Welcome from Our Chief Residents

As the chief residents for the 2021-2022 academic year, it is our pleasure to welcome you to our program! As you explore our website, you will find information detailing our training, education, and general experience.

The foundation of our program is our dedication to excellent patient care involving a diverse population of high acuity patients and a strong weekly didactics program. From rotating through the inpatient psychiatric unit, handling the psychiatric emergency service, and working in outpatient clinics, our residents complete their training with a great level of confidence in dealing with any clinical challenge they might face in their future careers. We take great pride in developing autonomy and mastering clinical decision-making skills. Our residents spend their time caring for patients, teaching medical students, and being exposed to the latest in psychiatric research. 

We would like to highlight the remarkable culture that permeates throughout our program. We are a friendly, fun-loving group that gets along well with each other. As chief residents, it is especially exciting to be able to work closely with our wonderful co-residents and we cannot wait for you to meet them!

The very reasonable cost of living in Cleveland allows our residents to experience all that the city has to offer. Cleveland is characterized by a beautiful lakeside, a vibrant restaurant and bar scene, multiple professional sports teams, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a thriving arts community. Cleveland also has various beautiful national and state parks and hiking trails. These were particularly useful during the COVID-19 pandemic when there were limited options available for recreation.

We hope to meet you (virtually!) and share more about our program with all of you! We wish you the best of luck with your residency application process!

Hope to see you soon in Cleveland!


Kripa Balaram, MD

Joel Dey, MD

Ricardo Escobar, MD

Co-Chief Residents, 2021 – 2022

Get to Know the Chief Psychiatry Residents

Chief Resident Kripa Balaram 

Kripa Balaram, MD

My name is Kripa Balaram and I’m one of the PGY-4 chief residents for this academic year. I was born in India, but have been living in Akron, Ohio for most of my life. I went to Youngstown State University for my undergraduate studies and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) for medical school. Within the field of psychiatry, my specific interests are in academics and medical education, geriatrics, and inpatient psychiatry. I will be pursuing a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry after I complete my residency training at MetroHealth. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading, trying new restaurants, and hiking the many beautiful trails in the area.

Chief Resident Joel Dey

Joel Dey, MD

My name is Joel Dey and I am one of the chief residents for this year. I was born and raised in New York and I completed my medical school training at American University of Antigua College of Medicine. My main interests in psychiatry include inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. I will be pursuing a career in private practice once I complete my residency training. I enjoy working out, sports, and spending time with family and friends.


Chief Resident Ricardo Escobar

Ricardo Escobar, MD

My name is Ricardo Escobar and I am one of the chief residents for this year. I was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador and I completed medical school at Dr. José Matias Delgado University in La Libertad, El Salvador. I relocated to the United States to pursue my dream of becoming a psychiatrist. My main interests in psychiatry include inpatient, outpatient, and interventional psychiatry. I plan to pursue a career in private practice once I complete my residency training. I enjoy music and trying new restaurants, and most of all, spending time with my wife and dog.