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Spring 2019 Issue


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VCU Health System Updates

VCU Psychiatry Ranked in the Top Twenty

The 2018 Ranking Tables of National Institutes of Health Funding was published by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. They revealed that VCU Psychiatry was in the Top 20 nationally for NIH research funding. Some others in this group include the University of Pittsburgh, Yale, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke, Johns Hopkins and Columbia. VCU Psychiatry is also ranked number one in the VCU School of Medicine for research funding.

This recognition distinguishes the outstanding intellectual creativity and energy of our faculty in pursuing the scientific understanding of mental illness.

Special kudos go to Drs. Ken Kendler and Gerry Moeller and faculty and staff at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics and at the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies. 

We are pleased that we filled in both the adult and the child and adolescent psychiatry Residency Match with an outstanding group of young physicians. The new adult residents are from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (3), VCU School of Medicine (2), Wake Forest School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, West Virginia School of Medicine Martinsburg, Indiana School of Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Meharry Medical College. The child and adolescent psychiatry fellows are from VCU School of Medicine (2), Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai and Wright State University. 

The VCU School of Medicine is in the process of recruiting a new Chair of Psychiatry as Dr. Silverman is stepping aside after 35 years of service as Chair. He will remain on faculty teaching and providing clinical care.

Please save the date for the 57th Annual Children’s Mental Health Symposium which will be held October 4-5, 2019 at the Thomas R. Fulghum Conference Center in Midlothian. The theme is "Resilience."

Thanks to John Urbach, MD and other VCU faculty who are serving the PSV.


Spring Has Sprung at VCU

By Avneet Madan, MD

With the onset of spring, we have lots of exciting news at VCU Psychiatry. We had a successful match and our department would like to welcome our incoming intern class: Jackson Bradley, DO;  Courtney Brooks, MD;  Kelsey Delph, MD;  Erin Edmonds, MD;  Snehdeep Hanspal, MD;  John Mason, MD;  Morgan O’Malley, MD;  Sumerth Pathak, DO;  Andrew Pecsok, DO;  Emily Rosen, DO; and Patricia Timi, MD. We look forward to working with our new trainees in July. Recruitment would not have been possible without our dedicated recruitment chairs who worked tirelessly this year: Kelsey Stevens, MD; Jonathan Anthony, DO and Jonathan Punzi, MD. Thanks for all your hard work!

We would also like to congratulate our senior residents and fellows who will be graduating this year: Andrea Cruz, MD; Andrew Snyder, MD; Caitlin Carnell, MD (Chief Resident);  Elliot Pohlmann, MD;  Han Lee, MD;  Avneet Madan, MD (Chief Resident); Michael DiBiase, MD; Mindy Tyree, DO; Patrick Kane, MD; Simrun Kaur, MD; Zachary Ruppenkamp, DO (Chief Resident); Divya Gongireddy, MD; Anisha Garg, MD; Zehra Erdeve Temiz, MD and Michael Fox, DO. The graduation ceremony will be held at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in June and we wish our graduates the best of luck!

We want to congratulate our PGY4 residents who will be pursuing fellowship next year: Elliot Pohlmann, DO will pursue a Consultation-Liaison Fellowship here at VCU and Avneet Madan, MD will be a Consultation-Liaison Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Several of our residents will be attending APA in May 2019 and Lauren Baker, MD will be presenting a poster at the conference.

We will be lacing up our shoes and gathering at Uptown Bowling Alley in April for our yearly resident retreat. We are excited to use this day as a platform to discuss further change. With the new year coming up, we would like to congratulate our rising Junior Chiefs: Drs. Jonathon Anthony, Shaquana Clark and Jonathan Punzi, along with our rising Chief Residents: Drs. Katie Williams, Jamie Fields and Roxanne Sholevar. Lastly, Shaheen Ali will be the rising VCU Representative for the Psychiatric Society of Virginia.

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