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Robert W. Marvin MD

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Director, Residency Training and Education Program
Dr. Marvin is the embodiment of the new direction academic psychiatrists are working towards at the University of Illinois Medical Center. Having trained at University of Wisconsin for medical school, he came to Illinois for his Psychiatry Residency Training. After graduation in 1999, he stayed on as Assistant Professor and became active in the clinical and educational missions of the department.

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Olusola Ajilore MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Director, Residency Training and Education
  • Director, Psychiatry Residency Neuroscience Research Tracks
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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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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Katherine Backes MD

  • Professor, Clinical Psychiatry
  • Chief, Consultation/Liaison Service
  • Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

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
  • Associate Director, Comprehensive Assessment Treatment Unit (CATU)
  • Director, Child Psychiatry Consult-Liaison
  • Consultant, DCFS Psychopharmacology Consent Line
  • 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 also involved in the DCFS supported inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit at UIH and serves as a consultant to the DCFS Psychopharmacology Consent Line. She supervises trainees treating hospitalized youth who present with psychiatric symptoms. Dr. Charney does not accept outpatient referrals.

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Edwin H. Cook Jr. MD

  • Earl M Bane Professor of Psychiatry
  • Director, Program for Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Edwin Cook is the Director of Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Director of Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UI Health. Dr. Cook is board certified in both Psychiatry and Neurology. He specializes in treating ADHD, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Stuttering. Dr. Cook is also the Earl M. Bane Professor.

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Zvezdana Djuric-Bijedic MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Jenna Duffecy PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Dr. Duffecy is an Associate Professor in Clinical Psychiatry and the Director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Services and Research in the Adult Mood Disorders program at UIC. She treats patients in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders clinic while also providing training and supervision to residents and interns in cognitive behavioral therapy.

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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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Peter Fore MD, MPH

  • Associate Head for Administration
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Fore is Associate Head for Administration and is sharing the duties of Director of Ambulatory Services. He is part-time. He recently retired from the Jesse Brown VA where he served for many years, most recently as Director of the Mental Health Services Line.

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Matthew Gambino MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Matthew Gambino

Angeles Gonzalez MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Maria Gunaratnam MD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

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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Yetunde Johnson MD, MPH

  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
  • Medical Director, Drug Dependence Treatment Center
  • Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Kathleen M. Kelley MD, FAACAP

  • Associate Professor, Clinical Psychiatry
  • Associate Program Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program (CAP)
  • Director, Pediatric Embedded Clinic
Dr. Kelley is Associate Program Director of the CAP Residency Training Program at UIC/IJR. This Program is well-respected both locally and nationally and graduates three residents yearly. Dr. Kelley is an active teacher within the program and supervises a number of residents’ clinics in the UIC/IJR Colbeth Outpatient Clinic.

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Laura C. Kordon MD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Alex Leow MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Bioengineering
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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John Korpics MD

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

Donald Koziol MD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

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 at 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 at 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

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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Kalyan Rao MD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Kalyan Rao

Rajiv P. Sharma MD

  • Research Professor of Psychiatry, Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Neuroscience
  • Director of the Psychosis Program
Dr. Rajiv P. Sharma is a Research Professor of Psychiatry. Over the past 30 years, he has examined multiple aspects of the schizophrenia illness, including clinical presentations, biochemical studies (hormones, immune molecules, monoamine metabolites, neuropeptides), as well as molecular studies in living subjects, postmortem brain samples, and cell studies. His research is funded by NIH. He is currently focusing on the dissection of epigenetic gene regulation in schizophrenia, pertaining to immune function, cognition, treatment response.

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Danijela Stojanac MD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Co-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 one of the two Co-Directors 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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