Inpatient Psychiatry

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Inpatient Psychiatry

About Us

The Adult Psychiatry inpatient unit on 8 East is a treatment, educational and research  psychiatric unit serving the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center.  This unit represents a secure environment with a locked door to care for psychiatrically ill patients on a short-term basis.  Our concern is to provide comprehensive, interdisciplinary evaluations for patients with complex psychiatric, psychosocial and medical needs, and to develop an intensive treatment program to address those needs.  Our mission and purpose is the management of acute psychiatric episodes and the prompt return of the patient to an appropriate care setting at home and in the community. Inpatient Adult Psychiatry at UIC Medical Center is also a training site that provides a unique training experience for disciplines involved in the diagnosis and treatment of serious mental illness.  The unit is a major training site for the Psychiatry residency program at UIC, as well as medical students, social work students, nursing students and occupational therapy students at UIC.

Our unit can hold up to 35 patients, and is staffed by full time psychiatrists who lead treatment teams focused on particular specialty areas: Mood and Anxiety disorders, Psychotic disorders, and Women’s Mental Health, each  with significant  expertise in each of these areas. We have a skilled team of nurses and mental health counselors and social workers, as well as occupational and music therapists and peer recovery specialist. Our treatment approach is patient-centered and comprehensive. We provide  diagnostic assessment and multi-modality treatment, including medications, individual and group therapy.

Our Services


Mood and Anxiety Disorders


Psychotic Disorders


Women's Mental Health

Treatment Team

Ashley Mulvihill MD

  • Assistant Professor of Clincial Psychiatry
  • Director of Integrated Women’s Mental Health-Child Psychiatry Track
  • Illinois Doc Assist Consultant
  • Associate Residency Training Director of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Mulvihill is board certified in both General Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed her adult training and child fellowship at UIC. She stayed on at UI Health to join the faculty in 2018. Dr. Mulvihill works both in the Women’s Mental Health Program and Child Adolescent Division to expand integrative services around maternal-child mental health. She is interested in treating children, women, and families with various psychiatric issues including those related to pregnancy, postpartum, infertility, and motherhood. Dr. Mulvihill has a particular interest in working with expectant and new mothers with their children to improve family wellness and prevent adverse child experiences.

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Ashley Mulvihill

Eitan Kimchi MD

  • Director, Clinician Educator Track
  • Director of Academic Initiatives
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Kimchi is Director of Academic Initiatives, and Director of the Clinician Educator Track at the University of Illinois Chicago. He completed his residency at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry Residency Program and his geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He subsequently joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins before relocating to the Chicagoland area. He was on faculty at Rush University Medical Center from 2016 to 2022 where he served as Associate Residency Training Director of Psychiatry, Medical Director of Emergency Psychiatry, and Associate Medical Director of the Section of Geriatric Psychiatry. There he chaired the Emergency Department’s Mental Health Committee and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ Faculty Development Committee. His clinical and research interests lie in medical education, decision-making capacity, dementia, and emergency psychiatric care. He has authored several textbook chapters on emergency geriatric psychiatry, cognitive disorders, behavioral disturbances in dementia, and decision-making capacity. Dr. Kimchi has been invited to give Grand Rounds at academic medical centers and to chair panels at national conferences on decision-making capacity.

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Eitan Kimchi

Perry Tsai MD PhD

  • Post-doctoral Fellow (T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health)
  • Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Perry Tsai received his BA from Harvard College and his MD and PhD from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in general psychiatry at UIC as a research-track resident, and he is excited to continue as a postdoctoral fellow and clinical instructor. Dr. Tsai studied HIV as a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill, and he is now studying the connection between inflammation and mood disorders, with a specific focus on Long COVID.

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Perry Tsai


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