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PGY-3 Class


Hewa Artin comes to us from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He attended undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley.  His interests include stand-up comedy, Russian literature, biking, travel and Westerns and heist films.  His many talents include directing an independent short film and speaking Persian. While completing a Masters of Arts in Medical Sciences in Chicago, he also enjoyed volunteering at the local free clinic. Hewa has also worked in the research field doing cognitive assessments at UCLA.

Alison Cesarz joins us from Rush Medical College in Chicago. During her time at Rush she was elected into the Rush chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She also received the award for the Gold Humanism Honor Society. A few areas in psychiatry that has sparked her interest are Child and Adolescent and Women’s Health. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, reading, and participating in marathons.

Abigail Clark is an MD/PhD candidate from Columbia University, where she studies the neural basis of cocaine sensitization, among other topics.  Abby attended MIT, majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist in 2008 and received the award for Outstanding Academic Record.   She was also captain of the Varsity Swimming and Diving team at MIT.  Abby enjoys running, hiking, singing, model rocketry, mentoring undergrads and leading book clubs.  With an interest in both research and clinical care of patients, Abigail looks forward to her move to San Diego, and to training at UCSD


Christopher David  joins us from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he also studied mitochondrial pathology within the Pittsburgh Institute of Neurologic Disease. He has written a number of first-author publications in childhood psychotic disorders while working at NIH-NIMH Child Psychiatry Branch in prior years, remains an active member of AACAP, and is interested in pursuing a C&A Fellowship. Christopher has held leadership roles as President of LGBTQI Physicians Allied in Medicine, as well as President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of Physicians for Human Rights, and he was inducted in the Gold Humanism Honor Society for his activism in the promotion of humanistic medical education. In Christopher’s spare time, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, photography, plays classical piano, and cooks traditional Romanian cuisine


Eamonn Mehaffey joins us from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He is a Gold Humanism Honoree, based on his persistent commitment to service, leadership and research activities in medical school.  A few areas in psychiatry that have sparked his interest are integrative, psychosomatic, public psychiatry and research.  In his spare time, he enjoys coaching soccer, sneaker collecting, graphic novels, gardening and cooking. His favorite dish to prepare is Carbonara.  Eamonn is really going to enjoy playing Frisbee Golf in San Diego

Michelle Sloan will be joining us from Loyola University in Illinois. She participated in the Bioethics Honor program during medical school.She was also elected to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Michelle spent time volunteering at a local community center during medical school and led a Step 1 preparation group for her fellow medical school colleagues. She enjoys exploring nature through hiking, backpacking, and camping. 

Morrison Steel joins us from Central Michigan University Medical School. He has an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with High Distinction from the University of Toronto. He also obtained a Master of Science from the University of Toronto studying Perception at The Hospital for Sick Children and has multiple first-author publications in this area. Prior to medical school, Morrison conducted research in postpartum depression and psycholinguistics. During medical school, he led the Pediatric Interest Group and currently represents the psychiatry residents on the UCSD Wellness and Enrichment Committee. His awards include Best PGY-1 Clinician and JoAnn and Igor Grant Prize for Professional Excellence. Morrison has taken an interest in bipolar disorder. In his spare time, he enjoys tutoring medical students, speaking Farsi, performing Beethoven sonatas, and teaching self-defense as a third-degree black belt.

Rebecca Sturner comes to us from Albert Einstein College in New York.  She did some undergraduate work at both Johns Hopkins and the University College London. Rebecca enjoys Tennis, cooking Running, Traveling and Capoeira.  She was the Triple Board Summit Essay Contest Winner in 2017 and speaks Spanish as well has Hebrew.  She came to the perfect place for her half marathon training and hiking

       ​Community Track Psychiatry 

Eric Debbold will join our Community Psychiatry track and comes to us from Tulane University with an MPH.  He completed ungraduated work at UCLA.  Eric is a Gold Humanism Honor Society member and has enjoyed many awards during his time at Tulane.  He likes to scuba dive, downhill ski, soccer, water skiing, piano, singing, running podcasts, traveling and attending music and culinary festivals in his spare time. Eric was President of his Class and was one of two co-founders of the Learning Communities Program.  His interests in psychiatry are systems-thinking, interdisciplinary care and teaching.  He hopes to build a strong base for psychodynamic and biologic models.
Mary Young will be joining our program’s Community Track. She comes to us from University of Washington in Seattle. She spent a lot of her time volunteering for the underserved community. During medical school she was selected for the WWAMI Rural Integrated Training Experience, which focuses on providing primary care to the underserved population. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as backcountry skiing, mountain biking, hiking. Playing the violin is her creative and emotional outlet. 

                            Research Track

Monica Federoff will join our program’s Research Track. Monica comes to us from University of California, Irvine. She has conducted research at both the NINDS and NIA, and earned her PhD in Neurogenetics from the University College London in a program sponsored by the National Institute of Aging. Monica has published extensively on the genetic regulation of neurodegenerative disorders. She is an avid runner, competing (and winning!) at the state and national level in marathons. She also enjoys cooking and spending time with family, friends and her dog.

Sarita Shah will be joining our program’s Research Track. She completed her medical studies at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Sarita received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Rice University, where her studies focused on tissue engineering and targeted drug delivery systems. Sarita was elected to membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society, and earned an NIH F30 award to support her graduate studies. She is an avid teacher, having taught everything from gymnastics and piano to neuroanatomy, working with students from pre-school to grad school levels. In Sarita’s spare time, she enjoys playing piano, hiking, knitting and visiting U.S. National Parks