Current Fellows

CAP 1 Fellows (Class of 2022)

Abdullah Bin Mahfodh, MD

Residency: University of Missouri, Kansas City
Medical School: Jordan University of Science and Technology

Bio: Dr. Bin Mahfodh joined us from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, where he completed his third year of psychiatry residency. He attended Jordan University of Science and Technology. Prior to residency, Dr. Bin Mahfodh completed one year of research with Dr. Christoph Corell at Hofstra/Northwell where he served as a clinical research trainer, training team members to conduct diagnostic interviews including the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 and two semi-structured prodromal symptom interviews, one for psychosis and one for bipolar disorder. He participated in several clinical research studies while on Dr. Corell’s team, including the Adolescent Mood Disorder Study (AMDS), Fluoxetine-Aripiprazole Competitive Trial (FACT), and Adjunctive Vortioxetine in Schizophrenia (AVIS). He has presented ten posters at national conferences and served as the graduate medical education (GME) representative for the UMKC department of psychiatry. He has an interest in research and his presentation on the use of clozapine in children was selected to be presented as part of a “research pipeline” symposium chaired by Dr. Tim Wilens from MGH/Harvard at the annual American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) meeting in Oct 2019.  In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, cooking, and exploring new restaurants.

Why did you choose to train at Lurie Children’s?

I am excited to join Lurie Children’s hospital for CAP fellowship! The faculty seemed to be dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience, and the program offers a range of clinical and academic opportunities that would help me to achieve my goals. Training in a big children’s hospital in a diverse city like Chicago promises a robust clinical experience that will help grow my knowledge and prepare me to pursue my interests in the field. Last but not least, faculty, fellows, and staff were friendly and supportive.

Shane Burke, MD

Residency: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria
Medical School: St. George’s University

Bio: Dr. Burke joined us from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria where he is completing his third year of residency. Prior to attending medical school at St. George’s University, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in social work at New York University. He received the Legacy of Excellence Scholarship in medical school. While in residency, he published an article in Current Psychiatry titled “The Importance of Engaging with Local Mental Health Organizations”, has presented posters at the American Psychiatric Association national meeting, presented a talk at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Tri-County Illinois Educational Meeting and participated in the residency recruitment committee. In his free time, he enjoys running a half marathon every year, watching movies and spending time with family.

Why did you choose to train at Lurie Children’s?

I sought to complete my child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Lurie Children's due to the comprehensive training experience it provides. Both the breadth and the depth of experience provided spoke to me throughout the interview day. I additionally was impressed by the faculty I met within the program as well as hearing multiple faculty members speak at the annual meeting of AACAP. I am looking forward to having a comprehensive experience in child and adolescent psychiatry and also more advanced training in school consultation and forensic work, all of which I am confident I can achieve within this stellar program.

Courtney Heim. DO

Residency: Lutheran General Hospital
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

Bio: Dr. Heim joined us from Lutheran General Hospital where she completed her third year of psychiatry residency. She attended West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. While in college at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she obtained a BS in Communicative Disorders, she was the lead researcher on a study that focused on children’s emotional development and psychopathology using fMRI. She also has prior experience providing home therapy for children with autism through the Wisconsin Early Autism Project.  She was the resident representative from Lutheran General to the Illinois Psychiatric Society. In her free time, she enjoys long-distance running, competitive tennis and cooking. 

Why did you choose to train at Lurie Children’s?

I wanted to come to Lurie Children's because I felt it would provide top-notch academic opportunities and clinical experiences. There was a sense of excitement and energy on my interview day that was unlike other programs I interviewed at. The faculty and fellows I met were all friendly and welcoming. The fellows communicated how the hospital culture exceeded their expectations in how they felt listened to and supported in each of their individual goals. Lastly, coming to this program would allow me to stay in the Midwest close to all my family and friends!

Iris Kim, MD

Residency: University of Massachusetts
Medical School: Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin

Bio: Dr. Kim joined us from University of Massachusetts, where she completed her adult psychiatry program and served as Program Chief Resident during her fourth year of residency. She received her medical degree from Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin. While in residency, she held leadership roles on the UMass Graduate Medical Education Committee, Psychiatry Residency Education Committee, and UMass Psychiatry Interest Group. She also provided psychiatric care to students at a college mental health setting in Worcester, MA, which piqued her interest in treating transitional age youth. She has a prior publication in Brain and Behavior based on her research on the role of microglia development in early-life seizures. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and spending time with her husband and their puppy, Bailey.

Why did you choose to train at Lurie Children’s?

I decided to come to Lurie Children’s for fellowship because of the program’s emphasis on both clinical training and education, as well as the warm and supportive environment. I am especially interested in consultation-liaison psychiatry, so I am excited to have the chance to train at a large academic center with a robust inpatient consult service and integrated care model in the outpatient clinic. I also wanted to work with patients from culturally diverse backgrounds, and the program’s location in Chicago is well-suited for such opportunities. Overall I am thrilled to be joining this program!

Mike Mehta, DO, MBA  

Residency: Ohio State Wexner Medical Center
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine

Bio: Dr. Mehta joined us from Ohio State Wexner Medical Center where he is attending his third year of psychiatry residency. He attended Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine and obtained an MBA at Oxford between his third and fourth years of medical school. He has received the Outstanding Volunteer Award by the American Osteopathic Association and the Ohio University Research Fellowship Grant. He has presented posters at AAMC Integrating Quality Conference in New York as well as the 2019 AACAP meeting in Chicago. He has an active interest in quality improvement, has completed research in this area and served as the Resident Quality Improvement Chair at Harding Hospital (the psychiatric hospital affiliated with OSU). In his free time, he enjoys travelling (has visited over 30 countries and lived in five), rowing, snowboarding and the arts. 

Why did you choose to train at Lurie Children’s?

Coming into child fellowship, I want to be able to explore all the various avenues this sub-specialty has to offer. Lurie Children's allows me to do that with its wide range of strong clinical experiences and diverse patient population. Their commitment to education is evident by the stimulating didactic curriculum and up-to-date, thought provoking grand rounds held throughout the fellowship. Most importantly, the faculty and fellows were all super welcoming and it felt like the right fit.

Sonya Sandhu, MD

Residency: Jackson Memorial Hospital/ University of Miami
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Bio: Dr. Sandhu joined us from Jackson Memorial Hospital/ University of Miami where she completed her third year of residency. She completed her medical school at Wayne State University SOM where she participated in research in the Department of Psychiatry on several research projects using fMRI. She is the recipient of numerous university-based research grants including the Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship and two Wayne State Undergraduate Research Awards, the 2013 Fiat Chrysler Academic Award and the Wayne State Presidential Scholarship 2009-2013. She received the Resident Recognition Award 2018 in residency. In her free time, she enjoys interior design, cooking, and spinning.

Why did you choose Lurie Children’s?

I chose to pursue a fellowship at Lurie Children's because of the vast number of both clinical and academic opportunities the program offers to their fellows. This program offers equally strong inpatient and outpatient training experiences, along with a rich variety of psychopathology, cultural diversity, and resources available to its patients. With an interest in outpatient adolescent psychiatry in an academic setting, I am confident that upon completion of this fellowship I will be able to serve my community as a knowledgeable, capable, and competent child psychiatrist. Also being originally from the Midwest, I am thrilled to return to in the wonderful city of Chicago!

CAP 2 Fellows (Class of 2021)

Jailan Hanafy, MD

Residency Training: University of South Carolina Palmetto Health
Medical School: University of Arkansas

Bio: Dr. Hanafy joined us from the University of South Carolina Palmetto Health where she completed her third year of general psychiatry residency. She completed medical school at the University of Arkansas. She has prior experience conducting research at the NIH studying the relationship between inflammation and degeneration in patients with multiple sclerosis, and, in residency, is participating as a study physician in an RCT analyzing the efficacy of pharmacogenomics in antidepressant selection. While in residency, she served on the Residency Selection Committee, Psychiatry Student Interest group for medical students, Social Committee and as the representative to the Residents’ Ethics Conference Series where she taught on the topic of ethical considerations in psychiatric diagnoses.  She has presented at NAMI on the topic of depression. She has two prior publications. In her free time, Dr. Hanafy enjoys hanging out with family and friends, traveling, exploring the city including restaurants and museums, watching movies and TV shows, listening to music and dancing.

Why did you choose to train at Lurie Children’s?

I wanted to train in my CAP fellowship at Lurie Children’s because of its impressive reputation for quality for both patient care and education. The program and staff are really supportive and the educational opportunities are unmatched. So far, my training experience has already exceeded my expectations. I have met incredible educators and faculty here as well as colleagues, and I continue to feel so fortunate to be a part of this program. I am confident that training at Lurie Children's will prepare me well for my career as a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist.

Daniel Janiczak, MD

Residency Training: Hennepin County Regions
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine

Bio: Dr. Janiczak joined us from Hennepin County Medical Center-Regions Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, where he completed three years of adult psychiatry training. He has a passion for employee wellness, prevention of burnout, and for helping physicians find meaning in medicine. Bringing these interests together, he created a curriculum while in residency for medical students and residents focused on self-care, finding meaning in medicine, and maintaining compassion and empathy. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, cooking, outdoor sports, photography, DJ’ing music, and traveling.

Why did you choose to train at Lurie Children’s?

Lurie Children's fellowship program stood out with faculty who exemplified a dedication to quality care and high regard for the educational experience of trainees. I was drawn to a department that had exciting initiatives underway such as the collaborative care model of integrating child psychiatry and pediatric primary care. This was also an unbeatable opportunity to work in a diverse city and at a hospital where many families come because of an expectation of excellent care. It seemed like an environment full of approachable, friendly and hard-working people which would make it easy to show up to work every day! Last but not least, I was excited to have the chance to be near family and explore this great city again after several years away.

John Lee, MD

Residency Training: University of Hawaii
Medical School: Ross University

Bio: Dr. Lee joined us from the University of Hawaii where he completed his third year of general psychiatry residency. He completed medical school at Ross University. He has prior research experience in the UCLA psychology department evaluating the relationship between stress and low birth weight in low income neighborhoods. While in residency, he organized volunteering events where the residents cooked a meal for families of children with serious medical illness at the Ronald McDonald House in Honolulu, HI. He has also served as a medical student mentor, meeting monthly with medical students who are interested in psychiatry. He served on the Residency Selection Committee and was the volunteer chair for NAMI. He presented a poster on Graves’ disease and schizophrenia at the American Psychiatric Association in 2017. In his free time, Dr. Lee enjoys escape rooms, basketball, and traveling. 

Why did you choose to train at Lurie Children’s?

I chose Lurie Children's to do my CAP fellowship because of the program's dedication to provide a learning environment that puts education first. Plus, the combination of training at the top children's hospital in a major metropolitan area was a no-brainer. Having awesome co-fellows doesn't hurt either. Also, I've heard great things about Chicago winters.

James McKenzie, DO, MBA

Residency Training: Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Bio: Dr. McKenzie joined us from Cambridge Health Alliance (one of the Harvard Medical School residency programs) where he completed his general psychiatry residency. Dr. McKenzie completed medical school at Lincoln Memorial-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and obtained an MBA at Lincoln Memorial University. He has extensive prior experience working with children and adolescents and a passion for advocacy and social justice. He worked for a year as a Spanish-speaking child and youth case-manager through Centerstone Mental Health Services in Nashville before joining medical school and, while in residency, has served as a committee member of the Social Justice Coalition in Cambridge, MA. He coauthored an article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law on barriers to and proposed solutions for increasing access to voting by hospitalized psychiatric patients. He also presented this paper at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law in October 2018.  In his free time, he enjoys live music, basketball, and, with his wife, shares a love of Hollywood and Bollywood films.

Why did you choose to train at Lurie Children’s?

I chose to complete my fellowship at Lurie Children's because of the ways I thought it would complement my previous training experiences, while continuing to build and strengthen skills that will be important for my career. During my interview, I saw that trainees were given ample opportunity to learn family therapy, and encouraged to think of our young patients within their larger social context. The faculty seemed excited to teach, and current fellows highlighted the didactics as a strength of the program. Lurie Children's also provides a bright and supportive work environment, and the hospital seems to be motivated to create a system of care that provides excellent clinical work by providers who have the resources needed to do so. It also provided an exciting chance to experience downtown Chicago, with all the advantages that metropolitan living affords. All in all, it checked all my boxes and was the best match for me.

Sarah Michael, MD

Residency Training: New York University
Medical School: Baylor University

Bio: Dr. Michael joined us from New York University where she completed her third year of general psychiatry residency. She completed medical school at Baylor University in Texas. While in medical school, Dr. Michael received a Global Initiatives Grant (2014) to serve in psychiatric hospital and a Syrian refugee camp’s family medicine clinic in Beirut, Lebanon as well as the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship in 2013 to create and implement health workshops for homeless youth on sexual health, child development, healthy eating and mental wellness. She was nominated to the Gold Humanism Honor Society in medical school. She has an extensive volunteering background with children including serving with the Psychminded Psychiatry Interest Group, creating and teaching a mental health curriculum for middle school students on depression, suicide, drug use and relationships. She has had one publication and four posters. During residency, she received the award for Commitment to Scholarly Excellence (2017). In her free time, Dr. Michael enjoys African dance, travel, reading, crafts, movies, cooking and baking.

Why did you choose  to train at Lurie Children’s?

For me, the fellowship program at Lurie Children's offered a place where education is just as important as clinical work, the staff is warm, friendly, and supportive, and an important stronghold in the city of Chicago for children's mental health. I was impressed with the effort and energy put into both didactics and teaching on clinical rotations. Despite Lurie Children's being a busy hospital, everyone was warm and friendly, seemed happy to be working there, and were very supportive. I also enjoyed the focus on the multi-disciplinary approach to patient and have found working with social workers, psychologists, and recreational therapists vital and educational. Lastly, I wanted to work at a hospital that was dedicated to bettering the community around it and allowed me to work with families from diverse backgrounds. So far, my experience has exceeded my expectations, and I continue to be excited to a part of this program. 

Tyler Stoltz, MD

Residency Training: University of South Carolina Palmetto Health
Medical School: University of South Carolina

Bio: Dr. Stoltz joined us from the University of South Carolina, Palmetto Health where he completed his third year of general psychiatry residency. He attended medical school at the University of South Carolina. While in residency, he was the team lead for a QI project focused on improving the consent process for benzodiazepines in the psychiatry outpatient setting. He has also conducted research on depression and dating app use in college students and was a study physician in the PASS study (Pharmacogenomics Antidepressant Selection Study) at USC Palmetto Health. He was a member of the Psychiatry Residency Selection Committee, co-chair of the Social Committee, and a PGY-3 mentor in the residency program. He has one publication in Current Psychiatry. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, wakeboarding, snowboarding, scuba diving, concerts, and travel.

Why did you choose to train at Lurie Children’s?

I am very excited to be completing my Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training at a premiere hospital in one of America’s most culturally rich cities. Lurie Children’s promises to offer a wide array of interactions with patients and faculty from many different backgrounds, and I will have the opportunity to encounter patients with many different psychopathologies and learn by experience. Chicago was a main attraction for me as well, as there is no shortage of concerts, festivals, and sports. These two years will be exciting, inside and outside of work!

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