Physicians: Birmingham

RICHARD N. AKINS, M.D., M.B.A.
Dr. Akins is the Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director of APS. He is a Board Certified psychiatrist who joined APS in 1990 after completion of his psychiatric residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He completed medical school with an M.D. degree in 1986 from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport.

Dr. Akins has served in a number of capacities while employed with APS. He has been a full time clinical psychiatrist providing inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization services to the general adult population. While continuing in his clinical duties, Dr. Akins has served in administrative roles as well. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of APS since 1992. He became Vice-President in 1995, and subsequently served as Assistant Medical Director prior to becoming Medical Director in 2003. Dr. Akins obtained his Master of Business Administration from Auburn University in 2002. Dr. Akins was named CEO by the Board of Directors in 2004.

KERRY L.M. CLEARY, M.D.
Dr. Kerry Cleary is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who works at the Acton Road office of Alabama Psychiatric Services. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame and graduated with honors from the University Of Alabama School Of Medicine in 1991. Dr. Cleary completed her General Psychiatry Residency and Child and Adolescent Fellowship Training at Eisenhower Army Medical Center and the Medical College of Georgia in 1996. She was an active duty Army officer/psychiatrist from 1991-2000 prior to joining Alabama Psychiatric Services.

SUSMITA DASGUPTA, M.D.
Dr. Dasgupta is board certified in General Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She joined Alabama Psychiatric Services in August 2011. Dr. Dasgupta completed her residency training in General Psychiatry from Creedmoor Psychiatric Center (New York State, Office of Mental Health) which is affiliated with Columbia University. Her residency rotations were completed at New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia University Medical center) and at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center. Also, Dr. Dasgupta served as Chief Resident in her program, and received “resident of the year” award for clinical and academic excellence throughout residency program. Dr. Dasgupta completed her Medical training from University of Calcutta, Bankura Sammilani Medical College in India where she received a degree in the field of General Medicine. Dr. Dasgupta practiced Medicine for ten years in India before permanently moving to the USA. Her main interests are Mood disorder, Anxiety disorder including Obsessive Compulsive disorder, mental disorder due to General Medical Condition, Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.

NIRMALA R. JETTY, M.D.
Dr. Nirmala Reddy Jetty joined Alabama Psychiatric Services Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division in May of 2009. Dr. Jetty completed medical school at Mysore in India, before coming to the United States. She completed her General Psychiatry Residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Dr. Jetty’s compassion and dream of helping children led her to complete a fellowship at the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 2008 in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Jetty believes in team approach, and also the bio-psycho-social model in treating a patient. Her particular fields of interest and experience includes: mood disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, autism spectrum disorders and of course ADHD among children.

ANNIE A. KERIOTIS, M.D.
Dr. Annie A. Keriotis received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and was recipient of a scholarship from the United States Navy. She completed her general medical internship at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia and served as a General Medical Officer with the United States Navy for 3 years in Norfolk, Virginia. After finishing her tour with the US Navy, she completed her General Psychiatry Residency and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina where she also served as Chief Resident of the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Keriotis is board certified in both adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. She has been employed with Alabama Psychiatric Services since 2000.

PADMAVATHY NATARAJ, M.D.
Dr. Padmavathy Nataraj completed medical school at Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College in India before coming to United States. She completed her first three years of residency training at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York, which is affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Her fourth year of residency was completed at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Nataraj graduated from her psychiatric residency training program in June, 2013. She has received training in intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the William Alanson White Institute in New York. Her special interests include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, interpersonal psychotherapy, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and supportive psychotherapy. Her goal is to advocate and guide her patients to choose right treatment for their symptoms and to promote both physical and mental health.

GODEHARD OEPEN, M.D., PH.D., F.A.P.A.
Dr. Godehard Oepen was born and raised in West-Germany. He studied Medicine in Marburg, Fribourg/Switzerland, and Freiburg. After his term in the military, he completed a Residency Training in Neurology, obtained a PH.D. degree in Clinical Neurophysiology, and a second Residency Training in Psychiatry at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Germany, where he then served as Senior Clinician and Associate Professor.

In 1989, Dr. Oepen continued his research and clinical activities in Boston at Harvard University, where he under went another required residency training in American Psychiatry at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School (HMS), including a rotation in Behavioral Neurology at Beth Israel Hospital, HMS.

His more than 110 articles, book chapters and three edited books cover a wide range of topics, from neuropsychiatric illness (Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder) to Borderline Personality Disorder, Psychopharmacology, and Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry.

After four years at the Bedford VA Hospital and two years as Medical Director of the Harvard North Shore Geriatric Psychiatry Program in Salem/MA, Dr. Oepen joined Alabama Psychiatric Services in 1999 and is now Assistant Medical Director for Clinical Services and Education at APS, coordinating APS’ CME Program and treatment quality issues, resulting in the publication of APS outcome data in two posters and two peer-reviewed articles.

STEVEN SUGG, M.D.
Dr. Steven Sugg completed his undergraduate studies at Birmingham-Southern College, and obtained his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1999. He went on to complete residency training in Psychiatry, and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He is board certified in both Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

KERRY L.M. CLEARY, M.D.
Dr. Kerry Cleary is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who works at the Acton Road office of Alabama Psychiatric Services. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame and graduated with honors from the University Of Alabama School Of Medicine in 1991. Dr. Cleary completed her General Psychiatry Residency and Child and Adolescent Fellowship Training at Eisenhower Army Medical Center and the Medical College of Georgia in 1996. She was an active duty Army officer/psychiatrist from 1991-2000 prior to joining Alabama Psychiatric Services.

ANNIE A. KERIOTIS, M.D.
Dr. Annie A. Keriotis received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and was recipient of a scholarship from the United States Navy. She completed her general medical internship at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia and served as a General Medical Officer with the United States Navy for 3 years in Norfolk, Virginia. After finishing her tour with the US Navy, she completed her General Psychiatry Residency and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina where she also served as Chief Resident of the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Keriotis is board certified in both adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. She has been employed with Alabama Psychiatric Services since 2000.

FARAH N. KHAN, M.D.
Dr. Khan is a graduate of the Aga Khan Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan. She completed a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at University of Alabama Birmingham. Following her Masters, Dr. Khan pursued training in Psychiatry at Scott & White Memorial Hospital, Texas A&M Health Science Center in Temple, Texas. She has practiced community psychiatry from 2004 to 2012. Dr. Khan has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of South Alabama Department of Psychiatry. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as well as Diplomate of Psychosomatic Medicine. Dr. Khan takes a particular interest in health care services provision, public mental health, sleep medicine, consultation-liaison psychiatry and forensic psychiatry.

GODEHARD OEPEN, M.D., PH.D., F.A.P.A.
Dr. Godehard Oepen was born and raised in West-Germany. He studied Medicine in Marburg, Fribourg/Switzerland, and Freiburg. After his term in the military, he completed a Residency Training in Neurology, obtained a PH.D. degree in Clinical Neurophysiology, and a second Residency Training in Psychiatry at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Germany, where he then served as Senior Clinician and Associate Professor.

In 1989, Dr. Oepen continued his research and clinical activities in Boston at Harvard University, where he under went another required residency training in American Psychiatry at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School (HMS), including a rotation in Behavioral Neurology at Beth Israel Hospital, HMS.

His more than 110 articles, book chapters and three edited books cover a wide range of topics, from neuropsychiatric illness (Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder) to Borderline Personality Disorder, Psychopharmacology, and Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry.

After four years at the Bedford VA Hospital and two years as Medical Director of the Harvard North Shore Geriatric Psychiatry Program in Salem/MA, Dr. Oepen joined Alabama Psychiatric Services in 1999 and is now Assistant Medical Director for Clinical Services and Education at APS, coordinating APS’ CME Program and treatment quality issues, resulting in the publication of APS outcome data in two posters and two peer-reviewed articles.

STEVEN SUGG, M.D.
Dr. Steven Sugg completed his undergraduate studies at Birmingham-Southern College, and obtained his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1999. He went on to complete residency training in Psychiatry, and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He is board certified in both Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.