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Faculty

Meet the faculty for Aventura Hospital's Psychiatry Residency Program and learn about their experience and training.

Program Director

Clara Alvarez V., MD

Specialty: Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Medical Degree:
Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia

Internship:
Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá

Residency:
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Hospital, an affiliate of the Weill Cornell Medical College, Bronx, New York

Fellowship:
Psychosomatic Medicine, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Board Certification:
Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Addiction Medicine, American Board of Addiction Medicine

Associate Program Director, Psychiatry Department Chair

Samuel Neuhut, MD

Specialty: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Medical Degree:
Chicago Medical School at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medical and Science, North Chicago, Illinois

Residency:
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida

Fellowship:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida

Board Certification:
Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Core faculty

Richard Callahan, MD

Specialty: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Medical Degree:
American University Of Antigua College of Medicine, Woods, Antigua and Barbuda

Residency:
New York Medical College, Richmond Program, Staten Island, New York

Fellowship:
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida

Board Certification:
Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Juan B. Espinosa, MD

Medical Degree:
University of Cartagena in Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia

Internship:
Central Military Hospital and Santa Clara Hospital, Colombia

Residency:
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida

Fellowship:
Psychosomatic Medicine, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Board Certification:
Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Robert Vassall, MD

Medical Degree:
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee

Residency:
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee

Board Certification:
Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Jack Abramson, MD

Specialty: Addiction Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry

Medical Degree:
Laval University, Faculty of Medicine, Quebec City, Canada

Internship:
Sir Mortimer B. David Jewish General Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Residency:
Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Fellowship:
Psychosomatic Medicine, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Board Certification:
Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Forensic Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Geriatric Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Addiction Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Other teaching faculty

Omair Abbasi, MD, Psychiatry

Ethan Kass, DO, Site Director, University Hospital and Medical Center

Lee Pravder, MD, Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Richard Seely, MD, Addiction Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry

Charles Smith, DO, Addiction Psychiatry

Manuel Suarez, MD, Internal Medicine

Jeffrey Gelblum, MD, Outpatient Neurology

Leonard Cohen, MD, Inpatient Neurology

Luis Becerra, MD, Inpatient Neurology

Raul Grosz, MD, Outpatient Neurology

Todd Slesinger, MD, Emergency Medicine

Melissa Hammer, PsyD, Psychologist

Kaitlyn Coleman, MA, MS, BCBA, Mental Health Counselor

Christopher Ochner, PhD, Research Director