Hashem Akbar, MD
University of Dammam
He went to medical school in Saudi Arabia, and thought he wanted to be a surgeon. So, he did two years of surgery residency in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, then another two years in the University of Maryland Medical center. He brought his surgical skills to the psychiatry department at Tufts, helping patients to understand themselves, rather than doing all the exploratory work as a surgeon. He plans to help underserved communities after graduating. He enjoys chess, swimming, and body weight training.
Hannah Hollander, MD
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Kenneth Lowe, MD
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
I grew up in a small town in Colorado and moved to Boulder to go to college/graduate school at CU. Afterwards I drove two-thousand miles across the US to Florida to complete medical school at the University of Miami and then traveled up the east coast to Boston to join the Tufts family. Outside of the hospital you can find me in the Boston Common training to be the very best in Pokémon Go, enjoying a bad horror movie, out on the beach with one of my roommates (two greyhounds and a pit bull) or running along the harbor.
Reid Mergler, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
I was born and raised on Long Island, NY, and graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Human Biology Health and Society. I attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine where I loved learning about women's health in the Bronx, NY. I completed an intern year in OBGyn at Montefiore before coming to Tufts for a PGY2 position in psychiatry in June 2020. I have a special interest in women's mental health and I co-founded the National Reproductive Psychiatry Interest Group for trainees across the country. I love Tufts with its diverse patient population in Boston, wonderful support from faculty, and my amazing community of co-residents.
Michaela Moden, MD, MPH
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
I was born in Sweden and moved around with my family to Southeast Asia, the Northeast, and the South - and now I am back in the Northeast in Boston! I double-majored in ceramics and ecology at Austin College, then did a combined MD/MPH program at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. After three years at Tufts, my favorite aspects are the diverse patient population, great exposure to a large variety of psychiatric subspecialties, and the community of residents that have become close friends! Outside of work, I enjoy exploring the Northeast with my dogs (especially outdoor activities in all seasons!), playing board games with friends and fellow residents, traveling, and obsessing over my many plants.
Jon Michael Saenz, MD
University of Rochester School of Medicine
I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas before leaving for undergrad at Yale, post-bacc at Bryn Mawr, and medical school at University of Rochester in NY. I've spent time traveling to over 20 national parks in the US, and have studied abroad in Russia, Barbados, and Canada.
Abdulrahman Alshiban, MD
King Saud University, Riyadh College of Medicine
I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia where I completed my medical degree at King Saud University. One of the many reasons I decided joining Tufts is that it’s a program that focuses on psychotherapy training as well as psychopharmacology. Outside work, you may find me enjoying a run along Mystic river or having coffee with friends in the beautiful city of Boston. Fact! "The Office" is the best sitcom.
Rachel Casseres, MD
Tufts University School of Medicine
I grew up in the Boston suburbs. I went to Brandeis University, where I studied chemical-biology. Then I went to Tufts University School of Medicine, and I guess I still haven’t left! I’ve loved the fact that Tufts Medical Center feels like a small community even though it’s a major Boston hospital. I’m also happy to stay in the city that I love and to be nearby to my family. In my spare time I love walking outdoors. I also like doing crafts such as origami and crochet—usually while watching a comedy, horror movie, or HGTV.
Eric Chen, MD
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
I was born in Buffalo, NY but quickly moved to CT where I spent most of my life. I majored in chemistry and economics at UConn and attended medical school there as
well (go Huskies). I have always been interested in the philosophy of mind and so psychiatry was a natural fit for me. Boston, and by extension Tufts, were equally easy choices for residency. When not at work, I enjoy gaming, cooking and traveling.
Baqir Hassan, MD
University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine
I was born in Virginia, then lived in Illinois, then Missouri. I finished high school in St Louis then attended the University of Missouri-Kansas city BA/MD program. I chose Tufts for the diverse patient population, the broad range of opportunity afforded to residents, and the camaraderie of residents and faculty. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, backpacking, rafting and rock climbing. The coolest land mass I’ve climbed so far is probably Devils Tower in Wyoming. Living in Boston has been a blast, the list of fun things to do in and around the city has been steadily growing since moving here!
Tara Lowe, MD
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
I attended medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and started my residency training in Florida. After spending five years in Florida (and having completely forgotten that winter exists in other places), I decided it was time for a new adventure and followed I-95 north for a few days. I eventually ended up in Boston where I joined the Tufts psychiatry team. My goal is to become a child and adolescent psychiatrist. In my free time, I enjoy walking my chihuahua at local parks. It turns out that winter here is actually not as bad as the stereotypes make it out to be, and the unparalleled New England foliage in autumn makes up for it.
Angelina Noriega, MD
SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine
I grew up in a small town in Westchester, New York before moving Upstate. I studied Human Biology as an undergraduate at Cornell University in Ithaca, then spent a year working as a medical scribe before starting medical school at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse. Outside of the hospital, you can find me in the gym training for my next bodybuilding competition, or exploring the various parks and beaches around Boston with my family, friends, and 2 dogs (a Chiweenie and Pomeranian). I hope to combine my interests by pursuing a career in sports psychiatry.
Kathryne Adams, MD
Rush Medical College
I was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. While I will always be a Jersey girl, I left to study psychology at Boston University. After undergrad, I was a mental health care worker for a year and half in upstate New York. I then left the East Coast to attend Rush Medical College in Chicago, Il. Tufts gave me the opportunity to come back home and I have loved every minute of it! When I’m not caring for patients, I’m re-exploring Boston, connecting with friends, or embracing all New England has to offer!
Elliott Baker MD, MS
Creighton University School of Medicine
I was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. I'm an avid sports fan. I played most sports growing up, and I played tennis in college at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. I love to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes, Creighton Bluejays, Chicago Bulls, and any NFL game. One of my other hobbies is cooking. I started cooking a lot in medical school and found it to be really fun/stress relieving. When I started medical school, I wasn't sure what specialty I was going to go into. I loved my 3rd year psychiatry rotation and realized this is the patient population that I wanted to serve. My favorite things to do in Boston are walking my dog Otis through the South End and eating at all the fantastic restaurants around the area.
Suchakree Sanguansataya MD
Texas A&M College of Medicine
I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA before moving to Upstate New York, and eventually West Texas. I attended The University of Texas at Austin where I received my degree in Psychology with a minor in Organic Chemistry. I then went on to attend my alma mater's biggest rival for medical school, Texas A&M College of Medicine in Dallas, TX. For residency, I came to Tufts Medical Center because it allows me to work with a diverse patient population and learn from some of the greatest minds in the field of psychiatry all while living in one of the most iconic and beloved cities in the nation. Outside of the hospital, I enjoy cooking, photography, weightlifting, soccer, and of course traveling!
King Saud University
I was born and raised in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia where I also received my medical degree at King Saud University. I switched my specialty from general surgery to psychiatry because I discovered my personality during my surgical training at the University of Illinois/ MGH program in Chicago as I like to spend more time with patients, listen to them, address their concerns from different angles, and approach them in a biopsychosocial model. I adore coffee, enjoy socializing, being around friends and colleagues, and spending time in nature for various outdoor activities.
Penn State College of Medicine
I was born and raised in New York's Hudson Valley, got my B.Sc. in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University, spent 2 years working in a lab in NYC, and then did my 4 years of medical school at Penn State. I'm very much oriented towards outpatient work that will allow me to blend psychopharm and psychotherapy, and I'm particularly interested in the recent re-emergence of psychedelic/empathogen assisted therapies. Outside of work you can find me reading a fantasy epic, trying new restaurants (and visiting old ones), and playing any sort of game I can get my hands on.
Alicia Wu, MD
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
I grew up in a small town in Westchester, NY before heading out to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA to earn a degree in Chemistry. I then returned to the east coast to attend Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. Psychiatry was never my passion from the start, but after my psychiatry clerkship in my third year of medical school, I realized that this is where I feel I can do the most good while feeling satisfied and happy with my work. I’m especially happy to be at Tufts due to our patient population and our amazing location in the middle of Chinatown. I love to bake, plan/dream about future international trips, and convince my friends from college to visit me in Boston!
Quinn MacDougald, MD
Tulane School of Medicine
I was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia. I did my undergraduate just down the road at the reigning football national champion University of Georgia where I majored in Biology and Psychology. I then went down to the Big Easy to study Bayou medicine and earn my MD at Tulane, where I also labored hard at other important life skills like costume design, mixology, and learning about local cultural traditions such as voodoo. I considered psychiatry heavily in medical school but applied into internal medicine with an open mind. I did my intern year at the University of Utah where I honed more important life skills like hyponatremia pathways, lots of cycling and lots of skiing. I ultimately decided though that psychiatry would be a better fit for me because I realized that what drew me into medicine in the first place was exploring the human experience, and psychiatry does that better than any other specialty. When I’m not at work I’m probably riding my road bike, planning a hiking/camping/skiing trip, or watching my Georgia Bulldogs.
Jason Liew, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
I was born in Singapore but grew up in the Northern Virginia area. After completing military service in Singapore, I studied philosophy at the University of Rochester where I stayed to do stroke research for a year. I attended medical school at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD where I spent a year pursuing neuropathic pain research. I'm very excited to be at Tufts for our patient population and my amazing co-residents. When not in the hospital I love to travel, eat, write, and explore Boston with my wife.
Clarianne Moscoso-Torres, MD
University of Rochester School of Medicine
I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I went to Haverford College near Philadelphia where I majored in Psychology and Neuroscience. After spending a gap year doing women's health research in Puerto Rico, I went to Bryn Mawr Post-Bacc program and then to University of Rochester School of Medicine in Upstate NY. I have always had an interest in Psychology since high school and I was reassured of my passion during my Psychiatry electives in medical school. Some of my interests in psychiatry include: psychotherapy, working with Latinx community and LGBTQ+ youth. I am happy to live in Boston and attend Tufts, which has a welcoming and supportive community as well as diverse patient population. My favorite thing about Boston is how walkable it is! I spend a lot of my free time exploring Boston with friends and my dog Coco. Other hobbies of mine, in addition to being a dog mom, are: foodie, live music, hiking, day trips/traveling, plant mom, jogging.
Jennifer Puthota, MD
CUNY School of Medicine
I was born and raised in New York, mostly on Long Island, and attended a combined BS/MD program at the CUNY School of Medicine. Throughout medical school, I engaged in Narrative Medicine and found Psychiatry to combine the best of clinical medicine and patient-centered care. While NYC is the best, I wanted the opportunity to live and work somewhere new and am so happy to have matched to Tufts. Outside of work, I love murder mysteries, Netflixing, and dining my way around Boston.
Allison Rhodes MD, MPH
Tufts University School of Medicine
I grew up in CT, MD, and San Diego CA, studied Anthropology and Biochemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, and then worked as an EMT on a basic life support ambulance. I moved to Boston to attend Tufts University School of Medicine, and fell in love with the city! I was thrilled to match at TMC and stay in the area. I am interested in LGBTQ+ mental health, geri psych, and C/L psych. When I’m not caring for patients, I enjoy exploring Boston and the greater New England area, hiking, skiing, dog-sitting, reading, and doing puzzles.
Dhanatcha Sadetaporn, MD
Baylor College of Medicine
I was born in Bangkok, Thailand and moved at the age of four to Houston, Texas where I stayed to complete my undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Rice University and medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Despite never having set foot in the northeast, my intuition led me to believe that the historic and romantic City of Boston would be my dream place to train. Tufts was the perfect choice for me given its diverse patient population, proximity to Chinatown, and emphasis on psychodynamics. Some of my favorite things to do include long walks and foodie adventures with friends, leaving origami decor around the hospital, reading, knitting, and Rubik's cubing.
Sunita Singh, MD
SUNY Upstate School of Medicine
I grew up outside of Buffalo, NY and went to undergrad at SUNY Geneseo where I majored in Neuroscience and competed on the swim team. I then attended medical school at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse. I love living in Boston so far, and I am excited to continue my psychiatry training at Tufts!
Christian Smith, MD
Florida State University College of Medicine