Current Residents

PGY5

Emily BayEmily Bay, M.D. (Chief Resident)

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.

Raised: Nashua/Litchfield, New Hampshire
Undergraduate Education: Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah
Medical Education (D.O): Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania 

Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Spencer had considered combined training in combined medicine and psychiatry while working in an addiction rehabilitation center during his undergraduate years. He enjoys the direct interface of medicine and psychiatry with specific clinical interests in addiction/pain, sleep, CL psych in setting of complex medical disease, psychotherapy, brain stimulation, primary care integration, OMT, ultrasound, and CAM modalities. Other professional interests include physician leadership, entrepreneurship and business, finance (he is passionate about making sure every resident gets a Roth IRA) and participation in organized medicine. Outside of work, Dr. Spencer enjoys biking, meditation, swing trading the stock market, exploring the Charleston food scene, and spending time with his wife and adorable children.

Email: spencejo@musc.edu

PGY4

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. 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, and toxicology. She enjoys going to the beach, spending time with friends and family (including her son, husband, and temperamental cat, Indy), trying out new restaurants, reading, traveling, and hiking.

Email: amador@musc.edu

PGY3

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!) where he met his wife. 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, hospitalist medicine, addiction, medical education, and primary care. His non-medical interests include spending time with his wife and daughter, his goldendoodle- Pickles, losing week in week out in the psychiatry residency fantasy football league, trail running, cooking, and college football.

Email: bookg@musc.edu

Alexander BaradeiAlexander Baradei, M.D.

Dr. Baradei was born in San Francisco, California. He received his Bachelor 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. His fields of interest include Consult Liaison Psychiatry, Interventional Psychiatry, Inpatient Psychiatry, and Inpatient Med-Psych Units. Outside of medicine, he enjoys biking, cooking, traveling, and watching science fiction movies. 

Email: baradei@musc.edu

PGY2

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

PGY1

Dr. Ruth Bishop

Ruth Bishop, M.D.

Dr. Ruth Bishop is originally from Shreveport, LA, and attended the University of Alabama where she studied Spanish and biology and pursued a master's in business administration through the STEM-path to an MBA program at Manderson business school. She then worked as an ESL teacher for a year in Medellin, Colombia, through the Fulbright program before matriculating at the University of Michigan Medical School. In medical school, she found a home within the organization Wolverine Street Medicine (WSM), which provided mobile health outreach and social services to people experiencing housing insecurity. She was moved by the patients she met through her work in WSM and found herself wanting to transcend the division between pathologies of the mind and body as a physician. She could think of no better way to do this than through combined training in Medicine and Psychiatry.

Her academic interests include addiction, health policy reform, health equity, research and medical education. Outside the hospital, she enjoys salsa dancing, hiking, cooking with friends, watching telenovelas, playing piano, and snuggle time with her cat, Suki. She has been impressed by the kindness, generosity, and brilliance of her co-residents and is thankful for the opportunity to pursue dual training at MUSC.

Email: bishopru@musc.edu

Dr. Erik Olsen

Erik Olsen, M.D.

Dr. Olsen would tell you that he grew up in Johns Creek, Georgia if you were from Georgia, but if you weren't, he would just say he grew up in Atlanta. At the University of Georgia, he majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and minored in History, partly because the history department building was on the pretty half of campus and students there were less stressed out. While in Athens, he helped lead a Christian nonprofit that worked to build friendships with the local homeless population and saw firsthand the devastation at the intersection of poor mental health, untreated chronic disease, and poverty. With this experience compelling him, he discovered a well-suited specialty in combined Internal Medicine-Psychiatry while studying at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. His professional interests currently include street medicine, hospital medicine, pulmonology, hematology/oncology, and primary care. Outside of work, he loves to spend time outside - be that road tripping, hiking, biking, surfing, running, or walking - with his wife, Maddie. They love their faith community, watching college football with new and old friends, and ignoring their ever-growing reading list for something on Netflix. 

Email: olsene@musc.edu