Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training program is a two year ACGME approved program that integrates experience in a rich acute setting with comprehensive ambulatory training. Our staff have specialized expertise in many areas, such as complex medical issues, autism, acute care psychiatry, LGBT, mood disorders, and clinical research. Exceptional lectures, personalized supervision, research opportunities, and a large range of clinical settings provide a comprehensive training foundation for the new generation of child and adolescent psychiatrists.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Cleveland Clinic values a culture where caregivers integrate diversity and inclusion throughout the enterprise. We respect and appreciate our similarities and differences; they enable us to better serve our patients, one another, and our global communities. Our program mission is to provide a robust, diverse educational experience for our fellows, which will allow them to become broadly trained, ethical, and professional psychiatric providers, knowing it is important to understand the community whom they serve and how to deliver healthcare in a meaningful way. We value diversity of patients and caregivers with regards to race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, gender identity/expression, and sexual orientation.

Program Structure

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship consists of a two year curriculum divided into modules lasting four weeks each. Residents may enter any time after completing the PGY-3 level. Our program is primarily a clinical program with opportunities with clinical research. Fellows work closely with the attending psychiatrist, family and couple therapists, social workers, psychologists, and nursing to provide comprehensive patient care. In a rapidly changing world, our program strives to adapt to innovative access to care, including telepsychiatry and consultation within primary care clinics. Our program structure is well developed but also able to be adapted to the needs of each fellow.


During the first year, fellows will alternate six modules on our acute child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric inpatient unit and six modules on our child and adolescent consult liaison service with time for shadowing and exposure to psychotherapy. The goals for the fellow will be to master comprehensive interview techniques, understand evidence based treatment strategies for complex cases, and work in a multidisciplinary setting. While on the inpatient unit, the fellow will be assessing complex psychiatric disorders and improving ability to integrate evidence based psychopharmacology with supportive therapy in a multidisciplinary setting. During the consultation liaison rotation, the fellow will be introduced to inpatient pediatric units, including the epilepsy monitoring unit, the pediatric intensive care unit, emergency department consultations as well as pediatric subspecialty patients in hematology, oncology, and transplant services. Throughout the first year, fellows participate in a longitudinal outpatient care track where the fellow will develop skills in managing an outpatient clinical caseload. The fellow again will be the primary contact for the family and have the autonomy to manage patients under the supervision of staff attendance. Dedicated time is given for outpatient clinical days to enhance continuity of care and the educational experience.


The focus shifts in year two to a more ambulatory and community setting. In the second year, the fellows continue their longitudinal outpatient care track through their continuity clinic. Training throughout this year is focused on outpatient and specialized services. Fellows spend time each week working in school mental health and/or psychotherapy, longitudinal outpatient clinic within a Cleveland Clinic Family Health center, and a longitudinal outpatient clinic through a community based service. The fellow will receive exposure to pediatric neurology, intensive outpatient program, neuropsychology testing clinic, child and adolescent chemical dependency, an eating disorder intensive outpatient rotation, Hanna Perkins (a psychoanalytic therapeutic school), and Cleveland Clinic's Center for Autism. In these settings the fellow will gain valuable experiences outside of the Cleveland Clinic campus. These rotations provide a deeper connection and understanding of the system of services available to patients through multidisciplinary teams. There is also dedicated elective time for subspecialties of the fellow’s choice.

Research Opportunities

A multitude of clinical research opportunities are available throughout the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology. Each fellow is required to complete an annual academic project throughout his or her tenure within this program. This consists of a poster presentation and/or journal submission. If the fellow is more clinically focused, he or she has the option of developing an academic didactic to present to the section.


Fellows have dedicated time for didactics ½ day a week. These didactics alternate between psychiatry and psychology staff and include participation by psychology trainees. The Psychiatry and Psychology Departmental grand rounds are held weekly on Thursday. The didactic schedule covers basic tenets of child and adolescent development, psychopathology, biologic treatment, and psychotherapeutic interventions as well as more specialized lectures. All faculty participate in these lectures providing a breadth of exposure to different teaching styles. Case conferences are held regularly and include all fellows and faculty. Supervision over all trainee patient care is provided on a one-to-one basis by staff attendance. Education is given priority in all cases over service demands in our program. Additionally, the last module of first year is dedicated board prep time for the adult psychiatry board exam and the last module of the second year is dedicated board prep time for the child psychiatry board exam.


The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department not only participates in the training of child and adolescent psychiatry residents, but also fosters the education of general adult psychiatry residents from Cleveland Clinic and the MetroHealth Healthcare System. Medical students from Cleveland Clinic's Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University and Ohio University College of Medicine also regularly rotate through our program. Fellows are actively involved and highly valued in the training and teaching of these medical students and residents. We believe strongly that child psychiatry must become integrated with primary care. Our fellows and staff are often asked to provide didactics for other programs, including pediatrics, family medicine, etc.

Application Process

Please apply in the July cycle through ERAS.

Training and Education Contacts

  • Program Director: Kelly Davidson, MD
  • Associate Program Director: Jason Lambrese, MD
  • Program Coordinator: Alexis Harris
Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship

The ACGME-accredited Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic offers a unique training opportunity at one of the most renowned medical centers in the world. Cleveland Clinic is recognized in the U.S. and throughout the world for its expertise and care.

Program Leadership and Faculty

Leo Pozuelo, MD, FACP, FAPM

Leo Pozuelo, MD, MBA, FACP, FACLP
Leo Pozuelo, MD, MBA, FACP, FACLP, is Board Certified in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. He also serves as the Clinical Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Cleveland Clinic.

Anna Shapiro-Krew

Anna P. Shapiro-Krew, MD
Program Director
Anna Shapiro-Krew, M.D. is Board Certified in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.
She also serves as the Director of Epilepsy Psychiatry.

Jack Owens, MD

Jack Owens, MD
Associate Program Director
Dr. Owens is board certified in Adult and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and is a proud alumnus of the Cleveland Clinic Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship. He serves as the Director of the CL Service at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital, as well as the Psychiatry Director of the ReCOVer Clinic, focusing on the care of patients experiencing long COVID. Dr. Owens is originally from Atlanta, GA, but enjoys living in Cleveland which has much to offer, friendly people, and an excellent quality of life.

Nona Nichols, MD

Nona Nichols, MD
Associate Program Director
Nona Nichols, M.D. is Board Certified in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. She also serves as the Director of the CL Service at Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital.

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Team

Curriculum Overview

We work on a module schedule. A module is made up of a 4-week block, and there are 13 modules throughout the year.

Inpatient Consultation Liaison

Fellows rotate on inpatient consultation liaison psychiatry for 10.5 modules of the year. The majority of that time is spent on Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, where fellows perform advanced-level consultations, are actively involved in teaching, and have the opportunity to run a team as an acting attending. The main campus consultation liaison service consists of three attending-led teams, residents, medical students, and a dedicated licensed clinical social worker to ensure wrap-around services. The teams see over 3,000 consults per year. In addition to working on Main Campus, fellows will spend one module at one of the Cleveland Clinic Health System regional hospitals, where they will be exposed to consultation liaison psychiatry in a busy tertiary care hospital setting. They will also spend two weeks on a palliative medicine consultation service.

Outpatient Consultation Liaison

Fellows are exposed to both general and specialty consultation-liaison clinics throughout the year. One half-day per week is spent in the CL Fellows' Consultation Clinic (for 12 modules), where fellows see pre-operative referrals for high-utilizing patients or patients with significant psychiatric pathology, second opinion cases, and referrals from specialty clinics. For six modules of the year, fellows spend another half-day rotating through the core immersion specialty clinics, including: movement disorders, transplant, epilepsy, brain health, and psycho-oncology. Fellows will then refine their expertise by spending the four modules in an elective immersion clinic of their choosing. These elective clinics may include any of the core clinics and/or multiple sclerosis, COVID recovery clinic, cardiology, women’s health, transgender surgery, movement disorders, or geropsychiatry. Additional elective clinics are tailored and aligned with the CL fellow’s interests.

View our Consultation-Liaison Fellowship Schedule 2023-2024 (See PDF)

Reasons for consultation on the inpatient CL service include:

  • Delirium.
  • Crisis Intervention Team/Code Violet.
  • Substance Dependence/Withdrawal.
  • Depression and Anxiety.
  • Capacity Evaluations.
  • Catatonia.
  • Conversion Disorders.
  • Coping with Medical Illness.
  • Neuropsychiatric Syndromes.

Consulting services include:

  • Cardiology.
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery.
  • Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.
  • Colorectal/GI.
  • Transplant.
  • Oncology.
  • Respiratory Institute.

Didactics and Conferences

Weekly conferences include: case conference/journal club, and psychiatry grand rounds. In addition, the CL fellows attend weekly psychosomatic didactics.

The CL fellow also attends the five day Cleveland Clinic Intensive Review of Internal Medicine CME course every June with a complimentary registration.


Fellows will have one month of dedicated research time split into two 2-week blocks during the year. Our fellows have presented their research locally, regionally, and nationally, including poster, oral and workshop presentations at the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry annual meeting, Cleveland Consultation Liaison Society meeting, and the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting.

Call Schedule

There is no obligatory call for our CL fellows. Optional weekend moonlighting is available, consisting of 12 hour shifts on a Cleveland Clinic adult psychiatry inpatient service.

How to Apply

The Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry program is one-year in length and offers two positions annually. All positions are offered through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) as part of the Psychiatry Fellowship Match. All applicants must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency program, an AOA-approved residency program, a program with ACGME International (ACGME-I) Advanced Specialty Accreditation, or a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited or College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)-accredited residency program located in Canada.

We accept applications via the Electronic Residency Applications Service (ERAS) and abide by posted timelines. We encourage applicants to apply early within the window as we offer interviews on a rolling basis after a holistic in-depth review of the application. Interviews typically occur in September and October. For a comprehensive guide to the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship Match process, please visit the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry website.

Important Dates:

  • July 3, 2024: Applicants may begin submitting applications to programs at 9 a.m. ET
  • July 17, 2024: Fellowship programs may begin reviewing applications at 9 a.m. ET.
  • September 1, 2024: Program Deadline to Submit Applications
  • September – October: Virtual Interviews.
  • November: NRMP Ranking opens.
  • November: Meet our Faculty at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.
  • December: NRMP Rank Order List Deadline.
  • January: Match Day!

Visa Sponsorship: Cleveland Clinic sponsors H1-B and J-1 visas.


A comprehensive description of trainee benefits can be found at the Cleveland Clinic Graduate Medical Education website.

Time Away

  • Vacation: 3 weeks (15 paid working days).
  • Paid Personal Days: 5 days to be used for illness, interviews, or boards.
  • Maternity: Up to 12 weeks paid leave.
  • Parental: Up to 6 weeks paid leave.
  • Caregiver: Up to 6 weeks paid leave.

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Current Fellows

Current Fellows

2024 – 2025 Child & Adolescent Psychiatry


Sarah Richards, MD
Medical School: Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine
Residency: MetroHealth Main Campus Medical Center

Aastha Singh, MD
Medical School: Baba Farid University of Health Sciences
Residency: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Lubbock


Anjali Dagar, MD

Anjali Dagar, MD
Medical School: Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Medical Sciences and Research
Residency: Cleveland Clinic

Madalyn Popil, DO

Madalyn Popil, DO
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Cleveland Clinic

2024 – 2025 Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Mohamad El Zein, MD
Medical School: LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine
Residency: Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center

Jacob Wardyn, MD
Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Residency: University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio

2023 – 2024 Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Brian Tong, MD

Brian Tong, MD
Medical School: The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Residency: Carle Foundation Hospital

Sukanya Vartak, MD

Sukanya Vartak, MD
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Residency: Maimonides Medical Center

2022 – 2023 Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Edward Hamrick, MD

Edward Hamrick, MD
Medical School: West Virginia University School of Medicine
Residency: West Virginia University Hospitals

Molly Howland, MD

Molly Howland, MD
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University
Residency: University of Washington School of Medicine

2021 – 2022 Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Raghid Charara, MD

Raghid Charara, MD
Medical School: American University of Beirut
Residency: American University of Beirut

Columban Heo, DO

Columban Heo, DO
Medical School: Touro University Nevada
Residency: Unity Health - White County Medical Center

Living in Cleveland

Living in Cleveland

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

The Center for Graduate Medical Education and Cleveland Clinic are united in a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in education as well as in the communities we serve. We value all people regardless of the many dimensions of identity and how those identities may intersect.

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