Meet our expert faculty of Saint Elizabeths Hospital

Monika Acharya (MD)

Co-Director at Resident Continuity of Care Clinic

Monika Acharya, MD, is a graduate of Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Nepal , Class of 2005, and completed her psychiatry residency training at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington DC in 2012. She is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Diplomate of ABPN, 2012. Dr. Acharya is the Co-Director at Residents’ Clinic since 2015 and supervises PGY-III and PGY-IV Residents at 35 K Street, Residents’ clinic. Her special interests include womens’ mental health and treatment of schizophrenia.

Philip Candilis (MD, DFAPA)

Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program Director, Director of Medical Affairs at Saint Elizabeths Hospital

Dr. Candilis is Director of Medical Affairs and Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program. Recent fellows at the Saint Elizabeths program have studied and published on competence restoration, social justice, and feminist theory under his mentorship. Dr. Candilis holds academic appointments at George Washington University School of Medicine (Professor of Psychiatry), Howard University College of Medicine (Clinical Professor of Psychiatry), and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry). A former Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Candilis completed his residency and chief residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and his forensic fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Candilis is President of the Washington Psychiatric Society and the Hellenic American Psychiatric Association.

A strong advocate for the public sector, Dr. Candilis is responsible for articulating professional standards for physician health, forensic psychiatry, and general psychiatry through a number of medical organizations, including the American College of Physicians, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Current projects include the improvement of competence assessment and restoration in public psychiatry (a SAMHSA Learning Collaborative), a textbook on global mental health, and an analysis of terrorism data from Iraq

Gerard Fegan (MD)

Inpatient Psychiatrist

Gerald Fegan, MD is a graduate of Albany Medical College, Class of 1966, and completed his psychiatry residency at Institute of Living, Hartford, CT, in 1970. He an attending psychiatrist on the geriatric psychiatry unit and supervises psychiatry residents in geriatric psychiatry.

Ramia Gupta (MD, FAPA)

Forensic Psychiatrist

Ramia Gupta, MD, FAPA, completed her medical training at the Government Medical College and Hospitals, Jammu, India. She is board certified in both General and Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Gupta completed her psychiatry residency at St. Elizabeths Hospital, Washington DC, where she also served as Chief Resident. She completed her forensic psychiatry fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC. Dr. Gupta is on the teaching faculty at both the St. Elizabeths Hospital Psychiatry Residency Training Program and Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program. Dr. Gupta organizes and supervises the forensic seminars for the PGY I and PGY II psychiatry residents, serving as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Gupta coordinates the Forensic Psychiatry Mock Trial Seminar with Georgetown Law School and is an appointee to the DC Commission on Mental Health.

Asim Haracic (MD)

Outpatient Psychiatrist

Asim Haracic, MD, is a graduate of University Medical Center, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Class of 1991. He completed his plastic surgery residency at Clinic for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University Clinical Center, Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1995, and psychiatry residency at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington D.C. in 2003. He completed his fellowship at Washington-Baltimore Institute for Psychoanalysis in 2001. Dr. Haracic is a psychiatrist at Outpatient Behavioral Health Center, Providence Health Services, Washington, DC. He provides teaching and supervision to psychiatry residents at outpatient clinics.

S. Kalman Kolansky (MD, DLFAPA)

Psychiatry Residency Associate Program Director

S. Kalman Kolansky, MD, DLFAPA is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1965. He provides education and supervision in child and adolescent psychiatry and development throughout the four years of residency. Dr. Kolansky completed his psychiatry residency at Kings County Hospital, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, and Child Psychiatry Fellowship Training at Hahnemann Medical School and Hospital Philadelphia, PA. He is a Teaching Psychoanalyst at the Washington Baltimore Psychoanalytic Institute and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at George Washington University School of Medicine. He is the recipient of the Irma Bland Teaching Award from the American Psychiatric Association, and the Edith Sabshin Teaching Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is also a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. His interests include child development pre-school consultation, individual psychotherapy and psychoanalysis of children, adolescents, and adults, psychological effects of adoption and foster care on the adoption triad, psychoanalysis and cinema, and psychological trauma through the life cycle. Dr. Kolansky is also in part-time child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry and psychoanalytic practice in Alexandria Va.

John Livingood (MD)

Residency Didactics Curriculum Director

John Livingood, MD, is a graduate of Rochester School of Medicine, Class of 1966, and completed his Psychiatric Residency at the University of Cincinnati. He is a graduate of the Advanced Psychotherapy Training Program, Washington School of Psychiatry. He provides essential classes to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years on psychopharmacology and psychopathology. His interests include biological psychiatry and the teaching and practice of psychopharmacology.

Farooq Mohyuddin (MD, CGP, FAPA)

Chair of Psychiatry Training, Psychiatry Residency Program Director

Farooq Mohyuddin, MD, CGP, FAPA, is the Chair of Psychiatry Training and Director of Psychiatry Residency Training Program at Saint Elizabeths Hospital. Dr. Mohyuddin is a medical graduate of Sindh Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan, Class of 1989, and completed his training in Psychiatry at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, D.C. in 2003. He has served as the Director of Medical Student Education at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, President of the Mid Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society, Chair of Group Psychotherapy Training Program, and the President of Washington Psychiatric Society. He is an active Member of Administration and Leadership Committee, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. His interests include teaching, group psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology.

Lauren M. Pengrin (DO)

Co-Director at Resident Continuity of Care Clinic

Lauren Pengrin, DO, is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2014, and completed her Psychiatry Residency Training at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, D.C. in 2018.  She is a Faculty member in the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at Saint Elizabeths Hospital since July 2018. She is an Early Career Psychiatry Representative of Washington Psychiatric Society, 2018-2020; and a member of the Board of Regents, Southern Psychiatric Association, 2019-2021, Her interests include Medical Education, Physician Well Being, Psychotherapy.

Peter Nguyen (DO)

Attending Psychiatrist

Peter Nguyen, DO is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, California, Class of 2015, and completed his psychiatry residency training at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington DC in 2020. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, Riverside, California.

Dr. Nguyen is dedicated to the advancement of his field through research and education. He has volunteered at local community clinics during his undergraduate studies and served for a year with AmeriCorps teaching at-risk youth. He was motivated to work in the field of psychiatry because he wanted to be part of the solution to the problem of healthcare disparities among the underserved population especially minorities. He has participated in many research projects at the University of California-Riverside, University of California-Los Angeles, San Diego State University, and City of Hope Beckman Research Institute. During residency, he presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and led a QI project at the VA Medical Center, fulfilling critical criteria in JCOA accreditation.

Dr. Nguyen is highly interested in teaching medical students and psychiatry residents. He gives a lecture series called “Practical considerations for addiction disorders” with a focus on changing the conversation and stigma around patients with substance use disorders for future doctors. He has also served as the regional vice president of the resident union, the Committee of Interns and Residents, advocating for resident and medical student rights.

Ronald Schouten (MD, JD)

Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program Co-Director

Ronald Schouten, MD, JD, is the Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC and Director Emeritus of the Law & Psychiatry Service of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He was previously Director of the MGH/HMS Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program. He remains on staff at MGH and is currently an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schouten is board certified in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry, and is licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts, New York, California, and the District of Columbia.

Dr. Schouten has played a key role in the development of a number of innovations in the teaching of forensic mental health issues. These include a grand rounds program on mental health issues for Massachusetts’ judges, a Harvard Medical School Continuing Education Program held for legal professionals, the Harvard Medical School Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, and numerous teaching programs for the Law & Psychiatry Service and Harvard Medical School. He has been a Knowles Scholar in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard College, where he taught a Freshman Seminar entitled “Responsibility, the Brain, and Behavior” and previously taught a seminar on terrorism with Jessica Stern, Ph.D. He co-developed and co-taught the Managing Workplace Conflicts Program for the Massachusetts Medical Society. Dr. Schouten is Forensic Column Co-Editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry.

Dr. Schouten was the mental health liaison for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America to the September 11 Victims’ Fund and served on consensus panels drafting guidelines on workplace violence for the FBI and the American Society for Industrial Security. He participated in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Summer Hard Problem Programs entitled “Biological Warfare Perpetrators: Rationality, Culture, and Likelihood of Discovery”(2008) and “Nuclear Attribution in Nuclear Forensics and Intelligence Analysis” (2009) He has presented to government and civilian audiences regarding personnel reliability programs, insider threat, and countering violent extremism and has served as a panelist and contributor at workshops sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense (“The Neurobiology of Political Violence: New Tools, New Insights”), DTRA and DOE (“Human Reliability/Insider Threat Technical Exchange”), F.B.I. (“Making Prevention a Reality: Identifying, Assessing, and Managing the Threat of Targeted Attacks”), and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (Second China-U.S. Track II Dialogue on Nuclear Security). From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Schouten served as a member of the Amerithrax Expert Behavioral Analysis Panel. He serves as the mental health consultant to threat assessment teams of multiple corporations and educational institutions. He has worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston on countering violent extremism programs and is a member of the MassBay Threat Assessment Team based in the Boston FBI Field Office. He participated in the expert panel that produced the 2019 publication “Mass Violence in America” from the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Dr. Schouten is the Immediate Past President of the New England Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and now chairs ATAP’s Legislative Affairs Committee. He is the co-author of “Almost a Psychopath: Do I (or Does Someone I Know) Have a Problem with Manipulation and Lack of Empathy” (Hazelden/Harvard Health Publications, 2012) and edited “Mental Health Practice and the Law” (Oxford University Press, 2017.)

Enrico Suardi (MD, MSc, MA)

Director of Psychiatry Services at Saint Elizabeths Hospital

Dr. Suardi is ABPN certified in psychiatry, child psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry. He obtained his M.D. and completed a residency in public health and preventive medicine at the University of Milan, Italy. He received an M.Sc. in Public Health and Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an Executive M.A. in National Security Affairs from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. Dr. Suardi teaches in both the residency and fellowship programs.

Janna Volkov (MD)

Psychiatry Residency Associate Program Director

Janna Volkov, MD, is the Associate Program Director of Psychiatry Residency Training Program and Director of Medical Student Education/Externship since April 2014. Dr. Volkov is a medical graduate of Novosibirsk State Medical Academy, Russia, class of 1992, and completed her training in Psychiatry at Saint Elizabeths Hospital/DBH in 2005. She has served as the Director of Residents Clinic from July 2010 to March 2014. She is practicing as an ACT team psychiatrist and outpatient psychiatrist at the Department of Behavioral Health.