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Yusuf Ali

Yusuf Ali

B.S., Morgan State University

M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine

Yusuf graduated from Morgan State University.  During college, he spent a summer as a Duke University NSF Fellow, which was a 12-week long experience of intensive research culminating with a poster presentation and publication in Cognitive Neuroscience research.  Yusuf continued with his interest in research at the University of Maryland SOM and participated in multiple sclerosis research funded by the National Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis Research.  His attending on his clinical rotations describe him as having a unique strength in his calm demeanor and comment that he works “impeccable under pressure.”  Throughout college and medical school, Yusuf has served as a mentor for young adolescents from disadvantaged backgrounds in the Baltimore City Public School System.

Nisha Fernandes

Nisha Fernandes

B.A., University of Minnesota

M.D., University of Minnesota Medical School

Nisha grew up in Bloomington, MN and went to undergrad and medical school there.  She couples matched at Emory with her husband who is an internal medicine resident.  During her undergraduate years, she volunteered in the child and adolescent inpatient unit and decided she wanted to pursue a fellowship in this field after residency.  She started doing research in eating disorders as an undergraduate and published a paper based on her research.  In medical school, she continued doing research focused on better understanding eating disorders and body dissatisfaction among minorities.  She presented a research poster on the consequences of body dissatisfaction among high school students of different racial groups at the AACAP Annual Meeting.  She took advantage of her medical school’s flexible MD program to spend 5 months working with pediatricians and psychiatrists in her hometown of Bangalore, India.  She also spent some time in rural Bangalore working with public health workers to promote acceptance of mental health.  She and her husband are really excited to be moving out of the Midwest and spending a few winters without snow!

Constantine Galifianakis

Constantine Galifianakis

B.S., University of Maryland

M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine

Prior to medical school, Constantine pursued an interest in film and worked for a major Hollywood production company.  His interest in the stories of individuals and communities in this business drew him to psychiatry, and he began volunteering in the Los Angeles County Hospital’s psychiatric emergency room.  He later entered medical school after 2 years in the film industry.  He was selected for the competitive Combined Accelerated Psychiatric Program which allowed him countless opportunities to explore the field of psychiatry.  During medical school, he was also elected into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, placing him at the top of his class for qualities of humanism and professionalism.  His Dean’s Letter comments on his leadership abilities, warm personality, and strong work ethic.

David Goldsmith

David Goldsmith

B.S., University of Maryland

M.D., Emory University School of Medicine

I am very excited to be starting my psychiatry residency, and thrilled to be staying at Emory! I came to medical school with the intention of pursuing psychiatry, after spending time doing research in schizophrenia, neuropsychology, and functional neuroimaging at the University of Maryland as an undergraduate, at the National Institute of Mental Health, and later at Emory. After my first two years of medical school, I returned to the NIMH to further pursue my research interests in cognition, schizophrenia, and imaging genetics. Upon returning to Emory to finish medical school, I was excited to begin my clinical years and found my psychiatry rotations to extremely rewarding. I hope to pursue a career in academic medicine, combining clinical work, research, and teaching. Though much of my previous work has been in the areas of imaging and schizophrenia, I am open and excited to see where my academic interests take me through residency and beyond. When not in the hospitals, you can find me playing guitar, rooting for my favorite Baltimore sports teams (go O's!), and playing with my daughter Sadie.

Chelsea Hickerson

Chelsea Hickerson

B.A., University of Tennessee

M.D., University of Tennessee Health Sciiences Center College of Medicine

Chelsea’s performance in medical school was very impressive and she had consistently outstanding clinical evaluations.  She has had a longstanding interest in psychiatry and human behavior, dating back to her college years.  She is very interested in the interrelationship between psychological variables and physical signs and symptoms.  For her senior project she did a meta-analysis citing the effects of meditation on healing. She also worked as a research assistant studying the way borderline personality disordered mothers relate to their infants.   Chelsea has been awarded many honors during her brief academic career, including the award for highest achievement from the psychiatry department at her medical school.  In her free time, Chelsea enjoys reading, music, and travel.

Todd Hoffenberg

Todd Hoffenberg

B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology

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

Todd was born and raised in the Atlanta area. He originally built a career in engineering after graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he was a community leader, researcher, and teaching assistant. He continued his community involvement while working as an engineer before deciding to pursue medical education at the University of Miami's regional medical campus. There, he was a leader in multiple interest groups, researcher, and community advocate. He earned recognition as the most outstanding student in his 3rd year Psychiatry clerkship. Outside of his professional interests, he prides himself in his cooking acumen, and he previously competed in professional billiards tournaments.

Kathryn Johnson

Kathryn Johnson

B.A., University of North Carolina

M.D., Howard University College of Medicine

Those who met Kit on her interview day commented on her excellent interpersonal skills as well as her leadership qualities. She was a recipient of a Minority Student Award for Academic Achievement and she was in the Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Society at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She earned the Curriculum Committee Award for Academic Achievement in her first year of medical school, which is given to the student with the highest GPA throughout the year. She also received the Hubert Humphrey Scholarship Award, which is another academic achievement based scholarship. She ended medical school in the top 10% of her class, something she is very proud of!

Outside of her studies, she finds balance by traveling, eating out, cooking, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  She dances and enjoys other performing arts.

Susan Kirsch

Susan Kirsch

Virginia Litz

Virginia Litz

B.A., Smith College

D.O., Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Paige grew up in a small town in southwestern Virginia.  She graduated with honors from Smith College, and began a career in the film and television industry in Los Angeles.  She worked at several Hollywood studios, as a writer’s assistant for singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and director Larry Charles on the film, “Masked and Anonymous,” and as a stand-in for actress Judy Davis on the film, “Dark Blood.”  She is an alumnus of the prestigious Warner Bros. Writers’ Workshop.  She also worked as a reporter for a California newspaper and covered several healthcare stories that would ultimately foster her transition to medicine and desire to work with underserved medical populations.  Paige excelled in medical school and received “High Honors” or “Honors” in all of her basic science classes as well as her clinical rotations.

Maria Poscablo-Stein

Maria Poscablo-Stein

B.A., Rutgers University

M.P.H., George Washington University

M.D., George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

After finishing college in her home state of New Jersey, Cristina moved to Washington, DC to do mammalian development research at the NIH as a Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Fellow.  She went on to complete an MPH at George Washington University and majored in epidemiology. While working on her MPH, she worked at the National Cancer Institute as a Pre-doctoral Cancer Research Training Fellow.  Cristina has a passion for teaching and has held positions tutoring high school students and teaching a graduate level statistics course through her first 2 years of medical school.  Her research endeavors during medical school were broad, ranging from the descriptive epidemiology of lung cancer to the use of acupuncture in children with cancer to a review of mind body medicine in the treatment of depression, resulting in a number of presentations and publications.  Cristina has been involved in a variety of extracurricular work, including medical volunteering abroad and serving on the steering committee for GW’s Student Run Clinic. Her clinical evaluations in medical school consistently comment on her strong clinical skills and caring demeanor. Her interests in psychiatry include child psychiatry, trauma, and integrative approaches to the treatment of mental illness.  In her spare time, Cristina enjoys spending time with her husband, running with her dog, cooking, yoga, meditation, and all things "do-it-yourself".

Mahalia Way

Mahalia Way

B.A., University of Michigan

M.A., University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College