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Department of Psychiatry

Leadership

Igor Elman, MD
Chair
Professor of Psychiatry
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Igor Elman, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Faculty of Medical Sciences Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel
Residency: Psychiatry - Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Fellowship: Psychiatry - Experimental Therapeutics Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD, Addiction Psychiatry - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Board Certifications:

Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry

Teaching Faculty

Francis Aguilar, MD
Instructor of Psychiatry
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Francis Aguilar, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Iselin, NJ
Internship: Psychiatry - Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
Residency: Psychiatry - Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ

Special Interests:

Integrated behavioral health, medical informatics, sports psychiatry, traumatic brain injury

Memberships:

American Psychiatric Association, International Society for Sports Psychiatry

David Bogacki, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
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David Bogacki, PhD

Education Background:

Graduate School: Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certifications:

Clinical Psychology, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, School Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Certified School Psychologist - NJ & PA

About Me:

David F. Bogacki, PhD, ABPP, is Head of the Division of Psychology and Professor of Psychiatry at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.  Dr. Bogacki is board certified in clinical psychology, clinical child and adolescent psychology, forensic psychology and school psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has been at Cooper University Health Care for 30 years.  His career interests are forensic psychology research, developmental disabilities and psychological assessment. 

Consuelo Cagande, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
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Consuelo Cagande, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Cebu Institute of Medicine, Cebu, Phillipines
Internship: Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
Residency: Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
Fellowship: John Hopkins, Baltimore, MD

Board Certifications:

Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry

About Me:

Dr. Cagande is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.  In addition to being the Residency Program Director, she is also the Medical School Phase 1 Neurology-Psychiatry Co-Course Director.  She did her general psychiatry residency at Cooper University Hospital and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. 

Dr. Cagande has always had a strong interest in academia since residency.  She enjoys teaching medical students and residents.  She has been awarded the Arnold Gold Award for Excellence in Teaching and Humanism and is a member of the Arnold Gold Honor Society.  Her main specialty interests are medical education, Women’s Health, anxiety, trauma and disaster preparedness.  She has also worked on cultural psychiatry topics, including global child and adolescent psychiatry.  She is currently involved in research and has published and presented at local, regional, national and international conferences.

She is currently the New Jersey Psychiatric Association (NJPA) President (2015 – 2017). Dr Cagande has also been involved in community service/organizations.  She is a past president of the Philippine American Medical Society of New Jersey, currently Chairs the Philippine Community of Southern New Jersey Scholarship Committee and volunteers at her church to feed the Camden City homeless. She has been named a "Top Doc" by regional publications, including Inside Jersey Magazine. In 2017, Dr. Cagande was recognized by SJ Magazine as a Top Female Doc and South Jersey Magazine as a Top Doc for Children.

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Rama Gogineni, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Child Psychiatry
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Rama Gogineni, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal, India
Internship: Osmania General Hospital, Hyderabad, India
Residency: Psychiatry - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Fellowship: Child Psychiatry - Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certifications:

Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry

Ruksana Iftekhar, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
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Ruksana Iftekhar, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Gandhi Medical College - India
Residency: Maternity Children's Hospital; Cooper University Hospital

Board Certifications:

Psychiatry

Christopher Milburn, MD
Instructor of Psychiatry
Addiction Medicine
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Christopher Milburn, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA
Internship: Psychiatry - Thomas Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Psychiatry - Thomas Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certifications:

Psychiatry

Basant Pradhan, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
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Basant Pradhan, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Shrirama Chandra Bhanj, Medical College, Cuttack, Odisha, India
Residency: Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Fellowship: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certifications:

Psychiatry

About Me:

Dr. Pradhan is an academic psychiatrist, researcher, inventor, meditation practitioner and author. He currently serves as associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, and is the founding director of the Yoga and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (Y-MBCT) and the magnetic brain stimulation (TMS) treatment programs at Cooper University Health Care in Camden, NJ.

Dr. Pradhan had a few years of monastic training before he entered into an immersed career in neuropsychology and neuropsychiatry. Since 1993, his pioneering research work has revolved around cognitive neuroscience, translational research in yoga and mindfulness methods, and developing new models of treatments for adults and children. Known as the Y-MBCT models, these treatment methods are disorder-specific and are based on cutting-edge research on effective medications as well as culturally-adapted models of evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions. The Y-MBCT models combine the methodology and pragmatism of the cognitive behavioral therapy with the techniques of yoga in its entirety (all eight limbs inclusive of meditation), rather than in piecemeal, thus broadening their scope and efficacy. TIMBER© (Trauma Interventions using Mindfulness Based Extinction and Reconsolidation) is the prototype of the Y-MBCT models and is shown to change the expression of trauma memories, the core of PTSD. TIMBER© has been proven effective in the treatment of refractory PTSD, depression, traumatic psychosis and related conditions. It can also be combined with other modalities including rapidly-acting medications like low-dose ketamine.

Dr. Pradhan’s work has been awarded with grant support from the National Institute on Aging (NIA/NIH), Huntington Study Group, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, USA. He has received the Institutional Bronze Medal from the Prime Minister of India for scholarship, and has been listed in the registry of the prestigious “Marquis: Who’s Who in America”. Dr. Pradhan has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally, and has widely published his evidence-based research and clinical work. In addition to being a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Dr. Pradhan serves as an executive member of the prestigious Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) and the APA’s National Caucus on Integrative Psychiatry.

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Brian Roberts, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
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Brian Roberts, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Internship: Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
Residency: Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
Fellowship: Shock Research, Cooper University Hospital

Board Certifications:

Emergency Medicine

About Me:

Division of Clinical Research

Pamela Szeeley, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Geriatric Psychiatry
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Pamela Szeeley, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
Internship: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
Residency: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

Board Certifications:

Psychiatry

About Me:

Dr. Szeeley has dedicated over 30 years in psychiatry to treating the severely mentally ill, ranging from patients with schizophrenia to refractory depression, as well as those with intellectual or medical compromise.  She is currently Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Division Director of Community Psychiatry, Cooper Health System (CUH), and Cooper School of Medicine at Rowan University.  She received her M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she also did her residency at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC).  She also has a Master of Science Degree in Biostatistics/Human Genetics from the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Szeeley has directed acute psychiatric units in several Medical Schools//university hospitals in Philadelphia as well as at Cooper, in addition to treating severely intellectually/medically  compromised patients in the nursing home setting.  For over 15 years she has dedicated herself to ensuring the best treatment for people with severe mental illness as Medical Director of the Wiley Christian Community Day Program.  She also is the Director of the Geriatric/Neuropsychiatry clinic with the third year residents at Cooper University Hospital.  Dr. Szeeley also serves on the consultation service at Cooper.

Dr. Szeeley’s training at WPIC focused on accurate diagnosis and rational, effective psychopharmacology and this has been a focus of her role as both clinician and educator.  She has served on the faculty of Temple University School of Medicine, the Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel) and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers). She has spent her last 20 years at CUH.  During this time she has helped train over 100 residents and tried to impart to each of them the effectiveness of careful interviewing and diagnosis, as well as a method of ongoing treatment and evaluation, taking into consideration both psychosocial and biological aspects of the individual.  She has mentored many fourth year residents in mastering the fine points of psychopharmacology and is currently working with a fourth year resident to evaluate the treatment of schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder at the Wiley Community Day Program.  Dr. Szeeley’s other main focus is Neuropsychiatry, which involves the psychiatric treatment of adults with acquired neurologic impairments as well as those with developmental delay. 

In addition to the above Dr. Szeeley has a special interest in the role of animals in psychiatric treatment: both companion animals and trained therapy assistants have great potential to aid in the healing of those afflicted with mental illness.