Current Residents






Danya Anouti, M.D.Name: Danya P. Anouti, MD
College: BS, Animal Physiology & Behavior; BA, Global Studies, Arizona State University
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Bio: Danya graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2019 where she pursued additional coursework in Integrative Medicine and Psychiatry.  She received her double degree from Arizona State University completing a B.S. in Animal Physiology and Behavior and a B.A. in Global Studies graduating summa cum laude.  Prior to starting medical school, Danya served in Teach For America and AmeriCorps as a high school science teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools. Danya has an extensive background in research with a focus on behavioral neuroscience research with publications in journals such as Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and Stress.  In medical school, she conducted additional research focusing on obesity funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University.  In addition to research and community service, Danya is interested in education.  Currently, she serves as Education Committee Co-Chair.  In addition, in collaboration with the Department of Neurology, she started the Interest Group in Neuropsychiatry.
Clinical Interests: The intersection between psychiatry and medicine as well as law
Hobbies: Outside of medicine, Danya is passionate about fitness. She worked as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor for several years. Also, she has competed in the sport of Strongman and won the Maryland’s Strongest Woman Competition in 2017 and 2018.


Nicholas Mahan, MD

Name: Nicholas Mahan, MD
College: BS, Biological Sciences & Applied Mathematics, University of Notre Dame
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Bio: Nicholas Mahan is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He grew up in Seattle, Washington, and moved to the midwest to complete his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame. Nick is thrilled to be part of the GWU Psychiatry Residency Training Program class of 2023. His clinical interests include sleep medicine, psychosomatic medicine, healthcare informatics, telepsychiatry, as well as general adult and geriatric outpatient psychiatry.



Shayna Popkin, DOName: Shayna Popkin, DO
College: BS, Biology, Monmouth University
Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Bio: Shayna Popkin graduated from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Colorado. She received her BS in Biology with a concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology from Monmouth University, where she worked as a tutor. Throughout medical school, she has taken on multiple projects including teaching professionalism as a clinical liaison at the University, working with victims of domestic violence in the community, and researching how changes in weather effect pain. Growing up in a family of law enforcement helped Shayna find her passion to pursue a career in forensic psychiatry. 


Emily Schutzenhofer, MDName: Emily Schutzenhofer, MD
College: BS, Chemistry & Global Development Studies, University of Virginia
Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Bio: Emily graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where she also completed her BS in Chemistry and Global Development Studies. Both in her undergraduate career and in medical school, she served in numerous leadership positions (President of National Leadership Council for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Medical Student Coordinator of UVA Latino Health Initiative, Chair of the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) Medical Student Section Community Outreach Committee, Chapter President of AMA/Medical Society of Virginia, President of Women in Medicine Initiatives, President of the Psychiatry Interest Group, etc.). She was also elected by her peers into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. As a UVA Medical Design student fellow, she studied and practiced Human-Centered Design (Design Thinking) in the settings of global/community health and hospital quality improvement. Emily’s clinical interests include global mental health, cross-cultural psychiatry, working with the community, and working with the child and adolescent population.


Rajdeep Singh, MDName: Rajdeep Singh, MD
College: BS, Biology, Howard University
Medical School: Howard University College of Medicine
Bio: Rajdeep is a graduate of the Howard University College of Medicine, and also completed his BS in Biology there. In medical school, he served in many leadership roles, including Treasurer of Psychiatry Student Interest Group and Liaison to American Psychiatric Association, Student Council’s Chair of Activities and Fundraising, and mentor in Student National Medical Association. In addition, Rajdeep has always been passionate about serving his community and has sought opportunities as a camp head counselor, Punjabi school teacher, and co-founder of the Sikh Physician Network. 



Alexandra Yoon, MD

Name: Alexandra Yoon, MD
College: BS, Chemistry & History, College of William and Mary
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Bio: Alex graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She earned her BS degrees in Chemistry and History from the College of William and Mary. As an avid researcher, she has already accumulated multiple presentations and peer reviewed publications. While in medical school, she volunteered at a student-run free clinic and also served as an AHA certified CPR instructor, training community members. Alex is passionate about working with the child and adolescent population and has a long history of volunteering with mentoring programs at local public schools.



Carolyn Cookson, MD

Name: Carolyn Cookson, MD
College: BS, Biology, Ohio State University
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Bio: Throughout medical school, Carolyn served in various leadership roles, including Treasurer of the Student Wellness Committee, Secretary of the Medical Mentors Program, and a student ambassador for the Office of Admissions. In her community, she served as a mentor to junior high and high school girls, in addition to her long-term volunteer experience at a community free clinic.


Katherine Cowhey, MD

Name: Katherine Cowhey, MD
College: BS, Psychology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduate School: MS Neuroscience, Tulane University
Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Bio: At her medical school, Kate co-founded the Latino Health Scholars Program and served as the Community Service Chair of the Spanish in Medicine Student Interest Group as well as volunteering in a Spanish speaking community free clinic, and completed a volunteer project in India providing health screenings for Tibetan refugees. In residency, she has served as co-chair of the Resident Retreat Committee and is pursuing her Masters of Public Health degree.
Clinical Interests: Child and adolescent psychiatry, with an emphasis in early childhood, and community psychiatry
Hobbies: Reading, traveling


Sharwat Jahan, MDName: Sharwat Jahan, MD
College: BS, Biochemistry, Stony Brook University, NY
Medical School: Frank H. Netter MD School of  Medicine at Quinnipiac University, CT
Bio: Between college and medical school, Sharwat worked as a clinical research associate for two years at the Angiogrpahic Core Laboratory in NY. While in medical school, she took on the role of the President of Psychiatry Interest Group. Before transferring into our program, she successfully completed a preliminary year in internal medicine at St. Vincent's Medical Center, CT, where she served on the hospital's Code 99/MET Call Committee to improve patient outcomes.


Alexandra Lynch, MD

Name: Alexandra Lynch, MD
College: BS, Biology, Regis University, Denver, CO
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Bio: Alex’s academic interests include psychotherapy and suicide prevention (both for patients and providers alike). In medical school, she presented at Pediatric Grand Rounds regarding adolescent suicide prevention, and taught suicide prevention training in the Milwaukee community. Given her interest in child and adolescent psychiatry, she served on the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Medical Student & Resident Sub-Committee and received an AACAP Life Members Mentorship Grant for Medical Students to present her work on suicide prevention.


Rida Malick, MDName: Rida Malick, MD
College: BA, Middle East and North African Studies, Northwestern University
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Bio: Rida has had multiple research and conference experiences on various subjects, including medical ethics, psychopharmacology, and preventative medicine, in addition to extensive global health experience in places such as Turkey and Uganda. She has presented on both national and international platforms. As a medical student she served as a volunteer at a student run free clinic and a local homeless shelter. Her interest areas include social justice, humanities, public policy and advocacy as well as global mental health and cross-cultural psychiatry.


Renee Mao, MDName: Renee Mao, MD
College: BS, Economics, George Washington University
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine
Bio: In medical school, Renee completed the Residency Fellowship in Health Policy at GWU and was also Co-Chair of the GW Body Donor Memorial Service. Her areas of research include medical outcomes research, medical ethics and humanities, health policy and health equity.  She has been published online and in literary, medical, and ethics journals, and served as a guest editor for the AMA Journal of Ethics. Renee has received numerous writing awards including the Washington DC Academy of Medicine Annual Bioethics Essay Contest and the AMA Journal of Ethics Conley Ethics Essay Contest. She was also a recipient of the George Washington Confucius Institute Shih Scholarship and the Jerry M. Wiener Award in Psychiatry. 

Rajkaran Sachdej, MDName: Rajkaran Sachdej, MD
College: BA, Neuroscience & Behavior; BA in Middle Eastern, South Asian, & African Studies, Columbia University
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
Bio: While in medical school in Portland, OR, Raj held various leadership positions including Student Council President. Raj has also received recognition throughout his academic career for leadership, professionalism, and the promotion of diversity and inclusion, and was elected into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Raj is a recipient of the American Psychiatric Association's SAMHSA Minority Fellowship for 2020-2021 for which he aims to explore the psychiatric needs of his Pacific hometown of Guam. In the residency program, Raj has been an active member of the Wellness Committee that aims to bolster the program's sense of wellbeing and community.
Clinical Interests: Global Mental Health, Cross-cultural Psychiatry, LGBTQ Mental Health
Hobbies: Cooking, South Asian Dance, Board Games, Hiking, Hindustani Classical Music


Mahmoud Aborabeh, MDName: Mahmoud Aborabeh, MD
Medical School: Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine in Egypt
Fellowship: Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship - UCLA
Bio: Mahmoud completed a Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles. He received his medical degree from the Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine in Egypt. After practicing as an internist for several years there, he completed a psychiatry residency at the Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar. He has had multiple publications in the Journal of Psychology and Clinical Psychiatry.


Elizabeth Ebbets, DOName: Elizabeth Ebbets, DO
College: BS Neuroscience, Juniata College
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Bio: Liza grew up in central Pennsylvania and earned a B.S. in neuroscience with a minor in Spanish from Juniata College, a small liberal arts college in PA. She then attended medical school at PCOM, where she served in multiple leadership roles in both clinical and non-clinical organizations. This passion for leadership has continued throughout residency, as the co-chair of the On Call, Recruitment, and Retreat Committees, a member of the hospital’s Housestaff Council, and the creator of the Website Renovation Task Force. She is currently serving as the Administrative Chief Resident for AY 2020-21. 
Clinical Interests: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, with a particular interest in neurodevelopmental, behavioral, and personality disorders
Hobbies: Singing, knitting, traveling, spending time outdoors (most recently hiking & fishing!)


Javad John Fatollahi, MDName: Javad John Fatollahi, MD
College: BS, Biological Sciences, University of California, Merced
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine
Bio: John was born and raised in Southern California and completed his B.S. in Biological Sciences at the University of California, Merced. He is a graduate from our own George Washington University School of Medicine. In medical school, John was the recipient of the Jerry M. Wiener Award in Psychiatry. With a strong interest in research and academia, John has collaborated with various GW psychiatry residents and faculty members on multiple projects. He is currently serving as the Outpatient Chief Resident for AY 2020-21.
Clinical Interests: John has an interest in Addiction Psychiatry and will be pursuing a fellowship after residency.
Hobbies: Vintage comic book collecting, going to the movies, fantasy football and basketball.


Carl Quesnell, MDName: Carl Quesnell, MD
College: BS, Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Graduate School: MMS, Medical Sciences Drexel University
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Bio: Carl grew up travelling all over the country before his family finally settled down in Northern Virginia. He earned a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry at Virginia Tech and a Master of Medical Sciences at Drexel University College of Medicine prior to starting medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine. Carl both worked and volunteered with youth and high school sports prior to starting medical school. Carl has always had a great passion for education which has continued throughout residency. He has provided lectures for the GW psychiatry residents, CAIR Coalition, Physical Therapy Department, Hostage US and Gallaudet Counseling and Psychological Services. He has provided lectures for Family Medicine residents in West Bank and first responders in the British Virgin Islands. In residency, he has also served as co-chair of the Wellness Committee, Education Committee and Recruitment Committee. He currently serves as the Inpatient Chief Resident.
Clinical Interests: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Education, Global Mental Health
Hobbies: Video games (collecting, playing), movies, reading, Star Wars, comics, recreational sports


Gary Stablein, MD, MBAName: Gary Stablein, MD, MBA
College: BS, Biology, University of California, Irvine
Graduate School: MBA, University of California, Irvine
Medical School: University of California Irvine School of Medicine
Bio: Gary received his BS in Biology and MD/MBA from the University of California Irvine. He extended his medical studies by three months specifically so that he could use this time to work in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry settings. Throughout medical school, he served as the Medical Admissions Representative. After graduation, he was a research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at UC Irvine.