Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Current Residents

Message from our Chief Residents

Greetings! First and foremost, thank you for coming here -- of all the links on the internet, you chose to click this one, and for that we thank you. We are so pleased you are considering residency at Northwestern, where the experience is rich, challenging, stimulating, and replete with gourmet donuts. Besides the confections, Northwestern offers a collaborative environment in which to learn and hone the skills of psychiatry amidst conscientious colleagues, dedicated faculty, and tirelessly supportive program directors.

Among the highlights of our program is our Wednesday Didactic day. Protected from clinical duties, residents from all four years learn through courses on everything from pharmacology to self-psychology, from the basics to the nuances. It is a day during which community is built, not only within each class but also between classes.

Residents rotate on our inpatient psych unit during the first and second year, where a broad range of patients, diagnoses, and treatment modalities are represented. Residents also spend time on the consult-liaison service, learning how to evaluate psychiatric illness in the setting of complex medical comorbidities. In the ED, we learn to assess risk for suicide, treat psychiatric emergencies, and extract a phone number for collateral information from even the most disorganized of minds. Third and fourth years are rooted in the outpatient world, with resident continuity clinic and resident faculty clinics. We are given a level of autonomy that, while initially foreboding, rapidly produces competence and confidence. And it helps that faculty guidance is within reach at all times.   

Within the program, you will find faculty and mentors who have charted broadly diverse paths throughout their careers. Support for academic endeavors abound, from travel funds to research opportunities to protected conference time. Northwestern is connected to practitioners in the community, who teach classes, offer supervision, and provide a different perspective on the field.

Speaking of the community, this city we find ourselves in, Chicago, is rich in so much more than just donuts. Whether you’re fond of surgical science museums, unpalatable Swedish liquor, or giant metallic beans, this city’s got it. (Also, if you’re fond of food/music/theater/art, we’ve got all that too). Northwestern will make you a good psychiatrist; Chicago will keep you sane while you’re at it.

We are excited to be the chief residents for the 2018-2019 academic year and look forward to meeting all of this year’s applicants. Please feel free to reach out to use directly with any questions you might have along the way - we’re happy to help you find what you need!

Warm regards and best of luck,
Phoebe and Aderonke

PGY-1

Travis Amengual, MD

Travis Amengual, MD

Medical School: University of Rochester Medical School
Undergraduate School: University of Rochester
Moshe Bitterman, MD

Moshe Bitterman, MD

Medical School: University of Vermont School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Pennsylvania
Francesca Cardello, MD

Francesca Cardello, MD

Medical School: Tulane University Medical School
Undergraduate School: Washington University
Mikalei Gordon, MD

Mikalei Gordon, MD

Medical School: Howard University Medical School
Undergraduate School: Brown University
Amalia Hatcher, MD

Amalia Hatcher, MD

Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles
Kaitlyn Kunstman, MD

Kaitlyn Kunstman, MD

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Northwestern University
Andrew Matrick, MD

Andrew Matrick, MD

Medical School: Penn State College of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Mississippi
Justin Spring, MD

Justin Spring, MD

Medical School: Columbia University School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Wesleyan University

PGY-2

Emma Babb, MD

Emma Babb, MD

Medical School: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Undergraduate School: Duke University
Eugene Cozza, MD/PhD

Eugene Cozza, MD/PhD

Medical School: Pennsylvania State University
Undergraduate School: Pennsylvania State University
Karla Garcia-DiGioia, MD

Karla Garcia-DiGioia, MD

Medical School: University of Chicago, The Pritzker School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame
Danielle Jackson, MD

Danielle Jackson, MD

Medical School: Howard University
Undergraduate School: Temple University
Bowie Han, MD

Bowie Han, MD

Medical School: University of Oklahoma
Undergraduate School: Vanderbilt University
Veronika Hanko, MD

Veronika Hanko, MD

Medical School: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Chicago
Jacqueline Hirsch, MD

Jacqueline Hirsch, MD

Medical School: New York University
Undergraduate School: Amherst College
Liza Lichtenfeld, MD

Liza Lichtenfeld, MD

Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Undergraduate School: Dartmouth College
Zachary Schwab, MD

Zachary Schwab, MD

Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Duke University

PGY-3

Jeff Abbott, MD

Jeff Abbott, MD

Medical School: University of Texas at Dallas Southwestern
Undergraduate School: University of Oklahoma
Chetan Amar, MD

Chetan Amar, MD

Medical School: Ohio State University College of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of California, Berkeley
Kathryn Brogan, MD

Kathryn Brogan, MD

Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Indiana
Matthew Koscica, MD

Matthew Koscica, MD

Medical School: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Northwestern University
Jeremy Kruger, MD

Jeremy Kruger, MD

Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Miami
Nita Padavil, MD

Nita Padavil, MD

Medical School: University of Chicago, The Pritzker School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Anita Rao, MD

Anita Rao, MD

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Georgetown University
Amir Tarsha, MD

Amir Tarsha, MD

Medical School: University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin, Madison

PGY-4

Phoebe Arbogast, MD

Phoebe Arbogast, MD

Medical School: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Amherst College
Aderonke Bamgbose Pederson, MD

Aderonke Bamgbose Pederson, MD

Medical School: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Chicago
Maryna Bayeva, MD

Maryna Bayeva, MD

Medical School: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Vassar College
Aparna Chatterjee, MD

Aparna Chatterjee, MD

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Undergraduate School: Harvard University
Xiaohua (Sherry) Feng, MD

Xiaohua (Sherry) Feng, MD

Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: Stanford University
Andrea Lundberg, MD

Andrea Lundberg, MD

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Undergraduate School: University of Miami
Jeffrey Lurie, MD (Matriculated to Child and Adolescent Fellowship)

Jeffrey Lurie, MD (Matriculated to Child and Adolescent Fellowship)

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin
Elizabeth Ryznar, MD

Elizabeth Ryznar, MD

Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Undergraduate School: Harvard College
Elizabeth Ryznar, MD

Elizabeth Ryznar, MD

Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Undergraduate School: Harvard College