Department of Psychiatry

Meet Our Residents


Zach Bartochowski, M.D.

Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Geriatric Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry
Outside Interests: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, literature, weightlifting, cooking.
If you had to pick one thing you really like about this program, what would it be?  What stands out to me the most is the people who make up the UMKC Psychiatry Residency Program. The faculty, residents, and staff genuinely care about you and your success. Everyone is very approachable and supportive, which helps generate a positive climate for training.

Dr. Anisha Chinthalapally
Anisha Chinthalapally, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Child Psychiatry
Outside Interests: Writing fiction, short stories, songs, poems, and essays. Learning new recipes. Dancing. Learning to play my guitar.
What was/is your favorite rotation?  It’s pretty early. I’ve done Neuro and TMC acute inpatient psych so far and really liked both! The acute inpatient psych units offer a great learning environment.
If you had to pick one thing you really like about this program, what would it be?  I absolutely love the patient population we have. We see such a wide variety and diversity of patients and disorders. It’s never boring!
What sort of research are you doing, and how does the program support you in your scholarly activities?  Currently, I am working with some peers on case reports and abstracts. The attendings, coordinators, and other faculty are very supportive of scholarly activities. They are enthusiastic about us taking these opportunities and will do what they can to help us.
What do you like to do for fun in and around Kansas City?  I love finding new places to hang out and things to do. This includes coffee shops, restaurants and bars, festivals, new parks, art museums and exhibits, music performances, and other activities.
What are your plans for the future?  I am unsure of my future plans other than wanting to do a fellowship in child psychiatry. I would need some more experience to start having an idea of what the future might look like.

Dr. Drew Lecuru
Drew Lecuru, M.D.

Medical School: UMKC School of Medicine

Professional Interests: I have a particular Interests in addiction psychiatry; however, I can see myself sticking with general psychiatry as well. Right now, I want to learn as much as I can about it all.
Outside Interests: I like to read fantasy novels and play video games in my spare time. Only when I am not out hanging out with my co-residents getting out and enjoying Kansas City. I like to have fun and look forward to future resident events with all of the classes.

Dr. Ferdinand Osayande
Ferdinand Osayande, M.D.

Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Professional Interests: Psychiatry, Networking, Business/Healthcare Administration
Outside Interests (hobbies): Listening to new music, Competitive powerlifting, Reading, Traveling
If you had to pick one thing you really like about this program, what would it be?  Program coordinator. Didn’t notice how much that swayed my opinion on the culture of a place until I started interviews. Mrs. Bushmoyer was definitely on top of things during the season when I was a 4th year student and has still been very helpful now that I am a resident.
What do you like to do for fun in and around Kansas City?  I make it a goal to try out a new restaurant at least once a week. Goal is to have tried about 200 places by the end of all 4 years.

Dr. Hirsch Srivastave
Hirsch Srivastava, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Psychosomatic medicine, Addiction medicine, Eating disorders, Pain medicine
Outside Interests: Powerlifting, Swimming, Movies, Traveling, Fantasy and Sci Fi books and media.
What was/is your favorite rotation?   So far, my favorite rotation has been Chronic Inpatient Psychiatry at the State Hospital, the Center for Behavioral Medicine. It’s only been a few weeks but I have learned so much about chronic mental illness, forensic psychiatry, and long term outcomes in the most psychiatrically ill patients”
If you had to pick one thing you really like about this program, what would it be?  “I have been really impressed with the patient population in Kansas City. If you want to learn psychiatry from a high volume of the most psychiatrically ill patients, UMKC is a great place to train. Especially since we get multiple flavors with exposure to Truman which is an urban, safety net hospital, and the Center for Behavioral Medicine which is a different but equally sick patient population.”
What sort of research are you doing, and how does the program support you in your scholarly activities?  “Right now I am looking to focus on the relationship between Amphetamine Use Disorder and Opioid Use Disorder based on a number of patients I have seen in just my first few weeks of residency. I am also hoping to focus on whether chronic pain may be a mediator in suicidal intent among patients with borderline personality disorder. My chief resident has been really supportive in my research initiatives.”

Dr. Val Zvonarev
Val Zvonarev, M.D.

Medical School: Sechenov University, Russia

Professional Interests: Academic Psychiatry
Hobbies: Avid soccer fan.
What was/is your favorite rotation? I really liked inpatient psychiatry rotation at TMC. As an intern, I served as the primary clinician for 6 patients, with responsibility for nearly all aspects of treatment from initial assessment through discharge.
If you had to pick one thing you really like about this program, what would it be? I absolutely love the teamwork and the respect that we all have for one another.
What sort of research are you doing, and how does the program support you in your scholarly activities? My current research focuses on understanding the relationship between human behavior, psychological disturbances and the environment, from both directions – how the environment affects behavior, and how people’s behaviors and attitudes affect the environment. Additionally, I am interested in the relationship between emotional expressiveness, opiate system and behavior. UMKC offers a unique opportunity for residents interested in research that provides structured education and mentorship throughout residency.
What do you like to do for fun in and around Kansas City? Kansas City is a great place with so much to offer to any person. The River Market is one of those places that makes Kansas City so beautiful.
What are your plans for the future? Academic psychiatry.


Dr. Zargham Abass
Zargham Abbass, M.D.

Medical School: Spartan Health Sciences University

Professional Interests: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Interventional Psychiatry, Translational Psychiatry, Neuropsychoanalysis
Outside Interests: Travelling, trying out new foods, spending time with family.

Dr. Sas Anderson
Sara J. Anderson, M.D., MPH

Medical School: Oregon Health and Science University

Professional Interests: Addiction Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatric disorders, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Outside Interests: Bicycling, organic gardening, and acrylic / water-color painting

Dr. John Danaher
John Danaher, D.O.

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Professional Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Outside Interests – My wife and I are both from Kansas City and love all that it has to offer. There are plenty of great restaurants with patios besides the famous BBQ and we love the ability to venture out and try new coffee shops or breweries. There are plenty of concert venues and Chiefs and Royals games are always a blast when they open back up. We especially like the fact that we can do all of this with our 10 month old daughter.

Dr. Drew Murray
Drew Murray, M.D.

Medical School: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Professional Interests: I am Interested in treatment resistant depression and its relationship with chronic pain management. I also have some fledgling curiosity in psychedelic assisted psychotherapy.
Outside Interests: Personal health, bodybuilding, instrumental music including Saxophone, Piano and Guitar, cooking, hiking/backpacking, kayaking and watching anime with my co-residents.

Steven Shipman, M.D.

Medical School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Treatment Resistant Depression; Ketamine, Esketamine, rTMS
Outside Interests: BBQ; Gardening

Dr. Jason Tucker
Jason Tucker, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri, Kansas City

Professional Interests:  Consult Liaison psychiatry, acute inpatient, and addiction medicine.
Outside Interests:  In my free time, I enjoy cycling through Kansas City to coffee shops and breweries.  I also enjoy playing acoustic guitar.  Lastly, I’m a big board game nerd- my favorite being Catan (of course).


Dr. Apurva Bhatt
Apurva Bhatt, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City

Professional Interests: I’m interested in all things involving Child and Adolescent psychiatry. I have a specific interest in severe mental illness, specifically psychotic and affective disorders. I also have a special interest in working with youth and young adults who might be experiencing their first episode of severe mental illness, and using team-based approaches to provide exceptional care. My research interests involve looking at firearm related suicide in children and young adults, and research in psychosis.
Hobbies: I enjoy painting, gardening, listening to podcasts and my local NPR station.
What was/is your favorite rotation?  “I really enjoyed the inpatient psychiatry and psych consult rotations. I love complex cases and thinking about all the medical and psychiatric variables which contribute to a patient’s presentation.  I also had the opportunity to present medical testimony at court several times which was a very valuable experience.”
If you had to pick one thing you really like about this program, what would it be?   The diverse training experience- our hospital treats some of the sickest individuals in our city. Working on the state forensic units is also very valuable- you get to see what treatment of severe mental illness can look like 6 months down the line. This is truly a unique experience.
What sort of research are you doing, and how does the program support you in your scholarly activities? One large project I worked on this past year was looking at the impacts of Missouri’s firearm laws on youth suicide rates. I am also working on a study using big data to evaluate phencyclidine use in the USA. The program has been supportive of my scholarly activity, and we even receive research support through working with Dr. Bruce from UMKC’s Health Informatics Department.
What do you like to do for fun in and around Kansas City?  “I enjoy the art scene in Kansas City (First Fridays, art festivals at the Nelson Atkins), watching the KC Chiefs, and taking my dogs to the Shawnee Mission dog park.  City Market is also a gem of Kansas City.”
What are your plans for the future?  I am pursuing a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I hope to be a well-rounded psychiatrist working with individuals with severe mental illness (psychotic/affective disorders), continuing my work with AACAP, and continuing to do research.

Dr. Matthew Bond
Matthew Bond, M.D.

Medical School:  SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Professional Interests: Adult inpatient and consult psychiatry
Outside Interests: Spending time at dog parks and playing disc golf. Using photoshop for comedic purposes.

Dr. Azmi Jahan
Azmi Jahan, M.D.

Medical School: St. James School of Medicine.

Professional Interests: I am interested in working in a multispecialty clinical setting, especially in primary care, as a psychiatry consultant to reach a broader range of patients. Also, I am interested in using functional neuroimaging methods such as SPECT, PET, and fMRI along with serum markers in identifying any organic causes of psychiatric illnesses.
Outside Interests: robotics, website and graphic designing, videography, hiking, working out, everything technology related, and taking weekend trips somewhere to visit another city and trying different foods.
If you had to pick one thing you really like about this program, what would it be?  One of the great things about this program is the people here. The attendings and the staff are very supportive and sets a great learning environment and motivates me to work hard. In addition, the diverse personality of the co-residents of this program allows me to learn from their different experiences. Also, this program is great for those who have families, because the resident’s work schedule, the support here helps balance the family life and the residency responsibilities.
What sort of research are you doing, and how does the program support you in your scholarly activities?  My research focuses on the gradual lack of efficacy of antipsychotic medications overtime in treating psychiatric disorders. It incorporates environmental factors, such as pH levels or food that could influence the properties of the biochemistry of the brain and influence the efficacy of the antipsychotic medications. This program is great when it comes to supporting residents in scholarly activities such as doing research and helping residents to present at conferences. Our didactics slot in research is helpful because it provides the structure, the resources, and the opportunity to discuss to obtain feedback, which helps in improving in my weak areas.
What do you like to do for fun in and around Kansas City?  I love photography and videography and there are some nice scenic areas in Kansas City and in the surrounding areas of Missouri, which I explore and feed my passion for videography/photography. In addition, the Country Club Plaza is great when I just want to relax or get a bite to eat from the various restaurants there. This city also has an artistic touch and it comes alive at night for those who like the party scene. During some downtime, I enjoy a quick workout in the gym or take a stroll through various parks.
What are your plans for the future?  So far, I am looking into ECT and Emergency Psychiatry and eventually work for a multispecialty medical practice. But there are so many opportunities in the Psychiatry field so I may change my mind after graduation.

Dr. Jonathan Kuhlman
Jonathan Kuhlman, BLA, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City

Professional Interests: Addiction Psychiatry, Philosophy
Outside Interests: Exercise Running, Weightlifting, Pickleball.  Music, I play three instruments, Guitar, Piano, and Bass.  Certified SCUBA diver.  Avid Chiefs fan

Dr. Chacy Lancaster
Chacy Lancaster, M.D.

Medical School:  University of Kansas – School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Interested in all areas of psychiatry, though is particularly drawn to serving the community through rural psychiatry outreach, or through forensic psychiatry work in the future.
Outside Interests: I enjoy spending time with family, cooking, and reading.

Dr. Jacob Lee
Jacob Lee, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City

Professional Interests:  I focus on Gender and Sexual Minority health populations. I’m heavily involved in the APA at the state and federal level, and represent Missouri as one of two General Assembly Representatives.  To defend the rights of LGBT patients, I recently travelled to our state capitol to speak before a special House committee. My writings have appeared in the Show Me Psychiatry newspaper.
Outside Interests (hobbies), I run a weekly game of Dungeons and Dragons, which just hit 2500 hours! I love to travel, and have a full sized flag from all 41 countries I’ve been to. I marry my German-American and Midwestern heritage through a love of baking.

Dr. Rishi Patel
Rishi Patel, D.O.

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Professional Interests: I’m most passionate about helping patients with addictions, specifically adolescents. Using a holistic approach, it is my goal to treat youths with various addictions including: substances, foods, and electronics.
Outside Interests (hobbies): I have many hobbies including: working out, tennis, cooking, building computers, anime, video games, and everything to do with cars.


Dr. Dayana Arteaga
Dayana Arteaga, D.O.

Medical School:  Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Professional Interests: inpatient adult psychiatry.
Outside Interests: reading and watching movies.

Dr. Fei Cao
Fei Cao, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical School:  MBBS at Anhui Medical University, China; M.D./PhD at Tongji Medical College, China.

Professional Interests:  I am very interested in interactions among psychiatric disorders, opioid use disorder, and chronic pain, and would like to use a multidisciplinary approach to manage chronic pain. I also love Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry.
Outside Interests (hobbies): I love reading, cooking and traveling.
If you had to pick one thing you really like about this program, what would it be?  The program does her best to support residents’ future careers and make residents’ “dreams” coming true. During our PGY-4 training, we have a 6-month elective. The program offers residents full autonomy and let residents choose what we would love to do during the elective, to make better preparation for our own future. The unique elective rotations include interventional pain management, ECT, forensic psychiatry, neuroimaging, sleep medicine, Suboxone-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, trauma-focused psychotherapy, among many others.

Dr. Ambika Kattula
Ambika Kattula, M.D.

Medical School: Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam, India

Professional Interests: General psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and mindfulness.
Outside Interests: Reading, dancing for fitness, spending time with family and friends, visiting places and enjoying good food.