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Psychiatry Residents

The residency programs in NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry cultivate comprehensive knowledge of how psychiatric illness and healthcare delivery affect patients and the course of their illness and recovery. Our residency programs train future clinicians, researchers, and policymakers.

Postgraduate Year 4 Residents

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Sarah Azarchi, MD

Chief Resident
Undergraduate school: Brandeis University
Graduate school: NYU Grossman School of Medicine (MSc in clinical investigation)
Medical school: NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: reproductive psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, and medical education

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Sonya Bakshi, MD

Chief Resident
Undergraduate school: Tufts University
Medical school: Tufts University School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: addiction psychiatry and psychotherapy

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Christopher Clayton, MD

Chief Resident
Undergraduate school: Duke University
Graduate school: Harvard Graduate School of Education (MEd)
Medical school: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Clinical and research interests: public psychiatry, medical education, and psychodynamics

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Lila Flavin, MD

Undergraduate school: Princeton University
Medical school: Tufts University School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: addiction psychiatry and LGBTQ+ mental health

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Sharon Madanes, MD

Undergraduate school: Yale University
Graduate school: Hunter College (MFA)
Medical school: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Clinical and research interests: psychotherapy, reproductive psychiatry, and public psychiatry

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Mira Milad, MD

Research Career Development Track
Undergraduate school: American University of Beirut
Medical school: University of Balamand
Clinical and research interests: PTSD and anxiety disorders

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Petros Petridis, MD

Research Career Development Track
Undergraduate school: Columbia University
Graduate school: Columbia University (MSc in biomedical engineering)
Medical school: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Clinical and research interests: psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, neuroimaging, and cognition

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Philip Polychroniou, MD

Undergraduate school: Duke University
Graduate school: Tufts University School of Medicine (MSc in biomedical sciences)
Medical school: Emory University School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: inpatient psychiatry

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Erik Quan, MD

Undergraduate school: University of California, Davis
Medical school: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: psychedelic medicine, addiction psychiatry, and AAPI mental health

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Kelvin Quiñones-Laracuente, MD, PhD

Research Career Accelerated Track
Undergraduate school: University of Puerto Rico
Graduate school: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (PhD in anatomy and neurobiology)
Medical school: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: neural circuits of socialization and empathy

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Gabriella Reubins, MD

Undergraduate school: Wellesley College
Medical school: Stony Brook School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: psychoanalysis and forensic psychiatry

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José Sanchez-Cruz, MD

Chief Resident
Undergraduate school: University of California, San Diego
Medical school: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Clinical and research interests: psychotherapy and public psychiatry

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Amy Ton, MD

Undergraduate school: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical school: UCSF School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: psychotherapy, public psychiatry, and personality disorders

Postgraduate Year 3 Residents

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Nicholas Apping, MD

Undergraduate school: City College of New York
Medical school: CUNY School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: public psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, health policy, and health disparities

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Ryan Badolato, MD

Undergraduate school: Boston University
Medical school: NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: child and adolescent psychiatry, and addiction psychiatry

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Donald (Dominic) Dawkins, MD

Undergraduate school: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Medical school: UCSD School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: young adult psychiatry and psychotherapy

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Julia Girdler, MD

Undergraduate school: NYU
Medical school: NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: child and adolescent psychiatry, and medical education

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Kevin Gutierrez, MD

Undergraduate school: Ohio State University
Graduate school: Columbia University (MS in narrative medicine)
Medical school: Thomas Jefferson University
Clinical and research interests: critical race theory, narrative medicine, and psychotherapy

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Simon Khuvis, MD, PhD

Research Career Accelerated Track
Undergraduate school: Cooper Union
Graduate school: Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell (PhD in molecular medicine)
Medical school: Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Clinical and research interests: invasive prosthetics for neuropsychiatric disorders

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Katrina Kostro, MD

Undergraduate school: Barnard College
Medical school: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Clinical and research interests: child and adolescent Psychiatry, psychotherapy, and mindfulness-based interventions

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David Liebers, MD

Undergraduate school: University of Rochester
Graduate schools: Harvard Kennedy School (MPP), University of Cambridge (MPhil)
Medical school: Harvard Medical School
Clinical and research interests: mood disorders, clinical research, and public policy

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Michael Lubin, MD

Undergraduate school: Brown University
Medical school: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Clinical and research interests: psychotherapy, psychodynamics, and personality organization

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Adaora Ofomata, MD

Undergraduate school: University of Texas at Austin
Medical school: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Clinical and research interests: public psychiatry, reproductive psychiatry, and adolescent and young adult psychiatry

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Frances (Franco) Pillsbury, MD

Undergraduate school: University of California, Berkeley
Graduate schools: Harvard Kennedy School (MPP), Keck Graduate Institute (MBS)
Medical school: Keck School of Medicine of USC
Clinical and research interests: child and adolescent psychiatry, health policy, foster care, and juvenile justice

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Natan Vega Potler, MD

Child and Adolescent Research Track
Undergraduate school: Swarthmore College
Medical school: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: child and adolescent psychiatry, migrant and refugee mental health, community-based participatory research, and health services research

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John Wang, MD

Undergraduate school: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical school: NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: addiction psychiatry and immigrant health

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Michael Zingman, MD

Undergraduate school: Northwestern University
Graduate school: Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (MPH)
Medical school: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Clinical and research interests: child and adolescent psychiatry, early intervention, first-episode psychosis, mental health policy and systems, advocacy, and organizing

Postgraduate Year 2 Residents

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Nicole Anzai, MD

Child and Adolescent Research Track
Undergraduate school: Santa Clara University
Medical school: John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii
Clinical and research interests: child and adolescent psychiatry, vaping prevention, tobacco cessation, and eating disorders

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Naomi Assaf, MD

Undergraduate school: Brandeis University
Medical school: Albany Medical College
Clinical and research interests: mood disorders, personality disorders, adverse childhood experiences, and eating disorders

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Thomas Hainmueller, MD, PhD

Research Career Accelerated Track
Undergraduate school: University of Freiburg
Graduate school: University of Freiburg (PhD in biology)
Medical school: University of Freiburg
Clinical and research interests: depression, memory, and hippocampal function

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Gerald Jones, MD

Undergraduate school: Morehouse College
Graduate school: Meharry Medical College (MHS)
Medical school: Meharry Medical College
Clinical and research interests: emergency psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry

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Max Kitaj, MD

Undergraduate school: University of California, Santa Barbara
Medical school: Brown University
Clinical and research interests: community recovery and veteran care

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Hager Koraym, MD

Undergraduate school: Georgetown University
Graduate school: Georgetown University (MSc)
Medical school: Georgetown University
Clinical and research interests: consult–liaison psychiatry, psychoanalysis, addiction psychiatry, and emergency psychiatry

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Kristyn Lao, MD

Undergraduate school: Syracuse University
Medical school: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Clinical and research interests: reproductive psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and psychotherapy

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Patricia Mathelier, MD

Undergraduate school: Harvard University
Graduate school: UCLA Anderson School of Management (MBA)
Medical school: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Charles Drew Medical Education Program
Clinical and research interests: child and adolescent psychiatry, autism spectrum disorders, and digital health and innovation

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Justin Morales, MD

Undergraduate school: Southern Methodist University
Medical school: Howard University College of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: addiction psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, psychedelics and interventional medicine, psychotherapy, and global psychiatry

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Rachel Percelay, MD

Undergraduate school: Middlebury College
Medical school: UCSF School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: LGBTQ+ psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and psychedelics

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Stephanie Pottinger, MD

Undergraduate school: Brown University
Medical school: Pritzker School of Medicine at University of Chicago
Clinical and research interests: reproductive psychiatry, substance use disorders in pregnancy, community and public psychiatry, and health policy

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Aydar Shaildayev, MD

Undergraduate school: Boston University
Medical school: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: psychotherapy, neuromodulation, forensics, and possibly child and adolescent psychiatry

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Michael Smith, MD

Undergraduate school: Howard University
Medical school: Howard University College of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: child and adolescent psychiatry, and psychedelics

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Avneet Soin, MD

Undergraduate school: Tufts University
Medical school: Tufts University School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: integrated care models, consult–liaison psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, and narrative medicine

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Emily Zhang, MD

Undergraduate school: University of California, Berkeley
Medical school: NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: AAPI mental health and integrated care

Postgraduate Year 1 Residents

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Duwa Alebdy, MD

Undergraduate school: Macaulay Honors at Hunter College
Graduate school: Loyola University Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health (MPH)
Medical school: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: public psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, health policy, and health disparities

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David Arbit, MD

Undergraduate school: Rutgers University
Medical school: NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: psychotherapy, medical education, health equity research, and psychedelic medicine

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Sherifa Baldeo, MD

Undergraduate school: Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College
Medical school: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, public psychiatry, and DBT

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Brennan Carrithers, MD

Undergraduate school: Georgetown College
Graduate schools: Georgetown University (MSc in integrative medicine), University of Louisville (MBA)
Medical school: University of Louisville
Clinical and research interests: psychedelic medicine, neuropsychiatry, mind–body medicine, biotechnology, and addiction psychiatry

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Tiffany Chan, MD

Undergraduate school: Johns Hopkins University
Medical school: Boston University School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: forensic psychiatry, psychotherapy, and narrative medicine

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Gabriel Davis, MD

Undergraduate school: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical school: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: psychotherapy, public psychiatry, and narrative medicine

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Sarah Keltz, MD

Undergraduate school: Harvard University
Medical school: NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: psychotherapy, mindfulness, and child and adolescent psychiatry

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Chetan Khanna, MD

Undergraduate school: University of Pennsylvania
Medical school: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: psychotherapy, trauma, child and adolescent psychiatry, psychedelics, and mindfulness

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Hope Kronman, MD, PhD

Research Career Accelerated Track
Undergraduate school: Yale University
Graduate school: Mount Sinai School of Medicine (PhD in neuroscience)
Medical school: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: psychedelic psychotherapy and epigenetics of plant medicine

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Daniel Laor, MD

Undergraduate school: Mannes College of Music
Medical school: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: child and adolescent psychiatry, psychotherapy, and medical education

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Randall Li, MD

Undergraduate school: NYU
Medical school: Brown University
Clinical and research interests: palliative care, and child and adolescent psychiatry

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Christine Nuñez, MD

Undergraduate school: Duke University
Medical school: University of Miami
Clinical and research interests: child and adolescent psychiatry, public psychiatry, and physician wellness

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Desirrée Pizarro, MD

Child and Adolescent Research Track
Undergraduate school: Cornell University
Graduate school: SUNY Upstate Medical University (MPH)
Medical school: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Clinical and research interests: autism spectrum disorder, child and adolescent psychiatry, and community-based participatory research

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Christopher Southard, MD

Undergraduate school: St. Olaf College
Medical school: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Clinical and research interests: addiction psychiatry, computational psychiatry, psychotherapy, medical education, and narrative medicine

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Benjamin Trnka, MD

Undergraduate school: University of Chicago
Graduate school: Peking University in Beijing, China (MPhil)
Medical school: University of Washington School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: cultural psychiatry, psychiatric history and philosophy, consult–liaison psychiatry, and neuropsychiatry

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Kelly Yang, MD

Undergraduate school: Cornell University
Graduate school: Albert Einstein College of Medicine (MSc in clinical research methods)
Medical school: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: child and adolescent psychiatry, consult–liaison psychiatry, psychotherapy, AAPI mental health, and health equity research

Neurology and Psychiatry Double Board Residents

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Gabriel Ben-Dor, MD

Undergraduate school: Stanford University
Medical school: NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: functional/conversion and somatic disorders

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Victor Demetrio, DO

Undergraduate school: University of Central Florida
Medical school: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Clinical and research interests: psychedelics, functional neurologic disorders, epilepsy, neuromodulation, and mindfulness

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Benjamin Fuchs, MD

Undergraduate school: Wesleyan University
Medical school: NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: neuropsychiatry, psychiatric illness in patients with neurological disorders, and neuromodulation

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Anlys Olivera, MD, PhD

Undergraduate school: Florida State University
Graduate school: Emory University (PhD in neuroscience)
Medical school: NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Clinical and research interests: neuroimmunology and autoimmune encephalitis

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David Zheng, MD

Undergraduate school: Princeton University
Graduate school: Manhattan School of Music (MM in jazz piano performance)
Medical school: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Clinical and research interests: forensic neuropsychiatry and neuromodulation

National Resident Awards

Illustrating our program’s commitment to excellence in training, residents have received a wide range of awards over the last decade, including the following:

  • American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry John Renner Award
  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Rappeport Fellowship
  • American College of Psychiatrists PRITE Fellowship
  • American Psychiatric Association Resident–Fellow Member, Board of Trustees
  • American Psychiatric Association/Area II (New York State) Member-in-Training Representative
  • American Psychiatric Association/Child and Adolescent Fellowship
  • American Psychiatric Association/Leadership Fellowship
  • American Psychiatric Association/Minority Diversity Leadership Fellowship
  • American Psychiatric Association/Public Psychiatry Fellowship
  • American Psychiatric Association/Resident Recognition Award
  • American Psychiatric Association/ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) Fellowship
  • American Psychiatric Association/Psychiatric Research Fellowship
  • Arnold P. Gold Humanism Society Award
  • Geriatric Mental Health Foundation Scholars Program
  • Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Ginsberg Fellowship
  • National Institute of Mental Health Outstanding Resident Award Program