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Surya Sabhapathy MD MPH

Surya Sabhapathy
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Director, Gender and Sexuality Clinic
  • Women’s Mental Health Program
Contact Information
  • ssabhap1 [at]
  • (312) 996-7838
  • (312) 413-4265
  • Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI)
    912 S. Wood St.
    Department of Psychiatry (MC 913)
    Chicago IL 60612
  • Room #:337

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. 

They direct the Department of Psychiatry’s Gender and Sexuality Clinic, providing LGBTQ-affirming mental health care with an emphasis on transgender, nonbinary, and other gender-expansive people. Dr. Sabhapathy also attends on the inpatient psychiatry unit at UIH, supervises psychiatry residents in the women’s mental health program, and provides consultative services for primary care providers. Their clinical interests include complex trauma and expanding access to comprehensive mental health care for underserved populations, particularly women, gender minorities, and BIPOC.

As an educator, Dr. Sabhapathy directs the psychiatry residents’ didactic series on social and cultural psychiatry; they also provide direct supervision for both medical students and residents.

Appointments: For new patients interested in establishing care within the Gender and Sexuality Clinic, please call (312) 996-2200. Existing patients who wish to schedule followup appointments should call (312) 996-2019.

  • Medical School
    University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Undergraduate
    B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Brain, Behavior, & Cognitive Science; Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Graduate School
    University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI. Environmental Health Science.
  • psychiatry

    LGBTQ mental health, perinatal psychiatry, PTSD and trauma, sociocultural psychiatry, integrated care, health equity, medical education, residency training and education

  • Berry, A.S., Demeter, E., Sabhapathy, S., English, B.A., Blakely, R.D., Sarter, M., & Lustig, C. (2014). Disposed to distraction: Genetic variation in the cholinergic system influences distractibility but not time-on-task effects. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 0, 1-11.

    National Presentations:
    Shrestha, A., Sabhapathy, S., Jackson, B., Copenhaver, A., Wagner-Schuman, M. (2019, May). “From preconception to parenthood: Ethical considerations in the psychiatrically ill pregnant woman.” Workshop presented at American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, California.

    Shrestha, A., Jackson, B., Sabhapathy, S. (2018, October). “Fostering self-reflection and cultural intelligence among a new generation of trainees.” Workshop presented at Fifth World Congress of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry. New York, New York.

    Sabhapathy, S., Jackson, B., Shrestha, A., Blitzstein, S. (2018, September). “If you give a Millennial a cookie: Fostering self-reflection and cultural intelligence among a new generation of trainees.” Workshop presented at Association for Academic Psychiatry Annual Meeting. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.