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Mohammed Ali, DO
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Bio: I am originally from NYC, but came to Philadelphia/South Jersey for college and medical school. During my free time I love working on my car or playing video games. Einstein is a great fit for me because of the diverse pathology.




Tamoor Ilyas, DO
Medical School: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Stony Brook University
Bio: Why do people behave the way they do? During my undergraduate years I pursued a degree in anthropology in order to answer this question. I was interested in trying to understand the perspectives of people from a variety of different cultures. In medical school, my guiding questions became not just “why,” but also “who?” Which community is most often neglected? My answer came when I became a certified crisis hotline worker and was exposed to the depth of need and stigma surrounding mental health. Meshing these experiences together, I look forward to working with immigrant and underserved communities, both of whom are too often overlooked.


Paulina Khodak, DO - Administrative Chief Resident for C&L Services
Undergraduate: Drexel University
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: Geriatrics, C&L
Bio: I grew up in the greater Philadelphia area and am so excited to be returning to the city for my residency! Philly has always been in my heart and when I’m not working you can catch me out and about trying new restaurants, watching the Eagles or Phillies games and working out at some of the new kickboxing studios downtown. Philadelphia’s longstanding history of psychiatry training (1 in 5 psychiatrists is trained in Philadelphia!) makes it a unique and rewarding place to learn. I look forward to working with and helping the greater Philadelphia community


Arooj Latif, DO
Undergraduate: University of Delaware
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: Women’s mental health, Inpatient Psychiatry
Bio: I was born in Pakistan and moved to America at the age of 11. After undergrad, I started working as a medical laboratory scientist but later realized I wanted a more active role in patient care and decided to go to medical school. Outside of psychiatry, my interests include traveling, dancing, and trying different cuisines.


Alexander Lopez, MD
Undergraduate:
State University of New York - Binghamton
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson University
Interests: Psychotherapy
Bio: I am originally from northern New Jersey where I developed an interest in behavior at an early age. As young as 12 I wanted to become a psychotherapist when I "grew up". It was only in college that I found my passion for the hard sciences and began considering medicine. Once in medical school it became clear that for me psychiatry was the best of both worlds. After going to medical school in Philadelphia it was a pleasure to be able to stay four more years in a city I had come to enjoy so much. In my spare time I enjoy tending to my plants and exploring the outdoors.


Lindsay Michel, DO, MBA
Undergraduate: Temple University
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: Psychotherapy, Women’s Health, Integrative Psychiatry, Trauma
Bio: Having spent my life in Pennsylvania within an hour radius of Philadelphia, I am happy to be practicing the art of psychiatry close to home. Mental health has always fascinated me, and I spent a year between college and medical school working closely with patients with treatment-resistant depression receiving Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).


Yelena Shabelnik, DO
Undergraduate: Emory University
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests: Adult Psychiatry, Neuromodulation and Psychotherapy
Bio: Originally from Ukraine, I grew up in New York and Iowa before moving to Atlanta to study neuroscience and behavioral biology for my bachelors. This sparked my interest in both the biological and humanistic aspect of behavior, and I chose psychiatry because it is a perfect combination of the two. What drew me to Einstein was its diverse patient population, acuity of pathology and the welcoming work environment made possible by the residents, attendings and staff. In my spare time, I like to travel, paint, and spoil my 2 cats.


Phillip Shwae, MD - Administrative Chief Resident for C&L Services
Undergraduate: Penn State University
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson University
Interests: Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry and Neuromodulation
Bio: I am originally from the greater Philadelphia area and after 6 years now consider the city my home. Unexpectedly but gratefully found my calling in psychiatry after seriously considering pathology earlier in medical school. Philadelphia is a wonderful city to both live and train in due to the many opportunities it affords to expand one’s horizons both personally and professionally. I look forward to my time at Einstein and making the most of what it has to offer!


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