Current Fellows

CAP 2 Fellows (Class of 2019) 

Timothy Balkaran, MD

Residency Training: University of Louisville

What I wanted out of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training was to learn from the best in a city with a rich and diverse culture. Lurie Children’s was the perfect match. It combined a state of the art facility with passionate staff, knowledgeable and approachable faculty, and numerous elective opportunities, all in the center of one of the most culturally diverse cities in America. So far, my experience has lived up to my lofty expectations. Wherever I go after training, I know I will be well prepared.

Elizabeth Kurian, DO 

Residency Training: Drexel University 

What attracted me to the fellowship program at Lurie Children's most was how friendly and approachable all of the attendings were, and how there was a strong focus on being a good clinician more than anything else. It is really remarkable to see how proud people are to work here; it really shines through in their work with children, their families, and each other. A superficial reason for being here is that the most of our training is in one (very nice) facility, allowing me to focus more of my time and energy on learning child psychiatry rather than on more mundane things such as traffic and directions to a bunch of different locations!

EunJoo Lee, MD

Residency Training: University of Southern California 

I chose to do my CAP fellowship at Lurie Children’s because of its impressive reputation for quality for both patient care and trainee education. The program is unbelievably supportive and the educational opportunities are unmatched. Chicago is the largest metropolitan city in the area and we are fortunate to be able to see such a wide variety of cases. I am confident that training at Lurie Children's will prepare me to go into any field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with ease.

Shivani Sharma, MD, MPH

Residency Training: Rosalind Franklin University

I am a Chicago native and I knew that I wanted to stay in this awesome city for my specialty training. Because of that, there was no question that Lurie Children's was the place to be. Not only does it have an amazing reputation in the Midwest and around the whole country, but it also offers a unique multidisciplinary approach and brings a huge array of pathologies and patient populations. So far my training experience has already exceeded my expectations; I have met amazing colleagues, educators, and faculty here and I continue to feel so fortunate to be a part of this program.

CAP 1 Fellows (Class of 2020)

Sara Bachani, MD

Residency Training: Drexel University 

While choosing CAP fellowship programs, I was focused on the Midwest. I had plenty of programs to choose from, but Lurie Children's stood out from the rest: it's an excellent combination of clinical and academic opportunities, along with having a congenial environment and a vigorous didactic program. Having worked at different locations and commuting back and forth during residency, it was important for me to have all my clinical responsibilities in one location without letting go of a culturally and pathologically diverse patient population; Lurie Children's provides just that! The faculty and fellows seem to have a great work-life balance and it’s a big plus to be able to live in such a big city with extensive food and cultural opportunities.

Maureen Joyce, MD, MPH

Residency Training: Rush University 

I decided to come to Lurie Children's because I am specifically interested in the treatment of medically ill children with psychiatric comorbidities and knew that I wanted to work in a large children's hospital. I also was drawn to the camaraderie between the fellows and the attendings and am very excited to be joining this team. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, exploring Chicago, reading, running (usually slowly), pilates and baking.

Needa Khan, MD

Residency Training: Penn State College of Medicine 

The decision to come to Lurie Children’s for my CAP training was not a difficult one to make. The friendly and welcoming atmosphere that was put forth by the faculty and fellows was where it all began. The academic drive and enthusiasm was evident throughout. I ventured this far to be able to attend a strong academic program and knew that this place would provide me with the utmost excellence in training. I wanted to be able to dedicate these next 2 years to becoming a very refined, well experienced clinician that can work with a wide array of diverse populations. I knew that this prestigious institution was going to fulfill that and beyond. I am thrilled to be starting this journey, and am confident that this experience will help me change lives for the better.

Tapan Parikh, MD, MPH

Residency Training: Cooper Medical School at Rowan University 

I found the faculty and fellows to be very friendly and helpful. I was very impressed with the availability of rich clinical exposure. The program also allows numerous electives, a list that is perfectly inclusive of all of my particular areas of interest within child and adolescent psychiatry. Lurie Children's being the best children's hospital in the region with national reputation and learning how supportive the environment is at both clinical and scholarly fronts, I was left with no doubt that I wanted to be here!


Fellows at the 2018 retreat.
Fellows at the 2018 retreat.