Current Residents

 PGY5, Chief Resident

Chelsea ShepherdChelsea Shepherd, D.O.

Dr. Shepherd comes from rural Southern Ohio where she grew up on a small farm and apple orchard. After graduating from Symmes Valley High School in 2007, she became a first-generation college student. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with majors in biomedical science and biochemistry from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. She completed her medical school education and training at The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. As a senior medical student, she spent an additional year working for the medical college, teaching first and second year medical students. One of her core philosophies as a physician is to treat the patient, not the disease. She believes that every person is a unit of mind, body, and spirit and that these elements are interconnected. Combined training in internal medicine and psychiatry was a natural path for her. In pursuing it, she hopes to improve access to both primary care and psychiatry in rural, underserved areas like her home community. Areas of academic interest include addiction, geriatrics, women's health, health equity, and palliative care. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing video games, watching movies, painting, and gardening.

Email: shephech@musc.edu

PGY4

Emily BayEmily Bay, M.D.

Dr. Bay attended the Northeast Ohio Medical University. She was inspired to pursue dual training after working with patients with severe mental illness and complex comorbid medical conditions. Her academic interests include geriatrics, palliative care, and interventional psychiatry. She also enjoys volunteering at CARES, the student run free clinic, on Med-Psych night. Outside of the clinical world, she loves spending time with her family and co-residents, exploring Charleston, going to the beach, growing carnivorous plants, and watching HGTV with her cat, Jake.

Email: baye@musc.edu

Jordan SpencerJordan Spencer, D.O.

Dr. Spencer grew up in Nashua and Litchfield, New Hampshire. His undergraduate education was completed at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He subsequently participated in the accelerated primary care scholar program at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania, completing medical school in three years. Even prior to medical school, he considered combined training in medicine and psychiatry after working in a rehab facility during his undergraduate years. Dr. Spencer enjoys the direct interface of medicine and psychiatry with specific clinical interests in addiction, transplant psychiatry, psycho-oncology, psychotherapy, brain stimulation, primary care, musculoskeletal conditions (via osteopathic manipulation and joint injections), ultrasound, and CAM modalities. Other professional interests include academic medicine, physician leadership, entrepreneurship and business, finance (he is passionate about making sure every resident gets a Roth IRA), physician burn out, health policy, and participation in organized medicine. He currently sits as the National Vice-Chair of the AOGME Residents and Fellows Counsel. Outside of work, Dr. Spencer enjoys biking, meditation, swing trading the stock market, exploring the awesome Charleston food scene, playing with his adorable children, watching Frozen, Moana, or Cars (ask him about psychoanalysis and character development), and most importantly napping.

Email: spencejo@musc.edu

PGY3

Robert JamesRobert James, M.D.

Dr. James was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and is a Midwesterner at heart. He attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, to receive his B.S. in Biology (with a minor in math, because why not) and came very close to applying to pharmacy school before making a last-minute switch into medicine. He went back to St. Louis for medical school, studying at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and, after a brief phase in which he thought he would become a trauma surgeon, he found himself torn between the art of psychiatry and the logic of medicine. With the aid of dual-boarded faculty mentors, he decided to seek out combined training himself and was delighted to be offered the opportunity to work at MUSC. His clinical interests include addictions, geriatrics, palliative care, various interventional sub-specialties, and the intersection between dialysis patients and mood disorders. In his free time, he enjoys classical piano and composition, traveling, following local and international politics, and attempting to get his parents to pay for dinner when they come to visit. He is also undoubtedly a Slytherin, despite various unscrupulous sorting hat websites that place him in Gryffindor.

Email: jamesro@musc.edu

Emily AmadorEmily Amador, D.O.

Dr. Amador grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She left the cold and moved to San Diego where she worked as a Nutrition Assistant before obtaining an undergraduate degree in cognitive science at the University of California, Berkeley. She then worked in environmental health and safety, ultimately being drawn to medicine. For medical school, she was pulled back to the midwest and attended Marian University in Indianapolis. She has always had a passion for the human brain as well as mental health and believes it is the most important aspect of a person. Throughout medical school, the important connection between the mind and body became increasingly apparent, and the intersection of internal medicine and psychiatry became an obvious path for her. She is interested in many areas of medicine and psychiatry, including brain stimulation, addictions, hematology/oncology, and integrated medicine. She enjoys going to the beach, spending time with friends and family (including her temperamental cat, Indy), trying out new restaurants, reading, traveling, and hiking.

Email: amador@musc.edu

PGY2

George BookGeorge Book, M.D.

Dr. Book grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, just across the river from MUSC in West Ashley. After graduating from Academic Magnet High School in 2015, he pursued a bachelor’s in chemistry at the University of Florida (Go Gators!). There, he met his wife, Alyson, a Florida native. After UF and a brief stint working in the Charleston City Market, George attended MUSC for medical school. He became interested in internal Medicine and psychiatry after working with combined residents at the student-run CARES clinic during his M1 year. His medical interests include consult-liaison psychiatry, toxicology, addictions, first-break psychosis, medical education, and primary care. His non-medical interests include running, cooking, college football, spending time with his wife (when she’s not busy teaching America’s youth), his goldendoodle- Pickles, losing week in week out in the psychiatry residency fantasy football league, and masked dinners with his co-residents. In the promised post-COVID times, you’ll probably find him spending all of his vacation time in the mountains and towns of Western North Carolina, running in races throughout the southeast, or (most preferably) both at the same time.

Email: bookg@musc.edu

Alexander BaradeiAlexander Baradei, M.D.

Dr. Baradei was born in California. He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in biopsychology from the University of California Santa Barbara. Afterwards, he spent three years in deployment overseas working for the US Department of Defense as a liaison, linguist, instructor, and cultural advisor. During this time, he helped build partnerships between US military personnel and US Allied Forces. He also worked with the US State Department to facilitate the safe movement of refugees in the region. Once he returned home, he pursued a master's degree, conducted research, taught genetics, and then attended Medical School at the Florida State University College of Medicine. In medical school, he served as junior faculty for the gross anatomy lab and Clinical Skills Learning Center. He was also elected to represent his class in redesigning the school’s basic medical science curriculum, and later was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. During his medical training, Dr. Baradei noticed that the medical field’s categorization of human pathology created an arbitrary mind-body divide. He decided to pursue a career fully immersed in both psychiatry and internal medicine to embody a unique holistic mind-body and patient-based approach to help achieve a comprehensive state of well-being for his patients. He also hopes to find innovative ways to transform how we think about, approach, and teach medicine. Dr. Baradei feels incredibly fortunate to have been able to join the MUSC family, and is humbled every day by the intelligence, hard work, and tenacity of his co-residents and colleagues. Outside of medicine, he enjoys biking, kayaking, ping pong, soccer, ultimate frisbee, cooking, traveling, writing poetry, playing the ukulele, and watching science fiction movies and TV shows.

Email: baradei@musc.edu

PGY1

Zola FrancisZola Francis, M.D.

Dr. Francis was born in Queens, New York, but spent most of her childhood in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with her parents and older sister. She is Caribbean-American and is of Guyanese-Vincentian descent. She moved to Georgia during her teenage years where she finished her last two years of high school, before attending the Georgia Institute of Technology for college. She graduated from Georgia Tech in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and then attended the Medical College of Georgia for medical school. She is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and served as president of her school's chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She is interested in community outreach particularly as it relates to issues of homelessness and especially in populations that are affected by mental illness and substance use disorders; population health and ways to increase public and individual awareness of common chronic psychiatric and medical conditions; academic medicine; mentorship programs; and pipeline programs. She enjoys spending time with family, having small (in-person and virtual) gatherings with friends, reading fantasy novels, mentoring students, and doing crafting projects.

Email: francisz@musc.edu

 

Andrew KernAndrew Kern, M.D.

Dr. Kern grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. He studied Neuroscience at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, with a particular emphasis on substance use disorders. His interest in psychiatry and his passion for addressing mental illness stigma led him to apply to medical school. During his third year at the Medical University of South Carolina, he chose to pursue combined residency training in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry because of his interest in the interplay between mental health and other dimensions of patient well-being. Dr. Kern feels fortunate to train with such empathetic and knowledgeable co-residents and faculty at MUSC. His academic interests include treating patients with chronic pain, who often suffer from associated depression and anxiety, as well as preventing delirium in hospitalized patients. In his free time, he enjoys walks with his wife, Dr. Megan Kern, who is an Internal Medicine-Pediatrics resident at MUSC. He also enjoys rock climbing and playing upright bass. Dr. Kern strives to be the kind of physician that he would feel comfortable recommending to family and friends.


Email: kerna@musc.edu