Hripsime (Hera) Kalanderian, MD
Dr. Hera Kalanderian enjoys forming long-term, trusted relationships with patients and celebrating individuals as they progress. As a psychiatrist, she believes in getting to know people well so that she can identify the triggers and obstacles that may stand in the way of their recovery. Dr. Kalanderian looks beyond an individual’s disorder and symptoms to understand their day-to-day environment and community, discovering how those may be impacting their health.
She has a specific interest in working with patients with dual diagnoses, such as mood disorders and substance use disorders. Because different cultures have unique beliefs and treatment preferences for various illnesses, she also has an interest in addressing cultural issues that arise during care.
Dr. Kalanderian earned a bachelor of science in biology from American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon. She earned a doctor of medicine from Lebanese American University School of Medicine in Byblos, Lebanon. She completed a residency in psychiatry at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, where she also served as the associate chief resident of scholarly activity.
Dr. Kalanderian is interested in public policy and worked for The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Lebanon. She conducted field visits to clinics and hospitals and assisted in revising and implementing new health guidelines for providing health care to refugees. While in school, she conducted research on mental illness rates and treatment among Palestinian and Syrian refugees.
In her free time, Dr. Kalanderian enjoys reading, rock climbing, spending time with loved ones, and playing classical piano music—particularly Chopin.