About Us

About Us

Cleveland Clinic Akron General's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is a major participant in the Summa/NEOMED Psychiatry Residency Program.  Other participants include Summa Health System, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), and the community mental health system of Summit County. Training activities also take place at Akron Children's Hospital and agencies of the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, including Community Support Services, Portage Path Psychiatric Emergency Services, Psycho-Diagnostic Clinic and the Portage County Jail.

Our mission is to teach and serve the highest quality of mental health care every day; focused on extraordinary outcomes through education innovation and compassion.

The Psychiatry Residency Offers:

  • Emphasis on psychotherapy with competency in pharmacotherapy
  • Full spectrum of mental health issues treated, including severe mental illness and substance abuse
  • Teaching faculty are consistently available and committed to teaching
  • Invaluable ancillary staff (program coordinator, triage nurses, support staff, and more)
  • Diverse clinical training which includes inpatient, outpatient and community settings
  • Reasonable work expectation, encouraging life balance
  • Structured and protected weekly didactic time
  • Bimonthly psychiatry grand round lectures covering pertinent topics
  • Resident feedback is encouraged and heard
  • Medical Center provides great benefit package including free meals and parking, competitive salary and health insurance options
  • Medical Centers located conveniently between Columbus and Cleveland

We offer four PGY-1 positions for this four-year program, which is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

By the end of PGY-1, residents will learn to undertake the initial clinical and laboratory studies of patients presenting with a broad range of common medical and surgical disorders; master the fundamental skills of clinical diagnosis such as interviewing, conducting mental status examinations, physical and neurological examinations, history writing and the formulation of a differential diagnosis and treatment plan; and begin to understand resource availability and its allocation in providing patient care.

By the end of PGY-2, residents will have acquired the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors of a psychiatrist competent to diagnose and treat patients in an inpatient setting, from a biopsychosocial perspective; develop understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents in a pediatric psychiatry setting; and be competent in handling psychiatric emergencies, utilizing biological, psychological, and social interventions.

By the end of PGY-3, residents will have a firm foundation in the theory and practice of general adult psychiatry from the perspective of inpatient, outpatient, and community based treatment strategies;  participate in and use major types of therapeutic techniques such as individual psychotherapy, family therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, pharmacologic therapies, somatic therapies, and behavioral therapies; and become confident in providing a diagnosis and management plan to patients in a wide variety of outpatient settings including their office, the County Jail, the Integrated Medicine Clinic, and community agencies.

By the end of PGY-4 residents will have a firm foundation in the theory and practice of general adult psychiatry, (inpatient and outpatient), community-based psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, and consultation/liaison psychiatry; and be able to practice general psychiatry without supervision, in a variety of clinical settings.

Our program philosophy is to train residents in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that foster the development of competent clinical psychiatrists.  Graduates of our program possess sound clinical judgment, required skills, and excellent knowledge about the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all psychiatric disorders, as well as common medical and neurological disorders that relate to psychiatric practice.  We emphasize training that respectfully integrates emerging neuroscience and psychopharmacologic knowledge and skills with rigorous attention to illuminating the power of the doctor/patient relationship and the importance of psychotherapeutic skills for effective practice.

After successfully completing 48 months of training in psychiatry, residents can sit for board certification through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).

To qualify to sit for examination, an applicant must:

  1. Be a graduate of an accredited medical school in the United States or Canada or of an international medical school listed by the World Health Organization.
  2. Complete all training in either a U.S. program accredited by the ACGME or approved by the ABPN or in a Canadian program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as well as meet the other requirements specified in the reciprocity agreement.
  3. Have an active, full, unrestricted medical license* in the U.S. or Canada as defined in the General Information and Board Policies Manual. Applicants are required to submit copies of their active, full, unrestricted medical licenses, showing the expiration date with their applications OR update their medical licenses in their ABPN Physician Folios account. 
  4. Have satisfactorily completed the Board’s specialized training requirements.
  5. Apply online and submit an application through ABPN Physician Folios.

For more information call 800.216.6511.



Welcome from Our Director

We appreciate your interest in our Psychiatry Residency Program. Our program is shared by The Cleveland Clinic/Akron General, NEOMED and Summa Health System. We are able to offer an exceptional training experience in an atmosphere that promotes contemporary skills with appreciation of the importance of the doctor/patient relationship.

The Program is based primarily at The Cleveland Clinic/Akron General and Summa Health System.  Combined resources of these two hospitals include 5 inpatient units, including a Gero-psych Unit, 2 partial hospital programs, multiple IOPs for both psychiatry and addiction, a medical detox unit and 2 vibrant consultation liaison services.  Akron Children’s Hospital provides a setting for 3 months of training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  Akron Children’s also offers a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship which is affiliated with our program.  Community Psychiatry training is integrated across all years and venues of care utilizing several contract agencies of the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board.

The major strengths of our program are the quality and dedication of our faculty, the diversity of our clinical training sites and the unique collaboration of Summa, The Cleveland Clinic/Akron General and The Summit County ADM.  If your credentials meet our requirements, we encourage you to apply to our program via ERAS in the fall.  Our minimum requirements are:

  • Be a graduate of no more than 5 years from an accredited medical school in the United States or Canada or of an international medical school listed by the World Health Organization
  • Achieve a passing score on the USMLE/COMLEX within the first two attempts
  • 6 months of clinical experience in the U.S.
  • An excellent verbal and written command of the English language
  • 3 letters of reference; at least one from a Psychiatrist with which you have worked
  • Apply via ERAS before December 31st

Please don’t hesitate to call us if you need further information at 800.216.6511.


David W. Deckert, MD
Director, Psychiatry Residency Program

Sample Rotation

Sample Rotation

PGY – 1

  • 3 months — Internal Medicine/Family Medicine
  • 1 month — Emergency Medicine
  • 1 month — Inpatient Neurology
  • 6 months — Inpatient Psychiatry
  • 1 month — Inpatient Addiction Medicine

PGY – 2

  • 1 month — Geriatric Psychiatry
  • 2 months — Emergency Psychiatry
  • 3 months — Child Psychiatry
  • 4 months — Inpatient Psychiatry
  • 2 months — Consult Liaison Psychiatry
  • 12 months — 1/2 day per week Outpatient Psychiatry & Psychotherapy (long term)

PGY – 3

  • 3 months — Jail, 1/2 day per week
  • 3 months — Psycho Diagnostic Clinic, 1/2 day per week
  • 3 months — Integrated Care Clinic, 1/2 day per week
  • 3 months — Community Outreach, 1/2 day per week
  • 12 months
    • Outpatient Psychiatry & Psychotherapy (long term)
    • 1/2 day per week — Community Psychiatry

PGY – 4

  • 3 months — Consult/Liaison Psychiatry
  • 1 month — Outpatient Addiction Medicine
  • 3 months — Elective
  • 1 month — Outpatient Neurology
  • 2 months — Senior Administrative Psychiatry/Jr. Attending
  • 2 months — Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry/Partial Hospitalization
  • 12 months — 1/2 day per week Outpatient Psychiatry & Psychotherapy (long term)
Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

  • David Deckert, MD — Residency Program Director & Inpatient Psychiatry Director, Summa 
  • Joseph D. Varley, MD — Chairman of Psychiatry, Summa
  • John Kasper, MD — Resident Psychiatry Clinic Director & Integrated Medicine, Summa
  • Todd Ivan, MD — Consult Liaison Psychiatry Director, Summa
  • Alan Shein, MD — Addiction Medicine Director, Summa
  • Nicole Labor, MD — Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program Director, Summa
  • Thomas Gspandl, DO — Inpatient Psychiatry, Summa
  • Jalees Shah, MD — Inpatient Psychiatry, Summa
  • Elahi Manzoor, MD — Community Inpatient, Cleveland Clinic Akron General and Summa
  • Lori Pittinger, MD — Associate Program Director & Clerkship Director, Cleveland Clinic Akron General 
  • Rajesh Tampi, MD — Chairman of Psychiatry & Resident Psychiatry Clinic Director, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
  • Michele Farivar, MD — Vice Chairman of Psychiatry
  • Gilbert Masterson, MD — Inpatient Psychiatry, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
  • Maher Mansour, MD — Partial Hospitalization Psychiatry, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
  • Michael Parish, MD — Consult Liaison Psychiatry Director, Cleveland Clinic Akron General
  • Sumru Bilge-Johnson, MD — Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Director, Akron Children's Hospital 


Application Requirements

We appreciate your interest in the Summa/NEOMED Psychiatry Residency Program and hope that we’ve provided you with information that will enable you to choose the best residency program for you.

  • Residency applications and the additional items below must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
  • Application Deadline: December 31
  • Interview Dates: October - December 
  • Expected Program Length: Four Years

Application consists of:

  • Medical School Academic Transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (Dean's Letter)
  • Passing USMLE Step I & Step 2 (within the first two attempts)
  • Valid ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation ( at least one letter from a psychiatrist that you’ve worked with)
  • Personal statement
  • Current photograph

Please note:

  • All information must be submitted before an application will be reviewed.
  • Interviews are by invitation. If you have been selected, we will contact you using the information you provided via ERAS.
  • We prefer applicants who have graduated medical school within the last 5 years.

The Summa/NEOMED residency program selects eligible applicants on the basis of preparation, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. The program does not discriminate with regard to race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or veteran status. All applicants must participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and submit applications by the electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Those applicants selected for interviews meet with current residents both individually and in small groups and meet multiple faculty members for individual interviews.  At the conclusion of interviewing season all participating faculty and residents meet for a rank list discussion. The program director assumes final responsibility for the match list after receiving input from all participating faculty and residents.


Current Residents

Current Residents


  • Taylor Fredrickson, MD — Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Danial Hayek, MD — Northeast Ohio Medical University 
  • April Li, MD — Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Ryan Coram, DO — Ohio University


  • Samah Ahmed, MD — Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Seth Crouser, MD — Ohio State University
  • Dorian Gray, DO — Ohio University
  • Leilani Mahi, MD — Northeast Ohio Medical University


  • Rachel Courtney, DO – Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Joseph Fondriest, MD  – Northeast Ohio Medical University 
  • Flynn McCullough, DO  – A.T.Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona 
  • Michael McFadden, MD  – Northeast Ohio Medical University 
  • S. Rashdi Ahmed, MD — American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine


  • Rakin Hoq, MD  – Northeast Ohio Medical University 
  • Kyle Resnick, MD  – Northeast Ohio Medical University 
  • Erik Schepens, MD  – Northeast Ohio Medical University 
  • Timothy Kantz, MD — Northeast Ohio Medical University


2019 Graduates

  • Mallory Dangelo, MD — Outpatient, Summa/SPI Associates, Hudson, OH
  • Marnie McGrath, MD — Private Practice, Akron, OH
  • Tetyana Bodnar, MD — Forensic Fellowship, University Hospital, Cleveland, OH
  • Nicole Angermeier, MD — Inpatient, FL

2018 Graduates

  • Siera Kirkland, MD — Private Practice, SC
  • Richard Ulrich, MD — Private Practice, AZ
  • Chris Foscue, MD — Inpatient, San Diego, CA
  • Michael Parish, MD — Inpatient, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron, OH

2017 Graduates

  • Amanda Klapchar, MD — Aultman Behavioral Health, Canton, OH
  • Thomas Gspandl, DO — Summa/SPI Associates, Akron, OH
  • Steffany Morton, MD — Coleman Behavioral Health, Akron, OH
  • Meredith Mahilo, MD — Northcoast Behavioral Health, Cleveland, OH

2016 Graduates

  • Hazel Fishel, MD — Addiction Medicine, NC
  • Jonathan Sarsiat, DO — Inpatient, AZ

2015 Graduates

  • Elizabeth Hayford, MD — Child Fellowship, Akron Childrens, Akron, OH
  • Sindhura Saini, MD — Private Practice, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Lewis Spirtos, MD — Mercy St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown, OH
Research & Innovation

Research & Innovation

The Summa/NEOMED Psychiatry Residency Program is committed to helping patients and their families achieve both mental and physical health to improve the quality of their lives.  Each year our graduating residents present research that encompasses biochemical, physiological, genetic, psychological, or social determinants of human behavior.  We continuously look for ways to enhance research and innovation capacities to improve the quality of psychiatric care.

For more information about resident research in Psychiatry, please contact:

David Deckert, MD
Resident Program Director

Rajesh Tampi, MD
Resident Research Director