Current Fellows

Second Year Fellows


Kevin McDonald

Hometown: Newton, IA

Undergraduate: St. Ambrose University

MD/DO: Ross University School of Medicine

Residency: University of North Dakota

Outside Interests: Motorcycles, road trips, and 3D printing

Professional Interests: Trauma, mood disorders, and underserved populations


Darin Quach

Hometown:  Los Angeles, CA

Undergraduate:  University of California, San Diego

MD/DO:  Michigan State University

Residency:  Washington University in St. Louis

Outside Interests: Watching and playing sports, fantasy football, romantic comedies, and movies in the fantasy genre

Professional Interests: Affective disorders, interventional psychiatry, inflammation/nutritional psychiatry

“I greatly benefited from training in the Adult Psychiatry Program here and had exposure to Child Psych during my third year in the outpatient setting. I enjoyed being able to work closely with attendings who prioritized clinical care and graduate medical education. While they excelled at research in their respective fields, they never hesitated to offer guidance whenever I needed anything. As I transition into fellowship, I’m extremely pleased that my training continues to be prioritized and I would not hesitate to choose this program again.”


Emily Slat

Hometown: Webster, NY

Undergraduate: University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

MD/DO: Washington University in St Louis

Residency: Washington University in St Louis

Outside Interests: Dogs, jigsaw puzzles, nail art, true crime podcasts, and gardening

Professional Interests: Mood disorders, trauma-related disorders, clinical education, and physician wellness

“The faculty, staff, and trainees are very kind, smart, and approachable. They make learning fun!”


 

Nitya Sreevalsan

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Undergraduate: University of Cincinnati

MD/DO: Washington University in St. Louis

Residency: Washington University in St. Louis

Outside Interests: Cooking, gardening, and knitting/crochet

Professional Interests: Emotional dysregulation

“Everyone is incredibly helpful and welcoming. The faculty are all excited to teach and mentor, even people who are renowned experts in their fields. My co-fellows are also brilliant and motivated, and I could not have asked for a more supportive environment.”


First Year Fellows


Chhavi Chaudhary

Hometown: Mission, TX

Undergraduate: University of Texas Rio Grand Valley

MD/DO: University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine

Residency:  University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Tyler

Outside Interests: Cats, coffee shops, interior design, cooking competition shows, and reflective writing

Professional Interests: Trauma and stressor-related disorders, social determinants of health, medical student education and mentorship, and advocacy in organized medicine networks

“The community of co-fellows and faculty is inspiring and nurturing to my growth. The assortment of distinguished expert faculty in the department is a treasure to learn from.”


Alexander Hayek

Hometown: Novi, MI

Undergraduate: University of Michigan

MD/DO: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: St. Mary Mercy Hospital-Livonia, Michigan

Outside Interests: Piano improvisation and music composition, world travel/exploration, binge-watching TV shows, existential philosophy, and making memories with my wife, my cat “Pumpkin”, and nine younger siblings.

Professional Interests: Integration of philosophical concepts into psychotherapy (Logotherapy/Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy/Mindfulness Meditation), changing drug abuse patterns in adolescents and young adults in the information era (designer drugs/ “legal” highs/dark web), neural network correlates in anxiety and depressive disorders (default mode network/salience network), novel treatments for mental illness (NMDA antagonists/psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy/neurosteroids/VGCC blockers), and inflammatory markers and models for mental illness (COVID-19 psychosis/BDNF)

“One of the things I have come to appreciate in my personal and professional life is the importance of the Winnicottian ‘holding environment’ to facilitate personal growth and development. WashU provides such an environment for trainees; an environment that fosters creative independent thought; confidence and competence, along with compassion and empathy, to be leaders in the field of child psychiatry.”


Kanika Ramchandani

Hometown:  Mumbai, India

MD/DO:  Seth G.S. Medical College India

Residency:  SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Outside Interests: Cooking, HIIT, and exploring new ice cream and brunch places

Professional Interests: Emergency psychiatry, inpatient psychiatry, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and advocacy and administration


Asmit Sanghera

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego

MD/DO: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: Creighton University School of Medicine-Phoenix

Outside Interests: Traveling, dancing, watching documentaries, catching up on some of my favorite Netflix shows, exploring St. Louis and its incredible food scene with my co-fellows!

Professional Interests: Consults and emergency psychiatry, with a growing interest in early childhood mental health, child development, and psychotherapy

“I like the wide variety of clinical experiences. You really get both depth and breadth at this program, all while working alongside leaders in the field who are eager to teach! I also love the strong sense of camaraderie amongst the fellows – we are a tight-knit, supportive group.”


Clayton Stone

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

Undergraduate: East Tennessee State University 

MD/DO: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Auburn Campus

Residency: Texas Institute for Graduate Medical Education and Research – Psychiatry

Outside Interests: I love to cook and bake. I am always eager for a new and challenging recipe or to try foods from other cultures. When I’m not in the clinic or the kitchen, I also enjoy hiking, gardening, traveling, and playing with my two dogs.

Professional Interests: LGBTQ+ psychiatry and gender-affirming medical care

“I like the diversity of training and clinic experiences. I feel like I get to treat a wide range of patients as well as get exposure to highly specialized clinics where I can learn from rare or difficult cases.”