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Greetings! I am delighted to be a part of the Penn Psychiatry family! Until recently, I was a practicing internist and the medical director of the Women's Health Center at the Philadelphia VA. I went to medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine and completed internal medicine residency at Penn. Over the years practicing primary care and women's health, I came to appreciate my dearth of skills when caring for patients with mental illness and decided to take the plunge into psychiatry.
I have two school age daughters and live with my family in West Philadelphia. I love to cook and you can often find me outside running or gardening. If you are new to the area, I can be a great resource on living and working in West Philadelphia.
I was born in Madison, Wisconsin and spent some time living in Cairo, Egypt and Calgary, Canada before landing in Abington, Pennsylvania. I stayed local and went to Haverford College for undergrad where I majored in Biology and took two years off to work in a lab before joining the MD/PhD program at NYU. During graduate school, I studied the regulation of nuclear hormone receptor transcriptional activity. I chose Psychiatry because I find the intricacies of the mind to be a continuous source of intrigue and the diseases of the mind to be the most devastating. I am looking forward to joining the field in trying to understand how life experiences and our genetic makeup influence brain biochemistry and behavior. I am super pumped to be back in the Philadelphia area and am so excited to be at Penn. My hobbies include keeping up with the Kardashians, celebrity gossip, reading internet comments, and sleeping.
It's never too late to have a happy childhood! I joined the University of Pennsylvania and its Post-Pediatric Portal Program after several phases of self-discovery. Originally from the Midwest, I spent a year in Nigeria after undergrad to do a Fullbright Fellowship in scientific publication. After a harrowing personal experience, I decided to spend the next two years researching how we develop immune memory following Malaria exposure with the National Institutes of Health. This work gave me the chance to travel between the D.C. area and Mali. With a strong interest in global health, I pursued an MD/MPH at Johns Hopkins University and had dual interests in pediatrics and psychiatry. My favorite experience in Baltimore was the opportunity to work with adolescents charged as adults awaiting trial at the Baltimore City Detention Center through a Schweitzer Fellowship. I moved to Houston to complete my pediatrics residency at Texas Children's Hospital, which gave me the opportunity to work with families affected by HIV in Malawi. I then moved up to Boston for a neonatology fellowship at the Harvard Combined Program. Although I originally envisioned myself an intensivist, I discovered over time that it's never too late to re-evaluate career priorities to find a vocation that makes you happy. Penn welcomed me with open arms, and I am extraordinarily happy in the City of Brotherly Love. Our program is unique for its balance of therapy and pharmacology, and I look forward to becoming a well-rounded psychiatrist with infinite compassion toward my patients. On a typical day, you'll find me with Sprout, my lovely little mutt, at the Schuylkill River Dog Park.
I'm originally from California, went to high school in Israel and then attended college at UC Berkeley where I studied public health. My interest in primary care and underserved communities brought me to medical school at the University of Washington where I got to learn medicine in a wide variety of settings, and spent time in Wyoming, Idaho, and Alaska. My interests within psychiatry include addictions, psychosis and emergency care. In my free time, I enjoy browsing netflix, cooking, hanging out with friends & family (& dog), and playing music.
I was born in Finland and moved to Maryland when I was three. I went to Penn for college where I fell in love with bioethics. At the same time, I had my first formal exposure to psychiatry when I shadowed a psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins Hospital working with HIV and chronic pain patients. My experience convinced me early on that I wanted to become a psychiatrist. After college, I completed a Master of Bioethics at Penn, with a thesis focusing on the ethics of testicular tissue cryopreservation for pediatric cancer patients. I went to medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Working with underserved patients in New Orleans, I discovered a deep passion for social justice and ethical issues related to access to care. I am thrilled to return to Penn and Philadelphia. I am especially excited about the Ethics Track and psychotherapy training. Outside of the hospital, I am looking forward to exploring art museums, discovering new restaurants, and going to First Fridays.
Hey guys, my name is Agin. I was born in India, celebrated my first birthday there then came to Philly and have been here since. With that said, it is only recently that I have begun to spend time in the center city areas and really appreciate what all the city of brotherly love has to offer. I was a religion major in undergrad, focusing on Asian studies, specifically Buddhism. It is with that experience my interest in mental health first cropped up and started to take root. When I did my psych rotations in medical school, I knew I had found my calling-love at first encounter. The cherry on the top was finding and becoming a part of the Penn family. Only a few weeks in and I knew beyond a shred of doubt life has a lot of amazing things in store for us. Side notes: I am gung-ho about hot yoga and swear by it and love dance, especially hip-hop cultural fusions… Interest in either of those? Would love to connect!
Howdy! I'm Sheila Upadhyay, one of the Child Psychiatry Fellows and loving it! I am orginally from Sugartown, Texas, was a proud member of the Fighting Texas A&M Aggies, then I went to medical school at St. George's University and completed pediatric residency in Long Island at Schneider Children's Hospital. After residency, I had the privilege to serve in the National Health Service Corps as a general pediatrician in the Bronx, where I fully appreciated the need for behavioral health specialists and solidified my desire to become a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist. This year, working with the Penn Psychiatry team has been fascinating and fun! Of late, along with my husband and toddler, we are soaking up all the family fun, summer concerts and rich history Philly has to offer!
I was born and raised in Lanham, Maryland, played Indian classical percussion for most of middle school and high school and went to Amherst College for undergrad where I studied music composition. I then moved to New York after graduating in 2009 to work in the music industry and did a year with Americorps working for the Mayor's Office of New York City. I started medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2011 where I worked for several free student run clinics, played in a few med school bands and took one year off between 3rd and 4th year to train in Indian classical music, do yoga, and play an unreasonable amount of videogames like Metal Gear Solid, Halo 5, and of course Super Smash Bros (Wii U).
I was born in Beijing, China, but moved to the States as a child and went to school in Radnor, just a few Septa stops away from Philadelphia. I studied microbiology and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, and secretly preferred the study of human behavior and psychopathology to bacteria and viruses. I went to UVA for medical school, and spent time conducting research on the medical burden of intimate partner violence in the US and in Rwanda, with the hope of gaining a better understanding of the sequelae of physical abuse. I love being back in Philadelphia, my home! I'm so excited to be part of the Penn Psych family and to explore my interests, which include forensic psychiatry, moral dilemmas in medicine, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. The most rewarding moments during my time in residency has been volunteering with the Philadelphia Human Rights Clinic, hosting medical student book clubs, and hanging out with my residency class. In my spare time, I also like to cook up questionable food combinations, read short stories, buy too many houseplants and watch horror movies.
I was born and raised in Central New Jersey, coming to Philadelphia and Penn for medical school. Since then, Philadelphia has become my new home and I decided without reservation to remain at Penn for the Psychiatry Residency. My academic interests are with collaborative/integrative care, consultation psychiatry, and medical education and I plan to pursue a fellowship in consultation-liaison next year. My partner and I dote on our three energetic and emotionally needy cats and I enjoy writing science fiction about flying robots, ace pilots, spaceships, and hyperbolic conflict in my free time.
The warmth, guidance, and mentorship that I found here at Penn have been transformative, both personally and professionally and I know you'll find the same if you choose to make us your academic home as well.
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