PGY-1

Mahmoud Ali, MD

Mahmoud Ali, MD

Bio

Medical School: Alexandria Faculty of Medicine, Egypt

Why did I choose this program? I chose this program because it puts a high value on residents teaching and training, provides a perfect balance between autonomy and supervision and integrates the biological, psychological and social aspects of psychiatric practice. Last but not least, Columbia is an ideal city to raise a family.

Clinical interests: Adult Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry

My hobbies: Swimming and Table Tennis

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Crestin Andrews, DO

Bio

Medical School: A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why did I choose this program? I chose this program because I had a wonderful interview experience and felt a strong sense of camaraderie amongst the residents. MU Psych is a comprehensive program with exposure to a wide variety of patients, training in neuromodulatory techniques, and opportunities for clinical research. The independent Psych ED was also a big draw for me 

Clinical Interests: Adult and Child Inpatient Psychiatry, Emergency Psychiatry, Global Mental Health

My Hobbies: Playing guitar and piano, singing, astronomy, swimming, traveling, reading national geographic magazines (i.e. looking at the pictures and wishing I was traveling), hiking, trying lots of different foods, true crime podcasts and documentaries.

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Evan Buckmiller, DO

Bio

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Why did I choose this program? There’s a good mix of rural as well as not-so-rural patients that are served by the University of Missouri medical system. I have a special interest in the rural populations, and I also love Missouri. I came to the Midwest from Utah (where I was born and raised), and fell in love with the life here. I was fortunate as a 4th year medical student, and I was offered a rotation here. During that rotation, I saw how well the residents got along with each other, and they counted me as one of their own, even though I was only here for 1 month.

Clinical Interests: PTSD, Psychosis, Mood Disorders

My Hobbies: Archery, hunting, fishing, home improvement, scuba diving, building computers/electronics, video games

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Joanna Chuang, DO

Bio

Medical School:  Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences 

Why did I choose this program? I liked how the program had multiple opportunities for mentorship and that residents seemed genuinely happy to be here. I also loved that I would have broad exposure to various aspects of psychiatry, like child's psychiatry and forensics

Clinical Interests: Inpatient Psychiatry

My Hobbies: Traveling, hiking and reading

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Emily Kimes, DO

Bio

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Why did I choose this program? There are a lot of resources available for us. The residents and staff are all friendly and supportive

Clinical interests: Child & Adolescent and General Psychiatry

My hobbies: Eating, taking care of my two cats, traveling, watching Japanese comedies and Korean dramas

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Leena Kurre, DO

Bio

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton

Why did I choose this program? Attendings and residents are very approachable and work together as a cohesive team. The program also offers a wide variety of clinical settings and has a diverse patient population. Moonlighting starting in PGY-2 was a huge plus!

Clinical Interests: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry

My Hobbies: Tennis, running, traveling, trying different cuisines

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Ejike Nwokwor, MD

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Medical School: University of Jos, Nigeria

Why did I choose this program? I chose this program because it is family oriented and has a conducive atmosphere for learning and growing

Clinical Interests: Addiction, Community and Forensic Psychiatry

My Hobbies: Writing stories, cooking, music

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Omar Taranissi, MD

Bio

Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine

Why did I choose this program? I chose the University of Missouri psychiatry program because of my interaction with faculty members who were as interested in cultivating a healthy learning environment as they were providing excellent patient care

Clinical Interests: Child and Adolescent Addiction Psychiatry

My Hobbies: Soccer, Martial Arts

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Andy Tran, MD

Bio

Medical School: American University of Antigua 

Why did I choose this program? Comprehensive program with great clinical and educational experiences. Supportive residents and attendings

Clinical Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry

Hobbies: Cooking, running

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Alec Ryan Zimmer, MD

Bio

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine

Why did I choose this program? I grew up in Missouri, so the idea of returning to my home state is part of what drew me to the MU program. I also found the faculty and other residents to be extremely welcoming. This along with the diverse clinical experiences offered are why I chose MU

Clinical Interests: Geriatrics, Addiction and Sleep

My Hobbies: golfing, fishing, video games, water sports and hiking with my dog & family 

PGY-2

Asim Al-Omari, MD

Asim Al-Omari, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: Mutah University Faculty of Medicine, Jordan
  • Why did I choose this program? Faculty with extensive experience in broad areas, exposure to various settings and psychiatric specialties as well as psychotherapy training and exposure to ECT, TMS and Ketamine/Esketamine treatments. Attendings, residents and staff are a cohesive group, truly supportive and create a collaborative environment. Columbia is also a wonderful place to live!
  • Clinical interests: General Adult Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry.
  • My hobbies: I enjoy reading science fiction. I also love hiking and being out in nature, traveling the world to experience new cultures and cuisines and meeting new people!
Justin Ehrhardt, MD

Justin Ehrhardt, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? Friendly facility, good clinical and educational experiences, good work-life balance.
  • My hobbies: Mizzou sports, video games, hiking and skiing.
Joshua Foster, DO

Joshua Foster, DO

Bio

  • Medical School: Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Miles Grant, MD

Miles Grant, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
Zane He, MD

Zane He, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? I really liked the amount of support offered by the Residents and Attendings. The department feels like one big family. Also, Columbia is a cool place to live in.
  • My hobbies: Fishing, foraging, hiking, cooking, listening to music, watching Netflix and playing video games.
Ravali Poreddy, MD

Ravali Poreddy, MD

Bio

  • Medical school Undergraduate: University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? I chose this program because I felt like it was a perfect combination of having all the qualities I found important in a program while being close to home in St. Louis. During my interview, I felt like both the faculty and other residents were incredibly warm and welcoming. There were very few places I felt that I encountered on the interview trail where the community was tight-knit, while also having all the opportunities we have here. From rotating through our independent Psych ED, to the child unit, to Fulton State and to having exposure to the VA patient population, it felt like a very comprehensive program with so many opportunities at our fingertips.
  • Clinical interests: Child Psychiatry, Outpatient Psychiatry.
  • My hobbies: Dance, reading, (attempting to) cook, exploring Columbia and hanging out with friends.
Himangshu Rathinakumar, MD

Himangshu Rathinakumar, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: PSG Institute of Medical Sciences, India 
  • Why did I choose this program? Large residency program with Adult and Child Units. Ability to work in different settings like VA and University Hospital. Availability of TMS and other Neuromodulation options.
  • Clinical interests: Adult and Child inpatient and outpatient Psychiatry.
  • My hobbies:  Watching TV, cooking and travelling.
Joel Saeger, DO

Joel Saeger, DO

Bio

  • Medical school: Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? I choose this program since it's a University Program, I have family in Columbia and St. Louis, the patient volume is impressive and we have supportive Residents and Attendings.
  • My hobbies: Exercising, soccer, baseball, outdoor activities, cooking/BBQ. I am also a beer connoisseur.
Mary Clare Weiss, DO

Mary Clare Weiss, DO

Bio

  • Medical School: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? Close to home, friendly atmosphere and variety within patient population.
  • Clinical interests: Psychotic disorders.
  • My hobbies: Reading, exercising, shopping and hanging out with friends and family.
Charles Welch, MD

Charles Welch, MD

Bio

  • Medical school: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine 
  • Why did I choose this program? Closer to home, the program has its own Psychiatry hospital, the opportunity for in-house moonlighting.
  • Clinical interests: Addiction Medicine.
  • My hobbies: Motorcycle riding, long range shooting and hand loading ammunition, racquetball, soccer and raising tarantulas.

PGY-3

Osekpamen Alex-Ohunyon, MD

Osekpamen Alex-Ohunyon, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Debrecen Medical School and Health Science Centre, Hungary
  • Why did I choose this program? Great training, psychotherapy and opportunity to get Neuromodulation training, TMS and ECT.
  • Clinical interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry.
  • My hobbies: Travelling, movies, spending time with friends and family.
Hanqing "Henry" Bai, MD

Hanqing "Henry" Bai, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine
Omagbemi Buwa, MD

Omagbemi Buwa, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Why did I choose this program? Good camaraderie among residents, great and approachable faculty members, diverse work force and patient pool. Exceptional family-work balance.
  • Clinical interests: My future plan is to pursue a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship. Also, I am interested in addiction and interventional psychiatry.
  • My hobbies: Soccer, billiards, movies and recently football
Anchana Dominic, MD

Anchana Dominic, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine
Jesse Garwood, MD

Jesse Garwood, MD

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  • Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine
David Mauro, MD

David Mauro, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Taiye Popoola, MD

Taiye Popoola, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Ilorin College of Health Sciences
  • Why did I choose this program? I mainly chose this program because my family is in Columbia, MO.
  • Clinical interests: Adult Psychiatry and Fellowship in Sleep Medicine.
  • My hobbies: Cooking, singing hymns and spending time with family.
Vera Prisacari, MD

Vera Prisacari, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? Close to home, knew the program well, liked the program directors and staff, residents were happy.
  • Clinical interests: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry.
  • My hobbies: Baking, hiking and travelling.
Derek Su, MD

Derek Su, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? Was already familiar with the program. It was relaxed with friendly people and a good exposure to a variety of patients. Great cost of living.
  • Clinical interests: General Adult Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry.
  • My hobbies: Biking, cooking, skateboarding, kickboxing, video games and movies.
Richard Wadsworth, DO

Richard Wadsworth, DO

Bio

  • Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? I liked the people that interviewed me and the area was good for my family.
  • Clinical interests: Operating my own clinic someday that may provide a wide variety of services. Helping kids with ADHD and depression.
  • My hobbies: Mixed martial arts, hiking and camping with my kids, archery, religion and theology. The psychology of happiness. Parenting and marriage.

PGY-4

Marwa Badawy, MD

Marwa Badawy, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine
Gareth Marsh, DO

Gareth Marsh, DO

Bio

  • Medical School: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? I thought the program director was pretty cool.
  • Clinical interests: Sleep disorders, mindfulness, psychopharmacology.
  • My hobbies: Pretending I can cook, hanging out with cats, listening to podcasts and audiobooks.
Kathleen McGuire, DO

Kathleen McGuire, DO

Bio

  • Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? I had an excellent interview day experience and felt that I could see myself fitting in well with the residents and Attendings. I knew I would be well supported and would receive excellent training here.
  • Clinical interests: I plan to work in the outpatient setting with adults but possibly a mix of outpatient and inpatient. I have clinical interest in Forensic Psychiatry.
  • My hobbies: Video games, books, horror books specially Stephen King!
Cameron Myers, MD

Cameron Myers, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? MU Psych offers a wide variety of clinical experiences including VA, Child, Telepsychiatry, CL and strong ER experience. I also found that other residents and workers are awesome people to work with who I also call my friends.
  • Clinical interests: Telepsychiatry, Locum Tenens.
  • My hobbies: Biking, crafting, travelling, spending time with my dogs, family and friends. I also enjoy DIY projects, carpentry and spending time working on renovation projects on my house.
Akriti Sinha, MD

Akriti Sinha, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India
  • Why did I choose this program? It was clear to me on my interview dinner that this program would be a home away from home for me. I thoroughly enjoyed my interaction with residents and Attendings and the diverse exposure it promised to offer. Our program covers most of Mid-MO population and gives us ample opportunity in General Psychiatry and specialties including Child, Veterans, Student Health, Forensics, Addiction and Neuromodulation.
  • Clinical interests: Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, Global Mental Health, Collaborative Care, Physician Health and Well Being.
  • My hobbies: Music/Karaoke, photography, travelling, catching up on American Classics and fashion.
Charles Strode, DO

Charles Strode, DO

Bio

  • Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM)
  • Why did I choose this Program? The camaraderie of the residents and how everyone tries to help each other was a strong reason for joining this program. Also, the appeal of living in a college town that’s not too big or too small.
  • Clinical interests: Cultural Psychiatry, Global Psychiatry and History of Medicine.
  • My hobbies: Anything outdoors- hiking, long drives, mountain climbing and skiing.

PGY-5

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Ryan Kavalier, DO

Bio

Medical School: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kinesiology, Iowa State Univ