Saint Elizabeths Psychiatry Residency Washington, Dc

Saint Elizabeths Hospital Psychiatry Training Programs

Training programs in psychiatry accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Based primarily at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, a public psychiatric hospital for the District of Columbia operated by the D.C. Department of Behavioral Health.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Saint Elizabeths Hospital psychiatry residency training program is to produce well-trained psychiatrists who provide the highest level of compassionate behavioral health care. During training the residents achieve a breadth and depth of knowledge across the spectrum of psychiatry with a focus on serving patients with severe, persistent mental illness. Training, research and community care in these areas fits closely with the mission of the DC Department of Behavioral Health/Saint Elizabeths Hospital to provide an effective learning environment for all learners, and provide treatment for the most complex, vulnerable patients including forensic, dual diagnosed, homeless, and other medically underserved populations.

Residency Program Aims

• To produce well-trained independent psychiatrists who can provide safe and effective behavioral health care

• To provide a curriculum with a balance of training in Psychotherapy and Biologic Therapies

• To ensure an effective learning environment that fosters development and expertise in inpatient, outpatient, emergency, consultation/liaison, child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic, geriatric, and addiction psychiatry

• To provide experience and promote interest in Public Sector Psychiatry, to treat indigent and medically underserved populations, prepare residents for clinical practice, and promote scholarly activities

About Us

Saint Elizabeths Campus is situated in Washington, DC, on heights overlooking the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. Since it opened its doors in 1855, as the first federal mental hospital, Saint Elizabeths has been a geographical and historical landmark at the center of change in American psychiatry and has been training physicians and psychiatrists throughout its history. It is inspiring to walk the tree shaded campus Dorothea Dix secured for the recovery of the mentally ill a century ago.

Dr. Richard J. Wyatt, a half century later, helped pioneer animal studies in brain transplantation that led to trials now occurring throughout the world on adrenal transplantation for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.

Saint Elizabeths psychiatrists participated in the first battle of forensic experts, the trial of President Garfield's assassin, Charles Guiteau.

The Hospital's involvement with forensic psychiatry continued with William Alanson White's testimony in the Leopold and Loeb trial and Winfred Overholser's testimony in the case of the literary giant, Ezra Pound.

At Saint Elizabeths Hospital you will become part of a rich legacy that has repeatedly made psychiatric history and public controversies.


Address: 1100 Alabama Avenue S.E., Room 238, Washington, D.C. 20032

Phone: 202-299-5334

Fax: 202-561-6953

Email: seh.psychres@dc.gov

Our Vision

Our program envisions psychiatry as a field whose origins are firmly rooted in medicine. It is a discipline which integrates neurobiology, psychology and sociology, each of which deepens our understanding of human behavior and enhances delivery of the best psychiatric care. The rapidly expanding neurochemical and neuropsychological understanding of human behavior is combined with an understanding of human development, psychodynamics and the individual's social and cultural milieu to cultivate humane care and provide the most effective treatments.

Why Choose St. Elizabeths

Extensive Clinical Experience

Throughout their training, residents are responsible for the treatment of a wide range of patients. Each resident receives extensive longitudinal experience with patients who suffer from chronic, severe mental illnesses as well as patients with significant neurotic and characterological difficulties

Firmly Rooted in Medicine

Our program envisions psychiatry as a field whose origins are firmly rooted in medicine. It is a discipline which integrates neurobiology, psychology and sociology, each of which deepens our understanding of human behavior and enhances delivery of the best psychiatric care.

Comprehensive Training

Saint Elizabeths Hospital Psychiatry Residency Program provides comprehensive training in all major areas of psychiatric practice with the goal of graduating skilled general psychiatrists. We anticipate that many of our graduates will pursue further training in psychiatric specialties, such as Community Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychiatric Research, Forensic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis.

Our Program

The Program is primarily based at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, which is the public psychiatric hospital for the District of Columbia operated by the D.C. Department of Behavorial Health.

The D.C. Department of Behavorial Health also operates Mental Health Services Division and the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program both of which form integral parts of the Residency Program.

Several other institutions including Providence Hospital, Prince George’s Hospital Center, Washington School of Psychiatry and Children’s Hospital National Medical Center provide key sites for clinical rotations within this residency training program.

Psychiatry Residency Curriculum

PGY-1 Schedule/ Curriculum

4 Months Internal Medicine at EITHER:

-George Washington University (GW)

-Prince George County Hospital

3 Months Inpatient Adult Psychiatry at Saint Elizabeths Hospital (SEH)

1 Month Forensic Psychiatry at SEH

1 Month Geriatric Psychiatry at SEH

-4 Sessions of ECT at Sibley Memorial Hospital

1 Month Adult Inpatient Psychiatry at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington (PIW)

2 Months Neurology at BOTH:



Weekday (Short Call) and Weekend/Holiday (Long Call)

PGY-2 Schedule/ Curriculum

3 Months Adult Psychiatry at SEH

3 Months Adult Psychiatry at EITHER:

-Veteran’s Hospital (VA)


6 Weeks Night Float at SEH

6 Weeks Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP)

1 Month Addiction Rotation at BOTH:



2 Months Consult Psychiatry Service at EITHER

-Sibley Memorial Hospital


Weekday (Short Call) and Weekend/Holiday (Long Call)

PGY-3 Schedule/ Curriculum

Outpatient Psychiatry at EITHER:

-VA Outpatient Clinic

-Providence Hospital Outpatient Clinic

-University of the District of Columbia Counseling Center

-Washington School of Psychiatry (WSP)

Psychopharmacology Clinic at WSP

35K Street Outpatient Clinic (Resident’s Clinic)

Outpatient Child Psychiatry at Children’s National Hospital

Emergency Psychiatry Call at CPEP

Research (Optional)

PGY-4 Schedule/ Curriculum

3 Months Junior Attending Inpatient Adult Psychiatry at SEH (1/2 day)

3 Months Junior Attending Outpatient Adult Psychiatry at Resident’s Clinic (1/2 day)

12 Months Outpatient Psychiatry (1/2 day)

12 weeks Homeless Outreach Rotation (12 sessions total)

6 Months Electives

Resident Salary

PGY-1 - $54,275

PGY-2 - $58,805

PGY-3 - $61,315

PGY-4 - $65,218

Chief - $70,460

In addition, residents get an annual book allowance and an on-call allowance.

Professional Liability Coverage

Residents, while providing medical services at The Hospital or at participating institutions and while acting within the scope of their employment, will remain covered by the provisions of the Medical Employees Protection Act of 1975, D.C. Code Section 2-415 (b) (2001 ed.). Participating institution is defined an institution with which the Hospital has executed an affiliation agreement for the purpose of furthering residents’ clinical education and training, and to which residents rotate for a specific learning experience. The District of Columbia is self-insured and responsible for money damages assessed against medical employees who are sued for actions taken within the scope of their employment as set forth in D.C. Official Code §2-415(b).


Civilian residents are eligible to receive the following benefits according to the applicable Comprehensive Merit Personnel Act (CMPA) rules as implemented by DBH Personnel rules and Regulations, and Employee Benefits as determined by the District of Columbia Office of Personnel.

Health insurance

Dental and Optical coverage

Group Life Insurance

Flexible Spending Account which includes Dependent Care Account and Healthcare Spending Account

Short-term Disability Insurance

457 Deferred Compensation Programs

Employee Assistance Program

Direct Deposit

Savings Bond Program

District of Columbia Credit Union

D.C. College Savings Plan

Residents may be eligible for Workers Compensation, health insurance bridge coverage as mandated by COBRA, Social Security benefits, and Unemployment Insurance.

Detailed information on these benefits is posted on http://dchr.dc.gov and is also available by calling the DBH Division of Human Resources at 202 673-3655.


Annual leave is accrued at the rate of 4 hours per 2-week pay period. All residents have all federal holidays and administrative and conference leave to attend conferences or prepare for licensing examinations. Sick leave is accrued at a rate of four hours every two weeks. In addition to using current and advanced sick leave and vacation leave for maternity (or paternity leave); residents may take leave without pay following the birth of a child. Make-up time may be required to meet the educational objectives and certification requirements of the training program and/or the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology when a resident utilizes excessive leave time.

Forensic Fellowship

The Saint Elizabeths Hospital-Department of Behavioral Health forensic psychiatry fellowship program is a one-year ACGME-accredited program designed to train and foster the development of forensic psychiatrists with interests across the entire range of forensic scholarship.

About the Fellowship

The experiential component includes rotations within the Department of Behavioral Health – Saint Elizabeths Hospital itself, the Assessment Center (Child/Families), local court clinics, Unity Health Care/District of Columbia Correctional Facility, and exposure to experts in military and private forensic practice. Fellows gain experience conducting forensic inpatient assessment and treatment, monitoring long-term insanity acquittees, conducting child and adolescent forensic evaluations, performing inpatient and outpatient competency evaluations and civil commitment evaluations. Fellows testify in court and gain experience in numerous pre- and post-adjudication interactions with the judicial system. Private cases include malpractice litigation in addition to civil and criminal forensic assessment.

About the Faculty

The faculty includes both forensic and child/adolescent forensic psychiatrists who are committed to education and scholarship, and the career development of their fellows. Specific faculty interests include ethics, the regulation of Psychiatry, the insanity defense, outpatient commitment, violence risk, sovereign citizens, and physician health.


PGY5 - $70,460


Benefits include mock trial exercises, introduction to academic, judicial, and civic leaders through the fellowship seminar series and allied hospital conferences – which draw speakers from across the US – support for travel to the annual American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) meetings and attendance at the AAPL forensic review course, as well as a $500 book allowance. H-1 B and J-1 visa sponsorship is available.

Our Goals and Objectives

Developing an understanding of criminal and civil law, legal systems, and reasoning

Developing an appreciation for the interplay of legal issues in psychiatry, from civil commitment, criminal competencies and criminal responsibility, to disability, correctional health, malpractice, and the regulation of Medicine.

Increasing understanding of topics unique to forensic assessment, from answering ultimate questions to applying nomothetic research to individual cases.

Developing expertise in forensic interviewing and assessment, in courtroom testimony and informal communications with the Court or referral source.

Gaining experience in correctional psychiatry, treatment, risk assessment, formulary restrictions, prison culture, and sentencing issues.

Developing administrative and consultative skills necessary for conducting institutional consultations in a public sector setting.

Learning behavioral strategies that support clinicians and units in the management of challenging forensic patients.

Understanding the legislative process and its relevance to the practice of psychiatry.

Developing excellent report-writing skills.

Pursuing a scholarly or research project in forensic psychiatry.

Advancing expertise in lecturing, teaching, and consulting.

Meet Our Residency Program Faculty

Farooq Mohyuddin, M. D., CGP, FAPA

Program Director

Education: Sindh Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan, 1989; Psychiatry Residency Training: Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, D.C. 2003; Director Medical Student Education 2003 to 2007. Director of Psychiatry Residency Training Program at Saint Elizabeths Hospital since 2007, Chair Psychiatry Training since 2013, board certified in psychiatry. Past president of the Mid Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society, President-elect, Washington Psychiatric Society, Member, Administration and Leadership Committee, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, Past Chair, Group Psychotherapy Training Program. Special Interests: Medical Education, Psychopharmacology, Group Psychotherapy.

Janna Volkov, M.D.

Associate Program Director

Education: Novosibirsk State Medical Academy, Russia, 1992. St. Elizabeths hospital Residency Training 2001-2005. ABPN Certified in 2006. Associate Program Director of Psychiatry Residency Training Program and Director of Medical Student Education/Externship since April 2014, Director of Residents Clinic from July 2010 to March 2014. Practice as ACT team psychiatrist and outpatient psychiatrist in the Department of Behavioral Health.

S. Kalman Kolansky, M.D., DLFAPA

Associate Psychiatry Residency Training Director and Chief Child/Adolescent Training, SEH

He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1965; Psychiatric Residency: Kings County Hospital, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn , NY; Child Psychiatry Fellowship Training, Hahnemann Medical School and Hospital Philadelphia , PA; He is a Teaching Psychoanalyst in the Washington Baltimore Psychoanalytic Center and Institute; Diplomate, ABPN (in Adult and Child Psychiatry); Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, George Washington University School of Medicine; Recipient of Irma Bland Teaching Award from the American Psychiatric Association, and the Edith Sabshin Teaching Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association. Special interests: child development; pre-school consultation; individual psychotherapy and psychoanalysis of children, adolescents, and adults; psychological effects of adoption and foster care on the adoption triad, psychoanalysis and cinema, psychological trauma through the life cycle. He provides education and supervision in child and adolescent psychiatry and development throughout the four years of residency. Dr. Kolansky, is also in part time child, adolescent and adult psychiatry and psychoanalytic practice in Alexandria Va.

Philip Candilis, MD, DFAPA

Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship

Dr. Candilis is Director of Medical Affairs and Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program. Recent fellows in the Saint Elizabeths program have studied and published on competence restoration, social justice, and feminist theory.

Dr. Candilis holds academic appointments at George Washington University School of Medicine (Professor of Psychiatry), Howard University College of Medicine (Clinical Professor of Psychiatry), and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry). A former Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Candilis completed his residency and chief residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and his forensic fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Candilis is President of the Washington Psychiatric Society and the Hellenic American Psychiatric Association.

A strong advocate for the public sector, Dr. Candilis is responsible for articulating professional standards for physician health, forensic psychiatry, and general psychiatry through a number of medical organizations, including the American College of Physicians, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Current projects include the improvement of competence assessment and restoration in public psychiatry (a SAMHSA Learning Collaborative), a textbook on global mental health, and an analysis of terrorism data from Iraq.

Lauren M. Pengrin D.O.

Co-Director, Residents Clinic

Education: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2014; Psychiatry Residency Training: Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, D.C. 2018; Faculty member in the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at Saint Elizabeths Hospital since July 2018; Board Certified in psychiatry; Special Interests: Medical Education, Physician Well Being, Psychotherapy. Professional Affiliations: Early Career Psychiatry Representative, Washington Psychiatric Society, 2018-2020; Board of Regents, Southern Psychiatric Association, 2019-2021.

John Livingood, M.D.

Residency Didactics Curriculum Director

Rochester School of Medicine, 1966. Psychiatric Residency: University of Cincinnati; Diplomate, ABPN. Graduate: Advanced Psychotherapy Training Program, Washington School of Psychiatry. Teaching Faculty, Washington School of Psychiatry. Special interest: teaching and practice of psychopharmacology and biological psychiatry. Dr. Livingood is half time at Saint Elizabeths Hospital. He provides essential classes to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years on psychopharmacology and psychopathology.

Enrico Suardi, M.D., M.Sc., M.A.

Director of Psychiatry at Saint Elizabeths Hospital.

Dr. Suardi is ABPN certified in psychiatry, child psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry. He obtained his M.D. and completed a residency in public health and preventive medicine at the University of Milan, Italy. He received an M.Sc. in Public Health and Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an Executive M.A. in National Security Affairs from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. Dr. Suardi teaches in both the residency and fellowship programs.

Karen Alleyne, M.D.

New Jersey College of Medicine 1976; PGY-I/Internal Medicine/Psychiatry at New Jersey Medical School, 1976; PGY-II and PGY-III Psychiatry Residency at New York Medical College/Metropolitan Hospital, 1977; PGY-IV/Internal Medicine at Hahnemann Medical School/Helene Fuld Hospital; PGY-V/Internal Medicine at Tulane Medical School, 1980. Board Certified in General Psychiatry since 1991. She is currently working full-time as an In-patient psychiatrist at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington DC.

Jose Apud, M.D.

Dr. Apud completed his MD at the National University of Tucuman, Argentina, in 1975, followed by postgraduate fellowship in Nuclear Medicine 1976 and Endocrinology 1978 from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He completed Fellowship training in Pharmacology and Endocrinology in Milan, Italy from 1978-1983, obtaining his PhD from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1985. He was an Independent Investigator at the Institute of Experimental Pharmacology in Argentina 1985-1998 and has worked as an Associate Professor at various Universities including Georgetown, GWU, and St Elizabeths Hospital. He was the Senior Staff Fellow, Neuropsychiatry Branch, at the NIMH 1994-1998 and the Clinical Director of the Schizophrenia Research Program, NIMH 2000-2015. Most recently worked as a consultant at the NIMH until 2017 while continuing his Private Practice and teaching at the GWU and the St. Elizabeths Residency Training Program.

Todd Augustus, M.D.

Dr. Augustus, originally from Connecticut, completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at Wake Forest University. He attended residency at the University of North Carolina, and obtained child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at the University of Maryland and Sheppard Pratt Health System. Dr. Augustus specializes in neurodevelopmental disorders, and has worked for the DC Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program since 2014. He teaches and supervises 3rd and 4th year residents at the 35K Street Clinic.

Deborah Curry, Psy.D.

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University. Additional training includes advanced Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Program of the Washington School for Psychiatry and one year fellowships at both the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis and the Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Curry is an adjunct clinical faculty member for the George Washington University's Doctor of Psychology Program and a faculty member for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Psychiatric Residency Training Program. She served as the training director University of the District of Columbia’s Counseling Center.

Alican Dalkilic M.D., MPH

Dr. Dalkilic graduated from Marmara University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey in 1993. Internship at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York 1995-1996. Psychiatry Residency at Yale University, New Haven, CT. Master of Public Health at The George Washington University in 2001-2002. ABPN Certified in psychiatry in 2000. Currently Attending Psychiatrist at St. Elizabeths Hospital, supervises Residents and teaches Psychiatry interns and Residents during on-call duty.

Gerard Fegan, M.D

Fordham University – B.A., 1962; Albany Medical College – M.D., 1966; Residency in Psychiatry, Institute of Living, Hartford CT, 1967-70. Diplomate, ABPN, in General Psychiatry. Special Interest: Geriatric Psychiatry. Currently an attending psychiatrist on the Geriatric Psychiatry unit, and supervises 1st year residents in Geriatric psychiatry.

Ramia Gupta, M.D., FAPA

Dr. Gupta completed her medical training at the Government Medical College and Hospitals, Jammu, India. She is board certified in both General and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Gupta completed her psychiatry residency at St. Elizabeths Hospital, Washington DC, where she also served as Chief Resident. She completed her forensic psychiatry fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC. Dr. Gupta is on the teaching faculty at both the St. Elizabeths Hospital Psychiatry Residency Training Program and Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program. Dr. Gupta organizes and supervises the forensic seminars for the PGY I and PGY II psychiatry residents, serving as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Gupta coordinates the Forensic Psychiatry Mock Trial Seminar with Georgetown Law School and is an appointee to the DC Commission on Mental Health.

Asim Haracic, M.D.

Medical School: M.D. degree University Medical Center, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 1984 – 1991; Clinic for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery University Clinical Center, Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina 1992 – 1995; Fellowship: Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis 2000 – 2001; Residency: Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Saint Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington D.C. 1999 – 2003. Diplomate, ABPN, in General Psychiatry. Special Interests: Geriatric Psychiatry. Currently located at Providence Hospital, Washington, DC. Provides teaching and supervision to 4th year residents who chose to perform their elective rotation in Geriatric Psychiatry.

Nicole Johnson, M.D.

New York Medical College, in 1999. General Adult Psychiatry Residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital from 1999 to 2003. Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at Albert Einstein from 2003 to 2004. ABPN certified in General and Forensic Psychiatry. She has been teaching Psychiatry Residents for 8 years. Currently based at Mental Health Services Division, Department of Behavioral Health in the outpatient forensic unit. She teaches medical students, Psychiatry Residents and Forensic Fellows.

Jimmy Ibikunle, M.D.

Director of the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program

Joel B. Kleinman, M.D.

Dr. Kleinman is Associate Director, Clinical Sciences, Lieber Institute for Brain Development (LIBD), Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.Dr. Kleinman received three degrees from the University of Chicago (BS, 1966, MD, 1973 and PHD, 1974). He completed an internship at San Francisco General Hospital and residencies in psychiatry at Harvard and neurology at George Washington University, respectively. He subsequently was a tenured Section Chief in the NIMH. He currently teaches genetics of Schizophrenia to residents.

Peter H. Meyers, J.D.

Professor of Law Emeritus, the George Washington University Law School. Education: The George Washington University Law School, 1968—71. Professor Meyers has published on the constitutionality of pretrial drug testing and reform of the flaws in the Federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. He also served as a Designated Reviewer of nine publications issued by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. Professor Meyers has argued cases before many appellate courts around the country, including a landmark case before the US Supreme Court that established the right to sue the government for injuries to the environment. He has obtained reversals of murder convictions in several cases because of Confrontation Clause violations. Professor Meyers has also served as Director of the Center for the Study of Drug Policy, and as Chairman of the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines Workgroup of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Now assuming emeritus status, he continues to teach a class on Drugs and the Law at the law school, as well as teaching in the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at Saint Elizabeths Hospital and the Residency Program of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Syed Akhtar Naqvi, M.D.

Dow Medical College, Karachi 1985. Residency Training; Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1999; Fellowship Training Harvard Medical School, Mass General Hospital/ MacLean Hospital and Brigham & Women Hospital in Boston in Addiction Psychiatry, 2000. Special Interest teaching doctors in training and providing state of the art care to our patients. Dr. Naqvi is Board Certified by ABPN in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Naqvi is working full time as an in-patient psychiatrist at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington D.C.

Roger Peele, M.D.

Past Secretary of the American Association of Psychiatry, Former Superintendent of Saint Elizabeths Hospital

University of Tennessee in 1960. Internship at St. Elizabeths Hospital, 1960-61. Psychiatry Residency at St. Elizabeths Hospital, 1961-1964. Board certified in Psychiatry in 1971, Forensic Psychiatry in 1982. Clinical faculty for St. Elizabeths Hospital Psychiatry Residency Program. Instructor at Howard University.

Teodor T. Postolache, M.D.

Education: 24th Lycee in Bucharest, Romania, Baccalaureate, 1971-1976; Bucharest School of Medicine, Romania, Medicine (preclinical 1976 – 1979; Cluj Napoca School of Medicine, Romania M.D. 1979-1982 Medicine (clinical); Coltea Hospital and Bucharest School of Medicine, Romania Post-Graduate Training in Medicine 1982-1985; University of Vienna, Austria Post-Graduate Training in Cardiology 1990-1991; Broussais Hospital, Paris, France Post-Graduate Training in Medicine- Cardiovascular research; Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, New York; (PGY I-II) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine (PGY III-IV) Residency training in Psychiatry 1992-1996; National Institute of Mental Health, Clinical Psychobiology Branch and Section on Biological Rhythms, Bethesda, Maryland NIMH Research Fellowship 1996-1998. Diplomate, ABPN, in General Psychiatry. Currently Dr. Postolache is the Head of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and supervises residents from all four years in various research activities. He also teaches a class on research methodology.

Andrew Schwartz, M.D.

Yale University School of Medicine, 1969. Psychiatric Residency: Yale University. Clinical Associate and Staff Psychiatrist. Laboratory of Clinical Psychopharmacology. NIMH, 1973-77. Diplomate, ABPN. Special interests: integration of psychoanalysis, neuroscience, and ethnology. Dr. Schwartz currently works full-time at Saint Elizabeths Hospital as an attending psychiatrist in forensic unit (John Howard Pavilion) He supervises residents. He also teaches a course on Neurobiology to 3rd year residents.

Philip Scrofani, Ph.D., ABPP

Catholic University of America, 1972. Post-doctoral studies: Washington School of Psychiatry. Director of Psychology, DMH, 1989-2001. Diplomate, American Board of Family Psychology and American Board of Professional Psychology. Special interests: family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and psychological research. Dr. Scrofani provides services to the Residency Program and teaches classes on CBT, basics in research methodology, Interpersonal therapy, and psychological testing. He also provides individual supervision in CBT to 3rd and 4th year residents. He also is a full professor at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences at Divine Mercy University and served at various times as the Dean of Students, the Director of Clinical Training, and Director of the PsyD program. His professional association with Saint Elizabeths Hospital has continued for over 50 years.

John Stiller, M.D.

Medical College of Wisconsin, 1979. Neurology Residency: Mount Sinai Medical Center. Diplomate, American Academy of Pain Management and ABPN in Neurology. Special interests: pain management, traumatic brain injury in boxing. Dr. Stiller is full-time at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, running the Neurology Department. He supervises 1st year residents who are in neurology rotation, and 4th year residents in their electives in neurology

Deborah Ward

Masters in Family Counseling in 1978. Masters of Clinical social work in 1983. Licensed Certified Social Worker-clinical since 1986. Diplomate in clinical social work, NASW , 1993. Currently Psychotherapist in Private Practice, specializing in couples, individual and family therapy. Teaches couples therapy seminar, process group for PGY-II Residents and Family Therapy seminar.

Spencer Ward, M.D.

Graduated from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania 1962. Internship, Transitional Year, Philadelphia General Hospital1963, Residency Psychiatry Boston University Medical Center 1968 currently in private practice in Potomac MD. ABPN certified in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry. Teaches couples therapy seminar, process group for PGY-II Residents and Family Therapy seminar.

Meet our Residents


Mustafa Kaghazwala, D.O., Chief Resident

UC Davis, Neurobiolgy, Physiology and Behavior with a minor in Psychology, B.S. 2010

Western University of Health Sciences, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, D.O. 2016

Professional Interests: Psycho-dynamic Psychotherapy, Group Therapy, Psychopharmacology, On going research on applications of psychedelics in psychiatry

Safiah Amara, M.D., Chief Resident

University of Cincinnati, B.S. 2010; Medical Doctorate, Northeast Ohio Medical University, 2016

Interests: therapy (group and individual), forensic psychiatry, ethics, global public health, organizational systems development, healthcare administration, public policy advocacy, academic medicine, and physician well-being

Tai McCadden, M.D., Chief Resident

Georgetown School of Medicine, MD 2012

Barry University, MS in Biomedical Sciences 2004; Xavier University of New Orleans, BS in Biology 2002

Interests: Adult Psychiatry, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Inpatient Psychiatry, Outpatient Psychiatry, PsychoSomatic Psychiatry, Holistic Medicine

Muhammad Ali Zaidi, M.D., Chief Resident

Baqai Medical University. Karachi, Pakistan. M.D.

Interests: Neurobiology and Treatment of Mood Disorders, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Aisha Siddiqa, M.D.

King Edward Medical University Lahore, Pakistan, M.B; B.S 2010.

Interests: Consultation Liaison Psychiatry

Peter Nguyen, D.O.

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Pomona, CA. M.D.

Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of California, Riverside. Riverside, CA.

Interests: Addictions, therapy, systems based medicine, therapy, and understanding humans

Sumayya Ayez, M.D.

Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, M.D., 2021


Ike Iloka M.D.

Case Western Reserve University, M.D. 2008

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, B.A. 2016

Interests: Sleep Medicine

Faisal Akram, MBBS, M.D.

King Edward Medical University, M.D. Lahore, Pakistan; National Science College, Gujranwala, B.S. Pakistan

Interests: Precision Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, Developmental Psychopathology

Naila Karim, M.D.

Aureus University, School of Medicine, M.D. 2015; University of Toronto, HBSc 2009.

Interests: C/L, Addiction

Mani Yavi, M.D.

SUNY Upstate Medical University, M.D. 2016 & Internship in Internal Medicine, 2017.

U.C. Berkeley, double major in Molecular and Cellular Biology & Art Practice. B.A. 2009.

Professional interests: Neuroscience research, clinical research fellowship at the NIMH, Academic Psychiatry, Advocacy and Leadership.

Eric Li, M.D.

Penn State College of Medicine, M.D. 2017; Penn State University, Mathematics B.S. 2013

Interests: Child Psychiatry

Marwa Ghabra, M.D.

University of Sharjah College of Medicine

Suzanne Borkowski, M.D.

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, M.D.

Ester Bilenkis, D.O.

New York of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, D.O. 2022


Nicholas Mitchell, M.D.

University of Texas at Houston School of Medicine—MD (2018); University of Texas at Austin - BS (2013)

Interests: Mental Health Policy, Substance Use Disorders

Kathryn Abell, D.O.

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO, 2018

Clark University, Psychology, BA, 2013

Interests: Women's Mental Health

Katherine Pawlicki, MD

Northeast Ohio Medical University, M.D. 2018

Hiram College, Neuroscience, B.A. 2014

Interests: Therapy, sleep medicine, substance use

Fahad Mukhtar, MD, MPH

Bayero University Kano, M.D., 2011

Texas A and M University, Master’s in Public Health M.P.H, 2015

Interests: Neuropsychiatry and Research

Denise Namuli Batuuka, MD

University of Texas Medical Branch, M.D. 2017

Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, B.S. 2012

Interests: Global Mental Health, Forensics and Community Psychiatry

Ernesto Henderson, DO, MS

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (Harlem), D.O. 2017 and Masters of Science in Interdisciplinary Physical and Biological Sciences, 2013; The University of Iowa, B.A. 2011.

Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry/Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

Thomas Kershaw, MD

Charles E Schmidt School of Medicine at FAU, M.D. 2018; University of Miami, Biology, B.A. 2014.

Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Christian Rivera Carrero, MD

San Juan Bautista School of Medicine, 2017


Kelsey Hobart, M.D.

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, M.D. 2019. Temple University BCMS 2015. Fairleigh Dickinson University, Forensic Psychology with a Minor in Criminal Justice, B.A. 2014.

Interests: Forensic, Prison, Military/VA, Trauma, Emergency Psychiatry

Emily S. Payton, M.D.

Medical University of South Carolina, M.D. 2019; University of Miami, Neuroscience B.S. 2011.

Interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry, integrative medicine/psychiatry, acupuncture

Anthony Canete M.D., M.P.H.

Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, BS in Biomedical Science awarded in June 2016

SUNY Downstate School of Public Health, MPH in Epidemiology awarded in May 2017,

Medical School: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, MD awarded in May 2019

Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Public Psychiatry

Joshua Weasen, M.D.

Sidney Kimmel Medical College - MD (2019); University of Michigan - Bachelor's in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (2014)

Heroldo Palomares Guzman, M.D.

Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatria, Mexico city, Psychiatry (2017); Facultad de Medicina, UNAM, Mexico city, M.D. 2014.

Interests: Schizophrenia, Analytical psychology, Cognitive/Affective Neuroscience.

Ethan Sales, M.D.

Northeast Ohio Medical University, M.D. 2019

Kody Brindley, M.D.

Mercer University School of Medicine, M.D. 2019

Lauren Simpkins, M.D.

George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, M.D. 2019

Externship Program

Saint Elizabeths welcomes your interest in our psychiatry externship program. Our Hospital has a long tradition of training medical students and graduate physicians in psychiatry. Externs at Saint Elizabeths are volunteers; thus the Hospital does not offer any financial compensation or benefits to doctors during the externship period. Saint Elizabeths Hospital does provide liability coverage, however, for an extern's work at the Hospital performed under the supervision of an attending psychiatrist.

Externs work under the direct supervision of an attending psychiatrist and are involved in clinical interviewing, history gathering, assessments and disposition planning. In addition they participate daily in morning reports and weekly in didactic seminars and interviewing conferences. The externship is sixteen weeks in duration and externs are expected to work full-time from 8 am until 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. There are no weekends, nights or on-call responsibilities.

Externship Applicants

The Externship program is looking for applicants who are professional, mature, psychologically-minded and culturally-competent. Applicants must have excellent communication skills in spoken and written English and excellent comprehension of English. Applicants must have graduated from medical school and have passed USMLE step I, II CK and II CS. Applicants who have passed step III and those with USMLE scores greater than or equal to 220 with no fails are preferred. Please note that having completed our externship program guarantees neither an interview for, nor a position in, St Elizabeths Hospital Psychiatry Residency Training Program.

Please note that having completed our externship program guarantees neither an interview for, nor a position in, St Elizabeths Hospital Psychiatry Residency Training Program.

Application Process

Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received. Please note that due to a large volume of applications, we are unable to return phone or email inquiries about the status of your application. You will be contacted ONLY if you are selected for an interview. For out of state applicants Skype interview is offered. Selected applicants will be invited for externship occurring around the year in 3 cycles: April - July, August - November and December - March.

If you wish to apply to the Externship program, please send via US Mail the documents listed below (applications sent via fax or email will not reviewed):

Cover Letter (including your direct phone and email contact information).

Personal Statement (including information about your interest in Psychiatry and externship)

Curriculum Vitae (in chronological order beginning with medical school with no time gaps)

Three letters of recommendation (from physicians familiar with your work)

Copy of USMLE Certified Transcript of Scores (not the individual score reports)

Copy of ECFMG Certificate

Copies of Medical School Diploma and Transcripts

In case of missing any of above documents your applications will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Please mail your documents to the following address:

Psychiatry Externship Program, Saint Elizabeths Hospital, 2nd Floor, Room 238, 1100 Alabama Ave, SE, Washington, D.C. 20032


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