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Hello everyone! I am originally from El Salvador and moved to Nashville when I was four years old. This is where I spent the rest of childhood until I headed off to college at UNC Chapel Hill. I majored in Sociology and minored in Chemistry and, of course, went to all the basketball games I could! Before heading to med school I did a year of research in the Pharmacology department and spent an amazing couple of months trekking through Central and South America. I then headed back home to med school at Vanderbilt and decided to do a pediatric residency at Harvard's Boston Children's Hospital before ended up here at Penn! Right now I am doing my fellowship through the Pediatric Portal Program with the hopes of becoming triple boarded and practicing Adolescent and Child Psychiatry. Outside of medicine I love to spend my time with my three babies and wonderful husband. I also love to run, cook, and travel anywhere and everywhere!
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 received my undergraduate degree from Cornell University where I studied child development and did research on the relationship between autobiographical memory and identity. After graduation, I was a research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital and worked on clinical drug trials on the efficacy of SAMe for treatment resistant depression and a novel treatment to prevent relapse to smoking. My time doing clinical research in psychiatry led me to decide that I wanted to go into medicine and I completed a post-bacc while in Boston. I then moved to New York City to attend medical school at NYU where I developed my interests in community mental health, quality improvement, service systems and family inclusive treatment of mental illness. My current research interest and most recent publication is on the relationship between violence by persons with severe mental illness and the wellbeing of their family members. I chose Penn because it has unique clinical and training resources in the areas of community mental health, quality improvement, service systems, and family inclusive treatment of mental illness. This year, I'm involved with the public psychiatry interest group, training in CBT for psychosis with the Aaron Beck Center, and I am doing an elective at a community mental health program for patients with early psychosis.
I was born and brought up in Los Angeles, a quaint southern California town known for its open floor plans and salt-of-the-earth people. My father, a director by trade, instilled in my sisters and me a great appreciation for film. With an affinity for stories, and in spite of my indisputable athletic prowess, I set out to become a writer. Like all aspiring writers, I chose to study neuroscience and public policy in college. I then accidentally invoked Chekhov, Maugham, and Carlos-Williams and embarked on medical school. While there, I had the chance to produce and take part in a monthly comedic variety show in NYC, an unexpectedly valuable complement to the clinical rotations. Along the way, my interest in psychiatry, for its narrative depth, its existential wonder, its sensitivity to suffering, was furthered and broadened. Taking on that breadth, I completed a research fellowship in behavioral addictions, narrowing the field by one. Among Penn’s many strengths, most resonant to me are its unequaled psychotherapy training, its encouragement and facilitation of clinician individuation, and its warm, smart, well-rounded resident body. My most list-able joys are being in nature, spending time with friends and family, playing piano and guitar, cooking, writing, reading, basketballing and tennising.
Hi, I'm Kate Riva, a PGY-4 at Penn Psychiatry. I was born in the Philly area, but grew up for the most part in the beautiful earthy crunchy town of Amherst, MA. I graduated from Yale with a B.A. in African Studies and worked for several years in the international relief and development sector. I attended UMass Medical School, and became interested in psychiatry through clinical experiences in a women's state prison and through running a wellness and yoga program at a recovery house for adolescent girls with substance use disorders. I am very interested in child and adolescent psychiatry, HIV, mindfulness and global mental health. I chose to come to Penn because of the opportunity to continue the research I did as a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow with the Botswana UPenn Partnership, and because of the amazing faculty and residents here.
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.
Hey there! My name is Preeti Soi and I'm one of the Post Pediatric Psychiatry Portal fellows. This is a program for pediatricians who would also like to pursue Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. I went to medical school at St. George's University and did my pediatric residency at Cooper University Hospital. This year I am working with the adult psychiatry residents and what I love about Penn is how amazing, friendly and supportive my co-residents are. In addition, the attendings are wonderful teachers, very approachable and great to work with. I absolutely love living in Center City Philly and I definitely take advantage of the awesome restaurant scene!
I was born in China and came to the U.S. at age 6 to Long Island, NY. My interest in research began in high school, at Ward Melville, and continued during college at Harvard. I majored in biology there, with a special focus on mind, brain and behavior, and dabbled in both zebrafish and human sleep research. Medical school was at SUNY Downstate, in Brooklyn NY. I pursued a year-out research fellowship between my third and fourth years with the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship, for which I first came to Penn. After a few weeks of working on mice and macular degeneration, I concluded absolutely that my deepest academic passion is in the field of psychiatry. I started working with Raquel Gur in translational schizophrenia research and continue to enjoy working with her during residency. I look forward to an academic career with the foundation of the advanced and nuanced training I am receiving at Penn. The best part? My co-residents!
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.
I grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Penn State University, where I double majored in psychology and pre-medicine. I earned my medical degree at Penn State as well. I am excited to be at Penn for the excellent clinical training and exposure to the latest developments in the practice of psychiatry. My interests include psychotherapy and increasing access to care in underserved areas.
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