Chief of Inpatient Psychiatry
I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. I moved to Chicago in 2015 to prepare for my USMLE exams and then to San Diego to obtain American clinical experience in psychiatry at UCSD. I finally achieved my goal by being accepted in Psychiatry Residency Program at TMC. I had a very unique clinical experience in Boston and a lot of personal growth with the support of my friends and colleagues. I enjoy exploring art, music especially Jazz and Reggie and food. I love travelling and I have interest in global mental health and community psychiatry.
Amy Blood, MD
Chief Resident of Outpatient Psychiatry and Scheduling
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Dr. Blood hails from a long line of non-vampires in a small Southern Illinois town known for having the world's largest ketchup bottle. After receiving a basic education in cat care and maintenance, she attended Northwestern University for undergraduate and medical training. She decided to pursue a residency in psychiatry when she found out about the awesome ratio of sitting: standing time. In her ample free time, she plays board games with her fiancé, watches YouTube with her cat, is active in an online fitness and wellness community, takes voice lessons, and lives her best vicarious Hufflepuff life in The Sims.
Hareesh Pillai, MD
Administrative Chief Resident
Texas A&M School of Medicine
I was born and raised in Texas, and am living out of the state for the first time. My favorite things about the residency include the friendliness of everyone in the department, the emphasis on patient care, and the willingness of the program to listen to resident feedback and make appropriate changes. Boston is a really fun city to live in and the professional sports teams aren't too shabby either.
Geena Sethi, MD
Chief of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry & Emergency Psychiatry
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tuscon Campus
I was born and raised in New Jersey and lived in Las Vegas, NV and Phoenix and Tucson in Arizona prior to moving to Boston for residency. I was used to moving around and wanted to live in a city so moving to Boston seemed like a good fit for me. Now that I am here I really enjoy going out with friends and checking out the fun things to do in Boston. Going on trips to visit friends and family is also really important to me and I am glad that my location makes that easy. In terms of the curriculum I really enjoy working in the Psych ED and on the Consult service and am interested in the Psychiatry Consult and Liaison Fellowship following residency. I'm pretty loud and outgoing so feel free to say hi if you see me around!
Whitney Snyders, MD
Chief of Addiction Psychiatry
University of Missouri School of Medicine
I chose psychiatry because I like thinking through the complexities of each case and making connections with patients. I like to play tennis, go hiking, and I'm taking advantage of exploring the Northeast. The thing I love most about our program is the close bonds between the residents and attendings and their willingness to help us explore our future interests.
Fatimah Alsebaa, MD
University of Dammam
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.
Katherine Han, MD
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Kat hails from Connecticut and is a proud UConn Husky. She spent four years at UConn studying English and Molecular and Cell Biology, before continuing at UConn for medical school. Now at Tufts, she has a particular interest in child psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. She loves living in Boston, where she spends her free time cooking, hiking, traveling, and playing with her two fluffy cats, Rorschach and Shakira.
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
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. It was during my travels that I've learned crazy is all around us, and psychiatry business will always be booming.
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
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 oppurtunity 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.