Fatimah Alsebaa, MD
University of Dammam
I grew up in Saudi Arabia and came to the United States in 2014. I was raised in a community which taught me that family comes first, and there is no substitute to family connections. I wanted to be a psychiatrist to help people accept their differences, reunite with their families, and repair burned bridges. When not with a patient, I enjoy photography, traveling and meditation.
Daniel Augustadt, MD
University of North Dakota School of Medicine
I was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota and attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND for my undergraduate education where I received a BS in psychology, BS in music, and minored in cognitive neuroscience and chemistry. Between undergrad and medical school, I spent several years as a clinical research coordinator on phase II – IV clinical trials and investigator-initiated research in the areas of cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, and interventional radiology. I then attended medical school at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, ND. My particular areas of interest include severe and persistent mental illness, community mental health, addiction psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry. In my free time I enjoy watching stand-up comedy, going to concerts, collecting vinyl records, reading non-fiction and essays on Western pop culture, cooking, having accidental Joe Don Baker movie marathons, and spending time with my wife and chonk.
Colleen Curtin, MD
Jacobs School of Medicine, University of Buffalo
I was born and raised in Upstate New York, and have lived within a 10 minute drive of the I-90 my entire life. I double majored in Biology and French at the College of the Holy Cross, and took a detour to study in France during that time. After college, I moved out to Buffalo, NY where I completed my medical training at the Jacobs School of Medicine at UB. (Go Bills!) It was always my dream to live in Boston, and I love exploring all that this city has to offer. When I’m not in the hospital I enjoy exploring restaurants, trying new yoga classes, travelling and being with friends and family.
Thomas Scary, MD, MA
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
A native of the city of brotherly love, I have lived in the northeast my entire life. As an undergraduate I majored in music at NYU and studied abroad in Firenze, Italia for a semester. For medical school I returned to Philadelphia and went to Temple University’s School of Medicine, where I also received a master’s degree in Urban Bioethics. Outside of work I enjoy playing classical piano, going to concerts, and exploring New England. If you can tell me a joke about my name that I haven’t heard before, I’ll eat a copy of the DSM-V.
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
I studied Film and Digital Media as an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz in California while also fulfilling the pre-medical requirements with a hope to pursue a career in psychiatry and here I am! Before medical school, I worked with special needs children and adults at a horse therapy and community integration program. After leaving California, I spent three years as an officer in the US Air Force working in the DC area. I graduated with my MD degree from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. I have a strong interest in women’s mental health, lactation medicine and medication safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Outside of medicine, I enjoy hiking, backpacking and running, baking (especially apple pie and chocolate chip cookies), writing short stories, crochet and knitting, sewing children’s clothes, and spending time with my family.
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
Hi! I finally left New York state when coming to Tufts in June 2020. I was born and raised on Long Island, NY and then went to Cornell University for undergrad studying Human Biology Health and Society. I studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, where I worked at the WHO with the director of infertility. I have a special interest in reproductive psychiatry and 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. I am loving Tufts with its diverse patient population in Boston and my amazing community of co-residents. Boston has been a beautiful city to live in with proximity to the water, running routes and good food!
Michaela Moden, MD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Undergraduate: Austin College (majors: ceramics and biology)
Psychiatric Interests: Still very broad, but with a slight lean towards CL and outpatient.
Personal Interests: Ziggy (world’s greatest dog), outdoor activities, games, traveling
Hometown: Karlstad, Sweden. Though I lived in Dallas, TX the longest!
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Join some friends at a local swimming hole, where my dog wears a shark-fin life jacket and never tires of chasing her ball.
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, MBBS
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
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.
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!