Program Faculty

Program Faculty

Imad Alsakaf, MD


Ronn Johnson, PhD


Shannon Kinnan, MD

Dr. Kinnan is a proud Nebraskan who grew up in the Omaha area. She attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln for her undergraduate studies and participated in the Humanities in Medicine scholarship program, completing a major in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She spent a semester abroad in Xalapa, Mexico, where she fell in love with learning about other cultures. During medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, she organized Spanish courses, participated on medical mission trips, and was also the president of the psychiatric interest group. She has served as an associate chief resident and chief resident for the combined Creighton University and University of Nebraska Medical Center Psychiatric Residency Training Program.

Her professional interests include medical student education, Hispanic mental health care, treatment of ADHD, and clinical research in schizophrenia. In her free time, she plays sand volleyball, coaches a six-year-old girls’ soccer team, and stays involved in her church.


Paula Jo Malin, MD

Dr. Malin is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Creighton University School of Medicine (CUSOM). Since 2003, Dr. Malin has served as the director of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Creighton University Medical Center and as a medical director there as well.  A passionate student and resident educator, Dr. Malin serves as the associate chair for Medical Student Education, the Psychiatry M3 Clerkship Director for Creighton University medical students, and rounds as a teaching attending for Psychiatry, Family Medicine, and Neurology residents as well.

Dr. Malin obtained her undergraduate degree from Creighton University in 1991.  She subsequently completed post-baccalaureate work in biology at the Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha. Dr. Malin graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1999. She completed her psychiatry residency training at the combined Creighton University and University of Nebraska Medical Center Psychiatric Residency Training Program in 2003. Dr. Malin is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  

Dr. Malin’s most recent publications in peer-reviewed journals include treating bipolar disorder in patients with comorbid breast or prostate cancer, and new advancements in treating Major Depressive Disorder with escitalopram.

Originally from Pella, Iowa, she was raised in a small Dutch village. A passionate animal advocate, she volunteers extensively for humane causes and animal societies. Mentoring students, both young and older, in Christianity has also been an ongoing passion. Deeply spiritual, she volunteers in many church related activities and attends Lifegate Interdenominational church in Omaha. In her spare time she is a “professional fan” of many sports and uses vacation time to travel to support her teams. She describes her favorite things in life as: peonies, pearls and anything Kate Spade.


Faiz Qadri, MD

Dr. Syed Faiz Qadri is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Creighton University School of Medicine, teaching medical, pharmacy and physician assistant students as well as residents. He is also an adjuntc faculty in the department of psychiatry at University of Nebraska Medical Center. He serves leadership positions as a Co-chairman in the Department of Psychiatry at Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy Medical Center ( CUMC-BMMC), Lead Physician for Schwartz Center Rounds, Creighton School of Medicine Tenure and Promotion Committee, Executive member of Friendship Day Program, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and the Nebraska Psychiatric Society Assembly Representative. He provides inpatient adult psychiatric service at Lasting Hope Recovery Center, a 64-bed nationally-renowned psychiatric hospital and treatment center in Omaha. He is certified in Vagus Nerve Stimulation therapy for treatment-resistant depression, provides care in a Creighton outpatient clinic, and volunteers regularly as a psychiatric provider at Magis Clinic, which offers free medical and psychiatric treatment to underserved. Dr. Qadri is a graduate of Dow Medical College in Karachi, received a Research Fellowship at New York University School of Medicine in Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and completed his Residency training from Creighton-Nebraska Universities in 2006. He’s been actively involved in several clinical research and published articles. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Qadri’s passion is to “help patients who are suffering medical and psychiatric disorders and share knowledge with students, residents and community.”


Sriram Ramaswamy, MD

Dr. Ramaswamy received his medical school training in Goa, India. He completed his residency in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Nebraska/Creighton University Psychiatry Program in Omaha, Nebraska. He has served as an associate chief resident and chief resident for the combined Creighton University and University of Nebraska Medical Center Psychiatric Residency Training Program. He joined as a faculty in the Department of Psychiatry in 2006. He has dual board certifications in Adult Psychiatry and Brain Injury Medicine. He is Chief of Psychiatry at the Omaha VA Medical Center. He is actively involved in research and resident and medical student training. He has several publications to his credit. Dr. Ramaswamy is an active member of several professional organizations including American Psychiatry Association and Society of Biological Society.


Madeline West, MD