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Ayoosh Kakkar, MD

  • PGY4 Psychiatry Resident
  • American University of Antigua

Originally from New Delhi, India but spent most of my life in Edmonton, Alberta. I did majority of my clinical rotations in Atlanta, GA, which led to me cherishing the southern hospitality and eventually selecting Augusta for my residency. Augusta University has been welcoming to me and my co-residents since day one. The Attendings have always been helpful and eager to teach. Working with a large diverse cohort allows us to learn various clinical skills in divergent settings. My interest include, but are not limited to Child and Adolescent, Geriatric and Sleep Medicine.

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Naveed Merchant, MD

  • PGY4 Psychiatry Resident
  • Chief Resident
  • Morehouse School of Medicine

I am from Georgia so I wanted to stay close to home and continue my education in-state. Augusta University provides the best combination of work/leisure opportunities I am looking for. My post residency interests include a fellowship in forensic psychiatry. In my free time I like to cook, hike, and travel.

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Juan Quiros, MD

  • PGY4 Psychiatry Resident
  • Indiana University School of Medicine

I am an aspiring child psychiatrist who chose psychiatry because of my fascination with the treatment of severe psychopathology, including neurodevelopmental disorders. I want to be able to holistically view and treat my patients in an inclusive biopsychosocial model, and psychiatry is truly a field that allows physicians to do that. I chose Augusta because my wife and I wanted a taste of the South (we've had enough of the cold Midwest!), while still living in a relatively big metro area. This part of the country is beautiful, with my ride to and from work being highly therapeutic. Augusta, and nearby Aiken, SC, have ample outdoor activities to keep you busy in your free time. My wife and I especially love visiting Phinizy Nature Park in Augusta, as well as Hitchcock Woods in Aiken. Also, there are plenty of awesome day trips in close proximity to this area, including Charleston, Savannah, Asheville, Charlotte, and Atlanta. Thanks for taking a look at our program, as we hope to be working with you soon!

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Sandeep Reddy, MBBS

  • PGY4 Psychiatry Resident
  • Deccan College of Medical Sciences

Hello and Welcome to Augusta, GA. I am originally from Greensboro, NC. I had the pleasure of going abroad to India to attend Deccan College of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad, India for my medical school education. After completion of medical school I came back to states to pursue my career in Psychiatry.

Being able to refine my skills and expand my knowledge base in the field of Psychiatry at Augusta University has been a dream come true. The faculty here provides wonderful support for not only your professional goals but are also very understanding in aspects involved with each individual resident’s personal life as well. I feel that this family attitude/environment in our residency program has really helped cultivate excellent learning and helped drive me personally to be the best mental health professional I can be.

In regard to Augusta as a city itself. It has wide range of outdoor activities along with wonderful scenery that brings a certain stress-free feeling which is much needed with the rigors of being in residency.

Professional Interests: Addiction Medicine, Emergency Psychiatry, Correctional Psychiatry

Hobbies: Hiking, Kayaking, Basketball, Football, Traveling, Sports Trivia (NBA and NFL mostly), and Eating (I am a huge foodie!!!!!!!)


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Simren Singh, DO

  • PGY4 Psychiatry Resident
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine-Bradenton

Hello, and welcome to Augusta. So far, I have enjoyed my experience at the Augusta University Psychiatry Residency. At this program, you will have the opportunity to work with a large diversity of patients in a variety of clinic settings. Also, I often feel lucky to be surrounded by such a great group of co-residents. Everyone is helpful and supportive of each other, and we often spend time together outside of work as well. Additionally, the attendings here are approachable, knowledgeable, and enjoy teaching. My career interests include emergency psychiatry and neurostimulation. Thanks for checking out our program!


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Ronald Smallwood, DO

  • PGY4 Psychiatry Resident
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Georgia

I chose this program due to my mentor being from MCG and highly recommending it. I like the autonomy associated with this program; attendings give residents the ability to make several choices but are always available if needed. I also like my other co residents and appreciate that I have a great working environment through them. When I finish, I will likely pursue a mix of inpatient/outpatient general psychiatry.

When not at work, I enjoy spending with my wife and traveling to random places among other things.


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Chidrup Tripathi, DO

  • PGY4 Psychiatry Resident
  • Chief Resident
  • Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Hello! I was born in Seattle but grew up and went to school all in New Jersey. I became interested in psychiatry in medical school after having my first experience in geriatric psychiatry. Ever since then, it has been my passion to pursue training in geriatric psychiatry as it offers a unique overlap of neurology and psychiatry in the aging population. In addition, I also have an interest in research and neuromodulation. What I enjoy about training at Augusta University are my wonderful co-residents and wonderful faculty, without whom I would not have had the same experience. 



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