New clinical faculty join School of Medicine in cardiology, internal medicine and psychiatry


Haytham Aljoudi, M.D., and Nihar N. Shah, M.D., recently joined the clinical faculty of the  Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

  • Haytham Aljoudi, M.D., is a fellowship-trained cardiologist who joins the department of cardiovascular services as an assistant professor. Aljoudi earned his medical degree at the University of Jordan. He completed an internal medicine residency at Seton Hall University and a cardiology fellowship at the Marshall School of Medicine. Following his residency, Aljoudi worked as a hospitalist at Charleston Area Medical Center and part-time faculty with the West Virginia University School of Medicine Charleston Division.
  • Nihar N. Shah, M.D., is board-certified in Internal Medicine, and a fellowship-trained gastroenterologist who earned his medical degree from Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College in India. He completed his internal medicine residency followed by a gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship, both at Seton Hall University. Shah joins the School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine.

The  Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine also welcomed new clinical faculty in the department of psychiatry and behavioral health. The new faculty are:

  • Kalpana Miriyala, M.D., a fellowship-trained psychiatrist, who joins the department as an assistant professor. She earned her medical degree from Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College in Mumbai, India, and completed psychiatry residency programs at Topiwala National Medical College & BYL Nair Charitable Hospital in Mumbai, the University of Kansas Medical Center and Henry Ford Health Systems. She also served as a psychiatry fellow at the University of Michigan. Since 2009, Miriyala has worked as a staff psychiatrist at Prestera Center for Mental Health Services in Huntington. Miriyala specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry.
  • Jocelyn Stokes, Ph.D., BCBA, a clinical psychologist, who will serve as an assistant professor in the department. She earned her doctorate from West Virginia University and completed her post-doctoral work at the University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development. Stokes specializes in child and family therapy.

Additionally, Karen S. Roper, Ph.D., is joining the department as an instructor. Roper completed the requirements for her doctorate in counseling psychology at Louisiana Tech University in 2012.