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My name is Behdad Bozorgnia. I was born in Tehran, Iran and moved to the United States at the age of 8. I went to Wesleyan University where I studied philosophy, history, and now to politely explain to people that I did not go to Wellesley. Before going to medical school at the University of Rochester, I was in Americorps for a year and got a Master's degree in Positive Psychology. My interest in psychiatry include medical ethics, psychosomatic medicine, and psychotherapy. I also enjoy writing short stories, performing stand-up comedy, and hiking in mountains. The best part about Penn so far is the residents with whom I often share a drink, a laugh, and a tray of deftly arranged artisanal cheeses.
I was raised in sunny Southern California before trekking east for college at Wesleyan University, where Behdad taught me how to politely explain to people that I did not go to Wellesley. I returned to Los Angeles where I worked as an EMT with the LA County Fire Department, worked in IT, and started a non-profit community organization for LGBT Jewish youth. I went to medical school at Penn after completing a post-bac program at Bryn Mawr College, and I continued at Penn Psychiatry because it distinguished itself by offering well-rounded training. Penn's most distinguishing resources are my friendly and talented co-residents, who teach me and make me smile and laugh every day. Philly is not only a great place to live, but it is home to a unique non-profit organization-Community Behavioral Health (CBH). CBH is publicly funded and offers broad behavioral health coverage to Philly's Medicaid population. It makes this city an exciting place to train, particularly in Public Psychiatry. My interests also include Addiction, Pain, Bioethics, and Quality Improvement, especially as they relate to information technologies. Outside the hospital, I enjoy cycling, computers & gaming, DIY life-hacking and home improvement projects, and having fun exploring the city with my colleagues & my partner.
My name is David Silver. I grew up in Harrisburg, PA and attended William & Mary and Jefferson for college and medical school, respectively. My first career in medicine was as a Gynecologic Oncologist, for which I am boarded and had an active clinical and academic practice for over 15 years. While in practice I completed an MBA in healthcare management at night. More recently, I joined the Psychiatry Department as a resident with high hopes of bringing the benefits of psychiatry back to patients living with cancer diagnoses. On a more personal note, my wife, Nazanin, and I have a daughter, Laela who we are privileged to have occupy the majority of our time outside of work. While I am unlikely to impose photos of Laela on you, if you are interested, I have >2,000 pics on my iPhone at all times.
I grew up in Swarthmore, PA and then went to Wesleyan University where Behdad and Eric taught me how to politely explain to people that I did not go to Wellesley. I came back to Philadelphia to do AmeriCorps and worked in one of the city health centers before going to medical school at Jefferson. At Jefferson, I was part of a Population Health co-curriculum and did research on co-located and integrated behavioral health and primary care services. I continue to be interested in community mental health and improving access to care. I came to Penn because all of the residents I met seemed happy here, and I was excited about the variety in faculty and residents interests, as well as diversity in clinical training sites. And I love Philly. In my free time, I play ultimate frisbee, rock climb, bike, travel, and eat.
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