Meet Our Faculty

Lauren Kaczka-Weiss, D.O.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Fellowship Training Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, JSUMC
Residency/Fellowship:
Triple Board Program (Pediatrics/Adult Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) at Tulane University School of Medicine
Research/Clinical Interests: Perinatal & women’s psychiatry, graduate medical education, infant and early childhood mental health, psychiatric care of medically ill children

Adam Sagot, D.O.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Section Chief, Forensic Psychiatry, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Associate Fellowship Training Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, JSUMC
Residency:
Psychiatry, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Fellowship(s): Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine\Thomas Jefferson University and A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital; Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training Program, Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia; and Forensic Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
Research/Clinical Interests: Physician Advocacy, Forensic Psychiatry, Juvenile Justice, Graduate Medical Education, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Esketamine and Psychotropic Assisted Therapies

Eric Alcera, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Network Medical Director, Hackensack Meridian Behavioral Health, Chairman of Psychiatry at Riverview Medical Center
Residency:
Psychiatry, Cooper University Hospital – UMDNJ/Rutgers
Fellowship(s): Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University
Research/Clinical interests: PTSD, Stellate Ganglion Blockade, ADHD, Adolescent Depression and Anxiety

Ihab Ibrahim, M.D.
Medical Director, Division of Emergency Psychiatric Services, Department of Psychiatry, JSUMC

Residency: Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Alexandria University & Psychiatry, Delaware Psychiatric Center
Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Naomi Ambalu, D.O.
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry Clerkship Director, and Neuroscience & Behavior Course Co-Director, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative
Hackensack Meridian Hub @ Hackensack University Medical Center
Department of Psychiatry, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Residency:
Psychiatry, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Fellowship(s): Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Research/Clinical Interests: Pediatric mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, undergraduate medical education

Tazeen Azfar, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Hackensack Meridian Medical Group and Pediatric Psychiatric Collaborative Hackensack Meridian Hub @ Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Residency:
Psychiatry, Nassau University Medical Center
Fellowship(s): Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Nassau University Medical Center
Research/Clinical interests: Early developmental disorder and Neurosciences. Graduate/ undergraduate medical education; psychiatric care of Child and Adolescent patients.

Stacy Doumas, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Vice-Chair of Education and Research, Residency Program Director, Jersey Shore University Medical Center Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Residency:
Psychiatry, University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital
Fellowship(s): Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital
Research/Clinical Interests: Medical education, ADHD, Adolescent depression and anxiety, Healthcare provider well-being, women in medicine, Autism

Nanditha Krishnamsetty, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Director, Bay Behavioral Health, Old Bridge Medical Center
Residency:
Psychiatry, Bronx-Lebanon Medical Center, NY
Fellowship(s): Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UMDNJ-UBHC Rutgers NJ
Clinical Interests: OCD, Anxiety and Depressive Disorders

Ahmad Hassan, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Consult Liaison, Department of Psychiatry, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Residency:
Psychiatry, Maimonides Medical Center
Fellowship(s): Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center,
Research/Clinical Interests: Eating Disorders, anhedonia and irritability in severely depressed and suicidal adolescents.

Percy LeBlanc, D.O.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative
Hackensack Meridian Hub @ Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Residency:
Psychiatry, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Fellowship(s): Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Research/Clinical Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Adolescent Substance Use

Kenan Osmanovic, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Medical Director, Child Day Program, PHP/IOP at JSUMC
Residency:
Psychiatry, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Fellowship(s): Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Research/Clinical Interests: ADHD, ODD, OCD, Anxiety Disorders, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Thomas Ricart, M.D., PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Chief of Adolescent Services, Carrier Clinic
Residency/Fellowship:
Triple Board Program (Pediatrics/Adult Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Research/Clinical Interests: Trauma including Complex Trauma, Systemic Trauma and Intergenerational Trauma, Personality Disorders, Mood Disorders, Graduate Medical Education

Ramon Solhkhah, M.D., MBA
Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health and Pediatrics, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Fellowship Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship
Chair, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Residency:
Psychiatry, Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Bronx VAMC (Mt. Sinai School of Medicine)
Fellowship(s): Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital (Harvard Medical School); Addiction Psychiatry at New York University and Bellevue Hospital Center (NYU School of Medicine)
Research/Clinical interests: Adolescent Substance Use Disorders, Psychopharmacology, Psychiatric Administration and Policy, Precision Psychiatry

Syed Tirmazi, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Division Chief/Director Inpatient Psychiatry at JSUMC
Residency:
Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Fellowship(s): Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Univ of Texas Med Branch Galveston, TX(1st year) and at Rutgers Piscataway, NJ (2nd year)
Research/Clinical Interests: Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Philip Vincent, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Staff Psychiatrist, Adult Inpatient Unit, Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Residency:
Psychiatry, University of Florida, Shands Hospital
Fellowship(s): Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Florida, Shands Hospital and Administrative Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York
Research/Clinical Interests: Tourettes and Child Development

Meera Wells, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Statewide Medical Director, Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative
Residency:
Psychiatry, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
Fellowship(s): Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Albert Einstein School of Medicine
Research/Clinical Interests: Mood disorders, PTSD, Autism, Cross cultural psychiatry, psychodynamic psychotherapy

Angelica Wills, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Research/Clinical Interests:
Threat assessment, personality disorders, abnormal psychology, behavior analysis, and forensic psychology.

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