Our People

lynchBecause there are a limited number of family medicine-psychiatry programs, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics consistently attracts outstanding residents from across the country. Our residents are a fun-loving, talented, and close-knit group who share a passion for merging primary care with the mental health sector. They frequently pull their knowledge and experiences together to function as a team, which is arguably the program's biggest strength.

Our equally diverse and accomplished faculty mentor residents from their first rotation to graduation day and beyond. University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is home to two combined training programs, and as such, has a large community of dual-trained faculty. Residents work closely with these faculty members, but also form strong relationships with other faculty members, particularly those who are experts in their area of interest.

At the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics a door is always open to help you achieve your full potential and reach your career goals.

Current Residents

James Jackson, MD

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Class: 2020
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
Undergraduate school: Carleton College
Medical school: University of Kentucky, College of Medicine
Professional interests: Medical ethics, global mental health, and community health
Email: james-g-jackson@uiowa.edu


Victoria (Torie) Tann, MD

Victoria (Torie) Tann, portrait

Class: 2020
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Undergraduate school: The Ohio State University
Medical school: University of Toledo, College of Medicine and Life Sciences
Professional interests: The intersection of health care and human rights/social justice issues, social determinants of health and underserved populations, global health, women's health, HIV/AIDS, and medical education
Outside interests: Languages, traveling, running, good coffee, Latin dancing, and curling up with a good book
Email: victoria-tann@uiowa.edu


Claire McKinley, MD, MS

Claire McKinley, portrait

Class: 2021
Hometown: San Diego
Undergraduate school: Georgetown University
Medical school: Tulane University
Professional interests: Assertive community treatment, health disparities, and immigrant and refugee health
Outside interests: Piano, hiking, and travel
Email: claire-mckinley@uiowa.edu


Jingna Zhao, MD

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Class: 2021
Hometown: Flushing, N.Y.
Undergraduate school: Dartmouth College
Medical school: State University of New York Downstate
Professional interests: Evidence-based medicine, ethics, advocacy, and motivational interviewing
Outside interests: Fantasy novels, exercise, and piano
Email: jingna-zhao@uiowa.edu


Nader Shakir, DO

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Class: 2022
Hometown: Pittsburgh
Undergraduate school: Carnegie Mellon University
Medical school: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional interests: Health disparities, refugee and immigrant health, treatment of PTSD, health care education, and community improvement
Outside interests: Technology, building and repairing computers, hiking, squash, traveling, and spending time with my family
Email: nader-shakir@uiowa.edu


Kumi Yuki, MD

Kumi Yuki, portrait

Class: 2022
Hometown: Nagoya, Japan
Undergraduate school: Nagoya City University 
Medical school: Nagoya City University Medical School
Professional interests: Integration of psychiatry and family medicine, child psychiatry, global medicine, and counseling psychology
Outside interests: Parenting, swimming, gardening, yoga, and having fun with family and friends
Email: kumi-yuki@uiowa.edu


Kate Jarvis, MD 

Kate Jarvis, portrait
Class: 2023
Hometown: Menominee, Ill.
Undergraduate school: Knox College
Medical school: University of Illinois
Professional interests: Integrating family medicine and psychiatry, rural healthcare, and geriatric mental health care
Outside interests: Cooking, reading, spending time on my family's dairy farm, and spending time with friends and family
Email: kate-jarvis@uiowa.edu


Nicole Woodson-DeFauw, MD 

Nicole Woodson-DeFauw, portrait
Class: 2023
Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
Undergraduate school: Luther College 
Medical school: Meharry Medical College
Professional interests: Health disparities, social determinants of health, adolescent medicine, addiction medicine, and mentoring pre-med students
Outside interests: Playing violin, powerlifting, spending time with family, watching movies, and playing games
Email: nicole-woodson@uiowa.edu


Grace Breuer, MD

Grace Breuer, portrait

Class: 2024
Hometown: Midland, Mich.
Undergraduate school: Michigan State University
Medical school: Central Michigan University
Professional interests: Primary care mental health integration, rural health care, addiction medicine, women’s health, and health education
Outside interests: Baking, hiking, spending time with family and friends, and board games
Email: grace-breuer@uiowa.edu


Kale Siebert, MD

Kale Siebert, MD

Class: 2024
Hometown: Deerwood, Minn.
Undergraduate school: University of St. Thomas
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Professional interests: LGBTQ medicine, integrating psychiatry into primary care, addiction medicine, and underserved medicine
Outside interests: Running, traveling, snowboarding, rock climbing, yoga, food, studying Japanese, and tech
Email: kale-siebert@uiowa.edu

Alumni

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University of Iowa FMP graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers in both Family Medicine and Psychiatry, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and in both rural and urban environments. Most practice clinically in both fields. Our former graduates include researchers, public health officials, a Fulbright scholar, and at least three residency program directors - showing that an education at Iowa can prepare you for any career path you can dream up!

Past Residents
Resident Graduation Year Medical School
Timothy Park, DO 2019 Western University of Health Sciences
Benjamin Stacy, DO 2019 Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rachel Immen, MD 2018 University of Illinois
Ana Santacruz, MD 2018 University of Texas
Holly Thro, MD 2018 Tufts University
Ashley Stillwell, DO 2017 Des Moines University
Monika Jindal, MD 2016 University of Cincinnati
Darbie Little-Cooper, MD 2016 University of Iowa
Jennifer Donovan, MD 2015 University of Iowa
Nesrin Abu Ata 2014 Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Dustin DeYoung, MD 2013 University of Michigan
Julie Voelker, MD 2013 University of Iowa
Erik Vanderlip, MD 2012 University of Oklahoma
Bess Mehring, MD 2011 Jefferson Medical College
Stephen Pallone, MD 2011 Medical College of Virginia
Ben Shepherd, MD 2011 University of Illinois
Erika Lauer, MD 2008 University of Iowa
Carver Nebbe, MD 2006 University of Iowa
Michelle Weckmann, MD 2005 Medical College of Wisconsin
Oladipo Kukoyi, MD 2004 University of Alabama
Alison Lynch, MD 2003 University of Iowa

Family Medicine Chair and Department Executive Officer

Dan FickI am glad that you are considering advanced training in family medicine to become the best family physician possible. Our department is one where education, clinical care and research are each a valued service, delivered in the context of teams that strive for greatness. Come explore the fields of opportunity that we call Iowa.

Family Medicine has a great tradition of excellence and a bright future in Iowa. Perhaps you know of us by our Family Medicine Handbook - a vital text for family medicine residents. We have award winning students and student programs. Or perhaps you have read some of the important research produced by our faculty and students.

The University of Iowa is home to the acclaimed Writer's Workshop where future writers hone their craft. Iowa City is a beautiful town embracing the banks of the Iowa River. Iowa is the home of a great "State Fair," River City and a "Field of Dreams." Most importantly, we are the home of a people who value education, humanity and improving the world.

The Department of Family Medicine is a leader within the Carver College of Medicine. Our faculty sit on and head important committees, partner with other departments in research, and actively teach medical students at all years of training. We deliver outstanding clinical care along with award-winning teaching. Education is central to all that we do.

Our residency programs are highly focused on training knowledgeable, competent, caring, and compassionate family physicians who will become leaders for the discipline and society. We practice in the Family Care Center, a patient-centered facility with superb staff that offers efficient and compassionate care through integrated teams. Our curricula are experience based and allow learners the vital opportunities to achieve success with patients, their families, and with the organizations in society that can help individuals and groups effect change.

Likewise, our fellowship programs build leaders. Clinical leadership requires the ability to manage interdisciplinary teams and our geriatrics program focuses not only on geriatrics, but on lifelong skills that facilitate improved organization in the delivery of care to the elderly. We offer an academic fellowship program that focuses on developing skills to support research, scholarship and medical education. We also offer a primary care sports medicine fellowship in collaboration with the University of Iowa Sports Center.

Research is an important part of our department, and we take seriously our responsibility to create new knowledge that helps our patients and the discipline. The goal of our research is to improve clinical care, medical education and the delivery of health services to a rural state.

These are exciting times for the discipline of family medicine and the Department of Family Medicine. Read on and let us tell you more about us.

Daniel Fick, MD
Interim Chair & Department Executive Officer
Department of Family Medicine
University of Iowa

Psychiatry Chair and Department Executive Officer

Welcome to the Family Medicine-Psychiatry training program at the University of Iowa! As the Department Chair in Psychiatry, 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. Certainly our Family Medicine-Psychiatry residents have consistently been superb. 

We are very proud of the success of our combined training programs. We are one of only three departments in the country that has both a combined Family Medicine-Psychiatry and a combined Internal Medicine-Psychiatry residency. These programs are built on the strong backbone of our department’s historic commitment to medical psychiatry. Witness former Department Chair George Winokur’s 1994 book The Medical Basis of Psychiatry, and the 2010 book edited by another former Department Chair, Bob Robinson, along with Clinical Professor Jim Amos, Psychosomatic Medicine: An Introduction to Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. 

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. Training in the combined Family Medicine-Psychiatry program began in the late 1990s. 

Our Program Director and Associate Program Director, Drs. Michelle Weckman and Alison Lynch, are wonderfully suited to their roles, as both are graduates of the program, and both straddle the two disciplines. They work together well, and provide ample support and guidance to the residents in the program. 

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 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). Some of our residents participate in the College of Medicine’s Physician Scientist Training Program. This unique program provides opportunities for mentorship, peer support, and funding to support 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 awards. These have recently included becoming the APA Member-in-Training Trustee-Elect, winning the American Society of Addiction Medicine Ruth Fox Scholarship and the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry Martin Fenton Award, and being named a Laughlin Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. 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 Family Medicine-Psychiatry residents have gone into clinical positions, others have headed towards fellowships and academics, including positions at the University of Washington and UCLA . 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
Chair and Department Executive Officer of Psychiatry

Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Neurology

Program Director

Michelle WeckmannWelcome to the University of Iowa Family Medicine/Psychiatry Combined Residency Program! I'm glad you are interested in learning more about us. I am really proud of this program and our fantastic residents. If you are considering combined training in Family Medicine and Psychiatry, I encourage you to read on and find out what Iowa has to offer. I’m sure we’ll be a great fit for you!

Our program opened in 1998, and since then it has flourished. A critical element for our success is that both of our core departments remain steadfast in their support for combined training. At Iowa, we have broad patient care experiences and excellent training for residents in both specialties, and our residents get to work with many outstanding faculty physicians here. Education is a priority in both of our departments, and our residents are able to fully participate in learning activities in both departments.

The program's most important asset, however, is its residents. We have been lucky to consistently recruit an outstanding group of people to train here. I often hear from others around the hospital about how terrific our residents are. They are smart, hard-working, great team players, and they are dedicated to providing excellent care to their patients. But, they are not just colleagues, they have built strong friendships with each other. Residents get together after work to socialize, and they participate in community and volunteer/service activities as a group. Combined training is a unique and challenging pursuit, and the residents value their connection to others who share similar career passions.

In addition to combined training in family medicine and psychiatry, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics also offers combined training in internal medicine and psychiatry. Because we have two combined training programs, we have a relatively large community of combined training folks, with up to 10 residents in each combined training program and multiple faculty members who have completed combined training.

Combined training prepares physicians to practice simultaneously as family doctors and psychiatrists, and there are numerous ways to practice these specialties in combination. Our graduates are practicing in private practice and academic settings, hospital and clinical sites, research and teaching. Each graduate has followed their own path, creating a niche in the broad arena where mental and physical health overlap. Some focus more on psychiatry, some on family medicine, and some integrate both into their practice. We have graduates who focus on providing care in underserved populations, in geriatric patients, and in hospice and palliative care. One thing is certain, all of our graduates are sought by numerous employers who recognize the value of having a combined-trained physician on their staff.

If you are considering a combined training program in family medicine and psychiatry, take a look at our program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. If you have questions, please contact either of our program coordinators, Stephanie Wainwright (psychiatry) or Kati Jumper (family medicine), or you can email me directly at michelle-weckmann@uiowa.edu. We can also connect you with some of our residents who are happy to talk with medical students about why they chose combined training at Iowa.

Michelle T. Weckmann, MD, MS, FAAHPM
Assistant Professor 
Program Director, Combined Family Medicine & Psychiatry Residency
Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine 
University of Iowa Health Care

Faculty

The faculty of the Departments of Family 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 the physicians are board certified and the faculty includes individuals who have extensive experience as practitioners, researchers, and educators.

Residents in our combined program work especially close with two faculty members:

Michelle Weckmann, MD, MS, FAAHPM

 

Alison Lynch, MD, MS

View a full list of faculty members:

Chief Resident

Claire McKinley, MD, MS

Claire McKinley, portrait

Class: 2021
Hometown: San Diego
Undergraduate School: Georgetown University
Medical School: Tulane University
Professional Interests: Assertive community treatment, health disparities, and immigrant and refugee health
Outside Interests: Piano, hiking, and travel
Email: claire-mckinley@uiowa.edu

Program Coordinator

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Jennifer Bruno, BA

Academic Program Management & Services Associate
Department of Family Medicine
01110-F Pomerantz Family Pavilion (PFP)
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 1-319-384-5078
Fax: 1-319-384-7822
Email: fmpsych-residency@uiowa.edu