Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Trainees

Fellows

Andrew Connor, D.O.

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Residency:
Mayo Clinic

My path to child and adolescent psychiatry was in many ways a winding journey. It started simply with a genuine interest in developing relationships with people and hearing their stories. I did some work in organ and tissue donation and often found myself in emotionally charged and challenging situations. It became apparent that helping families through these difficult experiences was the most rewarding aspect and this inspired me to take on a more involved role as a physician.

Throughout my training, I continued to find working with families extremely rewarding. I had an intense curiosity about how people become who they are; Why they think, feel, and behave the way they do and ultimately how mental illness impacts that development. Currently, my interests include at-risk youth, substance abuse, and HIV psychiatry.

Stanford was a great choice because it's deep and diverse connections to the community inform a well-rounded training experience. I have abundant supervision for any challenges that arise clinically and professionally. The Bay Area, although pricey, is an amazing place to live. I have a great work-life balance so I can take advantage of the unbeatable weather and food scene as much as possible.

Melissa Garzón, M.D.

Medical School: Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga Facultad de Medicina
Residency: University of New Mexico

Growing up in a country of resilience and conflict, Colombia, I have always gravitated towards finding out what gives people meaning. I pursued my medical school in Colombia and soon discovered my preference for psychiatry. Stories, background, culture and community have been a part of my personal life and training, so naturally I saw Psychiatry as a good fit. I graduated medical school and then pursued my master’s degree in Public Health, which opened up my mind about social issues, especially focused on mental health. I ended up pursuing my residency in New Mexico, which was an experience full of culture and humanism. Shortly after working on the young child inpatient unit I knew that if I was able to work with trauma at such a young age, then I was going to continue working with children. At Stanford, I would like to dig deeper into what makes us who we are from an attachment perspective and be more proficient in several forms of psychotherapy since I believe in early intervention. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the area and going on weekend getaways that include art, conversation and nature.

Mandeep Gill, M.D.

Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
Residency: Tulane University

Stanford's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship appealed to me for many reasons. It is close to my family and friends, has a flexible scholarly concentration time, allows me to tailor my experience to my interests in infant and school aged children, and provided me the opportunity to work with attendings that are respected in the community. My interactions with faculty and fellows both preceding and on my interview day helped to solidify my decision to have Stanford top my rank list. The vast amount of interesting cases and opportunities to participate in care in various settings means that I will have a well rounded clinical experience to draw upon when I graduate, for which I am very thankful!

Milena Kaufman, D.O.

Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Zucker Hillside Hospital

Coming to Stanford for fellowship felt full circle to me. I had the amazing opportunity to learn from Dr. Koegel when I was an undergrad at UCSB- (which also happened to be my first introduction to children with autism). Finding out she had joined the faculty at Stanford encouraged me to find out more about Stanford’s fellowship program, which introduced me to Dr. Hardan. Finding a child psychiatrist involved in researching behavioral techniques/interventions for children with autism-I felt inspired, and knew that I had found my place.

Since starting at Stanford, it has provided me with the opportunity to train at a program where I could take my interests in autism, emerge myself in learning, and have opportunities to create and cultivate change for this patient population I am so passionate about.

Outside of my academic interests, the Bay Area was calling my name for many reasons. It’s home- I grew up in San Francisco, and as much as I loved New York, I wanted to return to family and friends. Now I get to re-discover San Francisco and the Bay Area- with perfect temperatures, full of weekend getaways, hiking and exploring.

Nithya Mani, M.D.

Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Residency: Harvard Longwood

I am from Austin, Texas and grew up hiking the hill country and playing just about any sport I could. After graduating high school, I ventured to Atlanta and got to enjoy some southern hospitality at Emory University. I studied Biological Anthropology, spending time learning about things like the role of religion in modern society and the cultural influences on health care around the world. I loved learning about how a culture can define normative behavior and in turn determine if a person’s behavior is within the realm of what is socially acceptable. At the time I found it interesting, little did I know these concepts would be a large part of my day-to-day job! I moved back to Texas for medical school at UT Southwestern and instantly fell in love with psychiatry. Maintaining my interest in global health, I did research in international telepsychiatry, specifically in areas of the world with large refugee populations. During my residency at the Harvard Longwood I further developed my interest in Child and Adolescent psychiatry as well as psychodynamic psychotherapy.

When looking for a fellowship, I was drawn to Stanford because of its breadth of training and warm sense of community. I am excited to experience all the Bay Area has to offer and plan to do as many weekend trips as I can!

Katherine Ort, M.D.

Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
Residency: University of California, San Francisco

I grew up in New York City, majored in Theater in college with dreams of becoming a Broadway actress. When that career path failed miserably, I decided to go to medical school. I went to NYU, and then completed a Pediatrics residency at UCSF. I loved pediatrics, but decided to yet again change paths as I became acutely aware of the crucial role mental health plays in physical well-being. I finished adult psychiatry training at UCSF, and am now thrilled to be training at Stanford for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. My interests are in working with children and their families with serious medical illness, pediatric palliative care, and collaborative care between Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics, both clinically and in medical education. I am a total Bay Area convert and love how easy it is to get outdoors and eat so much delicious food. I chose Stanford for the breadth of experience, the warm and welcoming feel and the sunshine!

Michael Politis, D.O.

Medical School: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: State University of New (SUNY) Downstate (Health Science Center)

For fellowship, I wanted to train where I would learn from those who are leaders in their fields—the ones who “wrote the chapters” in textbooks (or entire books) in their areas of expertise. And, when I interviewed at Stanford, I found Stanford offers just that. What I didn’t know until I began fellowship at Stanford is that the CAP program would become a second family to me. The faculty is always available to share their knowledge, discuss challenging cases, or trade ideas on the newest restaurants or activities in town. Along with the faculty, Stanford combines an academic setting with the respectful and warm climate that comes with being in Northern California. As such, I am excited to be back in the Bay Area after a wonderful three years in NYC. During my free time, I enjoy jogging in any of the numerous parks in the region, spontaneous visits to San Francisco for just about anything I could want, or spending time with other fellows.

Evan Trager, M.D.

Medical School:  University of California, San Francisco
Residency: University of California Riverside

I’m originally from New Jersey and completed my undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania before I made one of the best decisions of my life and moved out to the Best/West coast. I completed my medical training at the University of California, San Francisco and my general psychiatry residency at the University of California, Riverside. I am thrilled to be back in the bay, and in my free time I enjoy going for runs, hiking, and hanging out with my wife, friends, and two cats.

I have a number of research interests including substance use, early life trauma, and public psychiatry. Currently I am working on projects looking at the interplay between early life stressors, foster care, substance use, and mental illness, as well as exploring ways that phytocannabinoids may contribute to or be protective against the development of psychiatric illness(es). I’ve been furthered in my training through past and present opportunities including APA’s Research Colloquium, APA’s Public Psychiatry Fellowship, and AACAP-NIDA’s Resident Training Award in Substance Use Disorders.

Janice Yuen, M.D.

Medical School: Georgetown University
Residency: George Washington University

When I visited Stanford, I was impressed not only by the opportunity to pursue my specific interests, but also how kind and approachable everyone was. Stanford was my first choice for fellowship due to my interest in psychotherapy (especially family therapy), Asian American mental health, and working in the community and with the underserved population. I am so grateful to have the unique opportunity to train at Stanford in the community track with the amazing faculty and supervisors here! I am also glad to be back in California after nearly a decade on the East Coast, and have enjoyed exploring new restaurants and hiking outdoors in the wonderful bay area weather.