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Geriatric Psychiatry Fellows

Meet the Fellows

Lauren Gerlach, DO 2015-2017

Lauren GerlachDr. Gerlach graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in California and completed her residency training in psychiatry here at the University of Michigan where she served as chief resident. Dr. Gerlach is currently completing a 2-year fellowship combining both clinical and research components.  The overlap between medicine, psychiatry, and neurology that is inherent in treating older adults with mental health and cognitive disorders drew her to this field. She has found that the wisdom, life stories, and resiliency shown by her patients and their families are the most rewarding part of her work. Her clinical interests include treatment-resistant depression, neuromodulatory treatments including electroconvulsive therapy, and resident and medical student education. Research areas of interest include psychotropic medication use among older adults and treatment adherence in later-life depression.

Swapnil Rath, MD 2015-2016

Swapnil RathDr. Rath graduated from Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, India. His interest in geriatrics was instilled through his formative years in India, where the culture respects elders and treats them as important members of society. The biopsychosocial model of medicine practiced in American psychiatry led him to complete his General psychiatry residency from University of Kansas School of Medicine and St. Mary Mercy Hospital, MI. His interest in geriatric psychiatry was instilled through a PGY1 rotation and being selected as a 2013 GMHF Honors Scholar at the AAGP Annual meeting. The interface of medicine, psychiatry and neurology in the field of Geriatric Psychiatry is most appealing to him. Dr. Rath loves teaching, working in multidisciplinary teams and has special interest in the pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of patients with dementia. Dr. Rath is also interested in the use of mind-body interventions for positive aging. After graduation from fellowship, he will be working as a clinician-educator on an Inpatient Older adult unit in Grand Rapids, Michigan.



  • 2014-2015 – Kim Soden: Faculty at VA Ann Arbor Health Care System/University of Michigan
  • 2014-2015 – Henry Emerle: Psychiatrist at Vera French Community Mental Health, Davenport, IA
  • 2013-2014 – Jenny Alkema: Psychiatrist at St. Joe’s Health Care System/University of Michigan
  • 2013-2014 – Iquo Nafiu: Geriatric Psychiatrist at St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Chelsea, MI
  • 2012-2013 – Heba Gad: Faculty and Geriatric Psychiatry Program Director, Geisel School of Medicine – Dartmouth, Lebanon, New Hampshire
  • 2012-2013 – Jan Taliga: Private Practice, Windsor, Ontario
  • 2011-2012 – Laurie Boore-Clor: Faculty at VA Ann Arbor Health Care System/University of Michigan
  • 2011-2012 – Zach Moraity: Medical Director of St. Luke’s Medical Center, Boise, Idaho
  • 2010-2011 – Sachin Bhalerao: Geriatric Psychiatrist at Alexian Brothers Health System, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2009-2010 – Amit Patel: chief of Behavioral Health, Kaiser Permanete, Northwest Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • 2008-2009 – Ishrat Bhat: faculty, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Georgia
  • Loman Lin, MD, 2007-2008
  • Esther Akinyemi, MD, 2007-2008
  • David Schlagel, MD, 2007-2008
  • Mark Lyubkin, MD, 2006-2008
  • Lewis Krain, MD, 2006-2008
  • Mustafa Warsi, MD, 2005-2006
  • Peijun Chen, MD, 2004-2005
  • Corina Velehorschi, MD, 2003-2004
  • Stephen Cook, MD, 2002-2003
  • James Cummins, MD, 2002-2003
  • Anjan Sattar, MD, 2002-2003
  • Anusha Ranganathan, MD, 2001-2002
  • David Dettmann, DO, 1999-2000
  • Susan Maixner, MD, 1997-1999
  • Helen Kales, MD, 1996-1998
  • Venkata Jasty, MD, 1995-1996