Our Ascension care teams are part of the Dell Children’s care network. They work directly with the hospital to coordinate specialized care and patient transfers if needed for higher acuity patients, or if a patient is already consulting or under the care of subspecialists at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

 Jane A. Ripperger-Suhler, MD

Positions: Program Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
Medical Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Division: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Primary Clinical Site: Texas Child Study Center
College: University of Colorado (Biochemistry)
Medical School: Texas Tech University School of Medicine
Residency/Fellowship: University of Arizona (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)
Areas of Interest/Expertise: Education, Autism Spectrum, ADHD

Julie Alonso-Katzowitz, MD

Positions: Associate Program Director
Division: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Primary Clinical Site: Dell Children’s Medical Center
College: Emory University (Neuroscience)
Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Triple Board Program
Fellowship: Emory University (Forensics)
Areas of Interest/Expertise: Forensic Psychiatry, Consult Psychiatry

Jessica Tsourmas, MD

Positions: Inpatient Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Division: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Primary Clinical Site: Shoal Creek Hospital
College: Vanderbilt University (Human Development / Spanish)
Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine
Residency: Vanderbilt University
Fellowship: Vanderbilt University (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)
Areas of Interest/Expertise: PTSD, Cultural Competency

Caron Farrell, MD, PhD

Positions: Psychiatry Faculty
Division: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Primary Clinical Site: Comprehensive Care Clinic, Dell Children’s Medical Center
College: University of Texas at Austin (Chemical Engineering)
Graduate School: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine
Residency: Indiana University Triple Board Program
Areas of Interest/Expertise: IDD, Autism, Neurogenetics, Obesity, Healthcare Innovation

Gabriel Garza, MD

Positions: Psychiatry Faculty
Division: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Primary Clinical Site: Texas Child Study Center
College: Austin College (Biology / Computer Science)
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston
Residency: Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Fellowship: Wake Forest University (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)
Areas of Interest/Expertise: Developmental Disorders, Evidence Based Medicine

Sonia Krishna, MD

Positions: Psychiatry Faculty
Division: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Primary Clinical Site: Shoal Creek Hospital
College: University of California, San Diego
Medical School: UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Residency / Fellowship: UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Areas of Interest/Expertise: Integrative Medicine, Global Mental Health, Prevention, Inpatient Psychiatry, Severe Mental Disorders

Megan White, MD

Positions: Psychiatry Faculty
Division: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Primary Clinical Site: Shoal Creek Hospital, Center for Child Protection
College: Emory University (Neuroscience)
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Residency: University of Kentucky Triple Board Program
Areas of Interest/Expertise: PTSD, Developmental Disabilities, Psychosomatics, Catatonia, Delirium