Northeast Georgia Medical Center has named Kalpana Prasad, MD, program director of the upcoming psychiatry physician residency program.
Dr. Prasad is a practicing psychiatrist with the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group and recently served as president of the Indo-American Psychiatric Association of Georgia. She has experience as medical director of a women’s mental health unit, an inpatient and outpatient clinical director and a city-appointed psychiatry consultant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition, Dr. Prasad has worked with the Atlanta VA Medical Center and Emory University’s School of Medicine.
In her new role, Dr. Prasad will work on recruiting faculty and completing the psychiatry physician residency program’s application for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. She hopes the program will be accredited in time to recruit the first class of six physicians to start their psychiatric residencies in July 2022.
“We are excited to have an accomplished leader like Dr. Prasad to help us apply for Psychiatry residency program accreditation and keep the best and brightest to care for our community,” said John E. Delzell, vice president of Medical Education for Northeast Georgia Health System and Designated Institutional Official for NGMC. “As our region continues to grow, having excellent psychiatric resources available is as important as ever."
The new psychiatry residency program is part of NGMC’s plan to expand its Graduate Medical Education program. It is intended to help fill the need for trained mental health professionals in North Georgia.
“Building a residency program to train the next generation of skilled psychiatrists is the perfect combination of teaching and community service--two passions of mine,” said Dr. Prasad in a statement Thursday. “I am thrilled to empower the physician leaders of tomorrow to best serve the people who need their help.”