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PGY-1 Residents

Mina Boazak

Mina Boazak

B.S., York University

M.D., American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Mina has had a unique path into psychiatry.  After college, he was accepted as one of the youngest members of the Toronto Police Service.  As a police constable, his views on mental illness were transformed and inspired his decision to join the field of psychiatry.  In medical school, Mina has been active in research and education.  He founded and currently leads a school organization that serves as a support tool for students interested in academia.  In medical school, he had the unique experience of conducting clerkships in 6 different countries, spanning 3 different continents and these experiences allowed him to explore various public health approaches to the field.  He excelled throughout medical school and was ranked first in his medical school class and was inducted as a member of his school’s Honor and Service Society.

 

Amitha Dhingra

Amitha Dhingra

B.S., Youngstown State University

M.D., Northeast Ohio Medical University

Amitha is a couples match with John Lisko who will be in Internal Medicine.  Amitha’s broad spectrum of work began by assessing changes on the molecular level but has progressed to investigating patient outcome data and practice patterns.  She has been involved in research throughout medical school, and her work in advanced cardiac imaging has led to recognition on the national level by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.  She has several publications related to her research.  While in medical school, Amitha has held a multitude of leadership positions including President of the American Medical Women’s Association. Amitha spent a month rotating at Emory as a visiting medical student. She enjoys spinning, cooking, and trying new restaurants.

 

Zachary Hudson

Zachary Hudson

B.A., Emory University

M.D., Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University

Zachary grew up in Georgia and graduated summa cum laude from Emory University with a major in chemistry and is thrilled to return to his alma mater for residency. In medical school, Zachary expressed an interest in psychiatric research and took the lead on a meta-analytic review of cytokine genes in schizophrenia and has submitted a manuscript on this work His evaluations comment on his superior fund of knowledge as well as his caring and thoughtful approach with patients. He is currently interested in continuing to work with the science and clinical approach to psychotic disorders. In addition, he is also interested in exploring how mindfulness meditation and aspects of Eastern philosophy may complement modern psychotherapeutic techniques. Outside of medicine, Zachary enjoys photography, running, hiking/camping, meditation, and finding new and interesting dishes to cook with his wife.

 

Helaina Klein

Helaina Klein

B.S., Emory University

M.D., Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Helaina graduated from Emory University with a double major in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Dance and Movement Studies.  After graduating, she performed with three professional modern dance companies in Atlanta.  It was through dance that she realized her strong interest in anatomy and kinesiology, and this ultimately led her to medicine.  During medical school, Helaina enhanced her education through many student and community outreach activities.  In particular, she has an interest in preventive and lifestyle medicine, and has developed a curriculum for medical students in this area.  In her Dean’s letter, she is described as giving, growth-oriented, and forward-thinking individual.

 

Michael Lowley

Michael Lowley

B.S., University College London

M.B.,B.S., Imperial College London Faculty of Medicine

Michael obtained a first class B.S in Medical Sciences with a major in medical history at University College London, before completing his medical studies at Imperial College London. Following his intern years, Michael entered specialized training in psychiatry and spent two years working at the Gordon hospital; an acute inpatient unit in Westminster, situated close to the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. The unique location of his hospital gave him fascinating experience of not only acute psychiatry, but also liaising with diplomatic and royal protection services, security services and foreign governments. Within psychiatry, Michael has a particular interest in psychotic disorders, and has taken additional training in CBT and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

 

Hassan Naqvi

Hassan Naqvi

B.S., State University of New York at Albany

M.D., State University of New York Upstate Medical University

Hassan, a Frederick Douglass Scholar at SUNY Albany, graduated with a double major in Biological Sciences and Terrorism Psychology.  During medical school at SUNY Upsate, he held a number of important leadership positions including Vice President of his class and Treasurer of the campus-wide student government.  Additionally, he was invited to be a member of the 2014-2015 Executive Committee of the APA Central New Work District Branch.  He worked with the Dean of Admissions to conduct applicant interviews and was instrumental in implementing the Multi Mini Interview for medical school applicants.  He has won numerous awards for his research in the psychology of terrorism.  One project during his 4th year of medical school has focused on the novel use for violence risk assessments in the study of suicide terrorism.  Hassan’s interest outside of medicine include playing the blues guitar, cooking, gardening, camping, and hiking.

 

Veronica Novosad

Veronica Novosad

B.S., University of Florida

M.S., University of Florida

M.D., University of Florida College of Medicine

Veronica completed both a B.S. and M.S. degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida.  During Medical School at UF she was engaged in the Psychiatry Interest Group where she served as Treasurer.  She was also involved in the White Coat Company, the student acting troupe.  Her Dean’s Letter commented on her empathy and professionalism, and she was selected as a member of UF’s Gold Humanism Honor Society.  She has considerable research experience and during her first year of medical school traveled to Peru to develop a database to allow clinicians to improve quality of care.  Additionally, she presented a poster at the International Congress on Schizophrenia regarding efforts to modify medical students’ attitudes toward individuals with schizophrenia.  She enjoys painting, bass cleft instruments, and weightlifting in her spare time.

 

Justin Palanci

Justin Palanci

B.S., Emory University

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

Justin attended college at Emory University where he majored in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, and Philosophy. After graduating, Justin spent several years working at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Parkinson’s disease Research Center, which led to numerous peer-reviewed abstracts and publications. During medical school, Justin’s passion for patient care led to him being elected to his school’s chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. His clinical interests include neuropsychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and academic psychiatry. In his free time, he enjoys music, golf, and spending time with his pug, Louie.

 

Hannah Potvin

Hannah Potvin

B.A., Colorado College

M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine

Hannah graduated from Colorado College in Colorado Springs with a B.A. degree in Neuroscience.  Prior to entering medical school she worked as a private tutor and teacher in Houston, Texas.  She then attended medical school at UTMB where she demonstrated academic excellence and participated in a number of volunteer experiences.  She was the student director for St. Vincent’s Clinic, a student-run medical care facility for indigent Galveston residents.  She served as secretary for Que Quiere Decir, an organization that focuses on Spanish medical terminology.  Hannah was elected to UTMB’s chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society for her exemplary professionalism and dedication to service.  Her interests include opera and singing.

 

James Ragazino

James Ragazino

B.B.A., The Ohio State Unversity

M.B.A., Case Western Reserve University

M.D., Northeast Ohio Medical University

Eric left a successful corporate career in finance to pursue a career in medicine.  After earning an M.B.A from Case Western University, he worked for Accenture (formerly known as Anderson Consulting) and later KeyBank as a Vice President.  He is also a proud veteran of the U.S Army, having served as an interpreter and paratrooper.  Wanting more fulfillment from his work and wanting to make a difference in the lives of others led him to pursue a career in medicine.  While at Northeast Ohio Medical University, he impressed his preceptors with his excellent communication skills, critical thinking ability, and professionalism.  He enjoys playing guitar, snowboarding, and home-remodeling.

 

Pearl Ryder

Pearl Ryder

B.A., University of Chicago

Ph.D., Emory University School of Medicine

M.D., Emory University School of Medicine

Pearl attended the University of Chicago and graduated in with a B.A. in Biological Sciences.  For her outstanding undergraduate performance she was appointed as a Student Marshal, the highest academic honor granted by the University of Chicago to less than 1% of each graduating class.  Prior to entering Emory Medical School she was selected as a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow.  After her first year of medical school she entered the M.D./Ph.D. program where she spent four-and-a-half years earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell, and Developmental Biology in Victor Faundez’s lab.  Her work has been focused on the cell biology of a protein complex that tis linked to schizophrenia.  She has multiple peer-reviewed publications and has secured individual funding as an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein predoctoral fellow.  She was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha at Emory.  She enjoys bicycling, gardening, soccer, and sailing.