Current Residents


Name: Danya Anouti, M.D.
College: B.S., Animal Physiology & Behavior; B.A., 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, she 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 wellness. She served as Class Representative for the Dean’s Wellness Committee and worked as a personal trainer for several years.  Danya’s career interests in psychiatry include forensic and consultation/liaison psychiatry. Outside of medicine, Danya is passionate about fitness and competes in the sport of Strongman. She won the Maryland’s Strongest Woman Competition in 2017 and 2018.

Name: Nicholas Mahan, M.D.
College: B.S., 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.



Name: Shayna Popkin, D.O.
College: B.S., 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 B.S. 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. 


Name: Emily Schutzenhofer, M.D.
College: B.S., 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 B.S. in Chemistry and Global Development Studies. Both in her undergraduate career and in medical school, she has 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 has also been elected by her peers into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. As a UVA Medical Design student fellow, she has 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.

Name: Rajdeep Singh, M.D.
College: B.S., 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 B.S. in biology there. In medical school, he has 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 served in various capacities (camp head counselor, Punjabi school teacher, Co-Founder of the Sikh Physician Network).



Name: Alexandra Yoon, M.D.
College: B.S., Chemisty & History, College of William and Mary
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Bio: Alexandra graduated from the Eastern Virginia Medical School. She earned her B.S. 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 has also served as an AHA certified CPR instructor, training the community members. Alex is passionate about working with the child and adolescent population and has had a long history of volunteering with the mentoring programs at the local public schools.



Name: Carolyn Cookson, M.D.
College: B.S., 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.



Name: Katherine Cowhey, M.D.
College: B.S., Psychology, University of North Carolina 
Graduate School: M.S. 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. She has also been a long-term volunteer in a Spanish speaking community free clinic. In addition, in 2015, she completed a volunteer project in India with Lha Charitable Trust, providing health screenings for Tibetan refugees.


Name: Sharwat Jahan, M.D.
College: B.S., 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 transfering into our program, she successfully completed a preliminary year in internal medicine at St. Vincent's Medical Center, CT, where she served on the Code 99/MET Call Committee in the hospital to improve patient outcomes. 


Name: Alexandra Lynch, M.D.
College: B.S., 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 regarding suicide prevention.


Name: Rida Malick, M.D.
College: B.A., 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.


Name: Renee Mao, M.D.
College: B.S., 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.  


Name: Rajkaran Sachdej, M.D.
College: B.A., Neuroscience & Behavior; B.A. Middle Eastern, South Asian, & African Studies, Columbia University
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
Bio: Prior to medical school, Raj completed a pre-med post-baccalaureate program at the University of Pennsylvania while working as a research coordinator. In medical school, he served in various leadership positions including Student Council President. Having been elected into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, Raj has also received recognition throughout his academic career for leadership, professionalism, and the promotion of diversity and inclusion. Raj has interests in cross-cultural psychiatry and global mental health and looks forward to becoming involved with the American Psychiatric Association.



Name: Mahmoud Aborabeh, M.D.
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. 


Name: Carrie Andrews, M.D.
College: B.S., Early Childhood Education, Presbyterian College
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Bio: Carrie earned her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Presbyterian College, graduating Magna cum Laude. She received her medical degree from the University of South Carolina in 2017. She then completed her Intern year in Psychiatry at West Virginina University. Throughout college and medical school, Carrie served in various leadership roles, including Secretary of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and Membership Chair of Kappa Delta Pi. She has elected to transfer to our psychiatry training program in order to pursue her interests in child and adolescent psychiatry. In the community, she often volunteers for numerous children's organizations throughout the year.


Name: Elizabeth Ebbets, D.O.
College: B.S. Neuroscience, Juniata College
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Bio: Liza grew up in Pennsylvania and earned a B.S. in neuroscience with a minor in Spanish from Juniata College, a small liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania. While in college and medical school, she held leadership roles in multiple psychology/psychiatry and academically-focused interest groups. As a PGY-3, she currently holds multiple leadership roles; she is a member of the hospital’s Housestaff Council and is co-chair of the residency program’s On Call, Recruitment, and Retreat Committees. After residency, she plans to pursue a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Her particular passions in this field include treating children with neurodevelopmental, behavioral, and personality disorders.


Name: Javad John Fatollahi, M.D.
College: B.S., Biological Sciences, University of California, Merced
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine
Bio: John is a graduate from our own George Washington School of Medicine. He completed his B.S. in Biological Sciences at University of California Merced. In medical school he was the recipient of the Jerry M. Wiener Award in Psychiatry. With a strong interest in research and academia, John has collaborated with various GWU psychiatry residents and faculty members on multiple projects. He also did an acting internship on our GWU inpatient service and was well recognized for his clinical excellence and dedication. John has an interest in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and plans on pursuing a fellowship after residency.

Name: Carl Quesnell, M.D.
College: B.S., Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute 
Graduate School: M.M.S., Medical Sciences Drexel University
Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine
Bio: Carl is a graduate of the Drexel University College of Medicine.  He received his B.S. with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He also earned an M.M.S. in Medical Sciences from the Drexel University. Prior to entering medical school, he was involved in a research study investigating the rates of DNA recovery from rape kits conducted by an urban sexual assault forensic center. In his community, he has served as a head coach for local varsity lacrosse teams. 


Name: Jeremy Safran, M.D.
College: B.S., Neuroscience, Hamilton College
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine
Bio: Jeremy is a graduate from our own George Washington School of Medicine. He earned a B.S. with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Fine Arts from the Hamilton College. Prior to medical school, he worked as a residential counselor for children with social, emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges. In medical school, he has served as the President of the GWU SMHS Psychiatry Interest Group. He has also been elected into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.


Name: Gary Stablein, M.D., MBA
College: B.S., Biology, University of California, Irvine
Graduate School: M.B.A, University of California, Irvine
Medical School: University of California Irvine School of Medicine
Bio: Gary received his B.S. in Biology and M.D./M.B.A. 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 in-patient and out-patient 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. 



Name: Brenna Rosenberg Emery, M.D.
College: B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
Graduate School: M.S., Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Bio: Brenna received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University, and completed further undergraduate training in Global Healthcare Technology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.  Prior to medical school, she worked as a biomedical engineer in the Department of Defense at Walter Reed National Medical Center performing clinical research on post-TBI psychiatric illness in military service members. She received her M.D. from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, during this time pursuing graduate studies in Population Health and engaging in advocacy for and research on social determinants of health in Philadelphia's refugee community.   

Name: Kelly King, M.D.
College: B.S., Psychology, George Mason University
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine
Bio: Kelly graduated from our own George Washington School of Medicine. She completed her B.S. in Psychology at George Mason University. In medical school, she was elected to AOA and the Kane-King-Dodek Obstetrical Honor Society. She has been involved in research projects with Dr. Veronica Slootsky and Dr. Michael Compton.



Name: Gowri Ramachandran, M.D.
College: B.S., Psychology; B.A., Anthropology, UNC Chapel Hill
Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine
Bio: Gowri received her MD from the University of Toledo College of Medicine. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been involved in a wide range of research projects, from fractures of the distal tibial pilon to eating disorders. She completed an AI in Forensic Psychiatry with Dr. Eindra Khin Khin.




Name: Sara Teichholtz, M.D.
College: B.A., Neuroscience, Wellesley College
Medical School: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences
Bio: Sara received her M.D. from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College in Neuroscience, and started medical school at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University before transferring to Ben-Gurion to pursue medical training with a more global focus.  In medical school, she spent summers doing medical work in Nepal and Ghana, has been involved in volunteer opportunities such as Global Health Made Local, which pairs medical students with families involved in the health care system, and was a member of Ben-Gurion Students for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.