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Olusola Ajilore MD, PhD

  • Associate Head for Faculty Development
  • University of Illinois Center for Depression and Resilience (UI CDR) Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
  • Director, Clinical Research Core/Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Director, Adult Neuroscience Residency Research Track
  • Co-Director, UICOM Medical Scientist Training Program
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois-Chicago
Dr. Ajilore's research goal is to understand the pathophysiology of major depressive disorder in the context of medical co-morbidities and late life using novel magnetic resonance imaging techniques. His group focuses on using structural and functional brain connectivity to study the brain as a network.

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Joseph J. Cooper MD, FANPA

  • Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program
  • Director, Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Fellowship
  • Vice Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Dr. Cooper joined the UIC Department of Psychiatry in 2018. He completed undergraduate studies in Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, medical school and residency in Psychiatry at the University of Chicago, and fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry at Northwestern University. Prior to joining UIC, he served as the Director of Neuropsychiatry and Neuromodulation Services and Director of Residency Training in Psychiatry at the University of Chicago.

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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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Tammy Tamayo MD, PhD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Associate Program Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Dr. Tamayo returned to UIC in 2023. She completed her MD, PhD and psychiatry residency at UIC and works with Jesse Brown VA Medical center. She completed undergraduate students in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis.

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Aneet Y. Ahluwalia MD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Internal Medicine
  • Director of Psychiatry Consult Liaison Service
  • Board Certified in Psychiatry and Internal Medicine

Dr. Ahluwalia serves as director of the inpatient psychiatry consult-liaison service. His other role is as an internist providing primary care and some inpatient internal medicine coverage. His hope is to integrate medical and psychiatric care in order to improve patient outcomes

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Sean Blitzstein MD

  • Clinical Professor of Psychiatry,
  • Director, Psychiatry Clerkship
  • Coordinator, Psychiatry Course
  • Staff Psychiatrist, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Dr. Sean Blitzstein is a psychiatrist in Chicago, Illinois and is affiliated with Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is one of 37 doctors at Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center who specialize in Psychiatry.

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Elizabeth A. Charney MD

  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychiatry
  • Attending, Comprehensive Assessment Treatment Unit (CATU)
  • Director, Child Psychiatry Consult-Liaison
  • Consultant, DCFS Psychopharmacology Consent Line
  • Consultant, IL DocAssist
  • Child Psychiatry Attending
Dr. Elizabeth Charney currently directs the Child Psychiatry Consult-Liaison service which provides psychiatric evaluations for children and adolescents hospitalized at UIH. Dr. Charney is involved in the DCFS supported inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit at UIH and serves as a consultant to the DCFS Psychopharmacology Consent Line. She consults to primary care providers with the Il Doc Assist program. She is actively involved in teaching resident trainees and medical students. She coordinates the medical student elective in child psychiatry. Dr. Charney does not accept outpatient referrals.

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Edwin H. Cook Jr. MD

  • Earl M Bane Professor of Psychiatry
  • Associate Head, Clinical Services
  • Director, Program for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Dr. Cook is the Director of Program for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Associate Head of Clinical Services in the department. Dr. Cook is board certified in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He specializes in treating comorbid psychiatric disorders for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Cook is also the Earl M. Bane Professor of Psychiatry.

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Zvezdana Djuric-Bijedic MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Jenna Duffecy PhD

  • Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC
Dr. Duffecy is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders program at UIC. She serves as the director of UIC Resiliency Center for Student Wellbeing as well as the Director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Research and Services. She specializes in providing evidence-based intervention to improve mental health and stress management with a focus on issues relevant for students, including anxiety, lifestyle changes and professional development. Much of her research focuses on how digital tools can be used to improve health and mental health.

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Rodney Eiger MD

  • Chief, Addiction Programs Section, Jesse Brown VAMC
  • Clinical Lead, Substance Use Disorders, Veterans Integrated Services Network 12
  • Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program, UIC/COM Department of Psychiatry
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry , UIC/COM Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Eiger received his Medical Degree from the University of Illinois and did his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. Dr. Eiger has worked in the field of addiction since 1974 in a variety of public and private settings. He’s currently the Chief, Addiction Programs, at Jesse Brown VAMC and the clinical lead for Substance Use Disorders for a network of 8 VA medical centers in the Midwest.

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Matthew Gambino MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Matthew Gambino is a psychiatrist and a historian with an interest in recovery oriented care for seriously mentally ill men and women in the community. He is Chief of the Section for Recovery Services at Jesse Brown VAMC, where he oversees the Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (PRRTP), the Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) program, the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC), and the VHA Vocational Rehabilitation (VHA-VR) program.

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Angeles Gonzalez MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Victoria Gotay MD

  • Attending Psychiatrist at JBVAMC
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UIC-COM
Dr. Victoria Gotay is a psychiatrist in Chicago, Illinois and is affiliated with Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She received her medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine. She assists with the psychiatry portion of the medical student curriculum and is the advising attending for psychiatry residents and students rotating through the Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) program at the Jesse Brown VA.

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Maria Gunaratnam MD

  • Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
  • Staff Psychiatrist at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Dr. Maria Gunaratnam is a psychiatrist in Chicago, Illinois and is affiliated with Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She received her medical degree from UIC College of Medicine and then completed her Psychiatry Residency at UIC as well. She has been in practice for 12 years. She is one of 37 doctors at Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs Medical Center who specialize in Psychiatry.

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Brandon Hage MD, MA

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Dr. Brandon Hage (preferred pronouns: “he/him”) is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Illinois Chicago. He completed Medical School at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and completed General Adult Residency and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Western Psychiatric Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During his training, he also completed the Women’s Mental Health & Reproductive Psychiatry Area of Concentration, the Public Service Psychiatry Fellowship, and the Academic Administrator/Clinician Educator Track. He created a reproductive psychiatry curriculum for OBY/GYN residents at UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital and is currently working on creating a standardized, national curriculum for OB/GYN physicians through his work with the National Curriculum in Reproductive Psychiatry (NCRP). His clinical interests lie in child & adolescent psychiatry, women’s mental health including dual diagnosis treatment and trauma disorders, perinatal and postpartum psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, resident and medical student education, community psychiatry, physician well-being, racial and gender inequities in medicine, and social determinants of health.

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Christopher Holden MD

  • Program Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship
  • Director of Addiction Psychiatry
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Department of Psychiatry – University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • UI Health
Dr. Holden is the Director of Addiction Psychiatry. He treats a variety of psychiatric conditions, and he specializes in the treatment of patients with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. He works with patients in the outpatient mental health clinic as well as the hospital’s inpatient medical, surgical, and psychiatric units.

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Kyle J. Jennette PhD, MA

  • Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Dr. Jennette is Clinical Neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine. Dr. Jennette earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Flagler College, master’s degree in Gerontology from the University of South Florida, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He completed his Clinical Psychology Internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at UI Health.

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Krishna K. Kilaru MD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Associate Director of Consult/Liaison Program
Dr. Kilaru is board certified in General Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. He received his medical degree from Deccan College of Medical Sciences, completed his Psychiatry residency at Stony Brook University, and completed Consultation-Liaison fellowship at George Washington University. After fellowship, he was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at New York University and later at the University of Pennsylvania before joining UIC. He works primarily in a consult-liaison and inpatient setting.

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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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Laura C. Kordon MD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Alex Leow MD, PhD

  • Professor in Psychiatry and Bioengineering
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Joining the University in 2009, Dr. Leow received clinical training in Psychiatry and research training in biomedical imaging, both at UCLA. Having co-authored more than 70 articles, Dr. Leow's current research interests focus on developing novel probabilistic reconstruction, tractography, and network analyses techniques for high angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) and their clinical applications.

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Jenifer R. Lloyd MD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • UIH Clerkship Site Director
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Dr. Lloyd grew up in the Chicago area and went to undergrad in New York City. She then returned to Chicago to complete her medical and psychiatric training at UIC, where she has enjoyed learning from her patients, and working alongside colleagues who are passionate about promoting health equity in the surrounding communities. Her primary interests lie in treating severe mental illness and its frequent companion, catatonia, in underserved populations. As faculty at UIH, she will divide her time between directly supervising residents on the inpatient unit, providing consultative services for psychiatrists looking to refer patients for treatment with ECT, delivering ECT, supervising resident-run clinics, directing the M3 psychiatry clerkship at UIH, and caring for some of her own outpatient medication management and psychotherapy patients.

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John Korpics MD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, UIC COM
  • Chief, Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Director of Inpatient Addiction Psychiatry Rotation

Ronald Moline MD

  • Lecturer in Psychiatry

Fedra Najjar MD

  • Associate Professor, Clinical Psychiatry
  • Director, Neurodevelopmental Disorder Psychopharmacology Clinic
Fedra Najjar, MD, Associate Professor of clinical psychiatry is the director of the neurodevelopmental disorder psychopharmacology clinic at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). She is also the associate medical director of the comprehensive assessment and treatment unit, an inpatient unit at UIC treating severely mentally ill adolescents who are in state custody.

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Michael W. Naylor MD

  • Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Director, Behavioral Health and Welfare Program
  • Director, Comprehensive Assessment and Response Training System
  • Director, Clinical Services in Psychopharmacology
Dr. Naylor is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Behavioral Health and Welfare Program, a program formed by contract between the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and UIC to address the mental health needs of the most severely disturbed state wards.

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Stephen Noronha MD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Luke Petry MD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Dr. Petry attended Loyola Stritch School of Medicine then began residency in the UIC Psychiatry program where he was Chief Resident of Education and selected as a National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative Scholar. He works on the inpatient med-psych unit, in the outpatient neuropsychiatry clinic, as a supervisor of medical student and resident trainees, and performs Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) procedures.

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Vesna Pirec MD, PhD

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Neil H. Pliskin PhD

  • Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Director, Neurobehavior Program
  • Director, Neuropsychology Service
Dr. Pliskin is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology with years of experience working as a neuropsychologist and directing Neuropsychology training programs. He has a special interest in the neuropsychological sequelae of medical illness. Dr. Pliskin has published in the areas of renal disease, multiple sclerosis, and dementia and is a nationally recognized expert in the area of electrical shock injuries.

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Jason R. Soble PhD, ABPP

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Training Director, Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Dr. Soble is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine. He also is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and a Fellow of the American Psychological Society (Division 40: Society for Clinical Neuropsychology). He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed a 1-year Clinical Psychology Internship and 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, FL.

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Surya Sabhapathy MD, MPH

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Director, Gender and Sexuality Clinic
  • Women’s Mental Health Program
Dr. Sabhapathy (they/she) received their medical degree and Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan. They subsequently completed psychiatry residency training at UIC, where they served as chief resident and an inaugural member of the clinician-educator track. She presently directs the Department of Psychiatry’s Gender Affirmative Clinic, which provides mental health services for transgender and nonbinary people. Dr. Sabhapathy also works with patients in the hospital’s inpatient psychiatric, medical, and surgical units, and provides consultative services for primary care providers. Her clinical interests include expanding access to comprehensive mental health care for underserved populations, particularly women, gender minorities, and people of color.

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Danijela Stojanac MD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Director in Women's Mental Health Division
  • Director of Women’s Mental Health Fellowship
Dr. Stojanac joined UIC in July 2016 as a psychiatrist in the Outpatient Clinic of the Women’s Mental Health Program (WMH). Since then Dr. Stojanac has been dedicated to expanding Women’s Mental Health Outpatient Clinic and rotating in coverage of the Inpatient Women’s Mental Health Unit. Dr. Stojanac has been working with the team of WMH psychiatrists on developing Two Generation Clinic (lead by Dr. Melissa Wagner PhD) where mothers and their children can receive mental health care together. Dr. Stojanac is the director in Women's Mental Health Division. Dr. Stojanac has been teaching and supervising Adult Psychiatry Residents. She received Merton Max Gill, M.D. Award (2019) presented by graduating psychiatry residents for mentorship and excellence in teaching. She serves as Director of Women’s Mental Health Fellowship since June 2017, supervising two Women’s Mental Health Fellows.

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Kelley A. Volpe MD

  • Assistant Clinical Professor
  • Medical Director, Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Clinic (PSADC)
  • Program Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program (CAP)
Dr. Volpe is the Medical Director of the Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Disorder Clinic. She is also the Program Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr. Volpe is interested in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders, particularly selective mutism, OCD, and posttraumatic stress disorder. She focuses on implementing evidence-based treatments for these and other anxiety disorders. In addition, she is interested in collaborating with primary care providers to disseminate high quality mental health care to in need populations with less access to child psychiatrists. She works with the Illinois DocAssist program providing education and consultation to pediatric primary care providers as well as teaching trainees within the hospital and college of medicine.

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Jody Wong DO

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC
Dr. Wong joined the UIC Department of Psychiatry in 2023. Prior to this, she completed her Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Northwestern University and her General Psychiatry residency at Wayne State University. She is board certified in General Psychiatry and board eligible in Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Wong works within the Mood and Anxiety Division, but also has an interest in treating substance use disorders and dual diagnoses patients.

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Eric C. Zimmerman MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Medical Director, UI Health Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Eric Zimmerman is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Zimmerman received his MD and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in General Adult Psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Western Psychiatric Hospital. In residency he developed an interest in the care of severe and persistent mental illness, pursuing electives at a specialty clozapine clinic, an Assertive Community Treatment team, and a street medicine team, among others. During training, he also completed a fellowship in Public Service Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Public Service Psychiatry.

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John Zulueta MD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Ambulatory Program
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Dr. Zulueta received his medical degree from Northwestern University. He completed his psychiatry residency training at UIC and stayed on to complete a fellowship in clinical informatics. He is interested in the application of new technologies and data science to the problems of psychiatry.

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