Psychiatry

Dr. Strong awarded Canedy prize

Sheritta Strong, MD, has been unanimously selected as the next Canedy Executive MBA scholar. The award pays for Dr. Strong, an adult psychiatrist, to receive her Executive Masters of Business Administration. Dr. Strong graduated from UNMC College of Medicine in 2004 and finished her Creighton-Nebraska Psychiatry Residency Program in 2008.

Dr. Strong said the award was an exciting honor.

“As physicians, there are so many aspects to the practice of medicine outside of patient care that we don’t learn about in medical school,” Dr. Strong said. “As an inaugural diversity officer for UNMC, it is important that I continue to learn skills in business and administration areas to ensure that we build a sustainable diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy. Like our mission states, ‘…We pursue the work today that creates a diverse, unbiased, and empowered workforce tomorrow.’ I’m truly honored to have been selected for the Canedy Scholarship program, which has a history with some very esteemed scholars, including my chairman, Howard Liu.”

Dr. Liu was previously a Canedy Scholar. He received his Executive MBA in Healthcare Management from the University of Colorado Denver Business School in 2019.

“Dr. Strong is an incredible leader who role models commitment, passion, and deep community engagement,” Dr. Liu said. “Her vision in creating the Office of Inclusion for UNMC has already moved the culture forward, and she has demonstrated her willingness to roll up her sleeves to build the infrastructure for greater understanding. As a graduate of the Canedy Scholarship, I know that she will benefit from the Executive MBA at the University of Colorado Denver to enhance her business skills in partnership with her strong EQ. I could not be more excited for Dr. Strong’s recognition as the next Canedy Scholar!” 

Dr. Strong has received several awards, including the Urban League of Omaha Health Award, the Omaha Chapter of the National Coalition of Negro Women’s (NCNW) Women in Medicine Award, the UNMC’s Alumni Early Career Achievement Award, and the American Psychiatric Association’s Nancy C.A. Roeske, MD Award. Additionally, Dr. Strong was a panelist for the American Psychiatry Association’s Town Hall on racism in 2021, moderated a virtual town hall in 2020 on racism for the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education (ADMSEP), co-led multiple workshops including the topic of microaggressions at the ADMSEP, and she served on a panel for women’s diversity in medicine at the BraveEnough conference with nationally well-known speakers.  She was a guest on the Growth Edge Leadership podcast to discuss “Quelling Fear Amid Uncertainty”.  While earning her Executive MBA, Dr. Strong will continue her clinical and faculty work at UNMC as well as continue as Director of Inclusion at UNMC. 




Psychiatry residents, fellow celebrate first year of new program


The Department of Psychiatry celebrated the first graduate of UNMC’s Addiction Medicine Fellowship as well as a successful first year for the Psychiatry Residency Program.

The department’s education division gathered to honor Claudia Moore, MD, on finishing the year-long fellowship. 

“I’m really honored to have had Claudia Moore as our first graduating fellow,” said Ken Zoucha, MD, the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Director. “I will say that I learned as much from her as she did from me. I’m also very happy that she has chosen to join our faculty upon completion of her fellowship. She will be a great addition to the addiction program at UNMC.”

Knowing 12 months can fly by quickly, Dr. Moore said she tried to hit the ground running.

“I know I only have 12 short months to learn a new specialty, so I’m trying to cram as much learning into every experience as possible. My previous roles have included a lot of medical students and resident education; I now get to use all the lessons I’ve learned about what allows a learner to be successful and apply it to my own education,” she said.

Dr. Moore graduated from Emory University in 1996 with a degree in Art History and Biology. She attended the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis in 2000 and finished her residency at LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans in 2004. She completed a fellowship in Medical Toxicology at Emory/CDC/George Poison Center in 2006. From 2006-2020, she worked at Nebraska Medicine in emergency medicine. From 2013-2019, she was the Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

Following her graduation, Dr. Moore will join the UNMC Department of Psychiatry Faculty.

Michaelyn Everhart, MD; Matthew Kelly, MD; Andi Ngo, MD; and Emily Royer, MD, finished their first year in the new Psychiatry Residency Program.

A new group of residents will start this summer. Thomas Bainter, MD; Logan Ford, MD; and Max Lydiatt, MD, will stay in Omaha after graduating from and matching at UNMC. Bryndis Grissom, DO, comes to UNMC after studying at the University of North Texas Health Center, and Tianqi (Nina) Luo, DO, will head west this summer after graduating from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University.

Zachary Rupp, MD, will join this department this summer as a second-year resident after spending his first year at the University of Kentucky. He will be switching from family medicine to psychiatry. He brings the total number of residents to 10.

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