Fellows

First Year Fellows

Rami Al-Sumairi, MBBCh

Rami Al-Sumairi, MBBCh

Hi, I'm Rami! After graduating from Ainshams University Medical School in Cairo, Egypt, I worked in a variety of acute and ambulatory settings before moving to NYC to join Maimonides Medical Center for my adult psychiatry training. My areas of interest include systems of care, psychotherapy, forensic psychiatry, cultural and community psychiatry. As a chief resident I was actively involved in a number of different quality improvement, educational, and research committees and projects. My fascination with psychodynamic theory and practice led me to pursue additional training at the Institute of Psychoanalytic Education at NYU. On a personal note I enjoy literature, history, travel, and going on extremely long walks! CHA takes pride in providing quality care to an immensely diverse and underserved population. I have found the faculty to be warm, friendly and dedicated to providing excellent training with a strong emphasis on psychotherapy and community mental health. The program encourages scholarly pursuits and there are ample research and educational opportunities. I am very excited to start a new chapter of my journey here at CHA.

Meredith Gansner, MD

Meredith Gansner, MD

While I grew up in New Jersey, and later returned there for medical school at Rutgers, I have a soft spot for New England from my undergraduate time at Williams College. Thus, I was extremely excited to come back to Massachusetts for my adult psychiatry residency at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Training Program. While in residency, I was able to spend time at CHA exploring my research interest of internet and social media use in youth in psychiatric crisis. Everyone at CHA was incredibly supportive and dedicated to teaching, as well as to serving a diverse and often underserved population. I am delighted to be here now as a child psychiatry fellow. I plan to continue pursuing my research while here, as well as nurturing my other specific interest, medical education.

Aileen Lorenzo, MD

Aileen Lorenzo, MD

I spent most of my life in the Sunshine State and attended the University of Florida for my undergraduate education. I majored in psychology and was able to work with children and adolescents as a mentor through various volunteer opportunities. These experiences fueled my drive to want to become a child psychiatrist and be able to help children in the future. Therefore, I moved to New York to attend medical school and completed my adult psychiatry residency training at Westchester Medical Center. I am excited to be able to complete my child psychiatry training at CHA. I felt it was the right place for me as they have a community focus, emphasize psychotherapy training, and have a collegial environment. My interests in psychiatry include school consultation, trauma based cognitive behavioral therapy, and academic psychiatry.

Maria Roccisano, MD

Maria Roccisano, MD

I was born and raised in a large Italian family in NYC which fostered an early appreciation for the importance of family and culture.  Through my exploration of music, as a classically trained pianist and vocalist, I developed a strong interest in the study of emotions and feelings.  From this background, I decided to pursue psychiatry.  After graduating from Binghamton University with a BA in music, I worked as a clinical research coordinator for a local hospital in Queens.  I attended medical school in Grenada at St. George's University and completed clinical rotations in NYC. I completed my adult psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in NYC where I cultivated a strong interest in working with families of individuals struggling with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. I also became interested in the questions of why patients use cannabis and how clinicians perceptions of their patients cannabis use differ. In my final year of residency I was a chief resident working primarily with new trainees further discovering my love of teaching. I am very excited to be returning to the Boston/Cambridge area and to be working at Cambridge Health Alliance.  My interests in psychiatry include working with families, school based interventions, first episode psychosis, improving transitions of care, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Nicole Sussman, MD

Nicole Sussman, MD

Even as a native New Yorker, it was an easy choice to make the move to the Boston area for CHA. With interests in community and public psychiatry, treating diverse and underserved populations, and learning how to best serve families, I knew coming to CHA was the best fit for me. My path to child psychiatry started during my undergraduate education at Washington University in St. Louis where I majored in the combined Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program, and first gained an appreciation of the mind/brain. During the summer I spent studying for the MCAT, I volunteered at a day treatment center for children in Portland, Oregon, where I discovered the population of patients with which I wanted to work. While at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, my focus on the mental health needs of my patients sharpened. I then spent four years in Seattle at the University of Washington for my adult psychiatry training, where I was a chief resident and further developed an interest in forensics and juvenile justice.


Second Year Fellows

Solomon Adelsky, MD, MPP

Solomon Adelsky, MD, MPP

Greetings, world! I’m a native of New Jersey, who landed at CHA by way of Ann Arbor (Go Blue!), Ukraine, and Rhode Island. After graduating from medical school at Brown, I came to CHA for adult psychiatry residency. I can say without hesitation that I love CHA. What sets it apart is the strong and deep sense of community that infuses the institution; I’m on a first-name basis not just with faculty and supervisors, but with public safety officers, parking attendants, and housekeeping staff. Having been here for a few years, I’ve also had the opportunity to meet and work with many of the child fellows, and have found them to be a consistently warm, thoughtful, and invested group. My clinical interests are broad and constantly evolving, but include parenting, social media, college mental health, and global health. When not at work, I love spending time with my family, as well as indulging my much-neglected hobbies, which include mountain biking, running, and traveling. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about CHA!

Shireen Cama, MD

Shireen	Cama, MD

I completed my undergraduate training at Yale, where I studied economics and developed my interest in systems thinking and the social determinants of health. I learned more about these areas during the following year as a Congressional Hunger Fellow. I then came to Harvard for medical school, where I embraced opportunities for health promotion and advocacy both locally and abroad. My interest in preventative health and love for working with children led me to complete a pediatrics residency at UCSF. However, I soon realized that directly addressing the mental health and psychosocial needs of my patients was my true passion. I was so happy to come to CHA for my adult psychiatry training and am thrilled to be able to continue here as a Child & Adolescent Fellow. My current interests include infant mental health, integrated care, cultural psychiatry and fostering resilience in individuals and communities. I am inspired daily by the commitment and dedication of the community of trainees, faculty and patients I am privileged to work with here at CHA.

Kevin Coughlin, MD

Kevin Coughlin, MD

Born and raised in rural Western Massachusetts, my training journey thus far has taken me to Rhode Island for my undergraduate and medical degrees, and then to Maine for completion of my adult psychiatry residency training. I am so thrilled to be returning home to the Bay State for my fellowship years! I studied public health as a Brown University undergraduate before moving on to medical studies at Brown's Warren Alpert Medical School. While a medical student, I did part-time work as a child/adolescent home-based therapeutic services worker through a local mental health agency and ran a small research study on video game use amongst adolescents admitted to a local psychiatric hospital. During residency training at Maine Medical Center in Portland, I developed specific interests in early onset psychosis, family therapy, and autism spectrum disorders. The community-psychiatry oriented ethos of CHA, along with the warm and caring presence of its faculty and fellows, were factors that helped me know I had found the right environment to call home during these final years of training. During my fellowship ahead I am interested in understanding how we deliver psychiatric care to children and families in underserved areas, and I hope to someday practice in a professional shortage area myself. Outside of work I enjoy listening to and discovering new music, and in my free time I play guitar and a little mandolin. I’m very quickly educating myself on the vibrant food and drink scene in the greater Boston area, and am always up for a gastronomical adventure!

Priya Sehgal, MD

Priya Sehgal, MD

I am originally from Cincinnati, OH. After graduating from The University of Michigan College of Engineering, I joined Teach for America and taught high school mathematics in Washington, DC for three years prior to attending medical school. My teaching experience has fueled a passion to work in the intersection of mental health, school systems, poverty and race. I completed my adult psychiatry residency here at The Cambridge Health Alliance, where I served as the Chief Resident of the Asian Mental Health Team. I feel incredibly fortunate to continue training at CHA because it is an institution committed to improving the lives of children and families from both an individual and systems-oriented approach, while creating a family atmosphere for trainees. I am also inspired by the faculty’s commitment to teaching, intentional curriculum design and genuine sense of warmth and passion for this work. My clinical interests are psychotherapy, trauma, identity formation, immigrant and minority mental health, school psychiatry, and systems of care. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and family, playing sports, karaoke, cooking, and current events.

Scott Yapo, MD

Scott Yapo, MD

I’m originally from the suburbs of Dayton, Ohio, but I left the Buckeye State to attend the University of Michigan for undergrad. During that time I developed an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders. After graduation, I moved to Framingham, Massachusetts where I worked as an applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapist. Wanting something broader than strict behavioral therapy, I moved back to Ohio to attend medical school with the plan to become a child psychiatrist. I completed my adult residency at Cambridge Health Alliance and I am excited to continue my training here as a child fellow. I was drawn to CHA by its collegial environment, emphasis on psychodynamic treatments, its experienced and knowledgeable faculty, and its commitment to the underserved. My interests in psychiatry include neurodevelopmental disorders, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and sub-acute levels of care.