Current Residents

  • PGY 1
  • PGY 2
  • PGY 3
  • PGY 4
  • PGY 1

    Jeremiah Atkinson
    Jeremiah Atkinson, MD
    Undergraduate: South Dakota State University: Brookings, SD
    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    BIO: I am part of the leadership thread in the program and am interested in child & adolescent, community psychiatry, and rural mental health. My favorite things about the program are the people! Our residents are amazing and very supportive. I have a cat and a dog and enjoy biking/running on all our amazing trail systems around the lakes and the Mississippi River. There are also fun winter sports like cross country skiing, downhill skiing, and snowshoeing. Minneapolis has many fun festivals throughout the year as well. I also enjoy woodworking, home improvement, board games, reading, gardening, and horseback riding. Ask me about The Hobbit, The Princess Bride, Outlander; and the Green Bay Packers. Time machine: I would love to have dinner with President Abraham Lincoln. I think there are immense lessons to be learned from his leadership during the Civil War. If I was stranded on a desert island, I would want to have a cell phone with service, solar-powered charging pack, and a water filtration system.
     
    Jonas Attilus
    Jonas Attilus, MPH, MD
    Undergraduate: Rutgers University
    Medical School: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
     
    Hamed Ekhtiari
    Hamed Ekhtiari, MD, PhD
    Undergraduate: Tehran University of Medical Sciences
    Medical School: Tehran University of Medical Sciences School of Medicine
     
    Jamie Fyda
    Jamie Fyda, MD
    Medical School: Universidad Evangelica de El Salvador Facultad de Medicina 
     
    Hasti Hadizadeh
    Hasti Hadizadeh, MD
    Medical School: Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS) School of Medicine
     
    Eric Leppink
    Eric Leppink, MD
    Undergraduate: Carleton College
    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
     
    Christian Morfaw
    Christian Morfaw, MD
    Medical School: University of Buea Faculty of Health Sciences
    BIO: My academic interests include geriatric psychiatry, consult liaison psychiatry, and military psychiatry. My favorite things about the program are its emphasis on resident wellness and diversity and inclusion. I love to bike around the Twin Cities and play soccer, cook, go to movies, and dance. I like Idiots, Black Panther, The Heist, and watching Liverpool FC play. If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be with my spouse. She is my best friend. If stranded on a desert island, I would make sure I had a satellite phone, a fresh water source, and a knife.
     
    Caitlin Raasch
    Caitlin Raasch, MD
    Undergraduate: St. Olaf College
    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
     
    Masoud Salehi
    Masoud Salehi, MD
    Medical School: Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS) School of Medicine
  • PGY 2

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    A. Dalsu Baris, MD, PhD
    Medical School: Hacettepe University Medical School
     
    cahill
    Michael Cahill, MD
    Undergraduate: University of Minnesota
    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    BIO: I am the psychotherapy co-lead for the program and am interested in child and adolescent psychiatry, LGBTQIA+ mental health, and psychoanalysis. My favorite thing about the residency program are my co-residents. The Minneapolis farmers market is lovely. I love getting ice cream and walking around the lakes with my dog son, Edgar. He’s 50% poodle, 50% shih tzu, 100% angel. The cold can be rough in the Twin Cities, but I love a snow day. I also enjoy container gardening, cooking/baking/fermenting/preserving, and movies like I Heart Huckabess. It's a tie for my favorite movie director: Yorgos Lanthimos and Darren Aronofsky. Other favorites include The Leftovers, and Britney Spears (but I'm a secret Barb). My favorite book is The Communist Manifesto. I would love to have dinner with Dolly Parton. It would be both fun and good for my soul. If I get stranded on a desert island, I would want to make sure I had a satellite phone, a solar charger, and a case of flares. I wanna be where the people are.
     
    Cassady
    John Cassady, MD, PhD
    Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
     
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    Brianna Engelson, MD
    Undergraduate: Carleton College
    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    BIO: I am on the GME Committee and am interested in forensic psychiatry, advocacy, and child & adolescent psychiatry. My co-residents are so amazing!! They absolutely make the program what it is. We have diverse backgrounds, talents, and interests. I love learning from and working with my colleagues. Plus we have tons of fun! :) I have two puppies and enjoy yoga, art, doggo stuff, local coffee, farmers markets, hikes, and bikes.
     
    koslowsky
    Kayleb Koslowsky, MD
    Undergraduate: Southeastern Oklahoma State University
    Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine-Tulsa
     
    resch
    Brooke Resch, MD
    Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Letters & Science
    Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health
    BIO: I am on the program's Social Media and Social Committees. My academic interest includes geriatric psychiatry. I love the variety of patients and experiences in our program. I am looking forward to seeing live concerts and shows in the Twin Cities when they return and enjoy cooking, reading, and houseplants. My favorite book is Just Mercy and my sports team is the Milwaukee Brewers.
     
    rogan
    Valencia Rogan, MD
    Undergraduate: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
    Medical School: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
     
    sonmez
    A. Irem Sonmez, MD (Research Track)
    Medical School: Cerrahpasa Medical School
    BIO: I am the Wellness Lead and the IMG Social Lead for the program. My primary interest is neuromodulation. This is a resident friendly program! I love the people. During my free time, I enjoy paddleboarding on the lakes in the Twin Cities, playing volleyball, and watching reruns of Frasier. If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be Erich Fromm. I would make sure I had tea if I was stranded on a desert island.
     
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    Jonathon Swan, DO
    Undergraduate: University of Minnesota 
    Medical School: A.T. Still University of Health Sciences School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
    BIO: I lead the psychotherapy thread in the program and am on the Resident Social Committee. My academic interests include Integrative, community, and forensic psychiatry. My favorite thing about the program is the amazingly diverse cohort with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds at a program that respects and praises me as a person who has interests outside of work. My favorite things about the Twin Cities are the nice dog parks and lakes, kayaking on the Mississippi, live music at local breweries, and some very impressive restaurants. What keeps me busy? I have an energetic Rhodesian ridgeback puppy and an equally energetic high school-aged child. I enjoy camping/backpacking/hiking, running, yoga, exploring coffee shops, and finding the best IPA and hard cider in the Twin Cities! I love RuPaul's Drag Race, I'm reading The Body Keeps the Score, and cheer on the Edison Tommies! Time machine: if I could go back, I would eat with my grandpa. When I was a kid, we used to go out to breakfast at this cafe by the airport and watch private airplanes take off. I cherish those memories. Stranded on a desert island? I would have a satellite phone to call a rescue and a 4-star resort to enjoy the island before making my rescue call. And my dog, because she has separation anxiety.
     
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    Jennifer Zick, MD, PhD (Research Track)
    Undergraduate: University of Minnesota 
    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    BIO: My interests include schizophrenia and psychotic disorders. I love our program's flexibility in scheduling, research opportunities, and our wonderful faculty mentors. During my free time, I bike and hike through the many parks and trails in the Twin Cities. I also enjoy gardening, landscaping, and propagating indoor plants!
  • PGY 3

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    Kanjani Shukla Bajgain, DO, MPH
    Undergraduate: University of Minnesota
    Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM)
    BIO: My academic interests include working with young adults. I'm also developing an interest in perinatal psychiatry. My favorite thing about our program is my co-residents! I love to cook and really enjoy trying new recipes - and then eating tasty food. :-) When I have free time, I like to watch Brooklyn 99. It is my absolute favorite TV show.
     
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    Lindsey Colyer, MD
    Undergraduate: Luther College
    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    BIO: I am interested in integrative psychiatry, psychedelics, and trauma-related disorders. My fellow residents are my favorite thing about our program. I love getting out into nature! There are so many great regional and state parks in this area. I have two cats and a puppy and enjoy gardening, hiking, and camping. My favorite movie is Silence of the Lambs (paired with a nice Chianti).
     
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    Rebecca Grossman-Kahn, MD, MBA
    Undergraduate: Stanford University
    Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
    BIO: My academic interests include geriatric psychiatry, first-episode psychosis, forensic psychiatry, and consult-liaison. I am also passionate about medical humanities and narrative medicine. I was looking for a program with a great mix of academic opportunities and community work, a program with strong leadership, and genuine commitment to resident health and wellbeing and I found it at the U. In my free time, I enjoy bike rides on the 50+ miles of protected paths in the Cities, kayaking on the lakes, backpacking at nearby state parks, and getting lunch from the St. Paul Cheese Shop. I also enjoy historic walking tours, reading and writing, vegetarian cooking, baking with cardamom, and listening to Brazilian music. If I found myself stranded on a desert island, I hope I would have coffee beans, a journal, and some jelly beans.
     
    kay
    Rachel Kay, MD
    Undergraduate: Harvard University
    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
     
    maxwell
    Jacques Maxwell, MD
    Undergraduate: University of Minnesota
    Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
     
    odebunmi
    Tolulope (Tolu) Odebunmi, MBBS, MPH
    Undergraduate: College of Medicine, University of Ibadan 
    Medical School: University of Ibadan College of Medicine
    BIO: I am the incoming chief resident and the Leadership and Interprofessional thread lead for the program. My academic interests include reproductive/perinatal psychiatry and medical education. My favorite thing about the program is its resident-centered culture and leaders who are open to feedback. I love exploring the restaurant scene around the Twin Cities and going for walks (especially Minnehaha Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge). In my free time, I love watching TV shows and movies, and planning/organizing events. I enjoy almost anything from the Marvel Universe, The Chosen, Star Trek: Discovery, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Vampire Diaries, Downton Abbey, and Grey's Anatomy. I would love to have dinner with Brene Brown. I admire her work on courage and vulnerability.
     
    okafo
    Mary Okafo, MBBS
    Undergraduate: University of Lagos
    Medical School: University of Lagos College of Medicine
     
    warner
    Christina Warner, MD
    Undergraduate: Stanford University
    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    BIO: I am the Clinic Operations lead and am interested in child & adolescent, first episode psychosis, and LGBTQ+ mental health. My favorite things about our program are the people (!!) and diversity of training sites available. I enjoy eating out, walking around the lakes, going to dog parks, and (before COVID) live music. I have a dog named Otter who has more in common with a shark, unfortunately. I enjoy Video games, watching TV, drawing, rollerblading, and yoga. I like Jurassic Park, The Stand, The Sandman, and SATC.
  • PGY 4

    coffin
    Richard Coffin, MD
    Undergraduate: St. Olaf College
    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
     
    loeks-johnson
    Alex Johnson, MD
    Undergraduate: University of Minnesota-Duluth
    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
    BIO: I am interested in consult-liaison psychiatry and neuromodulation and love that our faculty are always willing to teach and answer questions. During my free time, I enjoy biking around the rivers and lakes in the Twin Cities, trying new restaurants, and exloring dog parks with my two dogs. I also enjoy weight lifting and watching movies — anything by Martin Scorsese, especially The Sporanos.
     
    shapiro
    Ben Shapiro, MD
    Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
     
    skala
    Josie Skala, MD
    Undergraduate: University of Minnesota-Morris
    Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
     
    wick
    Stephanie Wick, DO
    Undergraduate: Luther College
    Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
    BIO: I am Chief Resident and the APA/APAF Leadership Fellow. My areas of interest include leadership and academic medicine. We have an incredibly supportive environment and focus on resident wellbeing. We are people first, and residents second. My favorite things to do around the Twin Cities include the hundreds of miles of trails, the dog parks (I have two dogs), and exploring the summer patio scene. I like doing DIY house projects with my husband, and hiking. We enjoy watching Yellowstone and rooting for the Green Bay Packers.