PGY-1

Ahmed Abdulkadir, MD

Ahmed Abdulkadir, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: Dow University of Health Sciences
  • Why did I choose this program? Diversity of patient population. Attendings and residents are very supportive and welcoming. The program has a good work-life balance.
  • Clinical Interests: Addiction Psychiatry, General Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry
  • Hobbies: Soccer, watching movies, stand-up comedy, and spending time with family
Omotola Akinkunmi, MD

Omotola Akinkunmi, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Why did I choose this program? Supportive and Collegial learning environment created by residents and attendings, diverse patient population, multiple resources and exposure to various fields of psychiatry
  • Clinical Interests: General Adult Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry
  • Hobbies: Exercising, Hiking, Traveling and Spending time with friends and family
Michael Flom, MD

Michael Flom, MD

Bio

  • Medical school: University of Missouri - Columbia 
  • Why did I choose this program? I am proud to return to Mizzou for my residency. I have the privilege to learn alongside caring attendings and welcoming, grounded residents. I believe Columbia, Missouri, is a crossroads of the quintessential college town and a friendly Midwestern value system that cultivates a refreshing community identity. Mizzou will allow me to become a competent physician and every day is another opportunity to help my community.
  • Clinical interests: Considering all opportunities 
  • Hobbies: world cuisine, exercise, exploring Missouri 
Jessica Kahwaji, MD

Jessica Kahwaji, MD

Bio

Lauren Moley, MD

Lauren Moley, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Why I chose this program? Friendly and knowledgeable residents and attendings, strong camaraderie, and psychotherapy opportunities. Great work-life balance and residents are happy.
  • Clinical Interests: Child, Adolescent, and Adult Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Hobbies: Traveling, exercising, playing with my dogs, and hanging out with friends and family
Hung Nguyen, MD

Hung Nguyen, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Missouri - Columbia School of Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? I felt that the attendings were supportive and interested in fostering a multitude of clinical interests. The residents worked well together, reported positive experiences with faculty and program administration, and were overall happy with their own choice to come to MU. MU psychiatry also boasts diverse training locations and patient populations, early outpatient experiences, opportunities to practice neuromodulator therapeutics, and community-based opportunities that were all attractive to me.
  • Clinical interests: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Community Psychiatry, Interventional Psychiatry
  • Hobbies: Cooking, reading, traveling, writing poetry and short stories/essays
Priyanka Prabhu, MD

Priyanka Prabhu, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia 
  • Why did I choose this program? During my medical school rotation, I noticed that the residents and attendings here work hard to cultivate a community that fosters learning and growth. MU psychiatry offers many different opportunities in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, which is helpful as I try to figure out if I want to pursue a fellowship and what I want my future practice to look like.
  • Clinical interests: Forensic psychiatry, consult psychiatry
  • Hobbies: Cooking, reading, hanging out with friends and family, traveling to try new foods and learn about new cultures  
Matthew Stueve, DO

Matthew Stueve, DO

Bio

  • Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn, Alabama
  • Why did I choose this program? I chose this program because of my interactions with the residents and the attendings. Everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming. The program also has a wide variety of patients, from large cities like St. Louis and Kansas City, to some of the smallest rural areas in the state. This allows for an immense variety of patient exposure that is hard to find in other programs. I am from a very rural area in Missouri, and rural populations are a special interest of mine. Being able to see patients from rural areas, while at the same time getting exposure to inner city patients is what makes this program unique.
  • Clinical interests: Adult and Child Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Hobbies: Baseball, Soccer, Hunting, Fishing, Atmospheric Science
Elijah Wilder, MD

Elijah Wilder, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Memphis
  • Why did I choose this program? I had heard great things about the program and the training as well as the diversity of clinical experiences. Also, I was attracted to the camaraderie among the residents and staff that was evident during the interview.
  • Clinical interests: Adult Psychiatry, Psychosis
  • Hobbies: camping, hiking, fishing, playing basketball, anything outdoors, playing with my dog, video games
Kalee Woody

Kalee Woody, DO

Bio

  • Medical School: Kansas City University-Joplin
  • Why did I choose this program? It is well rounded and provides great training in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. It is centrally located and receives patients from all over the state with a variety of pathology. Most importantly, the residents have a nice work life balance and seem really happy!
  • Clinical interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Outpatient Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine
  • Hobbies: lifting weights, going to concerts, roller blading, eating good food 

PGY-2

Mahmoud Ali, MD

Mahmoud Ali, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: Alexandria Faculty of Medicine, Egypt
  • Why did I choose this program? I chose this program because it puts a high value on residents teaching and training, provides a perfect balance between autonomy and supervision and integrates the biological, psychological and social aspects of psychiatric practice. Last but not least, Columbia is an ideal city to raise a family.
  • Clinical interests: Adult Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry
  • Hobbies: Swimming and Table Tennis
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Crestin Andrews, DO

Bio

  • Medical School: A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? I chose this program because I had a wonderful interview experience and felt a strong sense of camaraderie amongst the residents. MU Psych is a comprehensive program with exposure to a wide variety of patients, training in neuromodulatory techniques, and opportunities for clinical research. The independent Psych ED was also a big draw for me 
  • Clinical Interests: Adult and Child Inpatient Psychiatry, Emergency Psychiatry, Global Mental Health
  • Hobbies: Playing guitar and piano, singing, astronomy, swimming, traveling, reading national geographic magazines (i.e. looking at the pictures and wishing I was traveling), hiking, trying lots of different foods, true crime podcasts and documentaries.
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Evan Buckmiller, DO

Bio

  • Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
  • Why did I choose this program? There’s a good mix of rural as well as not-so-rural patients that are served by the University of Missouri medical system. I have a special interest in the rural populations, and I also love Missouri. I came to the Midwest from Utah (where I was born and raised), and fell in love with the life here. I was fortunate as a 4th year medical student, and I was offered a rotation here. During that rotation, I saw how well the residents got along with each other, and they counted me as one of their own, even though I was only here for 1 month.
  • Clinical Interests: PTSD, Psychosis, Mood Disorders
  • Hobbies: Archery, hunting, fishing, home improvement, scuba diving, building computers/electronics, video games
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Joanna Chuang, DO

Bio

  • Medical School:  Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences 
  • Why did I choose this program? I liked how the program had multiple opportunities for mentorship and that residents seemed genuinely happy to be here. I also loved that I would have broad exposure to various aspects of psychiatry, like child's psychiatry and forensics
  • Clinical Interests: Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Hobbies: Traveling, hiking and reading
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Emily Kimes, DO

Bio

  • Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
  • Why did I choose this program? There are a lot of resources available for us. The residents and staff are all friendly and supportive
  • Clinical interests: Child & Adolescent and General Psychiatry
  • Hobbies: Eating, taking care of my two cats, traveling, watching Japanese comedies and Korean dramas
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Leena Kurre, DO

Bio

  • Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton
  • Why did I choose this program? Attendings and residents are very approachable and work together as a cohesive team. The program also offers a wide variety of clinical settings and has a diverse patient population. Moonlighting starting in PGY-2 was a huge plus!
  • Clinical Interests: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Hobbies: Tennis, running, traveling, trying different cuisines
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Ejike Nwokwor, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Jos, Nigeria
  • Why did I choose this program? I chose this program because it is family oriented and has a conducive atmosphere for learning and growing
  • Clinical Interests: Addiction, Community and Forensic Psychiatry
  • Hobbies: Writing stories, cooking, music
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Omar Taranissi, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? I chose the University of Missouri psychiatry program because of my interaction with faculty members who were as interested in cultivating a healthy learning environment as they were providing excellent patient care
  • Clinical Interests: Child and Adolescent Addiction Psychiatry
  • Hobbies: Soccer, Martial Arts
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Andy Tran, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: American University of Antigua 
  • Why did I choose this program? Comprehensive program with great clinical and educational experiences. Supportive residents and attendings
  • Clinical Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry
  • Hobbies: Cooking, running
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Alec Ryan Zimmer, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? I grew up in Missouri, so the idea of returning to my home state is part of what drew me to the MU program. I also found the faculty and other residents to be extremely welcoming. This along with the diverse clinical experiences offered are why I chose MU
  • Clinical Interests: Geriatrics, Addiction and Sleep
  • Hobbies: golfing, fishing, video games, water sports and hiking with my dog & family 

PGY-3

Asim Al-Omari, MD

Asim Al-Omari, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: Mutah University Faculty of Medicine, Jordan
  • Why did I choose this program? Faculty with extensive experience in broad areas, exposure to various settings and psychiatric specialties as well as psychotherapy training and exposure to ECT, TMS and Ketamine/Esketamine treatments. Attendings, residents and staff are a cohesive group, truly supportive and create a collaborative environment. Columbia is also a wonderful place to live!
  • Clinical interests: General Adult Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry.
  • Hobbies: I enjoy reading science fiction. I also love hiking and being out in nature, traveling the world to experience new cultures and cuisines and meeting new people!
Justin Ehrhardt, MD

Justin Ehrhardt, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? Friendly facility, good clinical and educational experiences, good work-life balance.
  • Hobbies: Mizzou sports, video games, hiking and skiing.
Joshua Foster, DO

Joshua Foster, DO

Bio

  • Medical School: Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Miles Grant, MD

Miles Grant, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
Zane He, MD

Zane He, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? I really liked the amount of support offered by the Residents and Attendings. The department feels like one big family. Also, Columbia is a cool place to live in.
  • Hobbies: Fishing, foraging, hiking, cooking, listening to music, watching Netflix and playing video games.
Ravali Poreddy, MD

Ravali Poreddy, MD

Bio

  • Medical school Undergraduate: University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? I chose this program because I felt like it was a perfect combination of having all the qualities I found important in a program while being close to home in St. Louis. During my interview, I felt like both the faculty and other residents were incredibly warm and welcoming. There were very few places I felt that I encountered on the interview trail where the community was tight-knit, while also having all the opportunities we have here. From rotating through our independent Psych ED, to the child unit, to Fulton State and to having exposure to the VA patient population, it felt like a very comprehensive program with so many opportunities at our fingertips.
  • Clinical interests: Child Psychiatry, Outpatient Psychiatry.
  • Hobbies: Dance, reading, (attempting to) cook, exploring Columbia and hanging out with friends.
Himangshu Rathinakumar, MD

Himangshu Rathinakumar, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: PSG Institute of Medical Sciences, India 
  • Why did I choose this program? Large residency program with Adult and Child Units. Ability to work in different settings like VA and University Hospital. Availability of TMS and other Neuromodulation options.
  • Clinical interests: Adult and Child inpatient and outpatient Psychiatry.
  • Hobbies:  Watching TV, cooking and travelling.
Joel Saeger, DO

Joel Saeger, DO

Bio

  • Medical school: Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? I choose this program since it's a University Program, I have family in Columbia and St. Louis, the patient volume is impressive and we have supportive Residents and Attendings.
  • Hobbies: Exercising, soccer, baseball, outdoor activities, cooking/BBQ. I am also a beer connoisseur.
Mary Clare Weiss, DO

Mary Clare Weiss, DO

Bio

  • Medical School: A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? Close to home, friendly atmosphere and variety within patient population.
  • Clinical interests: Psychotic disorders.
  • Hobbies: Reading, exercising, shopping and hanging out with friends and family.
Charles Welch, MD

Charles Welch, MD

Bio

  • Medical school: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine 
  • Why did I choose this program? Closer to home, the program has its own Psychiatry hospital, the opportunity for in-house moonlighting.
  • Clinical interests: Addiction Medicine.
  • Hobbies: Motorcycle riding, long range shooting and hand loading ammunition, racquetball, soccer and raising tarantulas.

PGY-4

Hanqing "Henry" Bai, MD

Hanqing "Henry" Bai, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine
Omagbemi Buwa, MD

Omagbemi Buwa, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Why did I choose this program? Good camaraderie among residents, great and approachable faculty members, diverse work force and patient pool. Exceptional family-work balance.
  • Clinical interests: My future plan is to pursue a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship. Also, I am interested in addiction and interventional psychiatry.
  • Hobbies: Soccer, billiards, movies and recently football
Anchana Dominic, MD

Anchana Dominic, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? I choose this program because Mizzou had all the clinical experiences I was looking for, especially an in-depth exposure to forensic psychiatry. Also, the residents are so friendly and attendings are very approachable and truly are like one big family!
  • Clinical interests: I will start my Forensic Fellowship at Emory University next July. My goal is to work in a correctional setting and manage my own forensic practice as well.
  • Hobbies: working out, yoga, running club, cooking, embroidery, reading, playing board games, trying new restaurants, hiking and spending time with my dog Chutney. Fun fact: Chutney has hobbies of her own and is exploring obstacle course classes and nose work training! 
David Mauro, MD

David Mauro, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
  • Why did I choose this program? I choose this program because of its collegial atmosphere, favorable work-life balance, multiple learning opportunities and supportive attending physicians.
  • Clinical interests: Treatment-Resistant Depression, Novel Psychopjarmacologu (psychedelics, Ketamine, etc.), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  • Hobbies: Outdoor activities, weight lifting, trumpet playing, meditation, spending time with animal companions 
Taiye Popoola, MD

Taiye Popoola, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Ilorin College of Health Sciences
  • Why did I choose this program? I mainly chose this program because my family is in Columbia, MO.
  • Clinical interests: Adult Psychiatry and Fellowship in Sleep Medicine.
  • Hobbies: Cooking, singing hymns and spending time with family.
Vera Prisacari, MD

Vera Prisacari, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? Close to home, knew the program well, liked the program directors and staff, residents were happy.
  • Clinical interests: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry.
  • Hobbies: Baking, hiking and traveling.
Tooba Qadir, MD

Tooba Qadir, MD

Bio

  • Medical School: Dow Medical College, Karachi- Pakistan
  • Why did I choose this program? While growing up in one of Pakistan's largest metropolitan cities, Karachi, I always felt very strongly about eradicating the stigma against mental illnesses, and now I feel like I'm on the right path to do so much more! This is a great time to be involved in psychiatry, and I’m planning on pursuing a forensic psychiatry fellowship when I’m done with residency. I completed the first 3 years of my psychiatry residency in New Jersey and then transferred to Mizzou to finish my fourth year.
  • Clinical interests: Forensic Psychiatry
  • Hobbies: I enjoy cooking, tending to my many plants and hiking!
Richard Wadsworth, DO

Richard Wadsworth, DO

Bio

  • Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Why did I choose this program? I liked the people that interviewed me and the area was good for my family.
  • Clinical interests: Operating my own clinic someday that may provide a wide variety of services. Helping kids with ADHD and depression.
  • Hobbies: Mixed martial arts, hiking and camping with my kids, archery, religion and theology. The psychology of happiness. Parenting and marriage.