PGY 1 Residents

Rachel Asher, MD
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Rachel grew up in Chicago and attended Northwestern University for college and UIC College of Medicine prior to coming to BWH for psychiatry residency. She had the opportunity to work with political asylum-seekers as a case manager and participate in mental health research in spine surgery patients prior to medical school. During medical school, she continued this research and became involved with Unsilence, a human rights education nonprofit. These experiences continue to inspire her academic and clinical interests, which include narrative medicine, theoretical and scientific foundations of psychiatric diagnosis, and the neuroscience of consciousness. Her hobbies include meditation, creative writing, and spending time by the ocean. 

Nishant Gupta, MD
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

Nishant studied at CUNY Brooklyn College, where he majored in Business Administration. During medical school, he pursued research on the association between pretreatment depression and treatment adherence with women with gynecological cancers. He also studied the effect of early life stress in nonhuman primate maternal—infant dyads on HPA axis biomarkers.  Nishant co-founded the Entrepreneurship Club to engage medical students in health-care entrepreneurship. He enjoys Formula 1, Movies, Computer Building/Technology, and Gardening.

Michael Hsu, MD
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Michael grew up in Maryland and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Computational Biology at the College of Arts and Sciences (2012) and a BS in Operations and Informations Management at the Wharton School of Business (2012). He worked as a healthcare consultant in Boston before attending medical school at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (where he was born). During undergrad, he observed healthcare disparities in Philadelphia and volunteered with and fundraised for free clinics. He also led a student-run organization to provide hypertension and diabetes health screening to local residents and public health education as an after school program at a local high school. During medical school he volunteered at a local free clinic in Baltimore as a clinic manager and co-director of the Grants Committee. He also developed policy solutions to address the rising prices of branded and generic pharmaceutical drugs in order to broaden access with a mentor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He became interested in Psychiatry as a first year medical student, going on to do research on traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and age-related biological predictors of outcomes and helped with the initial development of telemedicine at a community TBI clinic. He is interested in community psychiatry, the intersection between business and psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, and consultation psychiatry. He enjoys playing tennis and basketball, snowboarding, playing guitar, cooking and hanging out with his wife Olivia.

Sanjali Kumar, MD
Creighton University School of Medicine

Hi! My name is Sanjali, which is a confusing name, I know. It’s a combination of my parents’ names, which is the kind of dorky-sweet thing that happens when you’re the first kid to be born on both sides of your family. I grew up (with every substitute teacher mispronouncing my name) in Texas, and then Southern California, where I attended UCLA and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychobiology. After that, I completed my first two years of medical school at Creighton University’s home campus in Omaha, NE, and the second two years at Creighton’s satellite campus in Phoenix, AZ. And now, I am so excited to add BWH and the East Coast to my list of adventures! Throughout the span of cities and training facilities I have called home during my life, I have been drawn to working with underserved populations at free clinics, both locally and internationally. I hope to continue this momentum and build a holistic career in cultural psychiatry. In my free time, I love all kinds of dancing, theater, traveling, petting dogs, and exploring Netflix.

Arya Shah, MD
Mayo Medical School

Arya was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and attended the University of Southern California for her undergraduate degree in neuroscience. She surprisingly chose to make the trek east to Rochester, MN where she completed medical school at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. Not feeling like she had moved east enough, she traded the tundra for the Atlantic Ocean when she moved to Boston to pursue a residency in psychiatry. She currently copes with the challenges of intern year with lots of yoga, writing, and phone calls to friends and family. She hopes to keep her love of narrative medicine alive throughout her career and can see herself eventually working with kids and possibly as a psychiatrist within the correctional system.

Erica Siwila-Sackman, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine

Erica majored in Economics, minored in Neuroscience, and worked in a memory disorders clinic while completing her undergraduate degree at Williams College. She then worked as a clinical researcher on an osteoporosis study and later a stroke study before completing her premed postbac at Tufts University. In medical school, she was a member of AOA, served on multiple curriculum committees, taught medical interviewing to first year students, volunteered as a co-leader for a program that facilitates intergenerational relationships with seniors, and conducted home visits with seniors in the community.  She is interested in Geriatric Psychiatry. Erica enjoys cooking, hiking, running, and playing with her dogs.

Tasia York, MD
University of Kentucky College of Medicine  

Tasia was a Psychology major and Biological Sciences minor at the University of Kentucky. Tasia first developed an interest in psychiatry when reading memoirs written by patients chronicling their journeys with mental illness. As an undergraduate, she did two years of research on opiate use disorders and the manifestations of withdrawal in rural communities in Kentucky. In medical school, Tasia was a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and was elected president of the UK College of Medicine Ambassadors, serving as a mentor to rural high school students pursuing careers in medicine. Tasia also volunteered as a medical student peer support. Tasia enjoys music, reading, crocheting, writing, and spending time with her husband and son.

PGY 1 CHILD TRACK RESIDENTS

Samantha Taylor, MD
University of Florida College of Medicine

Samantha studied at the University of Notre Dame where she majored in Science and Business. She worked as a research assistant working with the maintenance and rearing of virus infected mosquito populations.  In medical school, she was a member of the Pediatrics Student Interest Group and worked at SNMA as a student mentor. Samantha researched child education for the initiation of a neighborhood –based parent education and healthcare support program. She enjoys running and has completed three half marathons. She also loves dogs, children, and traveling.

Ivana Viani, MD
Harvard Medical School

Ivana completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Biology at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she conducted research in animal behavior and social, forensic, and cognitive psychology. During this time, she also studied neuroscience of pain in Dr. Kathryn Albers’ lab at the University of Pittsburgh, and carried out evolutionary psychology experiments in the lab of Dr. Steven Pinker at Harvard University. At Harvard Medical School, Ivana was the co-president of the American Women’s Medical Association’s Harvard chapter, co-president of the Psychiatry Student Interest Group, Editor-in-Chief of the student-run journal of literature and the arts (thirdspacejournal.org), and she served on the Committees on Admissions and Financial Aid as a student representative. For her research on ethical decision-making of physicians during armed conflict, Ivana was awarded the Soma Weiss Award for Excellence in Research, and she presented her work at the International Congress on Law and Mental Health and at the International Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Health Law sponsored by the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics. Ivana also researched the effects of exposure to arts and humanities in medical education on medical students’ resilience and risk of burnout, and for two years served as a Teaching Assistant for Training the Eye: The Art of Physical Diagnosis class at Harvard Medical School. She worked as an instructor for a number of other classes at the school and spent a semester as a Teaching Fellow in a Science of Living Systems class at Harvard University. In her spare time, Ivana serves her community as a youth mentor and looks for ways to incorporate arts and humanities into the medical training of physicians.

PGY 1 Research Track Resident

Natalie Feldman, MD
University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine

Natalie was born and raised in Palo Alto, California. She majored in Psychology at Harvard, and worked on cognitive neuropsychology research. After college, she worked at a Bipolar and Mood Disorders Clinic in California, and then completed a post-baccalaureate program at Bryn Mawr. She attended medical school at the University of Chicago. She is on the research track at BWH, and is interested in Women’s Mental Health and technological innovations in psychiatry. She enjoys theater, knitting, spinning, and attempting overly ambitious cooking projects.