit