“I have the pleasure of serving as the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at St. Luke’s University Health Network, an opportunity I consider one of my biggest accomplishments in my professional life. I have the honor of being a part of an excellent team of competent psychiatrists and advanced practitioners as well as nursing staff and other health care workers. We each have strength and expertise in various fields of Psychiatry from Child and Adolescent to geriatric, consultation liaison and electroconvulsive therapy, psychopharmacology and psychotherapy including psycho dynamic psychotherapy. Teaching and training the next generation of physicians and psychiatrists is a major priority and our passion at the department of Psychiatry. We have expanded the scope of our services to a vast geographical area. We have nearly 170 psychiatric beds in our system including 3 older adult behavioral health units, four general Adult units and 1 extended acute care unit. We also have an efficient and large outpatient clinic as well as 2 partial hospitalization programs. We also provide consultative services to area nursing homes. I am hoping to provide the most advanced teaching tools and a deep sense of commitment and dedication to train psychiatrists who will be more knowledgeable than us.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my experience at Saint Luke’s is the collegiality and warm and friendly relationship that exists among us at the Department of Psychiatry as well as throughout our network. ”
– Farhad Sholevar, MD
Dr. Farhad Sholevar received his MD degree from Tehran University School of Medical sciences in 1979 and completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University in 1988. He started his private practice of Psychiatry at that time in Allentown and at the same time became involved in teaching medical students from various schools from Philadelphia area, as well as Family Practice residents and geriatric fellows. He has always had an interest in geriatric Psychiatry as well as ECT.
“I am lucky enough to work in the best field of medicine and I now have the honor to help train the next generation of psychiatrists. I want to use the skills and knowledge that my mentors gave me to usher in the next step in the growth of St Luke’s Psychiatry. What I hope most is that when our graduates leave, they will leave carrying on the mission of St. Luke’s University Health Network to provide the best psychiatric care in the region and become passionate physicians who continue to find joy in the art of medicine.”
– Christine Marchionni, MD, FAPA
Dr. Christine Marchionni completed her undergraduate and post-baccalaureate training at Bryn Mawr College, medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and residency and consultation-liaison fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. While in her fellowship, she also completed a fellowship through the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.
After fellowship, she worked as an inpatient attending at Temple University Episcopal Hospital where her interest in education began as assistant medical student clerkship director for psychiatry. She received the faculty award for resident teaching while at Temple and was supervisor and mentor for residents.
Since joining St. Luke’s in 2016, she continued in her role as clerkship director. As program director, she is active clinically in consultation-liaison psychiatry, both in person and via telemedicine. Currently, she is an active member of AADPRT, APA and APM and she is the GME wellness representative for her department and will continue the advocacy of wellness in the residency.
“I have always felt that being a physician is a privilege and have been thankful for the opportunity for each and every patient care encounter. I have especially felt gratified to be a physician when serving those in the community for whom healthcare is less easily accessible. I am delighted to be part of St. Luke's Hospital psychiatry services as we move forward with the Rural Psychiatry program. I am extremely excited about bringing young doctors into the service of others and building a program with residents who will be skilled and ready for a lifelong career of practicing psychiatry.”
– Najma Khanani, MD
Dr. Najma Khanani, MD, serves as the Medical Director of St. Luke’s Lehighton Psychiatry Services, which includes Inpatient Psychiatric Units, Bowmanstown Outpatient Office and Bowmanstown Acute Partial Hospital Program. She graduated from SUNY Downstate with her residency in the combined program of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry and has practiced both for the last 15 years. Dr. Khanani’s career began as a Psychiatrist with Lehigh Valley Hospital as Medical Director of the Partial Hospital Program and a member of the Consultation Liaison team. She has also worked as a Hospitalist treating acutely medically ill patients. Dr. Khanani joined St. Luke’s Psychiatric Associates in February 2019 and has been providing psychiatric services in the Carbon and Monroe county area. Dr. Khanani has a passion for providing medical services to the underserved; having led medical mission trips in Africa, India, Haiti and Bangladesh. Born in East Africa, raised in England and southern California, Dr. Khanani has lived on the East Coast for the last 15 years with her husband and three children, ages 20, 14 and 10. Dr. Khanani enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with her family. Her hobbies include traveling and photography.
“As defined in Spinoza's book, "Ethics", commiseratio (commiseration) is love, in so far as it induces a man to feel pleasure at another's good fortune, and pain at another's evil fortune.
Our goals are to address community mental health needs, conduct research, and train outstanding clinicians. Above all, we aim to share the most valuable emotion described by Spinoza and to continue providing excellent patient care to an underserved population."
– Chong Kim, MD
Dr. Chong H. Kim graduated from the National University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry residency and geriatric fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center. During his training, he completed clinical rotations in the department of neuroscience, pain, and sleep, and participated in the Master of Science Pharmacology program at Jefferson University Hospital. Subsequently, he worked as an attending physician at Albert Einstein Medical Center and then as medical director for Belmont Behavioral Hospital's geriatric outpatient division. Currently, he provides inpatient care in the Older Adult Behavioral Health Unit at St. Luke's Lehighton campus.