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Carilion Clinic Update

We Welcome New Members to Carilion Clinic

By Badr Ratnakaran, MBBS
Carolion Clinic Resident PGY-3

We are excited to announce a new group of physicians that have joined our Department of Psychiatry at Carilion Clinic.
Our new batch of interns started their rotations in our program in July. We have eight new interns coming from diverse backgrounds. Below is a short bio sketch on them:

  1. Dr. Sulaimon Bakre acquired his Medical Degree from University of Ilorin College of Health Sciences in Nigeria and also recieved his Master of Public Health Degree in Epidemiology at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, and is interested in geriatric psychiatry.
  2. Dr. Jessica Farrell hails from London, Kentucky. She studied Agricultural Biotechnology as an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky, where she also completed medical school. Professional interests include child psychiatry, women's mental health and working with rural/under-served populations.
  3. Dr. Kishore Ghatge Nagaraja is a Southwest Virginia native and completed medical school at Atlantic University School of Medicine. He has a deep interest in psychiatric public policy and improving mental healthcare access.
  4. Dr. Michael Ferguson is a former medical student of our own Virginia Tech Carilion School Medicine and has displayed his passion and advocacy for child and adolescent psychiatry since his medical school days.
  5. Dr. Laura Huff completed medical school at Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  6. Dr. Archana Adikey was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. She attended medical school at Mediciti Institute of Medical Sciences, India, and attained clinical and research exposure at Yale School of Medicine and Northwell Health. Her interests include child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and application of novel therapeutic methods such as TMS and Ketamine in treatment-resistant mood disorders.
  7. Dr. Aysegul Aydogan is from Turkey and completed medical school there at Hacettepe Universitesi Tip Fakultesi. Dr. Aydogan is also a trained family medicine physician in her home country.
  8. Dr. Ruma Mian hails from New Jersey and attended Rutgers University where she studied exercise science and sport studies. Helping patients improve quality of life is her greatest passion and therefore, she is very interested in fitness and lifestyle choices catering to the biopsychosocial model of mental illness.

Along with our new interns, we have also had four new faculty members join crucial roles in our Department.

Dr. Khoa Tran joined Carilion Clinic faculty from Charleston, South Carolina where he was a contract telepsychiatrist for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, seeing patients at a community mental health center. He completed a combined residency training program in Psychiatry and Neurology at Tulane University in New Orleans and held a clinical faculty position there after graduation. Previous work experience includes: working both inpatient and outpatient adult psychiatry, part-time work at a geriatric psychiatry inpatient facility, child psychiatry clinic, staff neurologist at clinics for two of the long-term state mental health facilities in Louisiana, an international experience in a community mental health center in New Zealand and ACT team staff 3/4 full-time in New Orleans. He has completed various locum assignments in the inpatient setting in multiple locations in North Carolina. His current position includes telepsychiatry as well as outpatient mental health for general adult psychiatry. He is also currently proctoring to be on staff to provide ECT services at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, with a goal to be involved in the rTMS and ketamine clinics. 

Dr. Virginia O’Brien graduated from Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences and received her medical degree from the University Of Mississippi School Of Medicine. She completed residency training in a combined internal medicine and psychiatry program at Rush University in Chicago and is board certified in both. Dr. O’Brien’s clinical practice focuses on Psycho-oncology and other conditions at the interface of medicine and psychiatry. Her prior affiliation was assistant professor in psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center where she was the Medical Director of Psycho-oncology and the Duke Primary Care Depression Initiative. Additional interests include studying and implementing models of integrated care to improve patient access to psychiatric services, and resident education and training. She will be the system-wide Director of Ambulatory Services at our Carilion Clinic.

Dr. Xavier Preud’homme and Dr. Sarah Rivelli had also previously been affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Preud’homme will be our system-wide Director of Inpatient Services and Dr. Riveli will be our new Director of Consultation-liaison Psychiatry.

We wholeheartedly welcome our new interns and faculty members to our expanding department.

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