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Current Fellows—The MedStar Health—Georgetown University Hospital Fellowship Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

First Year Fellows

Nina Axiotakis, DO

Nina Axiotakis, DO grew up primarily in the Philadelphia corner of Pennsylvania within a family whose roots are Greek and Italian. She completed her undergraduate education at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio where she studied economics and chemistry, but if she could turn back the clock she might choose fine arts and philosophy. Before attending medical school she worked as an AmeriCorps health coach at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers in Camden, New Jersey; it was here that her interests in mental health and community-based care first began to crystalize. She went on to receive her medical degree from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey during which she continued to volunteer for a number of community organizations. She then moved to Capitol Hill in DC for her psychiatry residency here at Georgetown where she looks forward to staying on for her child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship. She has always loved spending time with youngsters as she delights in their unique wit and creative perspectives. Additional passions of hers include psychodynamic therapy for any age, social justice in healthcare, surrealism,

Jaine Cao, MD

Jaine Cao, MD was born in Jinzhou, Liaoning, China and immigrated to Houston, Texas, U.S.A. as a child. She spent most of her life in Texas prior to moving to D.C. She graduated from Rice University and completed a combined M.D./M.P.H. program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center with an emphasis on community health and disease prevention. She received her general psychiatry training from Baylor Scott & White Health. Her personal experience with acculturation at a young age and her Christian faith have grounded her in values of altruism, diversity, equity and inclusion that have informed much of her academic and professional trajectory. Dr. Cao is excited to further her training at Georgetown and is looking forward to developing her skills in culturally sensitive care and systems-based psychiatry.

Ruthzaine Lopez, MD

Ruthzaine Lopez, MD was born and raised in Colombia. She completed her medical school at River Plate Adventist University in Argentina. During her training, Dr. Lopez served on different medical mission trips in Argentina, Peru, and Haiti. She subsequently completed her adult psychiatry residency at she completed her Adult Psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She currently serves at the Texas Medical Association Diversity, Inclusion, Equality, and Justice task force, which empowered her to build a career targeting minority health disparities. Her career interests include mental health prevention and education, Lifestyle mental health, global mental health, and a focus on underserved communities. Now as a Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow, she is thrilled to apply these passions to her career at Georgetown and the larger DMV area. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, cooking plant-based food, and volunteering at faith based and non-profit organizations.

Second year fellows

Flavia DeSouza

Flavia DeSouza, MD, MHA

Flavia DeSouza MD MHS is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow at Medstar-Georgetown, a Board-certified Adult Psychiatrist with attending privileges at Howard University Hospital, and DEI consultant with Vision for Equity. She was born and raised in the beautiful island of Jamaica. Prior to entering medicine, she was a community and regional organizer who equipped local and regional Church leaders up and down the northeast to advocate for social change and social justice. She completed her general psychiatry residency and public psychiatry fellowship within the Yale Department of Psychiatry. She is the co-founder of Rooted in Transitions project -- a platform that focuses on building mental health literacy for Caribbean emigrants. She is able to do this work through the support of an American Psychiatric Association SAMHSA fellowship. She also has interests in early childhood mental health and mitigating the impact of early childhood trauma. Outside of work she enjoys liming, modeling, making granola and learning to play squash.

Giselle Plata

Giselle Plata, DO, MPH

Giselle Plata, DO, MPH is a first-generation Bolivian American born and raised in Fairfax County, Virginia. After graduating from the University of Virginia, she completed her MPH at Tulane University with a U.S. Peace Corps service practicum in Albania. While abroad, she worked in health education and youth development with Roma communities, which empowered her to build a career targeting minority health disparities. On returning to the U.S. she gained more experience working in public health education and program management in the federal and nonprofit sectors before going back to school at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. She subsequently completed her adult psychiatry residency at Garnet Health Medical Center in beautiful upstate NY, and currently serves as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and Fellow with the American Psychiatric Association’s SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program. Volunteering as a youth mentor and health educator with underserved families had been her most fulfilling work before medicine. Now as a Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow, she is thrilled to apply these passions to her career at Georgetown and the larger DMV area. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling/exploring locally and abroad, climbing, and training and volunteering with her Siberian Husky therapy dog.

Quarrie Barrington

Barrington A. Quarrie, MD

Barrington A. Quarrie, MD, was born in Englewood, NJ but grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University with a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience and minors in Biology and African and African-American Studies. While earning his MD at Wake Forest School of Medicine, he completed a year-long research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He then completed his adult psychiatry training at Wake Forest School of Medicine, becoming one of the chief residents as a PGY-III before fast tracking into Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training at MedStar Georgetown. His career interests include school-based mental health as well as adolescent and teenage development and a focus on underserved communities. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, exploring different hiking trails and supporting his favorite sports team, Liverpool FC. He is excited to be part of the Hoya family.