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photo Luke Johnson, DO
Resident
Phone: 828-398-3601 Fax: 828-333-5465
MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
My name is Luke, and I am originally from Cranberry, which is a small town in Western North Carolina. I received bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology from East Tennessee State University where I focused on behavioral neuroscience. I received my medical degree from Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas Campus. I am excited to be a member of the MAHEC family and their mission to address the mental health needs in Western North Carolina. Professional interests of mine include neuropsychiatry and forensic psychiatry.

photo Audrey Martinez, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-398-3601 Fax: 828-333-5465
MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
My name is Audrey, and I’m excited to be joining the MAHEC family and serving the Western North Carolina community.

I’m from Atlanta and received my bachelor’s degree in biopsychology at Oglethorpe University. I then went on to medical school at the Medical College of Georgia. I have been interested in psychiatry since high school and went into medical school knowing I wanted to be a psychiatrist. My specific interests within psychiatry are treatment-resistant depression, psychotic disorders, and neurostimulation.

Outside of psychiatry, I enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures. I spent five months studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, and one month volunteering at a medical clinic in Cusco, Peru. At home, I enjoy cooking, exercising, and playing with my dog, Bella.


photo Joseph Maxwell, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-398-3601 Fax: 828-333-5465
MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
My name is Joseph, and I am originally from Jackson, Mississippi. I grew up vacationing in Western North Carolina every July for as long as I can remember, and it is hard to believe that I will now be living here 365 days a year! I am relocating with my wonderful wife of three years, Regan, who has also matched at MAHEC in family medicine. We are a sappy pair of high school sweethearts and cannot wait to begin our new exciting life together in beautiful Asheville. We are also accompanied by our two sister kitties, Ygritte and Sansa.

I first developed a conscious fascination with the human mind as an undergraduate at the University of Mississippi while pursuing degrees in biology and psychology. At the same time, I began to realize how much I love communicating with people, friends and strangers, listening to their stories and learning about their lives and what makes them who they are. As I prepared for the transition back down to Jackson for medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, I had a strong feeling that I would ultimately end up in the field of psychiatry. Five years later, it turns out I was right! Additionally, Regan and I have both developed a passion for rural practice, and I know that MAHEC is the perfect place for us to develop the knowledge and skills required to thrive as rural providers.

I look forward to soaking up everything Asheville and the surrounding area has to offer from craft beer to whitewater kayaking to bluegrass music and everything in between! When I’m not occupied with my clinical duties, you may find me laboring in our garden, reading a good book, or out hiking one of the many peaks in the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains.

photo Danielle Meola, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-398-3601 Fax: 828-333-5465
MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
Danielle is originally from Tucson, AZ, and completed her undergraduate degree in neuroscience at the University of Florida. She continued her graduate studies at the University of Florida College of Medicine with a focus on psychoneuroimmunology, specifically researching the role of inflammatory cytokines and neurotrophic factors on the septohippocampal system.

During that time, she discovered her love of teaching through her work as a neuroanatomy teaching assistant and later developed a behavioral neuroscience course for the precollegiate science training program. After earning a doctoral degree in biomedical sciences, she volunteered at a free clinic for indigent and underserved populations, which inspired her interest in community medicine.

During medical school, Danielle continued to teach neuroanatomy, her work at the community clinic, and was elected by her peers to serve as president of their psychiatry interest group. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in nature camping, hiking, and kayaking. She also enjoys travel, attending festivals, and the arts.


Resident PGY2


photo Abraham Bombeck, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-398-3601 Fax: 828-333-5465
MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
My name is Abe Bombeck and I grew up in Chugiak, Alaska. I initially studied visual art in Colorado and New York City, and then worked as a carpenter and builder for ten years in Montana.  I was prompted to change careers and become a psychiatrist after losing my newborn son to a congenital disease. Following that event I decided to find a meaningful challenge as a means to channel some of the volatility and grief I was then experiencing into something constructive. I chose to pursue a degree in medicine with the intention of eventually practicing psychiatry in a rural area. Motivation for this decision was informed by my experiences as a family member of someone with a serious mental illness.  

I am excited for the opportunity to provide mental and behavioral healthcare to people in Asheville and the surrounding region.  My goal as a psychiatrist is to connect with patients as individuals, taking into account their unique experiences and circumstances, while providing effective and evidence-based treatments.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my wife and our three young children. My other interests include reading, rock and ice climbing, and boatbuilding.

photo Hunter Edwards, DO
Resident
Phone: 828-398-3601 Fax: 828-333-5465
MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
I grew up in the small town of Black Mountain, North Carolina just outside the Asheville area and am fortunate to call the Blue Ridge Mountains my home. Medicine has always been a strong influence on my life because of my mother, a nurse practitioner, who taught me at an early age the meaning of caring for others. After graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in chemistry, I chose to follow in the footsteps laid before me, and dedicate myself to the art and science of healing. 

I attended medical school at the Campbell University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and trained further in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege to live and travel across this great state and to learn in depth about the variety of culture and history that define it. It is a tremendous honor to be able to return to my roots by joining the MAHEC family and to help provide for the very population that helped me become the person I am today. 

photo Matt Edwards, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-398-3601 Fax: 828-333-5465
MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
Hello and thank you for exploring Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville.  I am originally from eastern North Carolina, where I received degrees in biology and chemistry at East Carolina University (ECU).  I then completed my medical degree at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine.

I am honored to now be a part of the MAHEC family for my psychiatry residency.  I was drawn to this program for its blend of excellence in training with the unique collegial and benevolent atmosphere that I craved. I additionally chose the city of Asheville for its natural beauty, thriving social community, and incredible diversity of culture and thought.

A medical career was always within my plan, but psychiatry captured my interest more recently as I consider it to be the most interesting, challenging, and creative branch of medicine.  As Pulitzer prize-winning political pundit and psychiatrist Charles Krauthammer said, psychiatry “combines the practicality of medicine and the elegance of philosophy.”  Our residency was created to address the grave need for mental health services in Western North Carolina, and I personally hope to remain in this area for my career.  My further interest is the changing economic and political landscape of medicine and I am completing a masters in business administration to focus on this topic.

My interests include outdoor activities such as hiking, whitewater rafting, and mountain biking, which I have found in abundance around Asheville.  I love all sports, though tennis is my favorite.  I play piano and enjoy reading, film, and exploring Asheville’s thriving restaurant and beer scenes with friends and family.

photo Eric Tran, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-398-3601 Fax: 828-333-5465
MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
Dr. Eric Tran is from the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Stanford University, where he studied English and Creative Writing. He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he was awarded the Heusner Pupil Award and the Alan W. Cross Award. He also holds an MPH from UNC and an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Wilmington.

His professional interests include working with LGBT and other underserved populations. His research interests include LGBT mental health, LGBT medical education, and longitudinal integrated curricula.

Resident PGY3


photo Thomas Campbell, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-398-3601
MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
I grew up the second of six brothers in a rural eastern Washington town. While completing my undergraduate degree in Montana, I was fortunate to go on a medical mission trip to Ghana where I became interested in medicine and the needs of underserved areas. This interest brought me to work on health-related projects in East St. Louis, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and the farmlands of my hometown. Medical school seemed like the logical choice to make this kind of work my career, and it was there I found my true passion for mental health. 

I heard nothing but good things about Asheville and fell in love with the area after my interview. Outside of medicine, I enjoy playing music, climbing, cooking, and mountain biking.

photo Sheritta Carmichael, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-398-3601 Fax: 828-333-5465
MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
My name is Sheritta and I am originally from Downingtown, PA, which is a little town close to the Amish community in Lancaster. I moved to Georgia when I was 8 years old and landed in another small town called Cartersville. I graduated from high school in 2009 and moved on to the University of Georgia, where I majored in Psychology. I graduated from UGA in May of 2013 and headed a few hours south to Savannah. My next four years there were spent attending Mercer University School of Medicine and I graduated in 2017.

Along the way, I’ve learned that I prefer the outdoors to living in a major city and I’m always looking for new adventures. Traveling is another passion that I would like to pursue more, but finding the time seems to be biggest obstacle at the moment. To date, I’ve stepped foot in 48 out of the 50 states, I’ve been to Barbados, Bahamas, Honduras, Singapore, and Bali (fun fact: my photo was taken at the Tegalalang rice terrace). Hopefully, I’ll make it back to Honduras during my intern year. I’ve also recently learned that I love being a mommy to my fur baby, Emma. She is a lively miniature labradoodle who definitely keeps me on my toes day and night.

I fell in love with the human mind when I was a sophomore in high school, which led me to major in psychology during undergrad. It amazes me how everyone can encounter the same situation, but experience/feel it differently. We are who we are based on our perception and how our minds process the world around us. My psychiatry rotation showed me how happy I was spending time with my patients and how much I valued the rapport we built during that time. A year later and I can say I’m one step closer to becoming the best psychiatrist I can be!

I must admit that the cold is not my favorite temperature, but I am excited to see what new experiences are to be had in Asheville and to join the MAHEC family!

photo Steven Khoubian, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-398-3601 Fax: 828-333-5465
MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
Dr. Khoubian is originally from Los Angeles and received his bachelor’s degree in biopsychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. During his undergraduate studies, he focused on the biology of the brain and researched the neurogenic effects of olanzapine. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati and is training as a resident physician at MAHEC. His goal is to provide outstanding patient care with compassion.

Special interests include the mind-body connection, particularly the effects of addiction on mood and behavior.

photo Ronald Magee, MD
Resident
Phone: 828-398-3601 Fax: 828-333-5465
MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
My name is Ron and I am overjoyed to be a part of the MAHEC family and participate in the tremendous work they are doing here in vibrant Asheville and western North Carolina in general.

I was born in Providence, RI, but my family moved around to Massachusetts, Minnesota, Colorado, and Ohio. I went to college at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where I fell in love with the vast beauty that is the Blue Ridge Mountains. During college, I tutored children at local elementary schools and delivered food to families in need in the surrounding community. I also spent a summer volunteering in the Dominican Republic and putting my Spanish major to good use. After completing my medical school education at Brown University, I am elated to live in the mountains once again and serve the people that live there.

I chose psychiatry because of the wonderful and unique communication that psychiatry encourages between caregiver and patient. I also seek to play a large role in increasing access to mental health resources so that patients from all walks of life may receive the care they need. With its emphasis on reaching the underserved, evident warmth, and scenic location, MAHEC was definitely the right choice for me. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Faculty


photo Steve Buie, MD
Psychiatry Residency Program Director and Consultation/Liaison Fellowship Faculty
Phone: 828-398-3601 Fax: 828-333-5465
MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

Dr. Buie attended medical school at the University of North Carolina and completed an internal medicine residency at Columbia University and psychiatry residency at Cornell University. Dr. Buie founded The Pisgah Institute for Psychotherapy and Education in 1994 and has a breadth of clinical experience in adult psychiatry.

Dr. Buie is an American Psychiatric Association Distinguished Life Fellow and member of the American College of Psychiatry. He is a past president of the North Carolina Psychiatric Association and is a representative in the American Psychiatric Association Assembly. In recognition of his significant contributions to psychiatry, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UNC School of Medicine in 2014 and is a member of the Academy of Educators at the UNC School of Medicine.


photo Sarah Wells Slectha, MD
Interim Associate Residency Program Director
Phone: 828-398-3601 Fax: 828-333-5465
MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
Sarah Wells Slectha, MD, received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead Scholar. She participated in medical volunteer work abroad immediately after college and then completed an Americorps service program before beginning medical school at the UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Wells completed her general psychiatry residency and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UNC Hospitals. While there, she developed a love for teaching and was awarded the Kaiser Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award for Residents.

Sarah is currently an adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry at the UNC School of Medicine as well as the course director for the longitudinal curriculum of the psychiatry third-year clerkship at the Asheville campus. She is a full member of the UNC School of Medicine’s Academy of Educators and is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Wells enjoys providing medication management and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. She has a special interest in working with girls in a therapeutic boarding school setting. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys travel, hiking, dance, and spending time with family.

photo Don Buckner, MD
Psychiatry Residency Faculty





photo Katie Dunlap, MD
Psychiatry Residency Faculty
Phone: 828-398-3601 Fax: 828-333-5465
MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
I am originally from Northern Virginia, but I am a fourth generation visitor to Montreat, in Western North Carolina, and it is no surprise to now call this area home. I studied Classical Studies at Tulane University, Public Health University of Illinois at Chicago, and Medicine at Georgetown University. After I finished my residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Duke in 2016, I headed straight to the mountains and started working for Meridian Behavioral Health.

My path toward medicine started later than most, initially wanting to pursue archaeological anthropology, but found my calling while a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay after college. I thought this would lead me to work internationally in primary care, but quickly discovered that psychiatry and working with children was the best fit for me. I enjoy working with and empowering families. As I started my own family, my interest working internationally changed into doing volunteer trips and I turned my focus to working with disenfranchised populations here.

I have been on the NCCCAP executive council since 2014 and finding ways to advocate for the pediatric mental health populations. In addition to working in underserved communities, my special interests are treating Autistic children and adults, adolescents transitioning into adulthood, and medically ill children with psychiatric comorbidities. Although I live in Asheville, I work in Haywood, Transylvania, Jackson counties and the Cherokee Indian Reservation servicing children, adolescents, and university students. I continue to work with adults as an ACTT psychiatrist.

When I’m not working, you will find me spending time with my two children, husband, and large dog. I enjoy hiking, painting, sitting on porches, reading, yoga, traveling, and exploring all the wonderful places WNC has to offer!

photo Trace Fender, MD
Psychiatry Residency and Consultation/Liaison Fellowship Faculty
Phone: 828-213-4502
Mission Hospital
428 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Dr. Fender completed his general psychiatry residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. He was selected as a chief resident for his final year of training. Since 2013, he has been practicing hospital-based psychiatry at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. His clinical work at this time is predominantly consultation-liaison psychiatry and electroconvulsive therapy.

Dr. Fender works with residents throughout their time at MAHEC in the evidence-informed decision-making course. He supervises and provides didactic instruction for PGY3 residents during their time on the consultation-liaison service and electroconvulsive therapy rotation. He also coordinates the consultation-liaison case conference series.


photo David Freeman, MD
Psychiatry Residency and Consultation/Liaison Fellowship Faculty
Phone: 828-213-4502
Mission Hospital
428 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Dr. Freeman is a graduate of Eastern Tennessee State University Quillen School of Medicine and completed his general psychiatry residency at Virginia Commonwealth University (formerly Medical College of Virginia) in Richmond, VA. He was a PGY4 chief resident and then completed a consultation and liaison psychiatry fellowship at VCU.

Since 2015, he has lived in Asheville, NC, with his wife and three children. His primary role is that of clinician, managing one of the adult Copestone units, and providing emergency room and consultations as needed. He is an adjunct assistant professor at UNC Chapel Hill and provides instruction for medical students and MAHEC psychiatry residents. He enjoys working with learners at all levels. When not at the hospital, he is home with family or eating popcorn in one of our local independent theaters.


photo Nick Ladd, DO
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Phone: 828-398-3601 Fax: 828-333-5465
MAHEC Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness
125 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

Dr. Ladd is a native of Western North Carolina who completed his education throughout this region. He majored in Environmental Studies and Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Then he attended medical school at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine because of its focus on serving rural Appalachia. In wishing to stay close to the community he wanted to serve, he completed his general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Health where he served as a Chief Fellow.

Since becoming faculty at MAHEC, he has been excited about helping to grow the general psychiatry residency. This includes starting a Latino concentration by expanding mental health services at a pediatric office rooted in the nation’s oldest migrant health center, partnering with Vecinos farmworker health program through volunteer psychiatric consultation, and helping to establish the mental health component of MAHEC's medical trips to Honduras.

He is passionate about helping to meet the needs of the underserved children and families across Western North Carolina by training the next generation of compassionate psychiatric providers who will be equipped to serve community members throughout their life span.


photo Mark Mason, MD
Consultation/Liaison Fellowship Program Director and Psychiatry Residency Faculty
Phone: 828-213-4502
Mission Hospital
428 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Dr. Mason came to Asheville in 2008 to work at the Julian F. Keith Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center in Black Mountain, NC. After three years of addiction and general psychiatry at that facility, he began working for the department of psychiatry at Mission Hospital.

Originally from Memphis, TN, Dr. Mason received his undergraduate degree in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Tech, then completed medical school and psychiatry residency at the University of Tennessee. He was awarded the Psychiatry Resident of the Year in his fourth year of training. After a year as chief resident, he remained in the department as an associate professor and was awarded the Golden Apple Teaching Award both as a resident physician and as an attending.

His primary focus of practice has been hospital-based consultation/liaison psychiatry, but he has broad experience in various practice environments including community mental health and private practice clinics, public and private hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and skilled nursing facilities.


photo Michael Murray, DO, PhD
Psychiatry Residency Faculty




Dr. Murray has lived and worked in Western North Carolina since 2004, after completion of the psychiatric residency program at the Cleveland Clinic. In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Murray holds a Ph.D. in developmental neurobiology from Ohio University. His undergraduate degrees in chemistry and biology pre-medicine were also conferred at Ohio University, where he was introduced to osteopathic medicine.

Dr. Murray’s first position in Asheville was as a partner in a local private practice, while simultaneously working at various community mental health agencies. It was this work that gradually made him aware of his love of community psychiatry, and prompted him to shift to full-time community work in 2008. Dr. Murray currently serves as the Medical Director for RHA Behavioral Health, which has offices throughout North Carolina. His role at RHA also includes leading the RHA Asheville Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT team).

Dr. Murray was honored to become a part of the UNC School of Medicine Asheville program in 2014, and has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to teach community psychiatry to medical students. He is excited to share his experiences in community psychiatry with psychiatrists-in-training, and admits, “I will be shamelessly recruiting from this pool to work with our community population after graduation!”

photo Elena Perea, MD
Psychiatry Residency and Consultation/Liaison Fellowship Faculty
Phone: 828-213-4502
Mission Hospital
428 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Dr. Perea grew up outside of Philadelphia, but has been coming to the Asheville area since age 5. She went to Wake Forest University for her undergraduate degree (and therefore does not follow any successful college sports teams), where she studied anthropology, was on the varsity track and field team, and played club Ultimate Frisbee.

She went to UNC School of Medicine and remained in Chapel Hill for her general psychiatry residency. She did one year of Child and Adolescent fellowship prior to joining the faculty at UNC School of Medicine for 4.5 years. She then spent 4.5 years at Duke, rounding out her 18 years in the triangle, before moving to Asheville permanently in 2019.

Dr. Perea has won multiple teaching awards at several institutions and strongly identifies as an educator. Clinically, she enjoys CL psychiatry and the intersection of mind and body, brain and behavior, medicine and psychiatry. She is an adjunct professor at UNC and can usually be found causing trouble with a student or resident.

In her spare time, she tries to keep up with her twin sons and husband, and is an avid equestrian who competes throughout the southeastern United States.


photo Britt Peterson, MD
Psychiatry Residency Faculty




I am originally from Western North Carolina and grew up gaining a deep of love of the mountains here and its people. I then spent 10 years doing a tour of the Triangle area of North Carolina with stops at the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham to finish high school, at North Carolina State University in Raleigh for college with bachelors’ degrees in Biochemistry and Religious Studies, and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for medical school.

Although I had pictured myself eventually becoming a family physician for several years, I couldn’t shake the love of doing psychiatry that was present in both psychiatry specific and primary care clinical rotations. However, it took me some time to figure that out and took a gap year after my third year of medical school before settling on my specialty. In the meantime, I obtained a Masters of Public Health degree at UNC-Chapel Hill, and gained an additional interest in population and public health that I find more and more applicable for psychiatry’s place in the health care system.

During that year, I met and married my wife, and after finishing medical school, we headed to the Southwest as I did my psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico. The faculty there had a strong focus on clinical education and I gained incredible wisdom from their mentorship. I was also able to participate in a rural psychiatry track while there that gave me exposure to how psychiatry is practiced within many different localities and cultures.

As it came time to start a family, my wife and I decided, in addition to having mountains to live and play in, that grandparents were an important factor. This led to me returning to my home region to start my career and I have been enjoying life here too much to consider moving anywhere else. We love all the people we’ve come to know, the scenery and outdoor activities, the climate, and when we can get out sometimes (particularly thanks to the grandparents), the tremendous variety of culture, food, and libations available in the area.

With the advent of this new psychiatry residency program, I believe we can better meet the needs for improved mental health and overall quality of life for residents of this region. I am also hopeful we can provide meaningful opportunities for psychiatry residents to learn an amazing profession in a variety of incredible locations. We are looking forward to meeting those of you interested in joining us for such an endeavor.

photo Sarah Volk, MD
Psychiatry Residency Faculty





photo Erika Wilson, MD
Psychiatry Residency Faculty





photo Richard Zenn, MD
Psychiatry Residency and Consultation/Liaison Fellowship Faculty
Phone: 828-213-4502
Mission Hospital
428 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Dr. Zenn comes to Mission Health from Northwell Health (formerly the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System), where he was the Chairman of Psychiatry at Glen Cove Hospital since 2003. He also had an active outpatient psychiatric practice at 10 Medical Plaza in Glen Cove as part of Northwell Physician Partners. At Glen Cove Hospital, he consulted on the inpatient and acute rehabilitation services, led the well regarded inpatient psychiatric unit, and supervised the development of integrated behavioral health services within the Family Medicine Department at Glen Cove Hospital as part of their Patient-Centered Medical Home initiative. Dr. Zenn was Chairman of the Medical Board, Credentials Committee, and the Medical Staff Health Committee at Glen Cove Hospital.

Dr. Zenn has been an active member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Zucker-Hillside Hospital, and was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. Dr. Zenn supervised R4 psychiatry residents in brief/time-efficient psychotherapy, most recently co-developing an innovative curriculum for residents to become proficient in Interpersonal Psychotherapy. He has taught several different courses in psychotherapy, managed care, and psychopharmacology, and has been awarded the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award by graduating residents in 2000 and 2016. In addition, Dr. Zenn was Co-Chair of the NSLIJHS Behavioral Health Performance Improvement Coordinating Group, and has been involved in many different initiatives, including suicide prevention activities, for Northwell Health. Dr. Zenn was part of the NSLIJHS Physician High Potential program from 2011-2013.

Dr. Zenn was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Long Island Psychiatric Society. He was also on the Advisory Board of the Committee for Physicians Health of the Medical Society of the State of New York.

After graduating from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1987, Dr. Zenn completed residency at Hillside Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center between 1987 and 1991, serving as Chief Resident in 1990-1991. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a psychiatrist from 1991 through 1995, and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Dr. Zenn returned to Hillside Hospital and served as an attending in the Ambulatory Care Center until becoming the Director of the Hillside Behavioral Healthcare Group from 1997 through 2002.

Dr. Zenn is married to Deanna, and has a son and a daughter. He and his wife are avid runners, with Dr. Zenn having competed in five marathons and numerous half marathons, and Deanna completing eleven marathons. Dr. Zenn grew up in the Detroit area and attended Boston University as an undergraduate.


photo Kathy Foley, PhD
Research Scientist
UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC
Adjunct Faculty, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy




Kathy joined the UNC Health Sciences Department of Research in September 2016, bringing with her 25 years of health research experience in the areas of clinical trials, economic modeling, retrospective claims data analyses, and survey development. She currently focuses on teaching the research curriculum for the psychiatry residency program.

Kathy's research interests include methodology, data infrastructure and patient engagement. She received her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania where she focused on demography and medical sociology.


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