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Faculty Profiles

Evaristo Akerele, MD, MPH, DFAPA

Evaristo Akerele, MD, MPH, DFAPA

eakerele@interfaithmedical.org

Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Dr. Akerele received his Bachelor of Science with Honors in Bio/chemistry from the University of London, England, Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj Napoca, Romania, and Masters in Public Health Policy and Management from Columbia University, New York. He completed his General Psychiatry training at Harlem hospital, Columbia University. He trained as a research fellow in Addiction Psychiatry at Columbia University and later served as Co-director of the Substance Abuse Research Fellowship program there.

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Tolu Olupona, MD

Tolu Olupona, MD

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Program Director, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Dr. Tolu Olupona is currently the Program Director for the Department of Psychiatry at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to working at Interfaith Medical Center, she was an assistant clinical professor in Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Adolescent Health Center where she provided direct clinical care, teaching and supervision of clinicians.

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Leon Valbrun, MD

Leon Valbrun, MD

lvalbrun@interfaithmedical.org

Director of Inpatient Services

Dr. Leon Patrick Valbrun is currently the Director of Inpatient Psychiatric service at Interfaith Medical Center. He graduated from the Medical school of Haiti. He completed a residency in psychiatry at the Mars and Kline Institute in Haiti. He migrated to the USA and completed a second residency at Harlem Hospital Medical Center in affiliation with Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Moddy Kiluvia, MD

Moddy Kiluvia, MD

mkiluvia@interfaithmedical.org

Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services

Dr. Moddy Kiluvia joined our faculty in 2016 as the Chief of Psychiatric Emergency Department. He graduated from Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine in Ankara Turkey. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine at Cabrini in New York, and Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at Yale University in New Haven, CT.

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Christianah Ogunlesi, MD

Christianah Ogunlesi, MD

cogunlesi@interfaithmedical.org

Director of Outpatient Services

Christianah Y. Ogunlesi, MD is the Medical Director of the Center for Mental Health and the Director of Outpatient Psychiatry Services at Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York.  Dr. Ogunlesi obtained her Medical Degree from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria, and completed her general and child and adolescent psychiatric residencies at Harlem Hospital Center, New York, NY. She also served as the Chief Resident during her Fellowship.

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Sidiki Dabo, MD

Sidiki Dabo, MD

sdabo@interfaithmedical.org

Deputy Director of Inpatient Services

Dr. Dabo is a graduate of the University Gamal Abdel Nasser of Conakry. He completed both his internship and residency in General Psychiatry at Harlem Hospital Center, in affiliation with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He also completed his Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center, the University hospital for the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, where he was appointed as attending psychiatrist until February 2015.

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Neelambika Revadigar, MD

Neelambika Revadigar, MD

nrevadigar@interfaithmedical.org

Attending Psychiatrist

Dr. Neelambika Revadigar is a Board Certified General psychiatrist. She currently serves as the Clerkship director for medical students at Interfaith Medical Center and Chief of Consultation Liaison Service. Dr. Revadigar received her medical degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical School in India, and completed her psychiatry residency training at Harlem Hospital, Columbia University, New York.

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Doreena Lesanics, PHD

Doreena Lesanics, PHD

dlesanics@interfaithmedical.org

Chief Psychologist

Doreena Lesanics, PhD is the Chief Psychologist and Unit Chief of both the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and the Intensive Psychiatric Rehabilitation Treatment Program (IPRT) at Interfaith Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate degree in Art History at Loyola University of Chicago.

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Amal Saha, MD

Amal Saha, MD

asaha@interfaithmedical.org

Attending Psychiatrist, Inpatient Services

Cynthia Ko, MD

Cynthia Ko, MD

cko@interfaithmedical.org

Director of Substance Abuse

Sonea Mahboob, MD

Sonea Mahboob, MD

smahboob@interfaithmedical.org

Attending Psychiatrist, Outpatient Services

Carmin Appolon, MD

Carmin Appolon, MD

cappolon@interfaithmedical.org

Attending Psychiatrist, Emergency Services

Khandaker Taher, MD

Khandaker Taher, MD

ktaher@interfaithmedical.org

Attending Psychiatrist, Inpatient Services

Richard Storch, MD

Richard Storch, MD

rstorch@interfaithmedical.org

Attending Psychiatrist, Outpatient Services

Kang Yu, MD

Kang Yu, MD

KYu@interfaithmedical.org

Attending Psychiatrist, Partial Hospitalization Program

Marie Bauduy, MD

Marie Bauduy, MD

mbauduy@interfiathmedical.org

Attending Psychiatrist, Emergency Services