Residents and Fellows
Jonathan T. Griffin. MD
Medical School: University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN
Undergraduate: English Literature, Baylor University in Waco, TX
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Hobbies/Interests: Family, friends, running, guitar
Favorite Quote: "I never met another man I'd rather be. And even if that's a delusion, it's a lucky one." - Charles Bukowski
Future Plans: Venturing out into the intriguing, multifarious landscape of psychiatry!
Allison R. Ford, MD
Medical School: (institution, city, state/country): University of Tennessee Health Science Center,
Undergraduate: BA in Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
Hometown: Memphis, TN, USA
Hobbies/Interests: Memphis Grizzlies Basketball, SEC football, Musical theatre, Netflix, Planning my next trip to NYC
Favorite Quote: "When they go low, we go high." --Michelle Obama
Future Plans: Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, outpatient family psychiatry
Brett George, MD
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, Memphis, TN.
Undergraduate: Biochemistry and Cellular/Molecular Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Hobbies/Interests: golf, basketball, singing/songwriting/playing guitar, eating desserts and sweets as much as possible while limiting green things to < twice a month, spending time with my family, sleeping in.
Favorite quotes: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog”- Steve Smith, “If it is what it is, when is enough, enough?”-BG, “Make a difference”- JG
Future Plans: Adult psychiatry, possibly Addiction or Geriatric fellowship.
Ferrell E. Varner, MD
Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine, Dutch Caribbean
Undergraduate: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Hobbies/Interests: classical guitar, soccer, drive-in movies
Favorite Quote: “That sometimes human beings have to just sit in one place and, like, hurt. That you will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do. That there is such a thing as raw, unalloyed, agendaless kindness. That it is possible to fall asleep during an anxiety attack. That concentrating on anything is very hard work.” -David Foster Wallace
Future Plans: Buy more guitars, play more soccer, watch more movies. Probably outpatient psychiatry, and maybe psychoanalysis.
Alison Nicole Van Pelt Quinn, MD
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean, School of Medicine, Cupecoy, St. Maarten
Graduate: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Masters of Science in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases
Undergraduate: Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL. Bachelors of Science in Biology
Hometown: I’m from an Air Force family and moved often during my childhood. I was born in Long Beach, California, but would most likely refer to the Washington, D.C. area as my “hometown” as my family often returned to this locations and I attended high school in the region.
Hobbies/Interests: While I wish I had a more interesting or sophisticated response to this question, the truthful answer is that sitting on the couch, with my extraordinary husband, watching movies is my all-time favorite past time.
Favorite Quote: "Hokahey!" -Crazy Horse, Battle of the Little Bighorn, 1876
Future Plans: My future plans hopefully will include working either for a Veterans Affairs hospital as an inpatient psychiatrist or working with active duty military suffering from PTSD.
Cynthia M. Carter, MD
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Undergraduate: Human Biology, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Hobbies/Interests: camping, hiking, biking, running, running rivers, eating delicious food, and recently, brewing beer!
Favorite Quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” (Maya Angelou)
Future Plans: child and adolescent fellowship
Medha R. Iyer, MD
Medical School: Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India
Undergraduate: Biology, Parle College, Mumbai, India
Postgraduate: PhD, MPH - Public Health (Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior); University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Hometown: Mumbai, India (until December 2002); Columbia, SC (since January 2003)
Hobbies/Interests: reading, cooking, painting
Languages: English, Hindi, Marathi, and a little bit of Tamil and Gujarati
Favorite Quote: “Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.” (Anonymous)
Future Plans: Academic appointment with research potential
Stephen R. Masillamoni, MD
Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA
Undergraduate: Psychology, Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA
Hometown: Yuma, AZ
Hobbies/Interests: travel, photography, writing, music, flying, basketball, golf, current events, computers, electronics
Favorite Quote: “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” (Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird)
Future Plans: travel and photograph the world
Danielle C. Whitehurst, MD
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine, St. George, Grenada
Undergraduate: Psychology, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Hometown: Sandys, Bermuda
Hobbies/Interests: daydreaming, playing my guitar and singing along (despite sounding like a toad), Sci-Fi fantasy everything, bonfires on the beach under a starry night sky after a day of swimming, running
Favorite Quote: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” (The Princess Bride)
Future Plans: learning the art of velociraptor whispering or child and adolescent fellowship
Timothy Bilbruck, MD
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
Undergraduate: Biology, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR
Hometown: born and reared in Mobile, AL (ROLL TIDE!)
Hobbies/Interests: In my spare time I enjoy competitive mooing, playing dead, competitive dog grooming, milk bottle collecting, soap carving, tape art, trainspotting, naval fluff collecting, extreme ironing and Hikaru Dordango of course. (Just kidding – these were the world’s 10 strangest hobbies on the Internet.) I prefer camping, biking, SEC college football, movies, music, food, spending time with family and friends.
Favorite Quote: Love me some Frankl quotes: “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” / “An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.” / “Those who have a ‘why’ to live can bear with almost any ‘how.’ / “In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.” (Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning)
Future Plans: I would like to set up the first lunar psychotherapy institute and incorporate enhanced restorative meditation practices in my center, including novel and creative approaches to healing the troubled mind and soul, thereby restoring balance to the force!
Madiha Jawwad, MD
Medical School: Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, Pakistan
Undergraduate: Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, Pakistan
Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan
Hobbies/Interests: traveling, hanging out with friends and family
Languages: English and Urdu, a little Punjabi
Favorite Quote: “Be loud, be proud, be positive.”
Sumaiya Hossain, MD
Medical School: University of TN Health Science Center College of Medicine, Memphis, TN
Undergraduate: Psychology (with a Research Concentration in Psychopathology and Clinical Neuroscience) and Sociology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Hobbies/Interests: road trips, babysitting my niece and nephew, narrative medicine, Etsy, Memphis Grizzlies
Languages: English and Bengali
Favorite Quote: “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” (George Washington Carver)
Future Plans: inpatient psychiatry, possible child and adolescent fellowship
John Lambert, MD
Medical School: University of Louisville College of Medicine, Louisville, KY
Undergraduate: Biology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Hometown: Hendersonville, TN
Hobbies/Interests: working out, nature, electronics/computers
Favorite Quote: “Never give up.”
Future Plans: completing residency
Lisa Goldman, MD
Medical School: University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ
Graduate: Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Undergraduate: History, Political Economy and Fine Art, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
Hometown: Corvallis, OR and Tucson, AZ
Hobbies/Interests: chatting with people, gardening, raising chickens, yoga, punk rock, Spanish soap operas, taking my dog to the park, making green smoothies in a blender, hiking volcanoes, going by chicken bus to places where nobody speaks English
Languages: English and Spanish
Favorite Quote: “Pick your level and learn on it.” (film teacher at Evergreen)
Future Plans: To have grandchildren and take them to the beach. To resume gardening, raising chickens, and playing music with my friends. To work with fun people addressing human needs and help build a world free of violence, poverty and greed. To teach people how to use medications, movement, sound and a growing relationship to the Self to reconnect to a state we call “Mental Health.” To live to 86 years old and have a sharp mind and a flexible body.
Veronica Murphy, MD
Medical School Education: The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, The University of Chicago
Home State: Illinois, USA
Hobbies/Interests: Digital photography, acrylic painting, and writing.
Favorite Quote: "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
Future Plans: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, possibly in an academic setting, also mental health and education advocacy.
Alana Pearson, MD
Education: University of Alabama School of Medicine