PGY 4 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 fund raised for free clinics. 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 worked with faculty at the Bloomberg School of Public Health to develop policy solutions addressing the rising prices of branded and generic pharmaceutical drugs that contribute to health inequalities. He became interested in Psychiatry as a first year medical student and pursued research opportunities on traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and age-related biological predictors of outcomes and helped develop a telemedicine program at a community TBI clinic. He is interested in community psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and medical 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 makes hot yoga, Pilates, painting, ice cream, and embroidery a part of her daily life as a resident. She has explored medical ethics and narrative writing during her residency and hopes to make them a part of her future psychiatry career, whatever and wherever that may be!
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.
Amy Uber, MD
Michigan State university College of Human Medicine- Grand Rapids
Amy was born and raised in the metro-Detroit area and attended Harvard University for her undergraduate degree, where she studied evolutionary biology and psychology. She went on to medical school at Michigan State University and also completed a Sarnoff Research Fellowship. She is excited to join Brigham Psychiatry after completing her internship in emergency medicine at Brigham and Mass General Hospital. Professionally, Amy is interested in clinical research, psychiatric ethics, and will likely go on to work part-time CL, part-time adult outpatient. Her hobbies include rec-league sports, camping the Northeast, and hanging with her cats.
Maria Yerstein, MD
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Research Track Resident
Natalie Feldman, MD
University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine