Our Staff

At Hartgrove Behavioral Health System, we know that it is our team of professionals who make the difference in the lives of our patients. Each of our employees, from mental health specialists and nurses to doctors and therapists has the heart and training to provide consistently excellent care.

Leading our team of talented individuals is a medical staff of devoted individuals:

  • Collectively, our medical staff has over 100 years of psychiatric, inpatient hospital experience.
  • All of our psychiatrists are board certified.
  • Our medical staff has published over 100 articles in medical journals.
  • Several of our medical staff is experienced with treatment in a VA Hospital setting as well as enlisted military treatment.

Dr. AdeoyeDr. Martins Adeoye
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Martins Adeoye is the System Chief Medical Officer at Hartgrove Behavioral Hospital and Garfield Park Hospital. Dr. Adeoye holds double board certifications by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a respected Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a quintessential clinician in the field of psychiatry, neurology and behavioral medicine. Dr. Adeoye completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he served as Chief Resident in 2001-2002. He also completed his fellowship program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In addition to overseeing a very successful private practice, he is also committed to providing care for the poor and his philanthropic efforts have helped various individuals and organizations that focus on childhood disorders like Autism. Dr. Adeoye served as the Division Head of Pediatric Psychiatry at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital. He specializes in the treatment of complex Neuropsychiatric, behavioral and acute psychiatric disorders that affect Children, Adolescents and Adults such as Autism, Bipolar affective disorders, Psychoses, ADHD, Mood disorders, various forms of trauma, and comorbid substance abuse disorders. He is listed and recognized as one of the leading Physicians of the world in the field of pediatric neurology and neuropsychiatry.

HG-Jabeen-Hussain1-199x300Meh Jabeen Hussain, M.D.
Clinical Director, Children Services
President of the Medical Staff

Dr. Hussain is a highly reputable Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and has been in practice for more than 12 years.

She completed her General Psychiatry training at Loyola University Medical Center and continued to sub-specialize in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by completing her fellowship at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. She is an active member in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has worked in many different settings including inpatient hospital programs, partial hospital programs, private practice, community mental health, residential care, tele-psychiatry and correctional facilities.

Dr. Hussain has extensive knowledge in the treatment of various psychiatric disorders including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), mood disorders including bipolar disorder and depression, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, autism spectrum disorders and behavioral disorders. She works closely with families, schools, and therapists to provide a comprehensive treatment plan for all of her patients. Her goal will be to help determine the right medication regimen, if appropriate, for you or your family member.

Treatment Philosophy: “I am passionate about making positive changes in the lives of my patients. Development of a strong therapeutic alliance is important in helping make the treatment meaningful and effective for my child and adolescent patients. Education and family environment are emphasized, as well as the impact of emotional and behavioral symptoms on the most meaningful areas of life for patients. My goal is to assist patients and their families in getting the treatment they need to help eradicate the sense of helplessness they may feel about themselves or their loved ones.”


benson-199x300David S. Benson, M.D

Dr. Benson is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. He earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois, Chicago, where he also completed his residency in general psychiatry. He completed a fellowship in child psychiatry at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago.




DSC_1184-copy-199x300Elizabeth W. Canelas, M.D.

Dr. Canelas is a Board-Certified Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist treating a wide range of mental health issues including a special focus on forensic psychiatry, postpartum depression, and substance abuse.

Dr. Canelas received her medical training from the University of San Andres Medical School. She completed her medical residency and fellowship at Loyola University Medical Center and the University of Illinois (Michael Reese Hospital), respectively.


mahajan-199x300Dheeraj Mahajan, M.D.
Director of Medical Affairs

Dr. Mahajan is board certified in Internal Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Bankua Sammilani Medical College, Bankura, in West Bengal, India. Prior to joining Hartgrove Hospital, he was a primary care physician at a hospital in Chicago. He also currently serves as president of Chicago Internal Medicine Practice and Research (CIMPAR), S.C.



Mohammed Turab Ali, M.D.
Clinical Director, Adult Services

Dr. Ali is a Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and a Diplomat for the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He completed his medical training at Gandhi Medical College, and completed his psychiatric residency and fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Louisville, Kentucky, respectively.

Erica Garcia Ducut, M.D.

Dr. Ducut is an adult psychiatrist with a wide breadth of psychiatric, psychotherapy, and research experience. He has received numerous clinical and scholastic awards throughout his career including Resident of the Year (2003), as well as an Outstanding Leadership Award. Dr. Ducut has published prolifically in numerous medical research journals.

Treatment Philosophy: Dr. Ducut is a proponent of the Recovery Model which considers a patient’s recovery as a personal journey rather than a set outcome; one that may involve developing hope, a secure base and sense of self, supportive relationships, empowerment, social inclusion, coping skills, and meaning. Hence, recovery is viewed as highly individualized and patient-centered.

Lynda Pettigrew, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Clinical Director, Partial Hospitalization Program

Lynda Pettigrew is the current Clinical Director of Hartgrove Hospital’s Partial Hospitalization Programs. Ms. Pettigrew is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who received her medical training from Marian College and completed her Master’s Degree in nursing at Rush University. She has an extensive background in inpatient psychiatric nursing and administration.

Treatment Philosophy“I believe that all children, regardless of their experience, have the potential to do well academically and socially when provided with the right support. It is my aim to alleviate a patient’s mood and behavioral symptoms safely and rapidly so that they can more easily work toward achieving his goals. In addition to providing necessary pharmacotherapy, it is vital to restore hope within the patient as well as assist with the development of appropriate coping skills and emotional resources. Combined with identified social support, patients are then able to use these skills and resources to function successfully in their environment.”