Residents and Fellows

PGY-1 / PGY-2 / PGY-3


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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!

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Allison R. Ford, MD

Medical School: (institution, city, state/country): University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
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

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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.
Language: English
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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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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

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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

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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