Medical Staff

PSYCHIATRY

Navid Rashid, M.D., FAPA
Navid Rashid, M.D., FAPA
Medical Director

Dr. Rashid completed the combined 7 year BA/ MD program at The George Washington University, followed by Psychiatry residency at the University of Illinois-Chicago during which he was named a chief resident, and after graduation went on to complete a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine through Georgetown University/ Inova Fairfax Hospital. He is board certified in Psychiatry and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Rashid has dedicated his career to public sector inpatient psychiatry, with nearly a decade as a staff psychiatrist at NVMHI before being named Medical Director. He has been recognized as an educator by The George Washington University, twice receiving the Clinical Faculty Award for his work with psychiatric residents, and the recipient of the prestigious Elaine W. Cotlove MD Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Education in 2013. He continues to teach at NVMHI, and is also an active teaching faculty in the Psychosomatic Medicine fellowship through Inova Fairfax Hospital. He is recognized as a recovery-oriented psychiatrist in the Northern Virginia region and has consulted to the Virginia Recovery Initiative. As Medical Director at NVMHI, Dr. Rashid is committed to the mission of NVMHI, and works to provide clinical leadership that promotes an understanding of patients encompassing biological, psychological, social and spiritual perspectives. He believes in a balanced and integrated approach to the diagnosis and treatment of serious mental illness that is humanistic, scientific, and ultimately based in caring and service.

Sumit Anand, MD
Sumit Anand, MD

Dr. Sumit Anand has worked and trained both in the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States. He graduated medical school from Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals in London (UK), followed by clinical psychiatric training at University of Cambridge. He subsequently came to the United States to enroll in his psychiatric residency at University of Virginia, followed by a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry from the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Psychiatry at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Law. After completion of his fellowship, Dr. Anand worked for five years at a freestanding psychiatric hospital in West Virginia, where he treated inpatient adolescents. More recently, he worked as a Supervisory Medical Officer at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital and was a previous Medical Director at Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute. As a Forensic Psychiatrist at NVMHI, he treats individuals who have been adjudicated Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity by the courts. He is a Diplomate (‘board certified’) from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Anand has published in academic journals on topics ranging from anger, to diagnostic classification and bipolar disorder. He has also published a book entitled “Ten Tips for Parenting your Teen”. He is currently on the International Advisory Board of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, where he regularly publishes movie reviews (“Movies in Mind”). Most recently, Dr. Anand has been a contributing commentator to the podcast, Restoration Row® where he has (to date) discussed topics such as mourning, OCD, the opioid epidemic and substance dependence.

Kathryn Clarke, PMHNP

Kathryn is a graduate of the University of Washington, Seattle Campus. She began her career in nursing in 2001 as a Psychiatric Technician while pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa. Kathryn continued her studies in nursing, eventually obtaining her Masters Degree in Nursing in 2015 with a specialty in Psychiatry. She has enjoyed working with both general and acute psychiatric populations, dedicating most of her career as a nurse and nurse practitioner serving the acutely ill and homeless population.

Irene Green, NP

Irene is a graduate of Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has practiced as a Registered Nurse for over 20 years, and received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from St. Mary of the Plains College. She has since received her Masters of Science degree and is licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in Adult Gerontology Acute Care. Irene has experience working on both the medical side of patient care as well as psychiatric; however, serving the mentally ill and under-served in our community has become her passion.

Neda Kovacevic, MD

Dr. Kovacevic completed her medical training at the University of Belgrade School of Medicine in Serbia. Upon graduation, Dr. Kovacevic worked as a primary care provider at a psychiatric hospital in Belgrade. This assignment led her to pursue her interest, bringing her to the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA where Dr. Kovacevic completed her training in psychiatry. Dr. Kovacevic served as a Chief Resident in her final year and spent 6 months as a junior attending psychiatrist on the consultation-liaison service. Upon graduation from her psychiatry residency, Dr. Kovacevic moved to the DC area to complete a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry/ Psychosomatic Medicine with the George Washington University. Through her residency, fellowship, and as an attending physician at NVMHI, Dr. Kovacevic has remained actively involved in teaching both medical students and residents, and is currently an instructor in psychiatry for VCU, GWU, and SABA School of Medicine. Dr. Kovacevic is board certified in General Psychiatry.

Shah Nadeem, MD
Shah Nadeem, MD

Dr. Shah Nadeem completed his medical training from Sindh Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan. After medical school, Dr. Nadeem worked in internal medicine for nearly a decade before moving to a new career in psychiatry. He completed his residency in General Psychiatry from Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York Medical College, followed by a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry from North Shore LIJ University Hospital Center. Upon completion of his Fellowship, Dr. Nadeem was employed by the Veteran’s Affairs Administration for six years, and served as Chief of Psychiatry the last four years. Dr. Nadeem believes that psychiatry is a field where he can make a remarkable difference in the quality of people’s lives. Dr. Nadeem feels that patients with addictions are an underserved population who require a high level of care. His treatment philosophy is centered on helping patients achieve their goals and become a productive member in the community. Dr. Nadeem is passionate about mentorship for future healthcare professionals, earning the Excellence in Teaching Award from George Washington University in 2016-2017.

Sumera Nadeem, MD
Sumera Nadeem, MD

Dr. Sumera Nadeem is a board certified psychiatrist with over a decade of practice in the Northern Virginia area. Dr. Sumera complemented her medical education and Psychiatry residency training with a Masters of Public Health from The George Washington University. With her experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, Dr. Nadeem approaches diagnostic evaluations and psychiatric treatment with an emphasis on building strong therapeutic relationships, coupled with up-to-date knowledge of current clinical practice. Her primary focus and experience has been working in public sector psychiatry, including- extensive experience working for the Community Services Board, in addition to her current work at NVMHI. She also has an interest in women’s mental health. Dr Nadeem makes every effort to ensure her patients are given the best available treatment in an empathic environment, and endeavors to approach her work with compassion and understanding.

Aizhan Repchak, MD
Aizhan Repchak, MD

Dr. Repchak completed her medical training in Kazakhstan and was practicing as a primary care provider for 6 years prior to starting her residency in Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. She worked with consult liaison psychiatrists during her last year of residency (in the role of chief resident) at the VA hospital in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Repchak has a published article on epileptic catatonia in the Psychosomatics Journal of Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry. Dr. Repchak was awarded the Robert Senescu Award in 2016 for demonstrating exceptional abilities and dedication to patient care. She has also been recognized as a distinguished leader in medical student instruction. Following her residency, Dr. Repchak moved to the DC area to complete her fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine with The George Washington University. Dr. Repchak is double board certified in General Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine (Consultation Liaison Psychiatry).

Jyoti Supanekar, MD
Jyoti Supanekar, MD

Dr. Supanekar completed her Psychiatry residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA. She is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Supanekar has dedicated her career to public sector and community psychiatry practice for over a decade, and worked at the Prince William Community Services Board for nine years prior to joining NVMHI. She has also previously been involved in research work at the National Institutes of Health and Washington Hospital Center, pursuing interests in neuroscience and psychiatry. Dr. Supanekar believes in a holistic, person-centered approach to mental health care which emphasizes hope, that it is possible for people with mental illness to regain a meaningful life, and that recovery is a process which is attainable with an appropriate support framework in place.

PRIMARY CARE

Cecilia Chukwu, MD, FACP
Cecilia Chukwu, MD, FACP

Dr. Chukwu completed her medical training with an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the Howard University Hospital, Washington DC. She then did a Fellowship in Geriatrics at the George Washington University Hospital, Washington DC. Dr. Chukwu remained with the George Washington Hospital as an Assistant Professor of Medicine until she subsequently joined NVMHI. She has been active on the committees of Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute (NVMHI), including the Medical Executive Committee. She has been elected and remains the Vice-Chair of the Virginia Chapter of The American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, which helps to provide clinical care to individuals with intellectual disabilities and neuropsychiatric presentations. Dr. Chukwu believes in comprehensive medical care of patients at NVMHI and in general, through evidence-based medicine. Dr. Chukwu is board certified in internal medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Narges Ghodsimaab, DNP, FNP-BC
Narges Ghodsimaab, DNP, FNP-BC

Narges Ghodimaab completed the nurse practitioner (FNP) program and obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from George Mason University. She is board certified in family practice by the American Nursing Credentialing Center. Prior to joining NVMHI, Narges worked in both primary and acute care settings for over three years. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, Narges attended George Mason University and obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and worked as a registered nurse at both Fairfax and Loudoun hospitals for over seven years. Narges is also a certified midwife overseas and worked in that role for over eight years. Narges believes in patient centered care and focuses on providing quality care to patients.

Sajjad Hussain, MD
Sajjad Hussain, MD

Dr. Hussain is a board certified Internal Medicine physician. He completed medical school in the West Indies, followed by surgical internship training and an Internal Medicine residency at Nassau University Medical Center in New York. Dr. Hussain subsequently completed his fellowship training in Geriatric Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He worked as an attending physician at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, Ann Arbor Michigan, before joining NVMHI, and has over ten years of experience in primary care practice. At NVMHI, Dr. Hussain collaborates with our psychiatric staff to provide integrated care in the context of a psychiatric hospital, so that necessary medical issues are addressed alongside psychiatric treatment.

Ben Skinker, MD

Dr. Skinker is the newest Primary Care Physician on staff at NVMHI. A native of Virginia and former case manager at a local CSB, Dr. Skinker attended medical school at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College in Richmond. He completed his Family Medicine residency at UPMC Shadyside in Pittsburgh, PA and continues to be a Board Certified family physician. During eight years of private practice in a former steel mill town outside of Pittsburgh, he was the medical consultant for the psychiatric units at the local community hospital. He then moved his practice to his former residency training site for an academic position training medical students and residents. Dr. Skinker completed a fellowship in Academic Family Medicine at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was the medical director for the UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center and during his tenure at UPMC Shadyside, he mentored family medicine residents in office based practice improvement initiatives for enhanced behavioral health care within the primary care outpatient setting. His special interests include practice management, underserved populations, medical education, sexual health and sexually transmitted infections, adult vaccines and HIV prevention. Dr. Skinker is excited to be a part of the dynamic treatment team of providers at NVMHI.