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Published on April 07, 2021

First Psychiatry Residents Selected

Four residents will take on a variety of experiences at Cone Health.


Greensboro—Cone Health’s Behavioral Health Hospital has selected the first participants for its new residency program in psychiatry. The residents will encounter a wide range of mental health conditions and learn new ways to treat them during their four years at Cone Health behavioral health facilities. The program begins in July. 

Cone Health Behavioral Health congratulates the following: 

  • Dr. Anjali Dagar, a graduate of M.B.B.S Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, India
  • Dr. Vandana Doda, a graduate of M.B.B.S. Medical College Chandigarh, India
  • Dr. Jai McQuilla, a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville, South Carolina.
  • Dr. Alexander Pashayan, a graduate of the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lillington, North Carolina. 

The residency program was established to address the national and statewide shortage in psychiatrists. Currently, nearly half the counties in North Carolina do not have easy access to a psychiatrist. The program will train residents in adult psychiatry with some exposure to adolescents. 

The Cone Health program will prepare residents in techniques based on the latest research. Residents will work with patients in hospitals and clinics. They will also focus on new ways of providing care, such as in primary care doctor’s offices and through virtual care and telepsychiatry.

The psychiatry residency program is one of only seven such programs in North Carolina and will be directed by Dr. Archana Kumar, medical director for Cone Behavioral Health Services. 

The psychiatry residency program is the 6th residency program offered at Cone Health. The others are internal medicine, family medicine, family medicine OB fellowship, pediatrics and sports medicine. 

Dr. AnJali DagarDr. Anjali Dagar

Dr. Vandana DodaDr. Vandana Doda

Dr. Jai McQuillaDr. Jai McQuilla

Dr. Alexander PashayanDr. Alexander Pashayan