Our People

psychiatryWe're not usually ones to brag, but we think our people - from the heads of our departments to our newest interns - are a big part of what makes the Internal Medicine-Psychiatry Residency Program at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics great. If you are looking for a challenging and supportive training environment where you will be afforded the opportunity to work closely with like-minded, friendly, and dedicated people, then our program might just be the one for you. We hope to see you soon so that you can find out firsthand what our people have to offer your training.



Current Residents

Class of 2022

Hashim Chaudhry, portrait

Hashim Chaudhry, MD

Hometown: State College, Pa.
Undergraduate school: Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa.
Medical school: University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, Lexington, Ky.
Professional interests: Neuroimaging and behavior, inpatient medicine/psychiatry, congenital syndromes of intellectual disability and comorbid medical illness, substance use

Ogechukwu Obiano, portrait

Ogechukwu Obiano, MD*

Hometown: Houston 
Undergraduate school: Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Medical school: University of Texas Health Science Center, McGovern Medical School, Houston
Professional interests: Integrated practice of internal medicine and psychiatry in both the inpatient and outpatient setting, rheumatology, and global health

Class of 2023

Brigid Adviento, MD, MPH

Brigid Adviento, MD, MPH

Undergraduate school: University of Chicago, Chicago
Medical school: Tulane University, School of Medicine, New Orleans

Lisa Wehr Maves, MD, MPH

Lisa Wehr Maves, MD, MPH

Hometown: Sigourney, Iowa
Undergraduate school: Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Medical school: University of Iowa, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
Professional interests: Eating disorders, assertive community treatment, public health interventions, and health-care access in rural areas

Class of 2024

Ololade Saliu, MD, MS

Ololade Saliu, MD, MS

Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Undergraduate school: Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
Medical school: University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Pittsburgh
Professional interests: Addiction medication and chronic pain

Stephen Brennan, MD

Stephen Brennan, photo

Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Undergraduate school: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Professional interests: Mood disorders, consultation-liaison psychiatry, and integrated and collaborative care psychiatry

Class of 2025

Antony Gout, MD

Antony Gout, photo

Hometown: Orinda, Calif.
Undergraduate school: UCLA, Los Angeles
Medical school: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Professional interests: Geriatrics, integrated medicine and psychiatry in primary care and inpatient settings, and LGBTQ+ health

Alicia Kilian, MD

Alicia Kilian, photo

Hometown: Independence, Minn.
Undergraduate school: Northwestern University
Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School
Professional interests: Rural medicine and addiction medicine

Class of 2026

Sarah Little, MD

Sarah Little, portrait

Hometown: Locust, N.C.
Undergraduate school: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical school: West Virginia University

Shivali Patel, MD

Shivali Patel, portrait

Hometown: Champaign-Urbana, Ill.
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: Rush University

Internal Medicine Chair and Department Executive Officer

This is an extraordinary time in your life, a transition that marks the beginning of a crucial new period in your professional career and in your personal experience. When I went about interviewing for and choosing my residency, I was a bit anxious but mostly very excited. I knew it would be hard work, but I looked forward to the challenge as I am sure you do now.

I sincerely believe that you stand at the beginning of one of the most exciting times in the history of medicine. After decades of research in human disease we have begun to see a novel array of new therapies that will rapidly expand in the near future. The Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa has contributed in countless ways to this new world of discovery, remedy, and hope. As chair of the department, my goal is ensure that we remain in the forefront not just of change but of important science, meaningful education, and the best patient care available anywhere -- all of this in a stimulating environment of cultural and intellectual diversity.

Among my highest priorities is to see that our residency program continues in its position as one of the premier programs in the nation. Dr. Manish Suneja spearheads this effort, maintaining a training curriculum and a learning environment that thoroughly prepares you for the next level in your career. At the same time we are committed to helping you learn how to preserve a meaningful balance between work and home, a skill that will shape every part of your life.

I foresee tremendous growth and unlimited possibilities in internal medicine at Iowa, and I urge you to join us in Iowa City. In this remarkable and heterogeneous community, you'll find the breadth, depth, and diversity of patients and world-renowned and caring faculty and staff, and outstanding facilities to make your education a success. Look over our website, visit Iowa City, and compare us with other programs. Don't hesitate to contact Dr. Suneja or me if you have questions about Iowa City or about internal medicine at the University of Iowa.

E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD
Chair & Department Executive Officer
Department of Internal Medicine
Francois M. Abboud Chair in Internal Medicine
John B. Stokes III Chair in Diabetes Research 
Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry


The faculty of the Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry is a large and accomplished group of people. Our faculty trained at a variety of medical schools and postgraduate programs, bringing a nice diversity to these departments.

All physicians are board certified and the faculty includes individuals who have extensive experience as practitioners, researchers, and educators.

View a full list of faculty members in the:

Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Faculty

Thad Abrams, MD, MS

Thad Abrams, MD, MS

Arwa Aburizik, MD, MS

Arwa Aburizik, MD, MS

Aubrey Chan, MD, PhD

Aubrey Chan, MD, PhD

Vicki Kijewski, MD, Program Director

James Min, MD

James Min

Andrea Weber, MD, Associate Program Director

Andrea Weber, MD

Hanna Zembrzuska, MD, MME

Hanna Zembrzuska

Program Coordinators

Cindy Batzkiel

Department of Internal Medicine - E325 GH
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-356-2034
Fax: 319-384-8955
Email: cynthia-batzkiel@uiowa.edu

Stephanie Wainwright

Department of Psychiatry - 8950 JPP
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-356-1373
Fax: 319-356-2587
Email: stephanie-wainwright@uiowa.edu

Psychiatry Chair and Department Executive Officer

Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa! As the Department Chair, I am excited about our educational mission. We are a highly regarded psychiatry department nationally in clinical care and research. We similarly believe we are a top department in the educational domain, as we are deeply committed to excellence in teaching, and have had great success in turning out well trained and highly sought after residents. 

The department has been training psychiatrists since the 1920s, with the first of these being Dr. George Sprague, who graduated in 1922. He went on to a distinguished career that included being on the committee that wrote the first Diagnostic and Statistical Manual or DSM, in 1952. The original program was created as part of the “psychopathic hospital” movement in which freestanding psychiatric hospitals were built in close association with a medical college. In 1991 the department was relocated to the new John Pappajohn Pavilion within the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where the bulk of training now occurs. 

Our program has continuously evolved in response to a continuous process of self-evaluation. In the past few years, Dr. Donald Black and his leadership team have revamped the overall didactic curriculum, reformatted the weekly Comprehensive Care Rounds (a weekly case conference led by rotating faculty), revised the psychotherapy didactics and training requirements for residents, implemented a small-scale outpatient experience for second-year residents, and developed resident “panels” for third-year residents in the University outpatient clinic to create a more training cohesive experience.

Our faculty includes some of the world's most distinguished investigators whose presence contributes to a spirit of inquiry. For example, Dr. Nancy Andreasen, has made key contributions to our understanding of clinical features and brain structure changes in schizophrenia. And Dr. Bill Coryell has illuminated the long-term course of mood disorders. The research of these and other experts provides residents with the latest information about the causes and treatments for many mental disorders.

Residents have an opportunity to learn and ask questions of leaders in their field, including, for example, Dr. Black, an expert on anxiety and impulse control disorders, and Dr. Michael Flaum, an expert on the treatment of schizophrenia and the President of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. Faculty members receive high marks for their teaching and for providing high quality patient care. Teaching occurs through didactic courses and seminars, but also through informal interactions. I personally see patients with our residents and discuss case formulation and management with them. A casual atmosphere encourages interaction between residents and faculty. 

Many residents have published the results of research projects or literature reviews under the supervision of a faculty member, an activity that provides another valuable educational experience (about 60% do so). Recently, we have developed a formal “research track” that provides research opportunities and mentorship from the first year on for those residents deeply interested in research. Additionally, several of our residents have participated in the College of Medicine’s Physician Scientist Training Program. This unique program provides opportunities for mentorship, peer support, and funding to support lab-based research. 

Our goal is to provide residents with a broad education that will prepare them for life-long self-learning and dedication to the practice of psychiatry at the forefront of evolving knowledge. We seek to provide residents with a variety of educational experiences so that they may choose among the many available career options. Our residents consistently score high on national examinations and frequently receive national awards. These have recently included election as a Member-in-Training Trustee of the American Psychiatric Association, winning a Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Fellowship, and winning a Geriatric Mental Health Foundation Scholarship. The success of former residents in both clinical practice and academic settings attests to their quality and to the effectiveness of our training program.

While many of our residents have gone into clinical positions, others have headed towards fellowships, including psychosomatics at the Cleveland Clinic and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, mental health services at the University of Washington, and schizophrenia research at Mt. Sinai in New York. Several of our residents have matched in prestigious child psychiatry fellowships at Yale and Boston Children’s Hospital (Harvard). We are quite proud of these trainees as their excellent placements point to the high quality of the people who train here. It reflects well on the educational experience that is provided by our training directors and by all of our teaching faculty. It also highlights the esteem in which our program is held by these other outstanding medical centers.

We welcome your interest in the department, and look forward to getting to know you and letting you know more about the terrific opportunities that exist here in Iowa City. Both the city and the department are wonderfully friendly places with a strong sense of community. Come have a look. You’ll like what you find!

Peggy Nopoulos, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Pediatrics
Interim Chair and Department Executive Officer of Psychiatry