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Resident Alumni


David Goldsmith, MD

Residency Class of 2014

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University

K23 Award Recipient


Yilang Tang, MD, PsyD

Residency Class of 2015

Addiction Psychiatry Fellow, 2016

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University

Program Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Emory University


Laura Hack, MD

Residency Class of 2018

Research Fellow, Stanford University


Neguine Rezaii, MD

Residency Class of 2018

Neuropsychiatry Fellow, Harvard University


Mina Boazak, MD

Residency Class of 2019

Clinical Informatics Fellow, Duke University


Gaby Ritfeld

Hometown: Zoetermeer, NL

Leiden University Medical Center, PhD in Neuroscience
Leiden University Medical Center, MD

Gaby started doing research in 2005 as an MD/PhD student at Leiden University in ehe Netherlands, investigating a prediction model for cortisol responsive genes in the brain. She subsequently went to Johns Hopkins University in 2007 as a visiting medical student to work in the laboratory of Dr. Martin Oudega, where she started investigating bone marrow­ derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) as a potential treatment for spinal cord injury, using a rat model system. Gaby continued working with Dr. Oudega after completion of medical school in 2009, who had moved his laboratory to the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation projects involved characterizing the MSCs, studying MSC survival, and assessing and optimizing MSCs’ therapeutic efficacy. Gaby and her colleagues showed that increasing survival of these cells decreased neuronal tissue loss after spinal cord injury and further enhancement of neuroprotective effects could be achieved through lentiviral transduction of the cells with BDNF. After completion of her dissertation and two years of neurology residency in the Netherlands, she returned to the University of Pittsburgh as a postdoc in 2014, to study the effects of MSCs on vascularization after spinal cord injury and continued this work as a Sr. Research Associate at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami until 2016. Gaby has served as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous journals. She is now in the child and adolescent fellowship at Emory where she continues to pursue her passion of investigating risk and resilience after adverse childhood events and the consequent impact on development of mental health disorders.