Residency- Message from the Director

Dr. Eindra Khin KhinWelcome to the psychiatry residency training program of the George Washington University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences! Our GW residency has many strengths, including a dedicated full-time and voluntary faculty of enormous breadth and depth, exceptionally strong affiliate institutions including a nationally recognized children's hospital, and most importantly, a talented group of committed and caring residents. Our GW residency offers a broad range of experiences with heterogeneous populations of patients representing the diversity, multinational character and enriched scientific resources of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Our residency program enjoys a special status within our department and our university. Residency Training Director Dr. Eindra Khin Khin and Associate Training Director for Outpatient Services Dr. Pooja Lakshmin are both graduates of our Psychiatry Residency Program. Associate Training Director for Inpatient Services Dr. Vanessa Torres-Llenza is also a graduate of our Psychosomatic Fellowship Program. Chairman Dr. James Griffith is our former Residency Training Director, and Dean Jeffrey Akman is a graduate of our Psychiatry residency and our former Department Chairman. Together Drs. Khin Khin, Lakshmin, Torres and Griffith uphold the mission of the program to train our residents in humanistic and multicultural psychiatry. Through our longstanding affiliation with the Children's National Health System, we consistently attract applicants with a strong interest in child and adolescent psychiatry. Our affiliation with INOVA/Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia provides a range of outstanding training opportunities for residents and one of our nation's oldest and most highly recognized fellowships in psychosomatic medicine.

The Department continues to collaborate with the GWU School of Public Health and Health Services, the only school of public health in the nation's capital. We are one of the few programs in the country where psychiatry residents can complete an MPH degree during their residency program.

Our affiliation with the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, which is located within our department, makes our PGY-IV residents eligible to begin psychoanalytic training during residency. Through our affiliation with the NIMH, we offer those interested in a biomedical research career an opportunity to take their PGY-IV year at the NIMH. Our four-year Global Mental Health Track is unique among our nation's psychiatry residencies.

The GWU Hospital, which opened in 2003, is the first new hospital to be built in D.C. in over twenty-five years. Its twenty-bed psychiatric unit, highly regarded emergency department, and med-surg units form the core of our inpatient psychiatry, emergency psychiatry and consult-liaison experiences.

The heart of our identity has been our longstanding commitment to humanistic psychiatry. A trainee in our department can expect personal growth and professional development in a supportive and collegial climate of education and training in a carefully planned sequence of experiences which are didactically rich, well supervised, and focused philosophically on each individual patient within a biopsychosocial model.

Together with our faculty, we welcome your interest in our program.

Eindra Khin Khin, M.D.
Director, Psychiatry Residency Program

James L. Griffith, M.D.
Chairman, Dept of Psychiatry

Residency Leadership Team

James Griffith, M.D.

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Leon M. Yochelson Professor & Chair
Leon Yochelson Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences




Eindra Khin Khin, M.D.

Psychiatry Residency Program Director

Assistant Professor



Brenna Emery, M.D.

Outpatient Chief Resident




Gowri Ramachandran, M.D.

Inpatient Chief Resident