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Alonso Cardenas MD

  • Family Health Centers of San Diego Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Voluntary Associate Professor, University of California San Diego (UCSD)
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Graduate
Dr. Alonso Cardenas mentioned: "My training at UIC was excellent; I continue to feel like there’s nothing I can’t handle after being taught  by leaders in the field who have written practice guidelines & sub specialist. With so many great mentors to emulate I continue to think of who taught me something when I apply it and quote them."

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Jorge Luis Castillo Gonzalez MD

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Graduate
Dr. Jorge Castillo Gonzalez says: "I really enjoyed my time in the IJR. Everybody was so kind and I felt welcomed by everybody from the very first time I entered the building. I remember I interviewed in all of the programs in the area, and UIC was my first choice at the time of making my ranking. I liked that the attendings were very down to earth  at the same time of doing great things in their field of work. Child Psychiatrists rely heavily on teamwork and there are lots of opportunities to work with people from other disciplines, also, scholarly activities are numerous and you get full support to participate in academic activities.  Attendings are very supportive and they help you to develop your clinical skills allowing you to explore your own personal style. My time in UIC has been one of the most important moments in my career, and I think my training there prepared me to work practically anywhere."

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Hao Cheng MD

  • Child and Adolescent Program Fellow, Class of 2022
  • Inpatient Locums Tenens at Northshore Hospital and Silver Oaks Hospital

Hao Cheng MD graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in English. He completed medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin and adult psychiatry training at the University of Illinois in Chicago where he also obtained an MBA and is currently finishing his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Asma Khalid MD

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow, Class of 2023
Dr. Asma Khalid stated: "UIC program provided a solid foundation for me to grow in my career as a child and adolescent psychiatrist and laid the groundwork for continual professional growth. I am indebted to all the dedicated teaching faculties and staff for providing an enriching environment conducive to learning. The program truly fosters a culture of collegiality and a great work-life balance. It also places a great emphasis on treating the vulnerable in our society with compassion. In retrospect, it has been all that I was looking for in a fellowship program."

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Julie Land MD

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Graduate
Dr. Julie Land writes:" I am very grateful that I received my training at The University of Illinois Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program for several reasons including opening the door to my current position. I work at the Eating Recovery Center Pathlight in Oak Brook, IL (https://www.eatingrecoverycenter.com). It is a partial hospitalization program for adolescents and adults and we treat mood, anxiety, and eating disorders. I am not the first person from UIC to accept a position at this facility and I will probably not be the last."

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Kunal Maini MD

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow, Class of 2023
Dr. Kunal Maini states "The UIC CAP fellowship was amazing thanks to attentive attendings who blended patient care with teaching. The support and supervision from the director, attendings, and staff were an incredible bonus and made my two years there very rewarding. Overall, I enjoyed the diversity of clinical rotations allowing me to obtain a vast amount of knowledge that I can apply to my career moving forward.".

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Mojgan Makki MD

  • UIC Adjunct Faculty
  • Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist
  • Founder of Psychiatry Studio
Dr. Mojgan Makki is a distinguished fellow at AACAP and holds a double board certification in child and adolescent, as well as adult psychiatry.  With over two decades of dedicated service, Dr. Makki serves as an adjunct faculty and assistant professor at various academic institutions, extending her commitment to medical students, residents, and fellows, where she imparts invaluable knowledge and expertise.

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Amber May MD

  • Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist at The Bloomberg Institute
  • Volunteer Faculty of Clinical Psychiatry & Former Director of the Comprehensive ADHD Clinic at The University of Illinois Chicago
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Graduate
Dr. Amber May's statement about CAP Fellowship: "UIC's CAP fellowship is one of the best programs in the country. Learning from national experts particularly in the specialty outpatient clinics deeply enhances trainees' clinical acumen. My wonderful experience as a fellow in the Comprehensive ADHD Clinic led to my first attending role as its Director."

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Sonya Mohan DO

  • Child and Adolescent Program Fellow, Class of 2022
  • Assistant Professor at Rush University

Sonya Mohan DO is a Board Certified General Psychiatrist and is currently the Chief Fellow at University of Illinois’ Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program. She is a Chicago native. Dr. Mohan received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  She obtained her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pa.

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Sandra H. Reyes Pinzon MD

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow, Class of 2023
Dr. Sandra H. Reyes Pinzon's statement about CAP Fellowship:"Being a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at UIC was a wonderful experience, I feel rotations and continuity clinic have prepared me well for the future. Everyone was kind and committed to teaching and learning. Attendings are approachable and provide supervision that builds up confidence to go out in practice independently. I particularly enjoyed interdisciplinary collaboration with psychology and social work, there was always a sense of teamwork and support when discussing cases which is essential when working with children. I feel very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing people. "

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Alison Greenfeder Weiss MD

  • Residential, Partial Hospital, and Intensive Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at La Amistad Behavioral Health Services
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Graduate
Dr. Alison Greenfeder Weiss writes: "CAP fellowship at UIC was the best experience I could have asked for. I was challenged, mentored, and made to feel confident to practice independently. UIC provides an amazing variety of treatment settings and levels of acuity that prepared me to deal with any situation that could arise in psychiatric practice. This has been invaluable as my career path has led me to become a psychiatrist in a high acuity setting; oftentimes seeing treatment resistant teenagers who come to our facility as a last resort. In my opinion, there is no better program to gain the skills and expertise needed to become an excellent child and adolescent psychiatrist. If I had to do it again, I would not hesitate to choose UIC for fellowship. It is my highest recommendation that others deciding which CAP program to attend choose UIC!"

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Aishah Yanssaneh MD

  • Child and Adolescent Program Fellow, Class of 2022
  • Telehealth with Bravehealth

Aishah Yanssaneh MD completed undergrad at Xavier University of Louisiana and attended medical school at Southern Illinois University. Aishah completed Adult Psychiatry Residency at University of Illinois Chicago and is currently a 2nd year fellow in UIC’s Child Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship. She enjoys reading and traveling in spare time.

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