Neeta Saheba, MD
Program Director

Medical School: MBBS- Grant Medical College, Mumbai, India
Residency Training: (PGY I)-University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School, (PGY II - IV)-Loma Linda University
Clinical Interests: Adult Inpatient Psychiatry; Wellness; Forensic Psychiatry; Addiction Psychiatry; Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Board Certifications: Adult Psychiatry; Subspecialty certification- Addiction Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
About Me: I am married for 30 years; my husband is an Engineer/Businessman/CAM practitioner. I have 1 son who is a PGY-IV Resident in Psychiatry. We love outdoor activities (hiking, camping), travelling (nationally and internationally), and socializing with family and friends!
Why Kaiser? I moonlighted as a Resident at Kaiser, and fell in love with its Model, Mission,Vision , and Values ( 97cents/$ invested in patient care)- to provide Service, Quality, Access, and Affordable health Care in an integrated medical model to patients in the communities we serve-including MediCal ( ~ to MediCaid in other states); Medicare; employer based insured members and their families; and self-pay patients. I was able to obtain and maintain certification in Adult Psychiatry, as well as sub-specialty certification in Addiction Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, as well as Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry because of ongoing clinical exposure to patients with complicated psychiatric histories (covering the breadth of DSM-V), dual diagnosis patients, as well as medically complicated patients , because we practice at a tertiary referral site. This organization also nurtured my interest in Leadership, including Chief of Service, Assistant Area Medical Director , Budget Advisory Committee Chair, and Innovation subcommittee Chair, and now Program Director! Being a physician led organization allowed me the opportunity to advocate for my underserved patients by volunteering to open the 1st Psychiatry Residency Program in KP- to join the 33 other GME programs that KP offers. KP’s robust Research and Evaluation Department has allowed me to nurture my interest in Physician Wellness Research. I could not imagine being in the field I love for 37 years, seeing patients I truly care about, in an organization whose patient centered values help me “THRIVE” daily for the last 28 years - anywhere else!
Other: Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Loma Linda University Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Western University of Health Sciences Scholarly Activity: Current project: Resident Wellness by PGY year across specialties (ongoing) ; Impact of COVID-19 on Resident Wellness across different specialties at KP (Submitted for approval)

Hilary Bennett, MD
Assistant Program Director

Medical School: University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Residency Training: University of California, Irvine
Clinical Interests: Reproductive psychiatry, ethics, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder
Board Certifications: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
About Me: I have been with Kaiser Permanente since 2012 and have worked in both inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. I am the Associate Residency Training Director and the Assistant Chief of Psychiatry for San Bernardino County. In addition, I am part of the regional leadership focused on quality for inpatient behavioral health services. I am passionate about teaching and committed to building upon a culture of diversity. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family, gardening, reading and trying new cuisines.
Why Kaiser? I stand behind the mission of Kaiser Permanente and am humbled by the experiences I have had over the years to grow and be on the cutting edge of major transformations in healthcare delivery. I am grateful for the opportunity to provide care to one of the most vulnerable populations in our country, those suffering from severe mental illness. In addition, the Inland Empire has a very diverse patient population and allows me to continue my passion for helping those that are disadvantaged.
Other: Assistant Clinical Professor Western University of Health Sciences Kaiser Psychiatry Residency- Inpatient Teacher of the Year (awarded over 4 years); PGY2 Didactic Instructor of the Year

Nima Sharif, MD
Assistant Program Director

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Residency Training: Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia
Clinical Interests: Psychodynamic psychotherapy
Board Certifications: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
About Me: I was born in Iran and moved to Canada, with my family, at the age of 12. I completed my undergraduate degree at University of British Columbia prior to being accepted into medical school. I have always been fascinated with the mind and the potential to help advance our understanding in the field of psychiatry. In my spare time, I play basketball and soccer, go snowboarding and enjoy video games.
Why Kaiser? It is the most successful health care system. It is physician led which prioritizes patient care.
Other: Current project: I am on the advisory council of the Presence of Mind initiative. This program was created in partnership with the esport team, Cloud 9 and is designed to reduce stigma while increasing awareness and access to mental health treatment.

Maher Kozman, MD
Assistant Area Medical Director, Assistant Clinical Professor Psychiatry Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Medical School: Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt
Residency Training: Psychiatry Massachusetts Mental Health CTR & Brockton V.A. Medical CTR/Harvard Program
Fellowship Training: Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital, Brown University Medical School Residency
Clinical Interests: Inpatient & CL Psychiatry, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Eating Disorders, OCD, Adolescent Substance Use Disorders, Collaborative/ Integrated Mental Health Care Model, Tele-psychiatry, Administrative Psychiatry
Board Certifications: Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Psychiatry
About Me: Married and father of 2 (son and daughter), both in Medicine. Co-founder of a not for profit medical charity that provides subsidized medical care for the underserved in Egypt and the Middle East. Volunteers as a child psychiatrist in the community and on mission trips. Love to spend time with family and friends, travel, play tennis, read and watch movies
Why Kaiser? Joined SCPMG in 1990, Partner since, 1992, Practiced mix of Inpatient & Outpatient Psychiatry for 10 years, full- time Inpatient Psychiatry for 9 years, Inpatient Psychiatry and Chief of Psychiatry for 7 years, Inpatient Psychiatry and Assistant Area Medical Director since 2016 to Present
Other: Current Projects: Impact of Social Media Use on Admitted Adolescents to Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, Use of Motivational Interviewing for Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders in Inpatient setting

Kevin Guber, MD
Core Faculty

Medical School: University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine
Residency Training: Psychiatry Residency-University of Southern California
Fellowship Training: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship-University of Southern California
Clinical Interests: Outpatient psychiatry; treatment of ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety and depression in children and teens; effective interviewing and therapeutic alliance with patient and caregiver; improving treatment adherence and treatment efficiency Board Certifications: Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Board Certifications: Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
About Me: I am married and have 2 children that I had during residency and fellowship. When not busy with kids’ sport practices and games or going to the gym, I like fantasy and horror shows on Netflix and play video games on my phone.
Why Kaiser? I’ve been working at KP since 2011, though I’ve been a member since I was 4 as I grew up in Southern California. I believe that our ability to practice high quality medicine independently along with connection to primary care and specialists in our integrated system offers our patients the best treatment outcomes. In addition, our unique residency and fellowship programs allow us variety in our work week including time for teaching, mentorship, research and administrative duties that I am invigorated by.
Other: Current project: BMI changes over time in young children started on an atypical antipsychotic vs. SSRI

Sarjak Mehta, MD

Medical School: B.J. Medical college, India
Residency Training: Richmond University Medical Program
Fellowship Training: Geriatric Psychiatry, Northshore LIJ, NY
Clinical Interests: Geriatric Psychiatry, Adult ADHD, Subsance Use Disorder
Board Certifications: Adult & Geriatric psychiatry
About Me: I have been in practice for more than 10 years and with KP for last 5. I had worked in various settings like inpatient, dual diagnosis clinic, private practice, and community psychiatry. Now, majority of the time I work in Outpatient setting. Other time, I supervise residents one-half day each week. I started doing TMS half day of a week.
Why Kaiser? I chose Kaiser as I was looking for an organization where I can practice evidence based medicine and provide me an opportunity to work in academic setting. In addition, one can have a nice work-life balance.

Gino Mortillaro, MD

Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine
Residency Training: Harvard Shore South Psychiatry Residency
Fellowship Training: Boston Children’s Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
About Me: Before starting medical school, I competed internationally as a member of the USA Gymnastics National Team for many years and continue some coaching as able. Additionally, I remained active in both sand and indoor volleyball throughout medical school and training and love to play whenever I get the chance! Otherwise, my fiancé and I are proud dog parents and spend our free time with them, playing video games, catching up on scary movies, or exploring our new hometown.
Why Kaiser? I joined KP in 2018 directly out of fellowship. I knew I wanted to join a practice that was involved with psychiatry training and teaching opportunities as well as the opportunity to continue my passion for addressing healthcare inequities in the LGBT+ population and increasing provider education around Transgender healthcare. I work with both the General Adult Residency during Child and Adolescent Clinic supervision as well as give lectures on Research Literacy / Methods and Gender Health as well as working with the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship as the Pediatric Consult Liaison Attending at the Fontana Medical Center, outpatient clinic supervisor, and provide various lectures for CAP didactics. Currently, I serve as the San Bernardino Psychiatry Coding and Billing Champion as well as sit on the Regional Committee on Transgender Health.
Other: Current projects : Case Report on Catatonia; Childhood Mental Health Characteristics of Adult Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder

Jennifer Ferrer, MD

Medical School: De La Salle University College of Medicine, Philippines
Residency Training: Loma Linda University, CA
Fellowship Training: University of Arizona, Center for Integrative Medicine
Clinical Interests: Inpatient Psychiatry, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Substance Use Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorders, Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology
Board Certifications: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; Board Eligibility: American Board of Integrative Medicine
About Me: I was an ABA therapist and have extensive experience as a CNS research coordinator. I love to travel and experience different cultures and cuisines. Strong interests include self development, leadership and wellness.
Other: KP Medication Treatment Appropriateness Committee Member KP GME Wellbeing Subcommittee Member KP Physician Wellness Committee Member Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Western University of Health Sciences Medical Student Liaison