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PGY-3 Residents

Jessica Cohen

Jessica Cohen

B.A., Yale University

M.D., Emory University School of Medicine

Depending on whom you ask, Jessica is either the top student in her class or one of the top 10. That says a lot to me given that some of our best residents have been Emory students. In fact I challenge you to think of an Emory medical student who has not been one of our best residents. Jessica is exceptional and is a Robert Woodruff Fellow and received honors in seven of her eight clinical rotations including psychiatry (of course). She actively participated in research doing a nutritional study of Haitian children and she is presently studying a comprehensive care model for patients with HIV/AIDS, serious mental illness and substance abuse. She has volunteered extensively in projects such as the South Georgia farm workers Project and Physicians for Human Rights. She also is a club player in Ultimate Frisbee with three appearances in national tournaments and she is a marathon runner.

 

Sarah Cook

Sarah Cook

B.A., Stanford University

M.B.Ch.B., Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland

Sarah Cook is thrilled to be at Emory! As a Minnesotan with dual citizenship in the US and New Zealand, she pursued medicine in Ireland as she was eager to live in Europe and also reconnect with her Irish roots. Her background helped foster an interest in working with people from diverse experiences. Sarah loves art, yoga, reading, wine-tasting, and discovering new restaurants.

 

Andrew Farkas

Andrew Farkas

B.S., State University of New York

M.S., State University of New York

M.D., University at Buffalo State University of New York School of Medicine

Andrew is a couple’s match with Sheril (see below). In his personal statement Andrew stated that he had a “deep interest in public health, particularly relating to issues confronting the medically underserved.” Andrew backs up this statement and has been actively involved in his community serving in a student run free clinic and in a rural geriatric clinic while he was in medical school. He received the Marek Zaleski award for academic achievement and community service. He also inducted into the Golden Key National Honor Society and was awarded an undergraduate research grant for a project entitled: Cloning a novel serotonin receptor in Aplysia californica. Like many of our incoming residents he is a marathon runner.

 

Cynthia Gillikin

Cynthia Gillikin

B.S., Wake Forest University

Ph.D., University of Miami

M.D., University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Cynthia graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wake Forest after doing research on the ecology and evolution of seabirds that allowed her to travel to the Galapagos Islands and ecological research sponsored by the National Science Foundation. While at Wake Forest she was awarded the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for undergraduate students interested in scientific research. She matriculated to Miami University earning a full scholarship and the Michele R. Bowman Scholarship for researchers focusing on women’s mental health. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. She earned her PhD doing research on the etiology, prevention and treatment of female adolescent substance abuse in the NIDA supported Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Substance Abuse. Her attendings on all of her clinical rotations consistently described her as demonstrating “outstanding” clinical skills.

 

Khanh Ha

Khanh Ha

B.S., University of Portland

M.D., Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

As a child growing up in the bustling streets of Saigon, Khanh lived a relatively sheltered life, protected by her family from the many ills of a Communist country.  Certain cultural taboos also remained enigmas to her despite inquiries.  It was not until many years later, after having assimilated herself to Western culture, after seeing time and again how her family keeps quiet about struggles with mental illness, and after witnessing the sadness, fear, and eventual acceptance of mental illness in her patients and their families, did Khanh realize the crucial need for dialogue about psychiatric illnesses in her own community and her role in helping achieve this goal.  Medical school experiences gave Khanh the clinical and research opportunities to embrace her newfound interests through multiple psychiatric rotations and through studying and publishing in the area of depression and quality of life.  Khanh spent her PGY-1 year in Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where enriching experiences gave her a solid foundation to build on her career but where unfortunately the reality of limited resources led to the closure of a once great program.  Having undergone program closure has taught Khanh many things, mainly that it is more important than ever to fight for those with psychiatric illnesses and to educate communities at large about these issues. 

 

Matthew Hughes

Matthew Hughes

B.S., Texas A & M University

M.D., Texas Tech University School of Medicine

Matthew was characterized on his evaluations as “the best student I ever taught”. In his interviews with our faculty he clearly expressed an interest in developing his clinical skills although he has also been actively engaged in research with a national poster presentation at the Society for Neuroscience. In his interviews and recommendations, Matthew demonstrated that he has developed skills in patient care beyond what would be expected from a medical student. His clinical skills with a diverse patient population were described as “outstanding”. One supervisor stated that: “The types of skills that Matthew demonstrated while interacting with patients cannot be taught.” On his primary psychiatry rotation he was described as “the best student of the year” receiving the “outstanding student of the year” award from the department of psychiatry. He has developed a strong interest in community psychiatry while working at the Texas MHMR and a local transcranial magnetic stimulation clinic. He is also an accomplished lacrosse goalie and is engaged in numerous other athletic pursuits including scuba diving. He is also interested in “string theory” and we challenge the faculty to help him develop that pursuit.

 

Sheril Kalarithara

Sheril Kalarithara

B.S., Stony Brook University

M.D., University of Buffalo State University of New York School of Medicine

Sheril is the recipient of a number of academic awards including the Presidential Scholar in each of her four years of college.  She received the Deans Letter of Commendation for academic excellence for her outstanding performance in the first three years of medical school.  She has also been an active participant in her community since high school, taking an important role in the student run free health clinic in Buffalo.  In their recommendations, the faculty repeatedly described her as engaging and intellectually curious.  This description matched was we noted during her interviews.  Sheril has traveled extensively in India, Kuwait, Dubai, South Africa, Indonesia and Thailand. She has diverse interests including ballet, yoga, crew, rugby and was a boxer in college.g and intellectually curious.  This description matched was we noted during her interviews.  Sheril has traveled extensively in India, Kuwait, Dubai, South Africa, Indonesia and Thailand. She has diverse interests including ballet, yoga, crew, rugby and was a boxer in college.

 

Sipra Laddha

Sipra Laddha

B.A., New York University

M.D., University of Buffalo State University of New York School of Medicine

Sipra is well known to many of us as she traveled to Atlanta for a second visit. She received a Presidential Honors Scholarship at NYU, won the Rotary Club award for outstanding community service and traveled extensively spending one summer in India on a research project sponsored by the Medical Research Foundation. She was the editor of the Global Health Review and Undergraduate Medical Dialogue. In medical school she was involved in research in children with autistic spectrum disorders. She has a strong interest in the intersection of history, psychiatry and global affairs and published an article on the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 in the journal Global Affairs. She received multiple honors on her clinical courses including psychiatry and the lowest clinical grade she has received is highly satisfactory.

 

Cliff Lin

Cliff Lin

B.A., Northwestern University

M.D., University of Chicago School of Medicine

Cliff graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern.  Cliff worked internationally including working on a neuropathic pain project with Abbott labs and helping to prepare the submission to the European version of the FDA.  He also spent a year in Japan teaching English.  He was attracted to Atlanta because of the multicultural feel of the city.  He has exceptional recommendations describing his clinical and personal attributes.  Compassionate was a word that was often used to describe him in his recommendations.  During medical school, he served in a student run health clinic for children on the south side of Chicago and helped develop a program to decrease smoking in elementary children.

 

Nancy Martin

Nancy Martin

B.S., University of Notre Dame

M.D., University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Nancy is a native New Mexican who couples matched with her husband David Martin in the Pathology department. She grew up in an Air Force family and has traveled throughout the world, including India, China, Tibet, and Thailand. She had some of the best recommendations of any candidate we interviewed including multiple references to her work with terminally-ill and underserved, indigent populations. She was inducted into the Gold Humanism Society and received honors for her research entitled “The Impact of Ethanol Exposure on Maternal Behavior in Primiparous Mice”. She has an interest in medical entomology and published an article in Clinical Toxicology entitled “Recurrent, persistent, or late, new-onset hematologic abnormalities in Crotaline snakebite” while in medical school. She enjoys running, Bikram yoga, cooking, and supporting local farming efforts. She won a national recipe contest and was featured in Hallmark Magazine. Her interests in Psychiatry include women’s health and addiction.

 

Abigail Nash

Abigail Nash

B.A., Bryn Mawr College

Ph.D., University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School

M.D., University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School

Abigail received A’s on all of her clinical rotations and wrote in her personal statement that she “believes the science of psychiatry is in its young stages and quickly approaching its growth spurt.”  She completed her PhD in Molecular Biophysics using nuclear magnetic resonance to study the structure and dynamics of bacterial photoreceptors and has published in journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Biochemistry.  While in graduate school she also arranged mentorship for other women in the medical scientist training program and as a third year medical student served as the first Chairperson for an international Gordon Research Symposium on Photosensory Receptors and Signal Transduction in Barga, Italy.

 

Ryan Sultan

Ryan Sultan

B.S., Trinity College

M.D., Drexel University College of Medicine

A native New Yorker, Ryan fled the northeast for the warmer weather of South!  He has been described as working “tirelessly in service to his patients”. If there was a word that was repeated in his references and evaluations it was “enthusiastic” and this was evidenced by his energy and collegiality on his interview day.

Professionally, Ryan came to Emory for its broad clinical experiences, research opportunities and psychoanalytic training. He is currently involved in a study with Dr. Erica Duncan investigating the increased risk of ischemic cardiac events from atypical antipsychotics. Additionally, Ryan is working on an article concerning learning disabilities and medical education. He is a candidate in the psychoanalytic institute as well as a member of the Grady Ethics Committee. Ryan plans to complete analytic training and pursue a fellowship in child psychiatry.

 

Yilang Tang

Yilang Tang

M.D., Peking University, Beijing

M.S., Capital Medical University, Beijing

Ph.D., Peking University, Beijing

Yilang grew up in rural China and decided he wanted to be a doctor when he was a very child. He completed a psychiatric residency in Beijing and was very active in promoting mental health in China. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Chinese Association for Mental Health and a columnist for a magazine on mental health. He was also involved in the establishment of the very first drug abuse treatment center in China. He came to the U.S. as a NIDA fellow to pursue advanced training in genetic research and worked with Joe Cubells, Kerry Ressler and others on the genetics of mental disorders, substance abuse, PTSD and autism before he started residency.  He has authored more than 30 peer reviewed publications and is first author on more than 10 book chapters. Yilang was awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award in 2007. Though he has had extensive training and experience in basic research, Yilang always considers patient care as his first love. His clinical interests include psychotic disorders, substance abuse and biological treatments.  In his personal time, he loves Chinese classical music, detective stories, and is also a devoted father and family man.