Department of Psychiatry

Meet Our Residents


 

PGY 1

Sara Agha, MD
Sara Agha, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Mood disorders, treatment resistant depression, child and adolescent psychiatry
Outside Interests: Reading, listening to podcasts, being outdoors, exploring coffee shops and restaurants around Kansas City
What was/is your favorite rotation? I have been on acute inpatient psychiatry and love it! It’s so rewarding to see how medications can make such a difference in people’s mental health and their ability to function. It’s also been a great way for me to become more comfortable with autonomy, since I’m responsible for making decisions and managing each of my patients from admission to discharge.
If you had to pick one thing you really like about this program, what would it be? How supportive our program is of all of our interests, and how they really care about resident wellness and nurturing our interests. All of us get along really well and have a great time together.
What sort of research are you doing, and how does the program support you in your scholarly activities? Currently, I’m not involved in any research, but I would like to do some case reports on patients I have seen on the acute unit. All of our attendings and other faculty are very supportive and enthusiastic of scholarly activities. They are always willing to help and listen to ideas.
What do you like to do for fun in and around Kansas City? There are a ton of great places to eat around here! I’ve lived here for years and am still discovering amazing restaurants. I love going to First Fridays and exploring all the local spots this city has to offer. There are also so many locally owned coffee shops that make great study spots. When the weather is nice, I try to hang out at Loose Park or go for walks at the Berkeley Riverfront.
What are your plans for the future? Currently, I’m unsure of my future plans, but I’ve been thinking about pursuing a fellowship in child psychiatry. I think I need more experience and more rotations under my belt to have a clearer idea of what the future might look like.

Ethan Johnston, MD
Ethan Johnston, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri Kansas-City School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Child and Adolescent psychiatry, Consult Liaison psychiatry
Outside Interests: I enjoy trying out new happy hours and wineries, competitive karaoke (yes, this is a real thing!), traveling, biking, and concerts/festivals.
What was/is your favorite rotation? My favorite rotation so far is TMC acute in-patient psychiatry. The diversity of disease processes on this rotation is a great learning opportunity.
If you had to pick one thing you really like about this program, what would it be? Hands down, the people. The vast amount of support shown from coresidents, attendings and staff make our program great.
What do you like to do for fun in and around Kansas City? Besides the Kansas City BBQ, I love finding new coffee shops, local restaurants, and attending weekend festivals like “First Fridays” in the Cross-Roads and West Bottoms districts.

Saja Necibi, MD
Saja Necibi, M.D.

Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Professional Interests: I’m interested in learning more about psychotherapy and hope to incorporate it in my future practice
Outside Interests: I enjoy traveling, gardening, exploring Kansas City with friends, going to concerts, and hanging out with my cat
What was/is your favorite rotation? So far I like acute inpatient psychiatry the most- especially my geriatric psychiatry rotation
If you had to pick one thing you really like about this program, what would it be? I really value how supportive the faculty and my co-residents are. Everyone is approachable, more than happy to teach, and we all function as a team.
What do you like to do for fun in and around Kansas City? I like trying different coffee shops around Kansas City! So far my favorites are Rochester and Messenger coffee
What are your plans for the future? Right now I am interested in child and adolescent psychiatry, and hope to serve marginalized communities, especially refugees.

Olurinde Oni, MD
Olurinde Oni, M.D.

Medical School: University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Professional Interests: Community Psychiatry, Research and Medical Education
Outside Interests: Spending time with family and friends, community service, working out on treadmill.
What was/is your favorite rotation? I am on my second rotation. So far I have enjoyed both of them – Med-Psych and Chronic Inpatient Psychiatry at the Center for Behavioral Medicine. It is still early for me to decide which rotation(s) I like most.
If you had to pick one thing you really like about this program, what would it be? I like the people here. Everyone is here to help you achieve or discover your goals. I am enjoying the camaraderie which I already saw during my interview here. Also I have lived in Kansas City metropolitan community for some time. It is good place to live, raise family, and enjoy a fairly balanced weather. The cost of living is affordable. In addition, the curriculum of training is clinically and academically intensive thereby providing a great learning experience

Aderonke Oye, MD
Aderonke (Kiki) Oyetunji, M.D., M.B.A.

Medical School: Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria

Xiafeng Yan, MD
Xiaofeng (Jasmine) Yan, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical School: Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)
Professional Interests: Psychosomatic Medicine, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Outside Interests: Spending time with family and friends, cooking, traveling
If you had to pick one thing you really like about this program, what would it be? The environment. All faculty, staff, residents are being super supportive, they do care about our success and try everything they can to help. We especially love our program director and program coordinator, they make our training and life much earlier.

PGY 2

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. Val Zvonarev
Val Bellman, M.D.

Medical School: Sechenov University, RussiaProfessional 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. 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.”

PGY-3

Dr. Zargham Abass
Zargham Abbas, 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).

PGY-4

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.