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Residents, fellows, faculty honored at 2018 Commencement ceremony

June 13, 2018

The Yale Department of Psychiatry honored residents, fellows, and faculty at its annual Residency & Fellowship Commencement Ceremony held June 8 at Yale on York in New Haven.

The event marked the graduation of 18 residents and 27 fellows.

The honorees included the following residents: Riyadh Zihraw Al-Jammaly, MBChB; Kristin S. Budde, MD, MPH; Melissa Marie Cranford, MD; Joao Paulo De Aquino, MD; Jennifer Buenzle Dwyer, MD, PhD; Katrina Louise Furey, MD; Hamilton Gaiani, MD; Kevin Keoni-Lorrin Johnson, MD; Alfred P. Kaye, MD, PhD; Brandon Michael Kittay, MD, PhD; Chadrick Eugene Lane, MD; Luming Li, MD; Alicia Londono, MD; Stanley Lyndon; Prachie T. Narain, MD; Jordan Sloshower, MD, MSc; Ryan Myles Wallace, MD, MPH; and Judah David Weathers, MD, DPhil.

Fellows honored were:

Addiction Psychiatry: Sanjai Miika Olavi Dayal, MD; Niyati Dhand, MD; Donald McNally, III, DO; Aaron Jesse Roberto, MD; Amy Leigh Stark, MD; Adefemi Taiwo, MD; and Jessica Erin Zoltani, MD.

Forensic Psychiatry: Ish Prasad Bhalla, MD; Karsten M. Heil, MD; Kshamta Joshi, MD; Amanda M. Kingston, MD; Stephanie C. Yarnell-Mac Grory, MD, PhD; and Rocksheng Zhong, MD, MHS.

Geriatric Psychiatry: Jessica Abellard, MD; Sarah Anne Kleinfeld, MD; Phelan Elizabeth Maruca-Sullivan, MD; and Ryan Rajaram, MD.

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry: Jeffrey Iler, MD; Michael Maksimowski, MD; and Sahil Munjal, MD.

Public Psychiatry: Milania DelaCruz Al-Jammaly, MD, MPH; Erin Michaella Dooley, MD; and Ralph Hemerson de Similien, MD.

Neuroscience Research Training Program: Alan S. Lewis, MD, PhD.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation: Karine Giasson-Gariepy, MD.

Psychopharmacology/Schizophrenia Research: Albert R. Powers, III, MD, PhD; Rajiv Radhakrishnan, MBBS, MD.

The list of awardees is below.

Faculty Awards

Stephen Fleck Award

Vinod Srihari, MD: Awarded to a faculty member (s) who demonstrates the highest standards of a clinician and educator, following in the footsteps of the late Dr. Stephen Fleck, a long-time member of the Yale faculty who served as a shining example of a clinician-scholar who insisted on giving the highest priority to patient care and teaching.

Chairman’s Award

Nii Addy, PhD: The Chairman's Award is given to a junior, full-time faculty member who has excelled in the department's goals of enriching knowledge, transmitting understanding and providing excellence in the delivery of care.

Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award

David Carlson, MD: The recipient for this award is chosen from the voluntary (clinical) faculty and has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the department, on a completely voluntary basis. The areas of service include, but are not limited to, teaching, supervision, and committee work.

Resident Awards

Resident Teaching Award

Joseph Gallego, MD, and Jessica Isom, MD, MPH: The Resident Teaching Award is given in memory of our former resident and colleague, Dr. James Longhurst. It acknowledges and recognizes the contribution of a Yale Psychiatry Resident as an outstanding teacher and role model. The residents are nominated for this award by students, peers, and faculty.

Ira Levine Award

Erica Robinson, MD, and Robert Ross, MD, PhD: The Ira Levine Award was established in 2004 to recognize outstanding PGY-2 psychiatry residents who best embody the qualities of clinical excellence, breadth of learning, and devotion to the care of severe psychiatric illness exemplified by Dr. Levine.

Program-Wide Chief Resident Certificates

Chadrick Lane, MD, and Alicia Londono, MD

Diversity Chief Resident Certificates

Kristin Budde, MD, and Amalia Londono-Tobon, MD

Awards Presented by the Psychiatry Residents' Association (PRA)

PRA Teaching Award

Bachaar Arnaout, MD, and Noah Capurso, MD, MHS: This award acknowledges the outstanding contribution of one or more attending physicians to the education and development of the residents.

Benjamin S. Bunney Award

Kristin Budde, MD, and J. Corey Williams, MD, MA: The Benjamin S. Bunney Award is awarded annually to a resident who has demonstrated exceptional service to the Psychiatry Residents’ Association (PRA) mission of advocacy for residents and patients, clinical care, and education.

Resident Diversity Award

Jessica Isom, MD, MPH, and Lauren Schmidt, MD

Faculty Diversity Award

Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, and Robert Rohrbaugh, MD

PRA Outstanding Supportive Service Award

Gina Franco and Niki Shea: This award goes to an outstanding nurse, social worker, or other support staff.

Submitted by Christopher Gardner on June 13, 2018