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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency

Letter from Program Director

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Adventist Behavioral Health partnered with the twin goals of providing excellent education and training in the field and enhancing and expanding the delivery of child and adolescent services to the children and families in the Greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.

Our Child and Adolescent Residency Training Program utilizes the resources of both organizations to ensure a comprehensive educational program. In their first year, residents follow child and adolescent inpatients and gain experience in treating acutely ill children and adolescents as part of a multidisciplinary team. Residents also have an opportunity to assess children and adolescents in acute crisis in the pediatric emergency room and walk in Needs Assessment Center. During their consultation/liaison rotation residents provide psychiatric consultation to medically ill patients and work in sub-specialty clinics including eating disorders, psycho-oncology, developmental pediatrics, autism and normal development. Their first year of training will also mark the beginning of their long term psychotherapy and medication management outpatient work at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

In their second year of training, the residents have a rich school consultation experience which will include rotations at schools that have specialized educational programs for learning disorders, developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders-The Katherine Thomas School and IvyMount. Residents also have the opportunity to have a comprehensive forensic psychiatry rotation and co-lead intensive outpatient Adolescent Chemical Dependency groups. Residents will continue to provide long term psychotherapy and medication management outpatient work at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and also in the community at Jewish Social Services Agency and the Mary Center.

These above mentioned educational experiences are led by our Georgetown University Child and Adolescent core faculty which includes My Banh, PhD; Matthew Biel, MD; Michael Brendler, PhD; Ahmed Hefuna, MD; James Herrera, MD; Yasmin Jilla, MD; Paul Jones, MD; Kathy Katz, PhD; Avram Mack, MD; Adebowale Popoola, MD, Enrico Suardi, MD and Rongrong Tao, MD. These core faculty members have a range of expertise in areas such as Infancy and Early Childhood Development, Forensic Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Adoption and Foster Care and School Consultation. In addition to the core faculty, our longstanding volunteer faculty brings years of dedication and expertise to the field of Child and Adolescent psychiatry in general and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Department of Psychiatry in particular and will be instrumental in our Residency Training Program.

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Department of Psychiatry has a long history of providing comprehensive programs in clinical patient care, education, research and community outreach. The Department of Psychiatry provides both adult inpatient and partial hospitalization care and has multiple specialty programs in their outpatient division that includes Chemical Dependence, Psychosomatic Medicine, Geriatric, Child/Adolescent and Forensic Psychiatry. The Department also offers residency and fellowship training in Adult Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry.

Adventist Behavioral Health is a comprehensive behavioral health provider of the Adventist Healthcare System with locations in several different counties in the state of Maryland, including Washington Adventist Hospital's Behavioral Health Unit and the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children. The organization offers a broad range of behavioral health programs and services for young children, adolescents, adults and senior citizens including inpatient and partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient chemical dependency program, residential treatment and non-public school educational services.

For program information, please do not hesitate to contact me at


Matthew Biel, MD
Program Director,
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital/Adventist Behavioral Health
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program
Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Georgetown University School of Medicine